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White Paper: Efficacy of Psychiatric Drugs

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Psychiatric drugs have been a mainstay of treatment for a range of behavioral and emotional problems over the past 6 decades in the United States and around the world. Although their use has skyrocketed, the problems they purport to alleviate have not diminished but, in fact, have increased (Whitaker, 2010a). This article summarizes current evidence for the efficacy of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants. Findings from meta-analyses, reviews, and major trials do not support widespread use of these drugs.
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Keywords: ANTIDEPRESSANTS; ANTIPSYCHOTICS; DRUG EFFICACY; PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS; PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION; STIMULANTS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2016-04-01

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