The "Science" of Psychopharmacology? Report From a 5-Day Seminar
In the spring of 2002, the author attended a five-day seminar on psychopharmacology offered by the department of psychiatry of a prestigious university. The instructors' lectures were interspersed with candid expressions of serious doubts about efficacy, dosage choices, advantages of newer drugs, and other issues. The author presents and tabulates over 100 such statements that he recorded during the seminar. These statements shed light on the reality of psychopharmacology as science and practice: an entirely trial and error approach with little documented efficacy, vast gaps in knowledge, and serious side effects. For nearly 15 years, many clinical psychologists have lobbied to obtain "prescription privileges." The author concludes that psychologists should not sell their professional birthright for a mess of pharmaceutical pottage.
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Document Type: Miscellaneous
Affiliations: St. John's University, New York
Publication date: January 1, 2003
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