Resources


Conference Materials

2012 • Alternatives to Medication

A Patient Bill of Rights for Psychotropic Prescriptions: A Call for a Higher Standard of Care

With the unprecedented rise in the rate of prescriptions for psychotropic medication, this session defined a Patient Bill of Rights that is consistent with evidence...

Conference Materials

2012 • Alternatives to Medication

A Patient Bill of Rights for Psychotropic Prescriptions: A Call for a Higher Standard of Care

With the unprecedented rise in the rate of prescriptions for psychotropic medication, this session defined a Patient Bill of Rights that is consistent with evidence...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Antipsychotics and Schizophrenia/Psychosis

In his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker investigates the astonishing rise in the number of people enrolled in government disability due to mental...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Conflict of Interest in Health Care

Frank Chessa discussed the recent media, regulatory and political attention to conflicts of interest among clinicians and the allegation that these influence treatment choices. He...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Demystifying Psychiatric Drugs

The exploration of the different ways how psychiatric drugs work can expand our understanding of behavioral health symptoms and recovery. The standard disease-centered model that...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Functional Medicine in Mood and Anxiety Disorders

This session outlined an integrative model of assessment and intervention in mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Simmons described the basic components of an integrative treatment...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Heart and Soul: Spiritual Care in the Journey of Recovery

A very substantial body of literature attests to the significance of various spiritual perspectives and practices for health and well-being. Increasingly, the conversation has turned...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Helping People Come off Psychiatric Drugs

This session offered an up-to-date critical review of psychiatric drug withdrawal, tapering, and dose reduction strategies described in the medical literature and recommendations for client-centered...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Helping People Come off Psychiatric Drugs

This session offered an up-to-date critical review of psychiatric drug withdrawal, tapering, and dose reduction strategies described in the medical literature and recommendations for client-centered...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

How Do Psychiatric Medications Shape Long-Term Outcomes?

In his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker investigates the astonishing rise in the number of people enrolled in government disability due to mental...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Human Rights Imperative for More Choice in Behavioral Health

David Oaks, a fearless consumer activist and advocate, provided a human rights perspective on the need for more non-drug choices in behavioral health care. Oaks...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication

Largely because of the unprecedented marketing by the pharmaceutical industry as well as the transition of behavioral health to primary care venues, spending for psychiatric...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication

An introduction to SAMHSA and a look at some of its strategic initiatives, this session highlighted SAMHSA’s position on alternatives to medication and how it...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Integrative Medicine for Behavioral Health

Alternatives found in integrative medicine have begun to address the limitations of current psychiatric medications in the treatment of behavioral health conditions. Specifically, evidence-based research...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

MindFreedom International’s Principles for Mental Health Alternatives

David Oaks, a fearless consumer activist and advocate, provided a human rights perspective on the need for more non-drug choices in behavioral health care. Oaks...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

MindFreedom’s Directory of Mental Health Alternatives

David Oaks, a fearless consumer activist and advocate, provided a human rights perspective on the need for more non-drug choices in behavioral health care. Oaks...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

My Lived Experience – A Patient’s Story: An Unheard Voice for Many

Panelists from a variety of perspectives of psychiatric services and experiences engaged with the audience in a thought-provoking conversation. This question and answer session explored...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Other Resources from Alternatives to Medication

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Psychiatric Drugs: Problems and Solutions

In his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker investigates the astonishing rise in the number of people enrolled in government disability due to mental...

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2012 • Alternatives to Medication

Psychotherapy as a First Intervention

This session explored the short term benefits and risks of psychotherapy versus medication for persons diagnosed with depression, anxiety and psychosis. A research- validated early...