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Effective, well-researched treatments exist for most mental disorders, yet the majority of people who have severe mental illness are not treated. Our goal is to improve understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness throughout the world.

Famous People Who Have Had Mental Illness

Hans Christian Anderson, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Kurt Cobain, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickenson, Thomas Edison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Betty Ford, Paul Gauguin, King George III, Johan Goethe, Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Thomas Jefferson, John Keats, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo, Florence Nightengale, King Saul, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Isaac Newton.

Mental Illness Ranks Second In Terms of Causing Disability

"Mental illness, including suicide, ranks second in the burden of disease in established market economies, such as the United States."

In Developed Countries, 8 of the 10 Leading Causes of Disability Are Mental Illnesses

The massive Global Burden Of Disease study conducted by the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and Harvard University measured the leading causes of disability (counting lost years of healthy life). In developed countries, the ten leading causes of lost years of healthy life at ages 15-44 were: (1) Major Depressive Disorder, (2) Alcohol Use, (3) Road Traffic Accidents, (4) Schizophrenia, (5) Self-Inflicted Injuries, (6) Bipolar Disorder, (7) Drug Use, (8) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, (9) Osteoarthritis, (10) Violence. "The Global Burden Of Disease" by C.J.L. Murray and A.D. Lopez, World Health Organization, 1996, Table 5.4 page 270

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Introduction

Our purpose; helpful tips; how to contact us; awards.

Disorders

Authoritative descriptions of the 54 most common mental disorders including: diagnosis, treatment, and research findings.

Discussion

Join in discussions on Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Schizophrenia

Medications

Authoritative descriptions of the 72 most common psychiatric drugs including: indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse effects, overdose, dosage, and research findings.

Magazine

Mental health news, magazine articles, booklets, stories of recovery, letters, and editorials.

Books

Two books, "Our Lives with Schizophrenia" and "Our Lives with Depression", document the personal experiences of individuals recovering from schizophrenia and depression.

Online Diagnosis

Online diagnosis of the most common mental disorders (including: Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia & Psychotic Disorders, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders).

Quality of Life

Online assessment of an individual's quality of life (i.e., social functioning, vocational functioning, mental health and physical health). Weekly reassessment using this scale can accurately monitor an individual's progress or response to therapy.

Research

The latest research findings for each psychiatric disorder and medication.

Internet Links

Links to other mental health sites.

Help

How to find information on our site and on the Internet.

MENTAL HEALTH NEWS
Excess in the Pharmaceutical Industry

"In 2002, for example, the top 10 drug companies in the United States had a median profit margin of 17%, compared with only 3.1% for all the other industries on the Fortune 500 list. Indeed, subtracting losses from gains, those 10 companies made more in profits that year than the other 490 companies put together. ... Excess profits are, of course, the result of excess prices ? and prices are excessive principally in the United States, the only advanced country that does not limit pharmaceutical price increases in some way."

"The main output of the big drug companies is "me-too" drugs: minor variations of highly profitable pharmaceuticals already on the market. ... There is generally no good reason to believe that one me-too drug is better than another, since they are seldom compared head-to-head at equivalent doses in clinical trials. Instead, they are tested against placebo, and so all we know is that they are better than nothing. In fact, it's conceivable that, within me-too families, each successive drug is actually worse than the one before. Without suitable comparative testing, we'll never know."

"As for price competition, there is very little of it. Me-too drugs are almost never promoted as being cheaper than the others. ... But the fact remains that in the US the prices of drugs in most me-too categories are almost never reduced over time, despite the introduction of new competitors. Instead, prices are relentlessly increased."

"Closely tied to excess me-too drugs are excessive marketing expenditures. ... Throughout the 1990s, for example, the top 10 drug companies in the world consistently spent about 35% of sales on marketing and administration, and only 11% to 14% on R&D."


"Most marketing is directed toward persuading doctors and patients to choose one me-too drug over another, usually without a scientific basis for doing so... The big drug companies like to say that prices have to be high to cover their R&D costs, but it would be truer to say they are high to cover their marketing costs ? and their outsize profits."

"The medical profession has largely abdicated its responsibility to educate medical students and doctors in the use of prescription drugs. Drug companies now support most continuing medical education, medical conferences and meetings of professional associations. ... And so why does the profession pretend to believe that drug companies, in contrast with all other businesses, can provide objective information about their own products? Unfortunately, the answer is because it pays ? in CME credits, perks and free lunches. But ask yourselves, fellow physicians, why drug companies should be giving you any gifts at all, especially since they just tack the costs on to the price of drugs. The profession should pay for its own education, just as other professions do."


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