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There’s a pill for that…

In 2009, physicians in the U.S. wrote more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs than there are citizens of the country.

The good folks at Good have teamed with Stanford Kay to create a Top Ten list of Mother’s (and Father’s and Sister’s and Brother’s) Little Helpers

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As we note that “this one makes makes you bigger, this one makes you small,” we might recall that it was on this date in 1955 that psychiatrist Nathan Kline testified before the U.S. Congress about his work with the drug Reserpine to treat psychosis.  Kline was sufficiently compelling that he influenced passage of the Mental Health Studies Act of 1955, and received over $2 million in research grants for psychopharmacological research to study antidepressant medications.  His discovery of Reserpine and his subsequent lobbying efforts have earned him the title “Founder of the field of psychopharmacology.”  He is the only two-time winner of the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research (“America’s Nobel Prize”).

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