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Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment: Effective and Often Necessary, with Caveats

Acknowledgments: This piece emerged in the course of discussions with Drs. Allen Frances, E. Fuller Torrey, Bernard Carroll and Joseph Pierre, for whose assistance and contributions to the field I am most appreciative. This essay, however, represents my own synthesis of the data.

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For Further Reading:
Pies R: The Bogus “Epidemic” of Mental Illness in the US. http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/blogs/bogus-epidemic-mental-illness-us
http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/component/content/article/2085-anatomy-of-a-non-epidemic-a-review-by-dr-torrey

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Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment: Effective and Often Necessary, with Caveats

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Pies, R. (2016). Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment: Effective and Often Necessary, with Caveats. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 19, 2019, from https://pro.psychcentral.com/long-term-antipsychotic-treatment-effective-and-often-necessary-with-caveats/

 

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