Shyness Articles

Is apathy a brain "disorder?"

Christopher Lane discusses the  fifth edition of The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorderstoday in Slate.  

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Let Them Eat Viagra

By Christopher Lane, Ph.D. for Psychology Today's Side Effects Blog

... Which brings us to another, almost surreal wrinkle in the story—one I wrote about in my book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness. In the fall of 2005, the New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times uncovered, "The rich and powerful pharmaceutical lobby secretly commissioned a thriller novel whose aim was to scare the living daylights out of folks who might want to buy cheap drugs from Canada."

You almost couldn't make this stuff up, yet it happened. Sometime in 2003, PhRMA approached Michael Viner, publisher of Los Angeles-based Phoenix Books (a specialist in tabloid publishing), and offered "a six-figure sum for the marketing and production of a written-to-order fictional thriller." Tongue firmly in...

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"The bipolar child is a purely American phenomenon": An interview with Philip Dawdy

By Christopher Lane, Ph.D.
April7, 2009

Philip Dawdy, a prize-winning investigative journalist, has for several years written a powerful, well-researched, and well-regarded weblog, Furious Seasons, which focuses on American psychiatry, mental health, and the way we think about treatment options. Given his intensive work on the issues, I wanted to ask him several burning questions about ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other controversies in...

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