Daily Archives: March 19, 2014

Big Changes for Psychiatric Experiments

I know many people who are furious at the method in which psychiatric drugs are prescribed (generally at random until we find one that alleviates our symptoms) and are also extremely concerned that doctors and researchers don’t understand more about the brain (and our disorders).

This month, things are changing. The National Institute for Mental Health based in Bethesda, Maryland is changing its grant process for psychiatric drug research.  Research can no longer be focused on just alleviating symptoms, but must also help us learn about the brain and psychiatric disorders.

“The new rules, which will apply to the grant cycle that begins in June, also seek to increase transparency by requiring faster online registration of trials and stricter guidelines for reporting results.”

The full article from scientificamerican.com can be found here and is quite interesting, I urge you to give it a read!