A graduate of Harvard Medical School, I am a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, on the staff of the Harvard Law School Health Services, and in private practice in Harvard Square. I am Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am the author of two books on the side effects of antidepressants: Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives published in 2000 by Simon & Schuster and The Antidepressant Solution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Antidepressant Withdrawal, Dependence, and “Addiction” published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press division in January 2005.
I am a moderate in the debate over the risks and benefits of antidepressants. I prescribe antidepressants for patients whose conditions are serious enough to warrant the drugs and have had numerous patients report their beneficial effects. But, I am a critic of the drugs being over-prescribed for mild, even trivial, conditions and of patients not being adequately warned of their side effects. I testified at the FDA’s February 2004 and December 2006 hearings on antidepressant-induced suicidality. In the last four years, I have given expert testimony in over two dozen state and federal cases regarding antidepressants.
Since the publication of Prozac Backlash, I have become a national spokesperson for the appropriate, measured use of the drugs. I have been interviewed on numerous national television and radio shows including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC News’ 20/20, ABC’s Good Morning America, AB’s WOrld News Tonight, ABC’s Primetime Live, CNN, FOX News, PBS, Court TV, and National Public Radio for my expertise on antidepressants. My work has been the subject of many reviews and articles including in the New York Times and The New Yorker magazine. Among the honors I have received for writing Prozac Backlash is the American College for Advancement in Medicine’s (ACAM’s) Annual Achievement Award in Medicine in May 2001. I received the award at ACAM’s 2001 annual convention and delivered the convention’s keynote address, the Linus Pauling Lecture.