The November issue of Nature Neuroscience is focused on discussions of “big data” initiatives for mapping the brain, finding genetic clues to psychology questions, and related efforts involving the analysis of massive amounts of information about large numbers of people. More →
A short article in Scientific American Mind reviews the rapidly expanding array of diverse ailments and conditions for which antidepressant drugs are being prescribed. More →
In two posts on PLOS Blogs, Tom Jefferson of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group in Italy reviews the European Medicines Agency’s new regulations governing the public release of data and internal reports from clinical trials of pharmaceutical drugs, and discusses how the regulations will apply to accredited researchers and the general public. More →
Parents can relatively easily learn to practice a simple training technique which can help improve the ability of their autistic children to develop language skills, according to research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. More →
The idea of schizophrenogenic or refrigerators mothers was an embarrassing era for psychiatry, and so psychiatrists were only too happy to explore the brain and the genome to unlock the secrets of mental illness. Today, the rhetoric has shifted away from intrapsychical conflicts and traumatic ruptures, and instead aberrant neurochemistry or delinquent genes are held as the source of mental illness. Regardless, the message is clear: mental illness is beyond our control and requires psychiatric intervention. The moral authority the mental health industry claims over our mental life rests on this claim.
I’ve heard countless horrific stories of abuse, neglect, trauma and most every form of torment that one human can inflict upon another. The sting of such stories never lessens. I’ve often marveled at the mind’s capacity to focus a sustained attention upon ever new ways to perpetuate and promote anguish. Sophia’s story, presented here, is tragically similar in regards to the abuse she suffered.
Pacific Standard features a recent story of a man whose daughter accused him of abuse, but by the end of the court proceedings had also accused one hundred other people close to her of all being involved in the abuse. The article then re-visits the controversial psychotherapeutic and legal history of recovered memories, and examines whether or not things have changed since the original scandals decades ago. More →
Common psychiatric medications double the risk of heart attack and triple the risk of stroke, according to research presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and reported in the Vancouver Sun. Another study reported that mental health patients often receive poor medical care and general health recommendations from their treatment providers, contributing further to their heart problems. More →
In AlterNet, Scott Barry Kaufman reviews the evidence that people who’ve been diagnosed with ADHD often have higher than average levels of creativity. He then explores how cutbacks and lack of support for creativity and the arts in the US school system is failing to provide opportunities for these children and youth to excel. More →
A group of influential organizations are beginning an effort to change the entire way that psychiatric medications are named, according to a press release from the European College of Neuropsycho-pharmacology. “Doctors have found that the name of the drug you are prescribed significantly influences how the patient sees the treatment,” stated the press release. More →
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