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Creatively Managing Voice-Hearing Through Spiritual Writing

I am a psychiatric survivor of over thirty-six years. Since my nervous breakdown in 1978, I have undergone multitudinous experiences ranging from the subtly humiliating to the horrifically debilitating at the hands of incompetent psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists who, in the name of medicine, did more harm than good.
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Eugenics and the 2014 Murphy Bill

Sterilization of the “unfit” and proposals to help families with a mental health crisis may seem to be disparate topics, certainly one historically more repugnant than the other. Yet, the two “solutions” have several things in common: The absence of choice by the individual affected, the paternalistic assumption that those with power know what is needed, both serve the interests of families, caretakers, guardians, and conservators, and both proceed out of good intentions.
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One-sixth of College Students Misuse ADHD Stimulants

About 17% of college students take stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, primarily because they believe the drugs will help them improve their academic performance, according to a meta-analysis published in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. More →

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Have We Found The “Overhype Gene”?

In Scientific American, John Horgan criticizes psychiatrist Richard Friedman's effusive portrayal in the New York Times of a study that allegedly identified the "feel-good" gene in humans. More →

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Clipping Care, Not Profit

Right now in Britain there is a controversy shaping up between the commercial and financial interests of big managed-care corporations and the need to care for vulnerable people in the community, people with conditions like dementia and long-term psychoses. Conflicts of interest are nothing new in the contested field of mental health, but this one threatens not only quality of care, but the well-being of low paid workers, mainly women, who are employed as support workers.
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“Is Science Broken?”

In Discover, Neuroskeptic previews an upcoming debate, in which he's involved, on the topic of whether science is "broken." More →

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Another Review Finds No Benefits to Forced Community Treatment

Another review of the body of evidence has found that there are no benefits to compulsory community treatment of people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses. More →

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PubPeer Trying To Rally Post-publication Peer Review Forces

Vox interviews the founders of PubPeer, a platform for sharing peer reviews of scientific articles after those articles have already been published. More →

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Publication Bias: Does Unpublished Data Make Science Pseudo?

Recently the problem of publication bias has been shaking the foundations of much of psychology and medicine. In the field of pharmacology, the problem is worse, because the majority of outcome trials (on which medication approval and physician information is based) are conducted by pharmaceutical firms that stand to benefit enormously from positive results, and run the risk of enormous financial loss from negative ones. Numerous studies have found that positive results tend to be published, while negative ones are quietly tucked under the rug.
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