Many psychiatric survivors have created a gift economy of sorts in offering peer support, and this is by no means to criticize those offering their best guidance freely to those who desperately need it. In fact, the gift economy saved my life when it was threatened by psychiatric drugs. Yet, my entrepreneurial spirit, as chaotic and unsophisticated as it has been at times, has played a huge role in saving me from being a chronic mental patient with a chronic identity of “sick” or “failure” or “other”.
In the Lexington Herald-Leader, psychiatrist H. Otto Kaak of the University of Kentucky's Center for Trauma and Children discusses his years working with juvenile delinquents and his shock and dismay at discovering how most of these boys "were receiving four, five or even six psychiatric medications." More →
People who've been diagnosed with severe mental illnesses are from three to ten times more likely to become victims of violent and non-violent crimes than members of the general population, according to a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry. More →
The business of diagnosing and treating ADHD is experiencing "hyperactive growth," reports Mother Jones. The article points to drug company promotional efforts, expanded diagnostic criteria, the appeal of amphetamines to high-performance cultures globally, and other factors. More →
The pathways of mutual influencing between the gut and the brain are strong, and the 'next wave of research" may involve deliberate microbial interventions as mental health treatments, according to a review of the scientific literature published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. More →
There are no set rules for grief. It takes however long it takes, sometimes years, sometimes more. Grieving operates on its own time. The very idea that the DSM-5 gives a two-week grace period before diagnosing a ‘biological depression’ is obscene on the face of it, never mind the handing out of Prozac. Other psychiatrists would like to push the window all the way to three or even four weeks. How compassionate. There is no place for antidepressants, ever
A rise in unemployment rates was linked to a rise in suicides in all regions of the world, according to research in The Lancet Psychiatry. The effect was most pronounced in countries that normally had relatively lower unemployment rates. More →
The US Government Accountability Office has found evidence of "widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs" in elderly Americans staying in nursing homes, reported the New York Times. The federal report was released a day later. More →
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