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Sunday Exhibit: Photos of Abandoned Asylums

UK photographer Mark Davis spent six years traveling to abandoned former Victorian-era mental institutions and researching their histories and photographing them for his new book Asylum. “These buildings and its patients were often hidden from the public,” Davis tells Metro, which also features a selection of his photos. More →

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Benzodiazepines Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s: Causation or Not?

According to a study in the British Medical Journal, benzodiazepine use is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Some experts have argued in news reports that the findings simply indicate that people with Alzheimer’s are more often prescribed benzodiazepines. However, the study authors have pointed out that there appears to be a dose-dependent response occurring. More →

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Benzodiazepines | Dementia | Featured News | In the News | Seniors

Parents with Depression or Mania More Likely to Report Their Children to be Psychopathological

Parents who are experiencing a bout of depression, mania or another disorder of mood are more likely to believe and report that their children are behaving psychopathologically, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. More →

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Children and Adolescents | Featured News | In the News | Over-diagnosis

7th Annual RSVP Conference – October 16 & 17, 2014

- October 16 & 17, 2014

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Common Sleep Aid Linked to Doubling of Parkinson’s Risk

The nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic zolpidem, widely used as a sleep aid under many different brand names such as Ambien and Sublinox, seems to be linked to a more than doubling of the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. More →

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“Psychiatry and Efforts to Build Community in Iraq”

In a commentary in the American Journal of Psychiatry, George Washington University psychiatrist Amir Afkhami writes that the US State Department-funded Iraq Mental Health Initiative “sets an important precedent for the efficacy of psychiatrist-led psychosocial interventions in sectarian conflicts.” More →

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Around The Web | Globalization

Lancet: Let’s Stop Fighting, Assume the Best about Psychiatrists’ Intentions

If there is one downside to the field of mental health, declares an editorial in The Lancet Psychiatry, “it is the failure of pleasant, intelligent, and thoughtful individuals to find any common ground in debate, and the subsequent descent of such discussions into bitter, and frequently personal, acrimony.” The editorial cites a comment thread in The Conversation that included Michael O’Donovan, a co-author of the recent high-profile schizophrenia-gene study, the University of Liverpool’s David Pilgrim, and MIA Foreign Correspondent Joanna Moncrieff. More →

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Around The Web | Community | Genetics | Rethinking Psychiatry/Medical Model

FDA Panel Rejects “Aversive Therapy” Shock Devices

Psychiatric News reports that a US FDA advisory panel will recommend that the agency prohibit the growing use of “electrical stimulation devices” (ESDs) for “aversive therapy” on psychiatric patients. However, the agency “has yet to make a final ruling on whether to ban ESDs from the U.S. market.” More →

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Featured News | In the News | Involuntary Treatment | Restraints