I think a better term to use is “medical harm aware advocate.” It is a much better explanation of both the problem and the solution that we are working for. I’ve updated my graphic that explains why Allen Frances and …
Most people believe their lives will improve in the future — and so do most people who are depressed, according to research published in Clinical Psychological Science. This counterintuitive finding that depressed people expect their future to be better has important implications for attempts at therapeutic intervention in depression, wrote the two psychologists from Canada’s Brock and Acadia universities who authored the study. More →
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a public debate with a medical doctor who posted a petition on Change.org that has gathered nearly 350,000 signatures so far. The petition accuses the university of engaging in unethical practices in its psychiatric experiments involving inducing anxiety in baby monkeys. More →
I’ve wondered for a long time how I managed to get caught in the razor wire of benzodiazepines. I didn’t sleep for long enough to have me hovering around psychosis — true. My doctor had a dizzy insistence that benzos would resolve the problem — also true. The benzo wire was so low and sharp that I was caught before I realized I’d fallen. How could I have known? But still, the question lingers.
There is mounting evidence that benzodiazepines are causing Alzheimer’s Disease. I cannot imagine any genuine medical specialty ignoring or downplaying information of this sort. But psychiatry, with the perennial defensiveness of those with something to hide, promotes the idea that they are safe when used for short periods, knowing full well that a huge percentage of users become “hooked” after a week or two, and stay on the drugs indefinitely.
Most crisis lines across the US trace calls and send police to people’s homes if crisis line staff feel someone might be at risk of suicide, according to an article in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the official journal of the American Association of Suicidology. A new policy developed in 2012 has clarified and more firmly entrenched this longstanding practice, stated the article. Even two Samaritans call centers which historically had resisted the policy have now implemented the covert practice. More →
An article in the journal Psychiatry, Psychology and Law reviews the development of China’s new mental health legislation. The process took a significant turn, the authors note, when a non-governmental organization submitted a report to the Chinese government about “cases of abuse of involuntary hospitalisation” that have been occurring in China, and in particular about the rise of a corrupt psychiatric practice which the Chinese have dubbed “Bei Jing Shen Bing.” More →
In a recent blog, we talked about the fact that nutrition and poverty are linked, and how poor nutrition is likely a mediator variable in the relationship between poverty and illness. In other words, it is the suboptimal nutrition associated with low income which likely explains much of the vulnerability to mental and physical illness. Today we want to tell you about an amazing American program that is making great strides in addressing this issue.
NPR Shots discusses the plethora of new programs for early intervention for psychosis, with a focus on Ventura Early Intervention Prevention Services, operated by Alameda-based Telecare Corp. “VIPS is one of a handful of programs that have sprung up in California in recent years, based on a model developed in Maine by psychiatrist Dr. Bill McFarlane,” reports NPR. More →
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