The Hoboken Patch and PolitickerNJ reported that the New Jersey State Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would allow children to "consent" to psychiatric or psychological treatment of any kind without the consent -- or even the knowledge -- of their parents. More →
A US Supreme Court decision declared that Teresa Sheehan cannot sue police for shooting her, in circumstances where the police "had sufficient reason to believe that their conduct was justified." However, the question as to whether the City of San Francisco can still be held liable for the police's actions and for not accommodating Sheehan's mental illness under the Americans with Disabilities Act remains open, reported SFGate. More →
Calling the legislation "draconian," Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has stated that the involuntary treatment requirements should be reshaped or removed from Republican Congressman Tim Murphy's proposed Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. More →
"The U.S. government is taking steps that may change the way airlines vet employees for mental illness," reported Bloomberg News. "The Federal Aviation Administration has created a panel of government and industry officials to recommend ways to improve the evaluation of pilots’ fitness to fly." More →
On Critical Psychiatry, Duncan Double discusses a recent article by National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas Insel about a "tectonic shift" towards "precision" psychiatry. Double suggests the article "should make american psychiatry fearful about the scientific credibility of its NIMH director." More →
Psychiatry Advisor discusses "orthorexia nervosa," the "disorder" of "obsessively" researching about and eating healthy foods. About 72% of Americans search for health information online, and with respect to the prevalence of the new "disorder" in the general population Psychiatry Advisor quotes Karmpaul Singh stating that “generally 5-12% is something researchers can agree on.” More →
Brain scans of Singapore youth in a high risk mental state for psychosis found no evidence of brain abnormalities, according to a study in Schizophrenia Bulletin. More →
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