Wednesday, November 20, 2019

No Matter Which Measure You Use, Antidepressants Aren’t That Effective

Researchers compared the efficacy of antidepressants using different rating scales and found them to be no different—just slightly better than placebo, and not meeting the criteria for clinical significance.
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Anthropologists Contemplate the Future Role of Psychiatry

Anthropologists who study the psychiatric field recently had papers published in two highly influential journals. While they both call for or describe reform initiatives, they point us in different directions with regard to the future role of psychiatrists. With a shift in resources, might psychiatry finally get it right?
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Involuntary Obedience: Rituals of Humiliation Disguised as ‘Care’

Like slavery took such a long time to be ‘officially’ forbidden, psychiatric hospitals will be with us for some time yet. Their masters, the doctors or administrators, no longer give beatings with their hands but with the far more treacherous chemicals that allow them to keep a good conscience and distribute what are beatings nevertheless.

Hearing Voices Network Launches Family & Friends Support Group

One of the HVN's fundamental principles is that "the person having these experiences is in the best position to decide or discover what they mean" and thus each person must "not try to speak for" another. The challenge for a family group will likely be for members to move past speaking about our loved ones to find or imagine the space where we ourselves are liberated.
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High Time for Anarchism in Mental Health

Anarchism has much to offer the debate. It can present a clear voice saying: Liberty is not an obstacle for quality treatment, it is rather the very basis of it. Research shows that the anti-authoritarian elements in methods such as Open Dialogue and Stabilizing Homes actually promote a stronger, fuller recovery in patients.
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Deep Brain Stimulation and Deeply Biased Researchers, Revisited

In the Washington Post last week, a new treatment was being advanced as a breakthrough for opioid addiction. What was this miraculous new intervention? Implanting electrodes deep in the brain, and using a battery implanted elsewhere in the body to zap the addict and keep him from relapsing.
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“We Need a New Paradigm” — Rethinking Psychiatry’s Hospitalization Survey

Rethinking Psychiatry put out a survey on people’s experiences of psychiatric hospitalization in the Pacific Northwest. The results showed tremendous dissatisfaction, with the overwhelming majority of respondents reporting that they did not feel safe, secure or respected in the hospital.

Call for papers

Submissions are being accepted through January 15 for the June 2020 issue of the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal, theme: “Mental health and well-being, and human rights,” to be guest edited by Dainius Puras, Julie Hannah, and Audrey Chapman.

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“Processing Information,” by Stan Reed

Research Surveys

Ongoing studies seeking participants for surveys on mental health issues.

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ADHD Drugs Linked to Prolonged, Painful Erections

FDA regulators have updated the warning labels on methylphenidate products such as Ritalin, Focalin and Concerta to reflect reports of prolonged, painful erections (priapism)...
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The Scientism of Childhood and Adolescent Depression

When I was training to be a child psychiatrist in the mid-1990s, childhood depression was considered to be rare, related to adversity, and generally unresponsive to pharmaceutical treatment. Since then much has changed. The psychiatrization of the pain and struggles involved in growing up has caused considerably more harm to young people than good. I believe the science is on my side in this conclusion.

Power Threat Meaning Framework and Tapering Strips in Brasil

On October 29 to 31, the National School of Public Health (ENSP / FIOCRUZ) in Rio de Janeiro will hold its 3rd International Seminar on psychiatric drugs. UK Clinical Psychologist Lucy Johnstone will discuss the Power Threat Meaning Framework and Peter Groot will discuss his work in the Netherlands on tapering strips.

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