Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out.
elephant

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out.
Michelle Carter (HS yearbook photo via Sun Chronicle)

Part VI: How Adult Society Betrayed Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy

The story of Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy is not only a tragedy within itself and for all those involved with them, it is emblematic of the situation faced by millions of young people in the western world and increasingly around the entire planet. Final installment in the series.
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Language of Mental Illness “Others” People: It’s a Human Rights Violation

When separation and microaggressions are legitimized and put into public policy and discourse, we become second class citizens and subhumans. This is oppression and bigotry systemically supported and then denied by almost everyone, including those most seriously affected. We come to believe these lies.

Health Disparity Project Cuts Out the Recovery Movement

Lots of funders are now doing initiatives to address health disparities. But once again we have found that a project designated to help our community has gone astray without even bothering to ask our community what we need. Here's why that matters and what grassroots advocates can do about it.

The Salvation of Psychiatry

Hope lies in psychotherapy. It is a purely human practice, based on the development of real trust and genuine responsiveness. It is not an analytic process, but a feeling one. We need to return to a psychiatry that respects the complexity of human nature. We need to go beyond ‘do no harm’ and promote genuine healing.

Trauma-Ignored Care? Going to the MAT on Opioids

Our current, reductionistic approach to mental health issues doesn’t offer any insights or explanations on the etiology of most mental disturbances. Similarly, medication assisted treatment (MAT) focuses on the surface symptoms of opiate abuse without addressing the underlying causes of overwhelming distress and pain.

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Cover art for 1 of 10 albums by psychiatric reform activist Frederick Serafim

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Lancet Psychiatry Needs to Retract the ADHD-Enigma Study

Lancet Psychiatry, a UK-based medical journal, recently published a study that concluded brain scans showed that individuals diagnosed with ADHD had smaller brains. That conclusion is belied by the study data. The journal needs to retract this study. UPDATE: Lancet Psychiatry (online) has published letters critical of the study, and the authors' response, and a correction.

Psychiatric Medications and Long-term Outcomes for Schizophrenia

Martin Harrow, PhD, and Thomas Jobe, MD, present findings from their 26-year study of patients with schizophrenia. They focus on the differences in outcomes for patients who remained on versus patients who stopped taking their medication, and discuss the clinical implications of their findings.

The Extended Therapy Room Foundation

Our therapy practice is an alternative to the medical model within psychiatry, we meet people without any manuals, diagnosis and specific methods.

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