Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Meta-analysis Links Childhood Trauma to Psychosis Symptoms

The study results suggest that experiences of childhood trauma impact the development of symptoms associated with psychosis.

School Shootings: Who to Listen to Instead of Mainstream Shrinks

Teenage boys and young men tell me they have no hope that school shootings will decrease because all they hear in the news are authorities’ ideas about how better to control them. They are angered by compulsory mental health screenings and are certain that the effect on kids with greater potential for violence could be disastrous.
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My Encounter with the University of Minnesota’s Psychiatric Department

The voice came to me for three nights in a row, and changed me at my core. I believe my voice was, and is, the voice of G-d, of love. But one devoted friend, an influential physician at the University of Minnesota, felt strongly that I had “lost it” and tried to persuade me to see his psychiatry buddy at the university.

Antidepressant Anarchy in the UK

In this blog, I want to give some personal reflections on the events of the last few weeks in relation to the Lancet antidepressant meta-analysis and the lodging of a formal complaint with the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists. The issue of antidepressant withdrawal has been brought into the public eye in the UK like never before. What happens next will be very interesting.
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Whose Interests Does the Royal College of Psychiatrists Really Serve?

When you consult the Royal College of Psychiatrists' website it proclaims that one of its primary aims is to "improve the mental health of individuals, their families and communities" — thus, to act in the public interest. Recent events at the Royal College concerning its public position on the Cipriani et al. antidepressants study put that proclamation in serious doubt.

How Would We Know If We Overthrew the Mental Health System?

What would it take to go about abolishing psychiatry? If we truly eliminated all the horrid practices that are currently committed by the mental health system, what would the world look like? What follows are 15 ways our society would need to change before we could be confident that we are free from the tyranny of the mental health system.
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So What is Mental Disorder? Part 2: The Social Problem

The English Workhouse was designed to deter people from seeking state assistance, and Victorian asylums were designed to care for poor people whose behaviour was disruptive to Workhouse routines. Madness, previously viewed as an interesting, if inconvenient, manifestation of humanity, came to be seen as a social problem in need of correction.


The next webinar in our drug withdrawal series is coming up on Tuesday, March 20th, at 1:00pm Eastern. Therapist Will Hall, author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, will discuss how he works with individuals, families, and clinicians using a person-centered approach to drug withdrawal. Click here to register.

MIA Reports

Do antidepressants work? A people’s review of the evidence.

After a meta-analysis of RCTs of antidepressants was published in Lancet, psychiatry stated that this proved that antidepressants work. However, effectiveness studies of real-world patients reveal the opposite: the medications increase the likelihood that patients will become chronically depressed, and disabled by the disorder.


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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.

Why Few Patients Benefit from Psychiatric Medications

Peter C. Gøtzsche is a Danish physician, medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He co-founded and has written numerous reviews within the Cochrane collaboration. In this course, he reviews unbiased research on the risks vs. benefits of prescribing psychiatric medications.

The Concerned Parents’ Project – March 20th

How do you describe your own difficulties to yourself and to others? Do you say things like, “Oh, I have ADD and our little Bobby has it too”? Or “Depression runs in our family”? Or “We can’t seem to get Sally’s anxiety meds right—but I have the same problem myself”?

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UCLA/ISEPP - John Read
Open Paradigm Project - Celia Brown
Open Paradigm Project - Joanna Moncrieff
Interview with Bruce Levine
Open Paradigm Project - Iden McCollum
Interview with Peter Gøtzsche
Mad in America's International Film Festival
Robert Whitaker Withdrawal Series
Will Hall at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
UCLA/ISEPP - Bob Fancher
Open Paradigm Project - Jenna Fogle
Jaakko Seikkula, PhD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016.
Open Paradigm Project - Laura Nicole Sisson
Open Paradigm Project - Oryx Cohen
Forced Psychiatric Detention
Sandy Steingard on Mad in America's Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Course
Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Course
Birgitta Alakare, MD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
Sami Timimi, MD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
Olga Runciman at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016
Open Paradigm Project - Will Eberle
Open Paradigm Project - Marty Hadge
"Moving Beyond Psychiatric Labels"
Carina Håkansson, PhD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
John Read at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016.
Open Paradigm Project - Matt Samet
Open Paradigm Project - Sera Davidow
UCLA/ISEPP - Robert Whitaker
Open Paradigm Project - Amy Long
Open Paradigm Project - Leah Harris
UCLA/ISEPP - Allen Frances
Open Paradigm Project - Cheryl Sharp
UCLA/ISEPP - Peter Whitehouse
UCLA/ISEPP - David Healy
Open Paradigm Project - Faith Rhyne
Antidepressants & Pregnancy: The risks and potential harm to normal fetal development
Open Paradigm Project - Leonard Roy Frank
Open Paradigm Project - Dorothy Dundas
UCLA/ISEPP - Bonnie Burstow
Open Paradigm Project - Sean Donovan
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