Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A System Built on Fear

Experiences such as pain, turmoil, trauma and grief aren’t separate from the person—they shape how that person sees the world, how they cope with the world. To separate those experiences from the person, to call them sick, feels barbaric. It feels as if humans are being taught to fear being human.

A System Built on Fear

Experiences such as pain, turmoil, trauma and grief aren’t separate from the person—they shape how that person sees the world, how they cope with the world. To separate those experiences from the person, to call them sick, feels barbaric. It feels as if humans are being taught to fear being human.

Is Xanax Really the Bad Guy?

While any effort to generate awareness and potentially curb the benzodiazepine epidemic is commendable, we have to ask ourselves, is Xanax just the scapegoat in this situation? Will legislative action and media attention for only one benzodiazepine out of so many make any difference?

Has Psychiatry Gone Uniquely Astray?

Science is supposed to be evidence-respecting and thereby open-minded; psychiatry is presently not. But is psychiatry really unique in this respect? Is it the only field of medicine where dogmatically held theories contrary to evidence have held sway for long periods?

9 Questions the US Senate Should Ask Dr. McCance-Katz

Mental health agencies are mainly asking about her positions regarding “recovery” and “peers,” but here are some tougher questions for President Trump's new "mental health czar": Do you support court-ordered psychiatric drugging? Do you endorse the use of federal money for it? Why aren’t non-drug alternatives offered to Americans?

Makers of Risperdal Sued for Breast Development in Boys

Thousands of boys and young men are lined up in courthouses around the country to sue J&J for gynecomastia caused by taking Risperdal as young children. The condition is irreversible except by surgical removal. Collectively, they have become known as the Risperdal Boys.

People of Great Britain! Our Beast Descends Upon Your Children

Scientific evidence indicates that antidepressants do not help children. In light of such high risks to the child’s wellbeing, these psychiatric chemicals are clearly doing more harm than good. What kind of society would permit this assault on its children?

MIA Radio

In this week’s episode of the MIA podcast, Monica Cassani shares her own experiences of the psychiatric system, how a person’s sensitivity can be affected by psychiatric treatment and how she helps and supports others to achieve health in body, mind and spirit.

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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.

Prescribing Antipsychotics in First Episode Psychosis

Lex Wunderink, MD, PhD, a Dutch researcher, describes his randomized control group study which showed that individuals diagnosed with psychosis who were discontinued from antipsychotic medications improved over a seven year period of time compared to those who remained on antipsychotic medications.

UK Open Dialogue

Peer-supported Open Dialogue (POD) is about working with people holistically; involving their whole network and connecting to - rather than trying to suppress - their distress, so that meaning can be found in it by those experiencing it the most.

Join the Discussion

  • JanCarol on Is Xanax Really the Bad Guy?
    Okay anonymous case study. Someone with a drinking problem self-injured, took too much Zoloft and...
  • squash on A System Built on Fear
    I do agree. Self-incrimination leading to revocation of due process, indefinite restriction of freed...
  • Anonymous2016 on Has Psychiatry Gone Uniquely Astray?
    I'm afraid we're going to have to agree to disagree about the scientific method. The method that I w...
  • lcagee on A System Built on Fear
    Excellent essay. Thank you for posting this. By the way I think I had the exact same experience with...
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