Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Calls for Segregated Mental Health Wards to Reduce Sexual Assault Risk

From ABC News Australia: Sexual violence against women in Australian mental health wards is going unchecked, despite service providers' awareness of the problem.

Are Psychiatric Medications Safe? The FDA’s Answer May Surprise You

From the Inner Compass Initiative: The real responsibility for determining if a drug is "safe enough" or "worth it", said the Deputy Director for Safety at the FDA’s Division of Psychiatry Products, lies with individual physicians and patients.

The Diagnosis Debate: It’s an Old Story, But It’s Important, and It’s News

From Psychology Today: We need to move away from the assumption that our more difficult emotions are merely symptoms of mental illness.

SF Debate on Mental Health Policy Should Include Those Who Use City Services

From San Francisco Examiner: We invite peers and mental health 'consumers' to join Mad Mob SF to demand and get sufficient mental health care and services.

Jordan Peterson in Russia Detoxing From Benzos After Near-Death Experience

From National Post: The medication almost killed my dad. He’s a psychologist and even he wasn’t aware of how bad these medications are for some people.

Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Leads to Big Drop in Gay Suicide Rate

From Queerty: Although suicide rates in the general populations of Denmark and Sweden have been decreasing in recent decades, for those living in same-sex marriage it was declining at a steeper pace.

We Need to Move on From Self-Care to Something Outside of Capitalism

From The Guardian: Rather than just seeing ourselves, we need to recognise that our health and fates are inextricably linked to our fellow human beings and find collective care.
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National Survey: Students’ Feelings About High School Are Mostly Negative

From Yale News: Ask a high school student how he or she typically feels at school, and the answer you’ll likely hear is “tired,” closely followed by “stressed” and “bored.”

Schools Are Surveiling Student Emails for Suicide Risks, Raising ACLU Concerns

From The Detroit News: Roughly 1,400 districts across the U.S. have hired Gaggle to use artificial intelligence and staff to search nearly 4 billion emails and school-email based documents last year.

System for Mental Health Diagnosis Is Corrupt, Some Experts Say

From Psychology Today: Our lives are bound into complexly interwoven ecologies of relationship, experience and meaning that evade compartmentalization.

Obituary: Bonnie Burstow, Psychotherapist Who Rejected Psychiatry

From The New York Times: "I always saw the world as having two negative responses to people they aren’t happy with... That is either 'They are bad,' or 'They are sick.'"

Number of ER Visits for Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Keeps Rising

From U.S. News & World Report: "It's the only major cause of death that we don't aggressively fund research for," Foreman said. Also, there are no standards for care, and little or no training is given in medical school. "We're not acting like we care."

Cops Are Illegally Detaining and Hurting Mental Health Patients

From VICE: Understaffed hospitals in Vermont are engaging local law enforcement as security, but their lack of training means people get hurt, citations are issued, and already-strained regions lose access to healthcare.

Doctors Prescribe More of a Drug If They Receive Money from a Related Pharma Co.

From ProPublica: On average, across all drugs, providers who received payments specifically tied to a drug prescribed it 58% more than providers who did not receive payments.

The Disturbing Rise in Benzodiazepine Prescriptions

From Psychology Today: For every 100 adults nationwide who saw a doctor from 2014-16, 27 left with a prescription for the psychiatric drug.

Waterboarding of Detainees Was So Gruesome, Even CIA Officials Wept

From the Los Angeles Times: "It is one thing that [Mitchell and Jessen] are utterly unapologetic; that is a commentary on them. But it is something else altogether that so much of the rest of the country is utterly indifferent; that is a commentary on us."

I Was Tortured for Days Thanks to Jessen and Mitchell. A “Sorry” Would Be Nice

From Newsweek: The past cannot be undone but we can try to build a better future. As a start, I would like the two men to stop by my cell this week. I am still waiting for an apology.

Architect of C.I.A. Interrogation Program Testifies at Guantánamo Bay

From The New York Times: Dr. James Mitchell, a former contract psychologist for the C.I.A., expressed no regrets or contrition, tearfully saying he did it for the American people and would "get up today and do it again."

The Psychological Impacts of Poverty, Digested

From BPS Research Digest: "Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult."

5 Things to Know as Calif. Starts Screening Children for Toxic Stress

From California Healthline: Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or a parent who struggles with alcoholism.

FDA Approves Drugs Faster Than Ever but Relies on Weaker Evidence

From NPR: Almost half of recent new drug approvals were based on only one pivotal clinical trial instead of the two or more that used to be the norm.

The 3rd Annual Shkreli Awards: Dishonorable Mentions in Health Care

From the Lown Institute: The Lown Institute's top ten list of the worst examples of profiteering and dysfunction in health care, named for Martin Shkreli, the price-hiking "pharma bro" that everyone loves to hate.

Lawsuit Over Teen’s Diagnosis, Treatment Heads to Trial

From AP: The suit was brought against Boston Children's Hospital by the parents of Justina Pelletier, who in 2013 was placed into state custody after a dispute over her diagnosis and put in a psychiatric unit.

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

From Yale Environment 360: A recent study found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don't.

Veteran Saves Lives With Story of Polypharmacy, Overmedication

From KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio: Former Sergeant Angela Peacock has found a new mission in life: To help all who suffer from post-traumatic stress and give voice to an invisible population and another experience that can kill.

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