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From NPR: In Virginia, 36% of hospitals sued patients and garnished their wages in 2017. Four of the five hospitals with the most lawsuits were nonprofits.
From AlterNet: Exposure has not stopped the worsening behavior of Big Pharma because it controls most of Congress—candidates rely heavily on the industry for campaign budgets.
From BBC News: A second girl has died at a UK mental health unit for young people where staff face being disciplined for allegedly mistreating patients.
From NBC News: Though recognized as critical to curbing the epidemic, harm-reduction advocates have been unable to open a single safe injection site anywhere in the U.S.
From Lown Institute: It wasn’t until Steve was admitted to the hospital for multi-organ failure that a gastroenterologist set him on a path to deprescribe his psychiatric medications.
From MC FÜBB: New single by rapper/psychotherapist MC FÜBB is a response to over-medicalized, disease-focused treatment in psychiatry and calls for greater humanism in mental health care.
From The Washington Post: Ironically, the "care" I was given—forcibly taking me out of my community and medicating me against my will—started to *actually* make me a danger to myself.
From the Hartford Courant: Volunteers in Psychotherapy, a West Hartford-based non-profit, allows people to get absolutely private therapy in exchange for volunteering at an organization of their choice.
From the American Psychological Association "Speaking of Psychology" podcast: We know that all human behavior is an interaction between a human being and the circumstances or situations in which they find themselves.
From Dr. Gary Sidley/Tales from the Madhouse blog: The illness-like-any-other approach to human distress, as espoused by Western psychiatry, has been an abject failure. We do not need more of the same.
From CultuRecode DhuriNya Project: Cultures which emphasize Individualism are more likely to make the fundamental attribution error—explaining behavior by reference to innate character traits rather than external sources.
From the American Psychological Association: The combination of easy access to assault weapons and hateful rhetoric is toxic. Psychological science has demonstrated that social contagion is real.
From The Guardian: Special rapporteur on health Dr. Dainius Pūras says social justice is more important for mental health than therapy and medication.
From New Statesman: Mindfulness has become the perfect coping mechanism for neoliberal capitalism: it privatises stress and tells people to locate the root of mental ailments in their own work ethic.
From Psychology Today: Here is the circular logic: How do we know a patient has depression? Because they have the symptoms. Why are they having symptoms? Because they have depression.
From Nature: Speaking fees for "celebrity" psychologists "begin at $10,000 and can go as high as $100,000," says American motivational speaker Dave Sheffield.
From Rachel Waddingham - Behind the Labels: We should work together to resurrect this hard-hitting film from 2018, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Hilary Swank, that has been effectively buried.
From Truthout: Several factors have combined to prime the mainstream media to embrace the conventional narrative and to discount research and critiques that challenged it.
From Medscape: Investigators found that the data submitted to the FDA were limited to trials that only assessed whether patients could use the product as intended.
From the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: Scott Waterman, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the University of Vermont, writes about his personal journey through psychiatry over the past several decades.
From Bioneers: We have the capacity to heal both ourselves and the planet by reconnecting with our true nature as empathic, nurturing, social beings.
From Psychology Today: New animal research shows that social stress alters both the composition and behavior of gut bacteria, leading to self-destructive changes in the immune system.
From The Appeal: Officers responded to the man's anger by repeatedly pepper spraying him, kicking him, stomping on him, punching him, and shocking him.
From Radio New Zealand: "It’s only when you go down into much smaller doses that...the withdrawal symptoms really start to become more evident and more severe."