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From Mad in Norway: Birgit Valla has been recognized by the Foundation for the Promotion of Freedom of Expression in Mental Health Care for her work to ensure a fundamental respect for the human being in mental health.
From Psychology Today/John Read, PhD: A recent article reports on the successes and challenges of three new Soteria-style houses, an effective alternative to psychiatric hospitalization initiated in California in the 1970s.
From The Markup: Experts say some hospitals’ use of an ad tracking tool may violate a federal law protecting health information.
From Children's Health Defense: With warnings of a mental health crisis among young people, the recommendation may appear sound and reasonable — but depression screening can be dangerous, some experts say.
From CBS News: America's largest online "mental health provider" is being investigated by the DOJ for their "chaotic," "confusing," "dangerous" prescribing practices.
From Psychology Today/Justin Garson PhD: Calluses are designed responses to friction. Fevers are designed responses to infection. Are delusions a designed response to a painful reality?
From Alice Miller: Child Abuse and Mistreatment: We tend to associate "hatred" with the notion of a dangerous curse we need to free ourselves of as quickly as we can. I take a very different view of this matter.
From Psychology Today/Christopher Lane PhD: Sarah Fay's new memoir draws heavily from the DSM and its various editions to challenge their reliability and validity and asks clinicians to pause before assigning powerful diagnostic codes.
From Psyche: Philosophical concepts can help us examine what can go wrong in our communicative exchanges and re-examine our priorities in mental health.
From Slate: As 988 creeps closer to launching without sufficient staffing, experts worry that workers for the new crisis line could face the same challenges as their cousins at 911.
From Medium/Markham Heid: "Greater awareness” campaigns can often be little more than pharmaceutical marketing tactics that turn normal human feelings into illnesses.
From Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine: Science has been waging war against subjective experience for a very long time, and it has taken its toll on Western culture.
From Rex Weyler: Breaking the cycle of abuse, trauma, and addiction requires a radically new relationship with society and with the more-than-human world.
From Slate: There have been no great medical solutions, not for psychosis, not for our more common conditions like depression and anxiety.
From CalMatters: One in three California prisoners has a "diagnosed mental illness." For many of them, prison is not a place to heal. It is a place to disappear.
From Charles Eisenstein: What if there is something so fundamentally wrong with the world, the lives, and the way of being offered us, that withdrawal is the only sane response?
To Prevent Mass Shootings, Stop Relying on the Myth of Motive; Start Doing Forensic ACE Investigations
From PACEs Connection: The right question is: What happened to this person? What happened to a beautiful baby boy to turn him into an 18-year-old killer spouting racist screed?
From Raised Good: Suffering with a "cumulative stress reaction" as a result of the snowballing effect of "too much," children develop their own coping strategies to feel safe.
From Surviving Psychiatry: The idea that the "DBT clinician" is the "master" who holds the authority to assess individuals’ emotions, experiences, and coping strategies, and to "fix" them is, as a premise, utterly disempowering.
From the Miami Herald: The research contradicts a longstanding belief among doctors, teachers, parents and patients that ADHD students perform better in class while on prescription amphetamines and stimulants.
From The New York Times: In 1972, Dr. John Fryer risked his career to tell his colleagues that gay people were not mentally ill. His act sent ripples through the legal, medical and justice systems.
From the Windsor Star: “You’ve got to question your doctor,” said David Carmichael, of Toronto. “You’ve got to question, research, and report suspected adverse drug reactions.”
From Psychology Today: Being raised in an emotionally neglectful family sets you up to have an estranged relationship with your own emotions, which sets you apart from others and yourself.
From Dr. Gabor Maté: We need to look at the lives of today’s children and adolescents and, above all, at what’s missing in their lives.
From the Los Angeles Times: Advocates say the California governor's proposed "CARE Court" "flies in the face of any evidence-based approach to ending homelessness."