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From RxISK: For the first time, European patients prescribed an SSRI or SNRI will, if they read the product information, be warned about the risk of long-term sexual dysfunction.
From The Guardian: I remember the first time I forcibly medicated a person against his will. In that moment, however good my intentions, I was knowingly participating in his suffering.
From The Herald Scotland: "I’ve just had enough of how I’ve been treated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for trying to raise ethics of good medical practice, patient safety."
From The Guardian Letters: Claiming that a local idiom of distress – 'thinking too much' – is really depression is asserting the universalist supremacy of western frameworks and categories.
From The Guardian: Why, when the health of so many people is at stake, did it take so long to listen to patients?
From Scientific American: New evidence makes it clear that merely assigning people to play the role of prison guards did not lead them to engage in cruelty naturally, of their own accord.
From Brain Pickings: "I cannot say exactly how nature exerts its calming and organizing effects on our brains... [but] in many cases, gardens and nature are more powerful than any medication."
From Uplift: "The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer. Consequently, there will be a tendency... to keep trying as many people as possible in an attempt to get somebody's attention."
From NPR: To improve the nation's physical and mental health, epidemiologist Sandro Galea says we need to understand the factors that are actually the drivers of it.
From Bloomberg: A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine examines 93 cancer drugs approved between 1992 and 2017, of which only 19 showed improvement in overall survival.
From NPR: The National Council for Behavioral Health calls trauma a 'near universal experience' for those with mental and behavioral issues, yet finding knowledgeable help is difficult.
From Pete Earley: "What are we committing people to? . . . Why don’t we start with treatment and services that we know work, and that people actually want?"
From The Miami Herald: In a letter to the Broward Sheriff, the public defender demanded an immediate review of medical and isolation practices at all Broward County detention facilities.
From Aeon: Philadelphia House, co-founded by R.D. Laing and still operating in London, offers an alternative to confrontational treatment methods and medical interventions.
From Undark: Chester Pierce — the founding president of the Black Psychiatrists of America — was most concerned about one institution in particular: television.
From Psychology Today: Doctors will soon be told to warn patients that ending treatment can cause "severe" adverse effects and last much longer than previously advised.
From Bloomberg: "There’s an incentive for managed-care companies to do the wrong thing, because they know that at the end of the day they don’t stand to be punished monetarily."
From TIME: According to the ICD-11, "gender identity disorders" have been reframed as "gender incongruence" and have been moved to a chapter on sexual health.
From Pyschiatric Times: In many ways, Dr. Frances is one of the architects of modern psychiatry, yet he has also emerged as one of its most prominent critics.
From Slate Star Codex: It turns out that having 15,000 psychiatrists in one building sparks a drug company feeding frenzy that makes piranhas look sedate by comparison.
From PharmaTimes: The pharmacists will prevent care home residents from being given too many medicines as part of a package of measures to improve older people’s health and care.
From Monthly Review: The alleviation of mental distress is only possible "in a society without exploitation and oppression," says professor of social work Iain Ferguson.
From The Guardian: I’m still puzzling over the peculiar inability of the government to even discuss whether the CQC report (and others like it) documents torture.
From Quillette: By transforming pain, illness, and death from a personal challenge into a technical problem, medical practice becomes the source of a new kind of un-health.
From Psychotherapy Networker: Whether in a medical or more direct psychotherapeutic sense, healing is about subverting people's self-image as isolated, simply biological or simply psychological creatures.