Friday, July 1, 2022

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Mad in Norway Editor Awarded for Freedom of Expression in Mental Health Care

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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.

An Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitals: Report From Israeli Soteria Houses

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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.

Facebook Is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information from Hospital Websites

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From The Markup: Experts say some hospitals’ use of an ad tracking tool may violate a federal law protecting health information.

Experts Urge Caution as AAP Calls for Mental Health Screenings for Newborns to 21-Year-Olds

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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.

Former Cerebral Employees Say Company’s Practices Put Patients at Risk

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From CBS News: America's largest online "mental health provider" is being investigated by the DOJ for their "chaotic," "confusing," "dangerous" prescribing practices.

Are ‘Mental Disorders’ Diseases, or Strategies?

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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?

What Is Hatred? | Alice Miller

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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.

Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses

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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.

Philosophy Can Help Us Connect, Even in the Face of Psychosis

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From Psyche: Philosophical concepts can help us examine what can go wrong in our communicative exchanges and re-examine our priorities in mental health.

Call Centers Struggling to Hire for New Nationwide Mental Health Crisis Line

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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.

How Drugmakers Influence Our Beliefs About ‘Mental Illness’

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From Medium/Markham Heid: "Greater awareness” campaigns can often be little more than pharmaceutical marketing tactics that turn normal human feelings into illnesses.

Scientism and the Health Crisis in the Modern World

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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.

Ecological Trauma and Common Addiction

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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.

Psychiatrists Thought This ‘Antipsychotic’ Was a Miracle Drug. They Were Wrong.

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From Slate: There have been no great medical solutions, not for psychosis, not for our more common conditions like depression and anxiety.

Inmate Shuffle: How California Bounces Around Its ‘Mentally Ill’ Prisoners

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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.

Illness as Mutiny of the Soul | Charles Eisenstein

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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

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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?

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

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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.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or: Play by the Rules, Hysteric!

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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.

ADHD Meds Don’t Lead to Higher Grades or More Learning, FIU Study Finds

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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.

He Spurred a Revolution in Psychiatry. Then He ‘Disappeared.’

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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.

Man Who Killed Son Tours Canada With “Know Your Drugs” Campaign

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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.”

How Emotional Neglect Can Leave You Feeling Deeply Flawed | Jonice Webb, PhD

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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.

Are Violent Teens Suffering ‘the Rage of the Unparented’? | Gabor Maté, MD

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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.

Opposition Mounts Against Newsom’s Plan for Court-Ordered ‘Treatment’ of Unhoused People

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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."

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