Thursday, October 17, 2019

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As Trump Calls for More ‘Institutions,’ GOP Shifts Focus to Mental Health

From The Washington Post: "I do want people to remember the words 'mental illness.' These people are mentally ill," Trump said after the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

Overdose Epidemic Sending More and More Children to Foster Care

From Mother Jones: The total number of foster care entries has slowly dwindled, but entries due to parental drug use jumped from roughly 40,000 in 2000 to nearly 100,000 in 2017.

Canada’s Decision to Make Public More Clinical Trial Data Puts Pressure on FDA

From NPR: Canada's move follows a similar policy enacted by the European Union, but the FDA continues to treat this information as confidential to companies and rarely makes it public.

Groundbreaking Program Supports People Without Force in Belgium

From Human Rights Watch: "There are only two rules...We don’t abandon someone, and we don’t force someone. When people call us, they’re a citizen. Not a sick person, not a patient, not a user, not a client.”

‘Clearly a Game’: Opioid Lawsuit Settlements Give Tax Breaks to Drug Firms

From USA TODAY: "When corporations deduct settlements for wrongdoing [from their taxes], the public is doubly harmed," said a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

Jury Says J&J Must Pay $8B in Risperdal Male Breast Growth Case

From ABC News: "Johnson & Johnson and Janssen chose billions over children... [This] is a company which has lost its way," attorneys for the plaintiff said.

You’re Trapped. They’re Cashing In: North Tampa Behavioral Health

From Tampa Bay Times: A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that North Tampa Behavioral makes huge profits by exploiting patients held under Florida’s Baker Act.

Beyond Well: Science, Ep.11 – Why Hearing Voices Support Groups Heal

From Open Excellence: Psychologist and researcher Gail Hornstein, PhD, talks about her research into what makes the Hearing Voices peer support group approach so healing.

Free to Check In, But Not to Leave: WA State’s For-Profit Psych Hospitals

From The Seattle Times: For-profit psychiatric hospitals in Washington routinely have held patients by claiming they wouldn’t be safe if released, only to be contradicted by government evaluators who find no grounds for committing them.

International Experts Call for Services for Millions Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

From the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: The 40 experts attending last weekend’s meeting of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal voted to endorse the recent Public Health England recommendations on prescribed medicines.

Hi, I’m David. I’m a Drug Addict

From Los Angeles Times: "Most people aren’t prepared for the changes these drugs can cause to the body," says Adam Bisaga, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Infancy and Early Childhood Matter So Much Because of Attachment

From The Conversation: What we learn throughout infancy and childhood are a set of behaviours and ways of thinking and feeling about ourselves and others, or what psychologists call a working model of the world.

ACLU Suing Officials on Behalf of Traumatized Separated Families

From Truthout: "We think that the family separations was so extreme and so unprecedented that if ever there was a case warranting damages, it’s this one," an ACLU spokesman said.

We Need to Treat BPD for What It Really Is – a Response to Trauma

From The Conversation: Thinking about BPD in terms of its underlying cause would lead to better treatment and reinforce the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect in the first place.

Inspectors Discover Poor Standards at 28 UK Mental Health Units

From The Guardian: The disclosure of such widespread substandard care in privately-run mental health facilities has prompted psychiatrists to call for a public inquiry to investigate.

Understanding Voices: New Website for Voice-Hearers and Their Supporters

From Hearing the Voice: New website offers practical techniques and information and sheds light on the links between voice-hearing and inner speech, trauma, creativity and spiritual or religious experience.

How a Parent’s Affection Shapes a Child’s Happiness for Life

From Motherly: A number of recent studies highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.

Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

From YES! Magazine: "Lament [singing] is a very old, traditional way to express your feelings...If you are hurt or you have sorrows...you cry it out, you let it come out. That’s what they would do in the old times."

Arab-Americans’ Mental Health Suffers Due to Census Box

From Scienceline: Beyond cloaking millions of people in invisibility, the lack of a Middle Eastern and North African ethnic box has also complicated efforts to research the minority group’s mental health.

People, Heal Thyselves: Nigeria’s New Mental Health Approach

From The Guardian: Informal mental health support networks like Nigeria’s MANI are becoming more prevalent around the world as people realise that health systems cannot cope with mental illness.

Schizophrenia and Suicide: Is There a Drug Connection?

From The Baltimore Sun: In current psychotropic trials, there are more dead bodies in the active treatment groups than in the placebo groups. That's quite different from what happens in the trials of drugs that really work.

Is It Time to Make Peace With Voices?

From Discursive of Tunbridge Wells: Hundreds of years of ignoring voices has only made them more desperate and challenging. Is it time to respectfully invite them to the peace table?

Johann Hari: This Could Be Why You’re Depressed and Anxious

From TED: I was only able to start changing my life when I realized my depression was not a malfunction. It's a signal. Your depression is a signal. It's telling you something.

‘Shocking’ Study: Most Common Antidepressant Barely Improves Depression

From The Telegraph: The new trial of sertraline is by far the largest to be conducted without the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry.

‘Disturbing Staff Abuses,’ ‘Serious Staff Violations’ of Law at DC’s St. Elizabeths Hospital

From Washington City Paper: By law, hospitals can only use restraints as a last resort. In 2018, St. Elizabeths used them almost 20,000 percent more than in 2013.

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