From MedPage Today: From this vantage, the FDA looks like an agency whose goal is to preserve pharmaceutical profits.
From The Washington Post: In 2017, an estimated 94 percent of older adults received a prescription for a drug that increased their risk of falling, up from 57 percent in 1999, and their rate of death caused by falls more than doubled during the same period.
From The Daily Mail: More than half of NHS hospital trusts contacted under a recent audit used ECT information leaflets with seven or more inaccurate statements about the controversial procedure.
From Mental Health Film Comment: MIA Staff Writer Miranda Spencer discusses Britney Spears' conservatorship and media portrayal of the star's mental health challenges.
From CNBC: The FDA approved the new drug from Biogen, priced at $56,000 per year, despite a near-unanimous "no" vote from a key advisory committee.
From Change.org: The mental health system in Trieste, Italy, which for decades has been widely recognized as a model for good community care, is under threat of being dismantled by a new political faction.
Sandra Escher, who helped create a foundation for the Hearing Voices movement, recently passed away. She was the first researcher in the field of children who hear voices.
From i newspaper: What kind of society deems it acceptable to break citizens simply because they are autistic? And what kind of nation averts its gaze from grotesque mistreatment of a minority?
From Psychiatric Times: "If such a willingness to discount the feelings and testimonies [of patients] is widespread, I cannot help but think that psychiatry is really in a serious [moral] crisis."
From Science & Nonduality: Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives, and the root of our deepest wounds. Renowned physician Dr. Gabor Maté gives us a new vision of a trauma-informed society and points us to the path of individual and collective healing.
From The New Statesman: A movement of people who hear voices is reshaping our understanding of 'mental illness' – and consciousness itself.
From The Christian Science Monitor: From the squalid conditions of the Los Angeles County jail has emerged a potential model for how to address mental illness among incarcerated people. The secret? Care, on a daily basis.
From MedPage Today: A newly approved 'medication' for 'schizophrenia' and 'bipolar disorder' promises to reduce usual weight gain with olanzapine (Zyprexa) by making it less pleasant to eat food.
From Medium: What Americans really need is to fix the cycles of abuse that have driven them to seek, and yet never find, safety in the unsafe world they themselves have created.
From The Telegraph: A coroner ruled that Margaret Molyneux, 69, died of natural causes, but a review found that she had been prescribed higher than recommended doses of the drug olanzapine (Zyprexa).
From the World Health Organization: Many mental health services around the world are failing people. There is a different path that countries and services can take.
From Antidepressant Risks: Katinka Blackford Newman, Professor David Healey, Sarah Culshaw and Dr. Ed White have teamed up on a new website helping people understand the risks of taking antidepressants.
From RxISK: Leemon McHenry reviews the first novel published by David Healy's writers co-operative—"a must-read for medical professionals, and especially aspiring key opinion leaders."
From UCL Beacon Bursary fund: This event aims to explore the lived-experience perspective when attempting to distinguish withdrawal effects from relapse.
From The Guardian: Such symptoms occur in half of patients, and the correct response is to taper off their medication more slowly, says Dr Mark Horowitz.
From The Guardian: David Taylor, director of pharmacy for an NHS foundation trust, knows from personal experience that coming off these medications can be horrible. He has also researched ways to make it easier.
"We, a group of people with first-hand experience of the mental health system...saw how abuse, corruption, and exploitation were covered up, while victims and critics of the system were silenced and marginalized."
From Jody Chan/Midnight Sun: "our bodies know things about freedom that our language cannot articulate . . ."
From City Journal: In slaying the old monster of the state asylums, we created a new monster in its shadow: one that consists of the street, the jail, and the emergency room.
From ProPublica: An investigation found repeated breakdowns in oversight as states failed to protect young people in need of specialized care.