Friday, August 14, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

NICE Recommends Antidepressants Not Painkillers for Chronic Pain

From BBC News: The advisory body's draft guidance recommends antidepressants, acupuncture or psychological therapy for chronic pain not caused by an injury or other medical condition.

Abolition Must Include Psychiatry

From the Disability Visibility Project: Those of us who have survived psychiatric incarceration know that not only did the asylum never die — it is, and always was, another prison.

Victoria’s Mental Health Wards Putting More Patients in Seclusion

From ABC NEWS: Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council chair Dr. Chris Maylea said some services were repeatedly exceeding government seclusion targets without consequence.

Why Black Psychology Matters

From Kevin Cokley PhD/Black Psychology Matters: Black psychologists such as Joseph White articulated the principles of a positive and strengths-based psychology prior to the formation of positive psychology.

Some Conflicts of Interest in Medicine Cannot Be Managed, Should Be Banned

From The BMJ Opinion: While greater transparency about the nature of financial interests is important, on its own, such a move is unlikely to mitigate the risks to patient safety and may make matters worse. 

We Know Enough About the Problems in Research to Demand Solutions

FromThe BMJ Opinion: To challenge the status quo, we need to offer clear solutions and convince patients, the public, and policymakers to support change.

‘NHS Sends Too Many MH Patients to Hospital for Expensive, Ineffective Care’

From The Bristol Cable: People are being sent away to private mental health providers for specialist treatment, but this often means poorer outcomes at higher costs, says occupational therapist Keir Harding.

IFS: The Revolutionary Treatment That Could Change Psychotherapy Forever

From Medium/Elemental: "If it is true that these things we think of as our inner enemies are really heroes stuck in time, that allows people to relate inside with a lot more compassion and love."

Trading Cops for Social Workers Isn’t the Solution to Police Violence

From Truthout: Social workers have a long and troubled history as partners to the state, more often serving as carceral enforcers than as collaborators toward liberation. 

Dozens of ECT Patients Sue NHS Over Brain Damage Claims

From The Daily Mail: They say they were never informed that ECT could cause permanent memory loss as well as trouble with basic tasks like facial recognition, walking, and reading.

On Addiction: ‘You Just Need a Hand to Hold to See You Through’

From The BMJ Opinion: The enduring judgments around addiction in our society have long been a problem. But I hadn’t expected to face this even within healthcare services.

Natives Foster Happy People Without Overthinking

From Darcia Narvaez, Phd/Moral Landscapes: Jean Liedloff's 1975 book The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost revealed how native groups in the Amazon intuitively raised healthy and intelligent adults.

The Importance of Having a Breakdown

From The School of Life: Our crisis, if we can get through it, is an attempt to dislodge us from a toxic status quo and an insistent call to rebuild our lives on a more authentic and sincere basis.

The Quality of Monopoly Capitalist Society: Mental Health

From Monthly Review: What Baran and Sweezy saw in the 1960s as the trend toward the psychological dissolution of working-class families and individuals has today become nothing less than a ubiquitous cancer responsible for the decline of whole communities.

Why Grooming Is So Hard to Spot: The Truth

From the VictimFocus Blog: Grooming should be reframed as a common, normal human behaviour that we all engage in. That's why teaching children and women to "spot the signs" doesn't work.

NZ: Homeless Most Likely to be Fed Antidepressants When Seeking Help

From Stuff: Again and again, homeless people tell their story to officials and agencies. The most common thing they get back, new research suggests, is a script for anti-depressants.

Police Keep Using ‘Excited Delirium’ to Justify Brutality. It’s Junk Science.

From The Washington Post: Several analyses have found that the majority of deaths attributed to 'excited delirium' are associated with the use of physical restraint.

Overdose Deaths Soar Across Country Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

From The Appeal: : "COVID-19 really highlights the risk factors [for deaths of despair] that we know are most prevalent: unemployment, social isolation, disconnection. Those are huge risk factors."

Let’s Avoid Talk of ‘Chemical Imbalance’: It’s People in Distress

From Psyche: Mental health treatment needs to re-engage with the language of persons. This means suspending the detached, third-person stance toward patients, and attending to their actual experience and circumstances.

Drugs, Money and Misleading Evidence

From Nature: It’s time to take trials out of the hands of pharmaceutical makers, argues the latest in a long line of books on corruption and the pharmaceutical industry.

Medical Chief Savages Royal Adelaide Hospital Shackle Use

From The Advertiser: The state's Chief Psychiatrist issued an intervention order demanding the $2.4 billion hospital reduce use of restraints and seclusion on mental-health patients stuck in the emergency department.

People in Mental Health Crises Need Help, Not Handcuffs

From STAT News: A mental health crisis can be a frightening thing. Those in its throes need help, but all too often get handcuffs

Cops Criminalize Protest; Psychiatrists Medicalize It

From Susan Rosenthal: It doesn’t help to replace one form of oppression with another. Like the police, the ‘mental health industry’ is built on discrimination.

RCMP Officer Drags Student in Crisis, Steps on Her Head

From CBC Wang says she was experiencing mental distress and her boyfriend called the RCMP. The officer did not provide assistance.

The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

From The New York Times: Two major study retractions in one month have left researchers wondering if the peer review process is broken.

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