Sunday, May 28, 2017

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

A Standing Meditation for Self-Care

In this piece for On Being, Sharon Salzberg discusses the importance of self-care and describes a meditation technique that can help increase self-love and self-compassion.

Trump’s Pick for Mental Health ‘Czar’ Highlights Rift

From The New York Times: President Trump's nominee to direct SAMHSA, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, who is a strong proponent of the medical model of psychiatry,...

What It Feels Like When Your Identity is Heavy

In this piece for Science of Us, Jesse Singal describes the burdensome stress of being a member of a minority group and having an identity...

New Podcast – is it Really Mental Illness?

From the University of Liverpool News: In a new podcast, Dr. Peter Kinderman, the vice-president of the British Psychological Society, argues that emotional distress is...

We Need to Stop Prescribing Antidepressants in Primary Care

In this op-ed for Pulse, Des Spence argues the case for dramatically reducing antidepressant prescriptions, as antidepressants are often completely ineffective and unnecessary. "Clearly psychological pain,...

In Praise of Defiance

From Aeon: Throughout history, psychiatry has pathologized defiance and continues to label individuals who resist authority and stand up for their rights as mentally ill....

MHE Launches New Video on Article 27 of the UN CRPD

Mental Health Europe has launched a new animated video explaining Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Article 27...

Doctors Too Reliant on Pfizer’s Depression Questionnaire

From The Telegraph: Depression is being overdiagnosed due to doctors' reliance on a nine-question form designed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer to assess patients for depression. Article...

What Know-it-alls Don’t Know, or the Illusion of Competence

In this piece for Aeon, Kate Fehlhaber investigates why some people are overconfident in their knowledgeability and skills, despite holding inaccurate beliefs or being less competent...

FDA Proposes That Doctors Learn About Acupuncture

From STAT: The FDA is now recommending that physicians learn about a variety of approaches to pain management, including non-pharmacologic therapies such as chiropractic care...

Group Homes for People With a Disability Must be Phased Out

From ABC: More than 100 academics have published an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold a royal commission investigating abuses and...

Here’s a Great This American Life Segment About Being Neurotic

From Science of Us: This week's This American Life, which addresses questions regarding whether extraterrestrial life exists, reveals a great deal of truth about what it...

What the Fidget Spinners Fad Says About Disability Discrimination

From Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: For decades, autistic and developmentally disabled people have been conditioned and coerced into behaving like neurotypical people, including suppressing...

The Effects of Exercise on Depression

From CNN: Exercise may help in reducing depression. Click here for a video on the benefits of exercise for people struggling with depression, including one man's...

What a New University in Africa is Doing to Decolonize Education

From The Conversation: A new university in Africa is taking steps toward decolonizing the social sciences, including assigning students non-English texts, studying non-textual sources, and...

Instagram Worst App for Young People’s Mental Health

From CNN: A British study found that Instagram has a negative effect on young people's mental health, especially on young women's body image. The Royal...

Reintroducing Spirituality Could Address the Mental Health Crisis

From The Independent: Society's cycle of compulsive consumerism and materialism is partly to blame for Britain's mental health crisis. Instead of merely referring people to...

Our World: My Child, ECT and Me

A new episode of BBC's Our World investigates the increased usage of electroconvulsive therapy on children in America.

Bullying’s Lasting Impact

From Science Daily: A new study shows that students who experience bullying in the fifth grade are at a higher risk for depression and substance use...

Chris Cornell’s Wife Blames Anxiety Medicine for Suicide

From Rolling Stone: On Thursday morning, singer Chris Cornell died by suicide. His wife recently issued a statement speculating that his suicide may have been...

I Smoked Weed Three Times and Ended Up in Rehab Hell

From VICE: In her recently published memoir, The Dead Inside, Cyndy Etler tells her story of being abused and subjected to attack therapy in a teen rehab...

The Virtues of Boredom

From The Atlantic: Like loneliness, boredom is an emotion that almost everyone feels, but almost no one talks about. Boredom may be useful in revealing...

Virtual Reality Promising for Mental Health Treatment

From Healio: A recent review indicated that virtual reality-based treatment may be effective for a variety of mental health concerns including phobias, social anxiety, PTSD,...

A Suicide Therapist’s Secret Past

In this piece for The New York Times, suicidologist and psychotherapist Stacey Freedenthal tells her story of having struggled with suicidality and discusses the importance...

Is School Driving Kids Literally Crazy?

From FEE: School may have a negative impact on children's and teens' mental health: children's psychiatric emergency room visits drop precipitously over the summer and increase...

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