From the Los Angeles Times: "It is one thing that [Mitchell and Jessen] are utterly unapologetic; that is a commentary on them. But it is something else altogether that so much of the rest of the country is utterly indifferent; that is a commentary on us."
From Newsweek: The past cannot be undone but we can try to build a better future. As a start, I would like the two men to stop by my cell this week. I am still waiting for an apology.
From The New York Times: Dr. James Mitchell, a former contract psychologist for the C.I.A., expressed no regrets or contrition, tearfully saying he did it for the American people and would "get up today and do it again."
From BPS Research Digest: "Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult."
From California Healthline: Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or a parent who struggles with alcoholism.
From NPR: Almost half of recent new drug approvals were based on only one pivotal clinical trial instead of the two or more that used to be the norm.
From the Lown Institute: The Lown Institute's top ten list of the worst examples of profiteering and dysfunction in health care, named for Martin Shkreli, the price-hiking "pharma bro" that everyone loves to hate.
From AP: The suit was brought against Boston Children's Hospital by the parents of Justina Pelletier, who in 2013 was placed into state custody after a dispute over her diagnosis and put in a psychiatric unit.
From Yale Environment 360: A recent study found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don't.
From KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio: Former Sergeant Angela Peacock has found a new mission in life: To help all who suffer from post-traumatic stress and give voice to an invisible population and another experience that can kill.
From The Washington Post: The number of such suicides for 2018 was 304 — an 11 percent increase from the year before and the highest number since the BLS began tracking the data 26 years ago.
From BBC Future: We’re all familiar with the mind-bending properties of psychedelic drugs, but it turns out ordinary medications – from paracetamol (acetaminophen) to antihistamines, statins, asthma medications and antidepressants – can be just as potent.
From CNN: A new 25-year observational study also found that a $2 increase could have prevented an estimated 40,000 suicides alone between 2009 and 2015.
From Filter: 911 calls involving a person in crisis have nearly doubled in the last decade, but only 21 percent of patrol officers had received crisis intervention training as of January 2017.
From The Washington Post: I believed that my only choices were to cope with depression or cope with antidepressants, and that depression would always thump inside me with the regularity of my own pulse.
From CNN: Her 1994 memoir stood as a cultural standard against which future conversations about antidepressants and mental health would be measured.
From VICE: Johnson & Johnson patented a form of the psychedelic with less research and a ridiculous price tag.
From Psychiatric Times: Dr. Awais Aftab of Conversations in Critical Psychiatry interviews husband-and-wife psychiatrists Dr. Sandra Steingard and Dr. Scott Waterman.
From Undark: Gøtzsche’s expulsion has crystalized debates about the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on medicine, the research community’s tolerance of dissent, and the proper role of data in the practice of medicine.
From Harvard Chan School of Public Health: Faculty and students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health delve into the question of whether the deaths represent a political, economic, or spiritual crisis.
From Forbes: Will manuals, algorithms, and automatons prevail? Or will we be able to preserve the centrality of unique and responsive human relationships?
From Medscape: A former NYU psychiatry researcher faked clinical data for research with federally funded grants worth millions of dollars, according to the US Office of Research Integrity.
From The British Psychological Society/Research Digest: "From a societal perspective... efforts should be made to enhance the quality of social connections as opposed to promoting the virtues of larger social networks."
From Tampa Bay Times: A cop car comes. A child is handcuffed and taken to a mental health facility. The scene is all too frequent at public schools across the state.
From the San Francisco Chronicle: Unlike a hotline for those in immediate crisis, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis — and a more costly 911 call or emergency-room visit.