Saturday, December 3, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

How Hospice Became a For-Profit Hustle

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From The New Yorker: Hospice has evolved from a constellation of charities, mostly reliant on volunteers, into a twenty-two-billion-dollar juggernaut funded by taxpayers and rife with exploitation.

How Big Pharma Hijacked Patient Groups

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From The Breach: Once a vibrant grassroots social movement, patient groups have become a powerful cluster of corporate-influenced organizations, with leaders whose values, beliefs and ties align more closely with the private sector than the public interest. 

New York City Will ‘Hospitalize’ More ‘Mentally Ill’ People Involuntarily

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From The New York Times: "The common misunderstanding persists that we cannot provide involuntary 'assistance' unless the person is violent," said Mayor Eric Adams. "This myth must be put to rest."

The Tyranny of the Prefrontal Cortex

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From Jeremy Lent: There is an overriding dynamic driving all the imbalances in our lives. Acknowledging it is the first step toward achieving re-harmonization within our individual and collective consciousness.

The Tapering Team: “Medications: Where Do We Stand in Psychiatry?”

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From Underground Psychiatry: "The insurance companies, the patients, and the doctors are addicted to the tablets. So we are all stuck in the system. And only if you put the health of the patient as the purpose of your treatment, then you can change it.” ~ Pharmacist Paul Harder

Interview With Award-Winning Mental Health Advocate Eugene LeBlanc

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From Re-Threading Madness Radio: LeBlanc was awarded the New Brunswick Human Rights Award for his work as director of the Groupe de Support Emotionnel Inc. and as publisher and editor of Our Voice/Notre Voix.

Mind Control: It’s Happening to You Right Now

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From Jeremy Lent/Patterns of Meaning: Your mind is being controlled by distant strangers who don’t have your best interests at heart. If that sounds like a paranoid fantasy, brace yourself and read on.

Debunking Pharma’s Spin on Racial Equity

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From Lown Institute: What could be a fruitful conversation has been largely co-opted by pharmaceutical companies as a method for trying to get drugs with unclear benefits approved.

The Failure to Acknowledge Contributions of “Non-Professionals” in Psychiatric Research

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In an essay published in Research Ethics, Will Hall writes about contributions by "non-professionals" and psychiatric survivors to research studies -- such a drug-tapering...

I Made Professor Before Ritalin. Now I Can’t Work Without It

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From Psyche: Instead of helping to maintain my self-confidence during a veritable earthquake in my life, my need for a crutch in pill form radically undermined my faith in myself.

AMI-Quebec Lecture: Rethinking Psychiatry With Robert Whitaker

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From AMI-Quebec and the Montreal Gazette: The way drugs shape long-term outcomes must be understood against our natural capacity to recover, said author Robert Whitaker ahead of his public lecture in Montreal.

The Ideology of Human Supremacy

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From Jeremy Lent/Resilience: Human supremacy is a specific ideology with origins in the Western worldview that desacralized nature, turning it into a resource to exploit.

More Play and Less Therapy for Students | Peter Gray, PhD

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From Psychology Today: Mother nature designed kids to play, explore, and daydream without adult intervention because that is how kids develop the skills, confidence, and attitudes necessary for mental health and overall wellbeing.

‘What If Yale Finds Out?’

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From The Washington Post: Suicidal students are pressured to withdraw from Yale, then have to apply to get back into the university.

No Evidence for Psychiatry’s Depression Claims, Report Three 2022 Research Reviews

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From CounterPunch: The public has routinely heard proclamations that depression is a neurobiological phenomenon or brain disease, but recent major research reviews refute these claims.

Out of the Prison of Self-Blame | Alice Miller

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From alice-miller.com: How can people love themselves if the message that they were not worth loving was drummed into them at an early stage?

‘Surviving Antidepressants’ Video Chat Event With Brooke Siem, Author of ‘May Cause Side Effects’

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From Surviving Antidepressants: Join the live video chat on Friday, November 11 to learn about Siem's new book, the first memoir on antidepressant withdrawal to hit the mass-market.

‘Committable’ Podcast: What Is 988, How Does It Work, and What Has Changed?

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From Committable: The Committable podcast interviews Aneri Pattani, Rob Wipond, and Yana Calou about 988, the new national suicide and crisis line.

Delta ‘Weaponized’ Mental Health Rules Against a Pilot. She Fought Back

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From The Seattle Times: After a first officer raised some safety concerns, Delta management removed her from service, alleging mental health issues. She fought a legal battle that resulted Friday in a scathing ruling against the company.

Antidepressant Tapering Platform ‘Outro’ Launches in Canada Ahead of World Tapering Day

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From Business Wire: "We are providing a science-based and holistic way to help people safely stop antidepressants while minimizing withdrawal symptoms and risk of relapsing," said Outro co-founder Mark Horowitz.

Who Gets Believed: Abuse in Mental Health Services

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From NSUN: We need to have a conversation about power, the systematic silencing of survivor testimony, and the weaponisation of mental ill-health, trauma, and distress to discredit and further coerce people.

When Psychotherapists Are Less Healthy Than Their Clients

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From Daniel Mackler: It is common for therapy clients to be healthier than their therapists, for two reasons: clients are often humble whereas therapists often are not; and clients are often actively grappling with their feelings whereas many therapists are stuck in dissociation from theirs.

Arizona Farm Gives Refuge From Pain, for Man and Beast Alike

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From AP News: There is no talk at Selah Carefarm of ending the pain of loss, just of building the emotional muscle to handle it.

How Big Pharma Monetized Depression

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From UnHerd: We have organized our thinking, and care, around a narrative of medical progress that isn’t to be found in the scientific literature.

A Review of Alice Miller’s ‘The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Cruel...

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From alice-miller.com/Stephen Khamsi, PhD: For thousands of years, the Fourth Commandment - along with our personal denial of early maltreatment - has led us toward repression, emotional detachment, illness and suicide.

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