Monday, July 23, 2018

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Universities Outsource Mental Health Services

From The Guardian: "Unable to keep up with rising demand,  are rebranding their mental health student support as 'wellbeing' services. Some universities plan to maintain...

Where Did the Guidelines Go?

From The Lown Institute: "For twenty years, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality maintained a digital archive of medical guidelines as a resource for...

Probiotics for Bipolar Disorder Mania

From Harvard Health Publishing: "This study adds to the data that suggest gut flora has an effect on psychiatric diseases. We still do not know...

How Virtual Reality is Being Used to Treat Mental Health Issues

From Financial Times: "So far, clinicians have most commonly used VR for exposure therapy — for example, putting a person with a fear of heights...

Mental Health Apps Overdiagnose, Steer Toward Self-Help

From MobiHealthNews: "'We identified two dominant messages about mental health: one, poor or fragile mental health is ubiquitous; and two, individuals can easily manage their...

What Exactly Do We Mean by Overdiagnosis?

From The Lown Institute: "Is overdiagnosis inherently bad? Overdiagnosis not only leads to overtreatment but creates stress for patients who have to deal with this...

Stop Telling Chronic Pain Patients to Just Accept Their Pain

From Rooted in Rights: "Not only has the opioid epidemic and the media coverage of it made many people more suspicious of pain patients who...

Psychologists Respond to Mental Health Crisis at the Border

From The American Psychological Association PsycIQ: "When three women who had been forcibly separated from their children by immigration officials filed a lawsuit on June...

Does Meditation Work?

From Aeon: "Confirmation bias is difficult to overcome. Journals rely on reviewers to spot them, but because some of these biases have become standard practice...

Independence is an Ableist Myth

From The Body is Not an Apology: "The myth of independence doesn’t just show up when we come down with the flu and run to...

Inside the Campaign to Strip Harassers of Their Scientific Honors

From Pacific Standard: "Frustrated with the academy's inaction, McLaughlin started a Change.org campaign to encourage the National Academy of Sciences to remove alleged harassers from its ranks. Her...

A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Cut Suicide Risk

From NPR: "Many people who attempt suicide end up in an emergency room for immediate treatment. But few of those suicide survivors get the follow-up...

Early Life Experience: It’s In Your DNA

From Scientific American: "We know that the activity and organization of the brain changes in response to experience. Memories and learning are reflected in the...

Revisiting the Rationale and Evidence for Peer Support

From Psychiatric Times: A recent issue featured an opinion piece by D.J. Jaffe who argued that there is little empirical support for the effectiveness of...

Capitalism Is Ruining Science

From Jacobin Magazine: "When the competitive dictates of capitalism — selling your labor if you’re a worker, maximizing profit if you’re a boss — reign...

How a Flood of Corporate Funding Can Distort NIH Research

From The Washington Post: "At the heart of the matter is money. As Congress has declined to spend more on research, many academics have been...

The Women’s Libido Pill is Back, and So is the Controversy

From Bloomberg: "The counterattack against the drug has been furious, and in many instances led by women. These forces contend that one woman’s sexual abnormal...

Can You Rely on the Drugs That Your Doctor Prescribes?

From The Conversation: "One of the authors of this article (Joel Lexchin) was part of a study that looked at FCOI in Canadian medical guidelines....

How Drug Companies Sell Treatments By Inventing Diseases

From Yahoo! News: "There’s a substantial body of medical literature dating back to the early ’90s about the practice known as 'disease mongering.' Pharmaceutical companies...

Existential Spirituality Can Foster Happiness, Study Finds

From Medical Xpress: "The study examined associations among religiosity, spirituality and happiness in 354 people treated for neurological disorders at an outpatient clinic where Wade sees patients....

AP Exclusive: Washington Psychiatric Hospital Called “Hell”

From WSMV: "Despite a shakeup in leadership and vows to correct problems, the hospital continually puts patients at risk, according to a recent surprise federal inspection....

Early Life Exposure to Famine Can Lead to Depression

From Medical Xpress: "New research from the University of Georgia reveals that exposure to famine during specific moments in early life is associated with depression...

How the 12 Step Program is Exacerbating the Opioid Crisis

From The New Republic: "Health authorities and medical researchers widely consider medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with methadone or Suboxone the most effective way of treating opioid...

Kevin MacDonald and the Elevation of Anti-Semitic Pseudoscience

From Undark: "Of course, there are many ideas — some with passionate followings — that don’t receive much attention in academic journals. These might include...

“After Taking Antidepressants, My Genitals Felt Numb”

From The Guardian: "I had a normal libido and a good sex life until I was 22 and prescribed an SSRI antidepressant. I had been with...

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