Thursday, February 22, 2018

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

A Cry

In this piece for Me, Myself and Disability, suicide attempt survivor Chris Coombs challenges the common misconception that people who attempt suicide always regret it and...

A Different Mental Health Approach Could Have Saved My Mother

In this piece for The Independent, Nick Webb tells the story of his mother's suicide and explains how a more trauma-informed, community-oriented approach to mental...

A Case Against Antidepressants

From Newsroom: University of Auckland researchers make a case against the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness, arguing that biological explanations and treatments for emotional...

Deprescribing Starts With Shared Decision Making

From The Lown Institute: Many of the current guidelines and tools available for deprescribing medications use a "one-size-fits-all" approach, merely providing lists of harmful drugs...

Nietzsche on Depression and the Rehabilitation of Hope

In this piece for Brain Pickings, Maria Popova discusses Friedrich Nietzsche's writings and perspectives on the struggle of depression and the possibility of hope. "Nietzsche writes...

Checking Facts About Gun Violence and Mental Illness

From The New York Times: The recent Florida school shooting has led to widespread conversations about links between gun violence and mental health issues. Journalists...

Schizophrenia Patients Calmed by Video Game

From BBC: In a recent study, patients diagnosed with schizophrenia were able to reduce the power of their hallucinations by playing a video game. "All 12...

The Doctors Encouraging People of Color to Join Their Ranks

From STAT: A group of doctors, dentists, and other healthcare professionals have started a traveling program called Tour for Diversity that goes all over the...

It Is Unlikely That Politics Is Absent From Your Clinical Practice

In this interview for Psychoanalýza dnes, Dr. Adrienne Harris speaks about the connection between psychoanalysis and politics. Contrary to the classic notion that psychoanalysts must...

If a Drug Company Publishes a Magazine, is it Journalism?

From Undark Magazine: Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and agricultural science conglomerate, has launched a digital magazine covering the ethical and social implications of new biotechnologies....

The Foods That Can Help and Harm Your Brain

From The Guardian: Nutrition can have a major impact on the health of our brains, including our risk for dementia and cognitive decline. Here is...

Media Ignoring Crucial Factor in Florida School Shooting

From WND: Although a disturbing number of perpetrators of recent mass shootings and murders have been on psychiatric medication prior to committing their crimes, the media has...

Statement of APA President in Response to Florida Shooting

APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel has released a statement on the recent school shooting in Florida emphasizing the lack of correlation between gun violence...

When You Start Paying Attention to Everyday Sensory Experience

From Aeon: A new video aims to capture the small, abstract moments that make up our inner lives, that would otherwise go ignored or quickly...

Congress Did Something Extraordinary for Vulnerable Children

From The Intercept: A new piece of legislation attempting to revolutionize the foster care system recently passed despite significant opposition. The Family First Prevention Services...

Puerto Rico’s Mental Health Crisis (Podcast)

From The New York Times: Months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island is experiencing a severe mental health crisis. Public health officials say...

Drug Treatment of ADHD – Tenuous Scientific Basis

From Tidsskriftet: Over the past three decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of ADHD. Recent systematic reviews reveal...

Psychiatry’s Little Known Role in Creating the Holocaust

From NewBostonPost: In light of the recent commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is important to acknowledge the role that eugenics, a field developed by psychiatrists...

The Other Mrs. Smith Will Shock and Move You

From The Vancouver Sun: Bonnie Burstow's recently released book The Other Mrs. Smith is not only an accurate portrayal of the horrific consequences of ECT but...

Why Aren’t Providers Screaming About the Mental Health Act?

In this piece for Tales from the Madhouse, Gary Sidley critiques the Mental Health Act as a form of legal discrimination against people deemed "mentally...

Petition: Protect PTSD Treatments That Work!

The American Psychological Association recently issued a guideline recommending only short-term, structured, and symptom-focused therapies for the treatment of PTSD; the guideline may be...

Stigma

In this episode of BBC's Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor invites three researchers to speak about the origins and meaning of the term "stigma," as well as...

What William James Got Right About Consciousness

In this piece for Nautilus, Michael S. Gazzaniga explores William James' conceptualization of consciousness as an instinct, emphasizing the compatibility of this paradim with James' belief in free...

The Art of Madness

In this piece for The Paris Review, Cody Delistraty details the French painter Jean Dubuffet's efforts to collect artwork made by people deemed mentally ill...

Care Homes Over-Prescribing Drugs for Residents with Dementia

From The Guardian: According to a new Human Rights Watch report, U.S. nursing homes are inappropriately prescribing antipsychotics to an estimated 179,000 residents with dementia each...

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