Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

APA: Do Not Take a “See No Evil” Approach to Torture

From Psychology Today: The American Psychological Association has previously taken a number of steps to take responsibility for its involvement in torture and make amends to...

Online Communities for Drug Withdrawal: What Can We Learn?

From Psychiatric Times: Patients are increasingly turning to the internet as a source of information and support for antidepressant and benzodiazepine withdrawal due to the psychiatric...

Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care

In this piece for Literary Hub, Barbara Ehrenreich critiques the overuse of preventative medicine and describes how our healthcare system's emphasis on screenings and early...

Here’s How to Beat Anxiety Without Medication

From The Independent: The medication that is frequently prescribed to treat anxiety often does not work in the long-term. According to a new study, a variety...

Every Sufi Master Is, in a Sense, a Freudian Psychotherapist

In this piece for Aeon, Sam Haselby explores the parallels and intersections between Freudian psychoanalysis and Islamic mysticism. "The affinities between mystical Islam and Freudian thought...

The 1%’s Mind Games: Psychology Gone Bad

In this piece for CounterPunch, Roy Eidelson explains the psychology of the persuasion and manipulation tactics utilized by the rich and powerful to maintain the oppressive status quo. "Given their...

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

More than 8,000 people responded to the recent New York Times article on antidepressant withdrawal. Here, reporter Benedict Carey describes differences in the way various...

Knowing Patient’s Story Improves Odds of Happy Ending

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a toolkit that will help physicians identify and respond to key social determinants impacting their...

Bringing Meals to People May Reduce Healthcare Costs

From The Los Angeles Times: A recent study found that regularly delivering meals to people with food insecurity can prevent health crises and drive down...

Mediated Realities

In this editorial for Tidsskriftet, Ketil Slagstad discusses how the Norwegian media's uncritical coverage of the Lancet antidepressant study points to deeper underlying issues within the...

Call for Submissions: Smash Paternalism Anthology

A new anthology is seeking essays, short stories, poetry, and visual art on the topic of paternalism, i.e. abuses or human rights violations that are...

A Mental Health Crisis is the True Cost of University Marketization

From Red Pepper: University students are facing unprecedented rates of mental health crises due to a combination of financial insecurity and ever-increasing academic pressure. "Meanwhile, our futures...

The Interview

A semistructured diagnostic clinical interview has been developed to identify and differentiate three different types of SSRI and SNRI withdrawal syndromes: new symptoms, rebound,...

Antidepressants and the Problem of Withdrawal

In this episode of WBUR's On Point Radio, Benedict Carey, author of the recent New York Times report on antidepressant withdrawal, discusses the topic of discontinuing...

Is Curing Patients a Sustainable Business Model?

From CNBC: A recent report by Goldman Sachs analysts questions whether curing patients, as opposed to providing them with chronic therapies, could pose a financial...

I’m Withdrawing From Antidepressants After Nearly 20 Years

From The Lily: In light of the recent New York Times article highlighting the effects antidepressant withdrawal, Ashley Abramson shares her personal story of deciding to...

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

In this piece for The New Yorker, Junot Diaz reflects on the impact of his experience of childhood sexual abuse and the ways that therapy...

How Compassion Can Triumph Over Toxic Childhood Trauma

From Medical Xpress: New research findings suggest that when pregnant women who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) feel supported by those around them, their...

Antonio Damasio, Feeling, and the Evolution of Consciousness

From the Los Angeles Review of Books: In his new book The Strange Order of Things, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio highlights the role of feeling and subjectivity...

Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers

Kaiser Health News has launched a new database called Pre$scription for Power, which exposes donations pharmaceutical companies have made to patient advocacy groups. The...

The Corruption of Evidence Based Medicine — Killing for Profit

From Medium: According to many prominent physicians, so-called "evidence based medicine" is no longer useful. Much of the evidence base has been corrupted by the...

Mental Health Act Review: Will We See Meaningful Change?

From Tales from the Madhouse: In fall 2017, the UK government an Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, inciting hope for radical revision of...

Xanax Nation

In this blog post, Andy White highlights the role Xanax plays in silencing political dissent and keeping the public complacent. Instead of expressing anger...

Judi Chamberlin and the Fight Against Institutionalizing Women

In this piece for Rooted in Rights, s.e. smith chronicles the life of Judi Chamberlin and discusses the important role she played at the intersection of...

Opioid Bill Includes Involuntary Commitment

From EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info: Recent legislation has proposed measures that permit people to be involuntarily committed on the basis of perceived...

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