Friday, February 24, 2017

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Mental Health Digest February 2017

A new issue of the Mental Health Digest newsletter is now available. This issue includes an overview of art therapy as well as information about the impact...

B Vitamins Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

From Hindustan Times: Treatments using high-dose B-vitamins, including B6, B8, and B12, can considerably reduce symptoms of schizophrenia. Article →­

High University Debts Cause Students Mental Health Problems

From The Independent: Debts accumulated during university years are so high that students are suffering from mental health problems. A recent survey found that three-quarters...

Do Some Trauma Survivors Cope by Overworking?

From The Atlantic: Like other addictions, workaholism may be a response to trauma. Overworking is the way that some trauma survivors cope with hypervigilance, grief, and...

Same-sex Marriage Laws Linked to Drop in Teen Suicide Attempts

From MinnPost: Laws legalizing same-sex marriage are associated with a significant drop in teen suicide attempts. In states that legalized same-sex marriage before June 2015, when...

College Course Offered on Calling out Scientific Crap

From STAT: Two professors at the University of Washington will be offering a new course, "Calling Bullshit In the Age of Big Data." The class...

Intelligence: a History

From Aeon: The idea of intelligence - specifically, the primacy of reason and rationality - has been used to justify privilege and domination throughout more than...

CEP Members Publish New Book: ‘The Sedated Society’

The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry announces the release of a new book called 'The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Prescribing Epidemic.'...

Abilify Drives Users to Binge on Risky Behaviors

From Daily Mail: The anti-psychotic drug Abilify is at the center of hundreds of lawsuits accusing the drug of dangerous side effects including compulsive gambling,...

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

From Curious Mind Magazine: Jerome Kagan, one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, believes that the diagnosis of ADHD is a mere...

Choosing a Specialty: A Letter to a Medical Student

In this letter to a medical student considering pursuing psychiatry as a specialty, psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi cautions that unlike other medical specialties, psychiatry can...

Personalized Medicine may Treat Rather Than Prevent Diseases

From The Conversation US: Although personalized medicine, which involves tailoring health care to each person's individual genetic makeup, has helped make progress in the treatment...

Women on the Pill More Likely to be Treated for Depression

From Daily Mail: A recent study shows that women taking hormonal contraceptive pills are more likely to be treated for depression. Article →­

Revealed: Britain’s Mental Health Crisis

In this episode of BBC's Panorama, reporter Sophie Hutchison investigates the troubled state of mental health services in Britain. (Available for UK residents only)

Viewing Addiction as a Brain Disease Promotes Social Injustice

From Nature: There is virtually no scientific evidence indicating that addiction is a disease of the brain. Yet, the disease model of addiction is used...

Your Psychiatrist Might be Wrong

From Pakistan Today: Psychiatry may lack scientific objectivity in comparison with other fields of medicine. "The mind sciences – psychology or psychiatry – have always been...

Testimonial Injustice and Borderline Personality Disorder

From The Huffington Post UK: The diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder frequently serves to invalidate the trauma of women who have experienced abuse. "‘BPD’ is so...

Depression may be our Brain’s way of Telling us to Stop

From Business Insider: Depression may be an adaptation that serves a valuable purpose, not a disease or disorder. "The basic concept is that what we think...

Depression is an Unlikely Advantage in the Fight Against Fascism

From AlterNet: The experience of living with and resisting depression can prepare you to resist Trump's fascism. Article →­

Allow Some Mental Health Patients to Self-harm

From The Independent: According to one researcher, some patients on mental health units should be allowed to self-harm. Forcibly stopping patients from engaging in self-harm can...

Ban on Mentally ill People Buying Guns Wasn’t Evidence Based

From The Washington Post: Republicans are moving to reverse a ban instituted by the Obama administration that prevented certain people from buying guns based on...

FDA Approved Drugs may Become Riskier

From the Center for Health Journalism: President Trump's plans to speed up the process of FDA drug approvals, in combination with the increase of off-label...

Karen Pence Picks a Cause, and Art Therapists Feel Angst

From the New York Times: On Inauguration Day, Karen Pence announced her support for the mental health profession of art therapy. While many art therapists...

Psychiatrists Must Face Possibility That Medications Harm

From Scientific American: Recent studies confirm the thesis of Robert Whitaker's Anatomy of an Epidemic - although prescriptions for psychiatric drugs continue to increase, mental health...

Study Links Working Long Hours With Poorer Mental Health

From MinnPost: A recent study found that working more than 39 hours per week can lead to significant mental health risks. Article →­

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