Saturday, January 25, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Waterboarding of Detainees Was So Gruesome, Even CIA Officials Wept

From the Los Angeles Times: "It is one thing that [Mitchell and Jessen] are utterly unapologetic; that is a commentary on them. But it is something else altogether that so much of the rest of the country is utterly indifferent; that is a commentary on us."

I Was Tortured for Days Thanks to Jessen and Mitchell. A “Sorry” Would Be...

From Newsweek: The past cannot be undone but we can try to build a better future. As a start, I would like the two men to stop by my cell this week. I am still waiting for an apology.

Architect of C.I.A. Interrogation Program Testifies at Guantánamo Bay

From The New York Times: Dr. James Mitchell, a former contract psychologist for the C.I.A., expressed no regrets or contrition, tearfully saying he did it for the American people and would "get up today and do it again."

The Psychological Impacts of Poverty, Digested

From BPS Research Digest: "Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult."

5 Things to Know as Calif. Starts Screening Children for Toxic Stress

From California Healthline: Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or a parent who struggles with alcoholism.

FDA Approves Drugs Faster Than Ever but Relies on Weaker Evidence

From NPR: Almost half of recent new drug approvals were based on only one pivotal clinical trial instead of the two or more that used to be the norm.

The 3rd Annual Shkreli Awards: Dishonorable Mentions in Health Care

From the Lown Institute: The Lown Institute's top ten list of the worst examples of profiteering and dysfunction in health care, named for Martin Shkreli, the price-hiking "pharma bro" that everyone loves to hate.

Lawsuit Over Teen’s Diagnosis, Treatment Heads to Trial

From AP: The suit was brought against Boston Children's Hospital by the parents of Justina Pelletier, who in 2013 was placed into state custody after a dispute over her diagnosis and put in a psychiatric unit.

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

From Yale Environment 360: A recent study found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don't.

Veteran Saves Lives With Story of Polypharmacy, Overmedication

From KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio: Former Sergeant Angela Peacock has found a new mission in life: To help all who suffer from post-traumatic stress and give voice to an invisible population and another experience that can kill.

More Americans Are Killing Themselves at Work

From The Washington Post: The number of such suicides for 2018 was 304 — an 11 percent increase from the year before and the highest number since the BLS began tracking the data 26 years ago.

The Medications That Change Who We Are

From BBC Future: We’re all familiar with the mind-bending properties of psychedelic drugs, but it turns out ordinary medications – from paracetamol (acetaminophen) to antihistamines, statins, asthma medications and antidepressants – can be just as potent.

Study: Increasing Min. Wage by $1 Could Reduce US Suicide Rates

From CNN: A new 25-year observational study also found that a $2 increase could have prevented an estimated 40,000 suicides alone between 2009 and 2015.

The Disturbing Prevalence of NYPD Taser Use on ‘Mentally Ill’ New Yorkers

From Filter: 911 calls involving a person in crisis have nearly doubled in the last decade, but only 21 percent of patrol officers had received crisis intervention training as of January 2017.

After Half My Life on Antidepressants, I’m Off the Meds and Feel All Right

From The Washington Post: I believed that my only choices were to cope with depression or cope with antidepressants, and that depression would always thump inside me with the regularity of my own pulse.

Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of ‘Prozac Nation,’ has died at 52

From CNN: Her 1994 memoir stood as a cultural standard against which future conversations about antidepressants and mental health would be measured.

Opinion: The New Ketamine-Based Antidepressant Is a Rip-Off

From VICE: Johnson & Johnson patented a form of the psychedelic with less research and a ridiculous price tag.

Integrating Academic Inquiry and Reformist Activism in Psychiatry

From Psychiatric Times: Dr. Awais Aftab of Conversations in Critical Psychiatry interviews husband-and-wife psychiatrists Dr. Sandra Steingard and Dr. Scott Waterman.

‘Evidence-Based Medicine’ and the Expulsion of Peter Gøtzsche

From Undark: Gøtzsche’s expulsion has crystalized debates about the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on medicine, the research community’s tolerance of dissent, and the proper role of data in the practice of medicine.

Why ‘Deaths of Despair’ Are Rising in the U.S.

From Harvard Chan School of Public Health: Faculty and students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health delve into the question of whether the deaths represent a political, economic, or spiritual crisis.

The War for the Future of Psychotherapy

From Forbes: Will manuals, algorithms, and automatons prevail? Or will we be able to preserve the centrality of unique and responsive human relationships?

Psychiatrist Engaged in Research Misconduct, Says Gov’t Watchdog

From Medscape: A former NYU psychiatry researcher faked clinical data for research with federally funded grants worth millions of dollars, according to the US Office of Research Integrity.

Having Poor Quality Relationships Is Associated With Greater Distress Than Having Too Few

From The British Psychological Society/Research Digest: "From a societal perspective... efforts should be made to enhance the quality of social connections as opposed to promoting the virtues of larger social networks."

Florida’s Flawed Baker Act Rips Thousands of Kids From School

From Tampa Bay Times: A cop car comes. A child is handcuffed and taken to a mental health facility. The scene is all too frequent at public schools across the state.

‘Warmlines’ Helping to Fill a Gap in Mental Health Care

From the San Francisco Chronicle: Unlike a hotline for those in immediate crisis, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis — and a more costly 911 call or emergency-room visit.

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