Friday, January 22, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Therapy Isn’t for Everyone

From Medium: For many of us, therapy is just another room where we are stared at and made to feel defective—and that’s if we can afford to go at all.

Tens of Thousands Relying on Social Media Support Groups to Withdraw From Antidepressants

From Sky News: Dr. Ed White discusses his recent report about the lack of medical support for people coming off antidepressants and the online support groups forming in their absence.

What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs, with Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff

From Psychology Is: Millions of people are prescribed psychiatric drugs each year, but few understand how these drugs actually affect the brain.

Mental Health Act Reforms Aim to Tackle High Rate of Black People Sectioned

From The Guardian: Mental health advocates have described the proposed reforms as an important step forward to treating people with respect and dignity.

15 Signs You’re Experiencing a Spiritual Emergency

From lonerwolf: There are two main types of spiritual emergency: mystical psychosis (hallucinations, mania, etc.) and the dark night of the soul (depression).

The Real Cure for COVID Is Renewing Our Fractured Relationship With the Planet

From The Globe and Mail: The solution is not to beat back the symptoms and return to business as usual, but to fan the flame of aliveness of the beautiful and healthier world that is in retreat.

How Big Pharma & Psychiatry Gaslight Us: Interview with Bruce Levine

From Radio Free Sunroot: Kollibri terre Sonnenblume and psychologist Bruce Levine discuss some of the myths surrounding the mental health industry.

Now I’ve Quit Benzos, This Year Will Be the First I Can Remember for...

From The Guardian: The variety of oblivion benzodiazepines have to offer is a lonely, clinical, anesthetic one.

IN-SHADOW – A Modern Odyssey – Animated Short Film

By Lubomir Arsov: Embark on a visionary journey through the fragmented unconscious of our modern times, and with courage face the Shadow. Through Shadow into Light.

We’ve Got Depression All Wrong. It’s Trying to Save Us.

From Psychology Today: When a threat is so bad or goes on for so long, and there is no way to fight or flee, the nervous system decides there is only one option left: immobilization.

The Ghosts of Christmas: Was Scrooge the First Psychotherapy Patient?

From The New Yorker: Revisiting his past allowed Scrooge to feel pity and grieve for his childhood self—which led to the blossoming of his feelings and compassion.

New Survey Reveals Class, Age Divide in Mental Health Crisis

From The Hill: We are in absolute crisis across this country, and it's not getting nearly enough attention let alone anyone doing anything about it in DC.

Why Some College Dorm Policies Are Driving Students Into Depression

From Forbes: Out of concern for their bottom line, colleges are betraying their students and trapping them in social isolation.

This Crisis Team Has Handled Mental Health Calls Without Cops for 30 Years

From VICE: “When the threat of coercion and that fear of violence is removed from the interaction, people can actually engage and de-escalate," said mental health lawyer Anita Szigeti.

To Save the World, We’re Going to Have to Stop Working

From The Big Think: If we don’t break ourselves of this addiction quickly, we will leave our progeny to face catastrophes on a scale which will make the current pandemic seem trivial.

Do Antipsychotics Protect Against Early Death? Or Contribute to It?

From Psychological Medicine: Editor Robin Murray stirs a debate on the impact of antipsychotics on mortality among those diagnosed with psychotic disorders.

Racial Microaggressions Take a Major Toll on Black Americans

From The Washington Post: Subtle, everyday forms of mistreatment and discrimination have a major impact on psychological and physical health.

The Onion: Majority of Psychological Experiments Conducted in 1970s Just Crimes

From The Onion: "Much of the time these researchers didn’t even bother to test a hypothesis or collect data, but instead just tortured student volunteers for amusement."

The Patient Voice: Antidepressant Withdrawal, MUS and FND

From BJGP Life: Diagnoses of MUS (medically unexplained symptoms) or FND (functional neurological disorder) may be covering up serious prescribed drug effects.

Collective Action for Collective Healing – A Q&A With Thomas Hübl

From The Harvard Gazette: "Underneath trauma there’s always healing, which means an ethical restoration and ethical upgrade. Post-traumatic growth is an ethical realignment."

San Francisco Launches New Police-Alternative Program

From The Mercury News: Under the pilot program, teams of paramedics, behavioral health clinicians and peer specialists will respond to certain non-violent 911 calls in the city, instead of cops.

A Dialogue on Psychosis and Trauma

From Psychiatric Times: Three British experts discuss various ways to respond to and help people who have experienced trauma and psychosis.

MadFreedom Interviews Jim Gottstein of PsychRights

From MadFreedom/MadMediaMatters: Attorney Jim Gottstein discusses the challenges and strategies involved in legal advocacy for people imprisoned in psychiatric facilities and drugged against their will.

White House Killed Deal to Pay Mental Health Care of Separated Migrant Families

From NBC News: Sources said the White House counsel's office said no after checking with Trump adviser Stephen Miller. A White House official denied Miller had a role.

For Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism Is Rooted in Loneliness

From Aeon: Organised loneliness, bred from ideology, leads to tyrannical thought, and destroys a person’s ability to distinguish between fact and fiction – to make judgments.

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