Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

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...

This is the Truth About Personality Disorders

From The Independent: Armchair diagnoses of personality disorders are a rising trend, from speculations that President Trump has narcissistic personality disorder to viral articles about discerning...

Marijuana and Suicide

A new three-part series from Parents Opposed to Pot explores the link between marijuana and suicide. Part 1: Marijuana and Suicide, a Growing Risk for Our...

New Antidepressant Shows Little Benefit, Significant Risks

Patient Drug News advises avoiding use of the antidepressant Vortioxetine (also called Brintellix or Trintellix), because the most recent evidence from the FDA shows...

We Still Buy the Lie That Chemical Imbalances Cause Depression

From Quartz: Despite its inaccuracy, the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness continues to persist in public consciousness. The prevalence of this myth may be...

Hospitalizing People for Mental Illness Can Be Worse Than Putting Them in Prison

-Chandra Bozelko has been involuntarily committed and imprisoned, and has strong opinions on which is more therapeutic.

Big Pharma and AMA Respond to John Oliver

-WSJ Pharmalot links to comedian John Oliver's satirical criticism of marketing in medicine, and provides responses from the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America and the American Medical Association.

Expert Urges Doctors to Stop Prescribing Seroquel for Insomnia

From National Post: Many physicians are prescribing a low dose of Seroquel, an atypical antipsychotic, to patients with insomnia. Experts warn that even a low...

Why Do Congenitally Blind People Never Get Diagnosed with Schizophrenia?

"A long-standing enigma in psychiatry has been why no-one has been able to find someone who has both congenital blindness and a diagnosis of...

A Mad World: Capitalism and the Rise of Mental Illness

From Red Pepper: Capitalism produces much of the mental distress that is categorized as "mental illness" by turning human creativity and connectivity into social isolation,...

Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuit Moves Forward

The warning label for the antidepressant Cymbalta downplayed the risks of withdrawal effects, according to consumer lawsuits being filed in courts across the country. “An estimated 44% to 78% of people who stop taking Cymbalta (also known as duloxetine) will suffer from withdrawal reactions,” yet the warning label “suggests the risk is greater than or equal to 1%.”

“Why is Depression Incidence Increasing?”

-Was life better in the past, or is there some other reason depression is increasing?

Renowned Psychiatrist Warns That Trump is a Danger to Us All

From Alternet: A new book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, written by 27 psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts to warn the public of President Trump's...

“The Tyranny of Positivity: A Harvard Psychologist Details Our Unhealthy Obsession With Happiness”

In a video for Big Think psychologist Susan David discusses the “tyranny of positivity.” “Happiness has become an expectation, but David notes that we...

On the Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

In this piece for Psychology Today, Mark L. Ruffalo critiques the chemical imbalance theory of mental disorder and examines why the chemical imbalance myth persists today despite...

The Truth About Long-Term Antidepressant Use

From The Guardian: As antidepressant prescriptions rise and have doubled in the past decade, mental health experts are becoming increasingly concerned about adverse effects and...

“The Rise and Fall of the Blockbuster Antipsychotic Seroquel”

Martha Rosenberg highlights how the popular antipsychotic Seroquel is a perfect example of how direct-to-consumer advertising made billion dollar blockbuster drugs possible before side-effects...

The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry Campaign Launched

An exciting new scholarship has been established by The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at The University of Toronto called "The Bonnie...

“New Course on ‘Making Sense’ of Trauma, Creating a Coherent Narrative”

PsychAlive is releasing a new blog and e-course on “Making Sense of Your Life,” with psychologists Lisa Firestone and Dan Siegel. They draw upon the...

Bad Benzos: Cass Narburgh’s Parting Message to the World

From Bad Benzos: "I have Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome (BWS) which is not withdrawal at all but rather a brain injury caused by benzodiazepine prescription...

Lancet Editor Proclaims Half of All Scientific Studies are False

-Collective Evolution discusses a recent commentary by the editor of The Lancet stating that "much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue."

Critiques of a New Research Study on Antidepressants

A new meta-analysis claiming to prove once and for all that antidepressants are an effective treatment for moderate to severe depression was published just a few days...

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...

The FDA’s Latest Black Box Warning: Don’t Mix Opioids, Benzos

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday mandated updated labels for nearly 400 opioids and benzodiazepines, following a review of scientific evidence and a citizen...

“Research Shows Sexual Abuse May Cause Schizophrenia”

“Groundbreaking research in New Zealand shows sexual abuse may cause schizophrenia.” "The biggest myth about schizophrenia is that it's a solely biological disorder," co-author...

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