Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

A Psychiatrist Tries Antipsychotics: Seroquel

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From Fugitive Psychiatrist: I can’t believe I have patients walking around on 800mg of this stuff. There’s no way in good conscience I could dose this BID unless a patient consented to 20 hours of sleep a day.

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

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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...

Does ‘Mental Illness’ Exist? The Problem With Psychiatric Diagnosis

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From IAI, the Institute of Art and Ideas: We have better ways forward than the current, largely unchallenged understandings of emotional distress which do not reflect reality – either in terms of the evidence, or in terms of people’s lives.

Jordan Peterson in Russia Detoxing From Benzos After Near-Death Experience

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From National Post: The medication almost killed my dad. He’s a psychologist and even he wasn’t aware of how bad these medications are for some people.

The Shamanic View of ‘Mental Illness’: Birth of a Healer

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From Uplift: "The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer. Consequently, there will be a tendency... to keep trying as many people as possible in an attempt to get somebody's attention."

Toxic Schools Worsening Toxic Stress: The Destructive Reign of Standardized Education, Pathology, Medication and...

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From HERE This NOW: Advances in science in the last thirty years help us realize the fallacy of "mind over matter," yet we still hold an entrenched belief that children and adults possess 100% conscious control over their behavior.

This is the Truth About Personality Disorders

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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...

Lancet Editor Proclaims Half of All Scientific Studies are False

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-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."

Marijuana and Suicide

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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...

The Disorder That Affects Us All: What You Need to Know About Developmental Trauma...

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From the Institute for Attachment and Child Development and the Colorado Professional Development Center: Two articles discuss the primary cause of many mental, physical, and behavioral health problems, which often goes unaddressed in mainstream approaches.

Big Pharma and AMA Respond to John Oliver

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-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.

The Hypersane Are Among Us, if Only We Are Prepared to Look

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From Aeon: If there is such a thing as hypersanity, the implication is that mere sanity is not all it’s cracked up to be, a state of dormancy and dullness with less vital potential even than madness.

New Antidepressant Shows Little Benefit, Significant Risks

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

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

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

We Still Buy the Lie That Chemical Imbalances Cause Depression

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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...

DeJarnette Sanitarium

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From Atlas Obscura: In the 1930s, hundreds of people with mental disabilities committed to the now abandoned DeJarnette Sanitarium were forcibly sterilized and experimented on by the...

Musician Feared Antidepressant Was ‘Poisoning’ Him, Inquest Told

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From Belfast Telegraph: "He said: 'This drug is poisoning me. It's giving me problems I never had before.' He's handing them the diagnosis on a plate, and the system is not listening."

‘Joker’ Tells the Truth About ‘Mental Illness’ and It’s Long Overdue

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From The Toronto Star: Here is a movie that says, loudly and clearly: screw the just-go-get-help discourse that’s been dominating our discussions about mental illness. Because things are not all right. The system is really broken.

Infancy and Early Childhood Matter So Much Because of Attachment

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From The Conversation: What we learn throughout infancy and childhood are a set of behaviours and ways of thinking and feeling about ourselves and others, or what psychologists call a working model of the world.

Expert Urges Doctors to Stop Prescribing Seroquel for Insomnia

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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...

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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...

Why Do Congenitally Blind People Never Get Diagnosed with Schizophrenia?

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"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...

We Need to Treat BPD for What It Really Is – a Response to...

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From The Conversation: Thinking about BPD in terms of its underlying cause would lead to better treatment and reinforce the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect in the first place.

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