Friday, September 20, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Groundbreaking Report by Public Health England on Prescribed Drug Dependence

From the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence: The report reveals the disturbing scale of the problem in England and makes several urgent recommendations.

Prozac Maker Paid Millions in Secret Deal in Mass Shooting Lawsuit

From USA TODAY: Eli Lilly vigorously shielded the payment for more than two decades, defying a Louisville judge who fought to reveal it because he said it swayed the jury's verdict.

Mr. Rogers, Trauma-Informed Care, and the Limits of Information

From ACEs Connection: " shared with us that while he is gratified that the study has finally begun to inform current healthcare practices, he...

Yale COPE Project to Study How People Control Their Voices

From Yale School of Medicine: The goal is not necessarily to get rid of the voices, said one of the project's directors, but to empower voice-hearers with the skills to influence those experiences.

A Psychiatrist Tries Antipsychotics: Seroquel

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.

Systemic Constellations: Healing Situations Other Therapies Don’t

From the Findhorn Foundation: I had been trying to think my way through something that needed to be felt and engaged with spiritually. As soon as I partnered with the larger energetic system I am a part of, it helped me with the needed answers.

My Brother Rescued Me; I Wish I Could Have Rescued Him

From The Baltimore Sun: It has taken me until now, nearly three decades after his death, to fully understand how childhood trauma crept up and destroyed him.

Opioid Crackdown Forces Pain Patients to Taper Off Needed Drugs

From The Washington Post: The CDC opioid-prescribing guideline authors acknowledged that medical experts don’t really know what happens to people forced to taper suddenly from high dosages.

‘Climate Grief’ Is Real and I’ve Got It Bad

From VICE: Climate grief feels like trying to warn everyone of a massive government conspiracy to kill us all, except it’s a conspiracy that’s in the news; that everyone already knows about, and no one really minds.

Response to Criticism of Recent Article on Antidepressant-Suicide Risk

From the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Far from undermining our findings, the critique by Hayes et al. provides us with a unique opportunity to address important issues that were not covered in our original paper.

Re-Examining Violence in Mental Health

From The Guardian: Violence in relation to mental health service users should be seen as a direct consequence of the slow violence of inadequate policy and antiquated treatment.

The Psychiatric “Prescribing Cascade”: A Patient Story

From Lown Institute: It wasn’t until Steve was admitted to the hospital for multi-organ failure that a gastroenterologist set him on a path to deprescribe his psychiatric medications.

Prescription Drugs Are No Cure for Deprivation

From The BMJ Opinion: The highest proportion of patients receiving prescriptions for antidepressants and opioids is located in areas of greatest social deprivation.

The Violence-‘Mental Illness’ Myth, ‘Risk Assessment,’ and Crisis Response

From the American Psychological Association "Speaking of Psychology" podcast: We know that all human behavior is an interaction between a human being and the circumstances or situations in which they find themselves.

How Non-Industrial Cultures View ‘Mental Illness’

From Big Think: Other societies are not so frightened by the prospect of madness or even certified psychosis, and are much more likely to see it as a special ability to be nurtured.

How Mindfulness Privatised a Social Problem

From New Statesman: Mindfulness has become the perfect coping mechanism for neoliberal capitalism: it privatises stress and tells people to locate the root of mental ailments in their own work ethic.

Does Psychology Have a Conflict-of-Interest Problem?

From Nature: Speaking fees for "celebrity" psychologists "begin at $10,000 and can go as high as $100,000," says American motivational speaker Dave Sheffield.

Is Sexual Desire a Medical Issue? New Drug Revives Debate

From STAT: Sexuality can be understood through the 'dancing model.' Dancing, like sex, requires having a body, but no one would study the art of ballet by cracking open Gray’s Anatomy.

Statement of APA President About Mass Shootings in TX, OH

From the American Psychological Association: The combination of easy access to assault weapons and hateful rhetoric is toxic. Psychological science has demonstrated that social contagion is real.

Australia Has Been Silent on Indigenous Suicide for Too Long

From The Conversation: There is no empathy for the impact of history on Indigenous people in Australia...We are yet to come to terms with our entangled history and how to begin a process of truth-telling.

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

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."

Historical Trauma, Hawaiian Resilience Play Out on Mauna Kea

From Hawai'i Public Radio: Mauna Kea has been a catalyst for native Hawaiians to seek emotional healing – and in ways that traditional western interventions don’t provide.

Psychology, Meet Politics: Two Sides of the Same Coin

From openDemocracy: Our internal and external crises are reinforcing and amplifying each other, creating a situation full of risk. How do we interrupt this dynamic?

‘I’m Gonna Die in Here’: 19-Year-Old ‘Mentally Ill’ Woman in Jail for Spitting

From Phoenix New Times: "This incident exposes systemic problems within Arizona jails and prisons in which people are dehumanized, abused, and treated unjustly," said a spokesperson for the ACLU of Arizona.

ECT Could Cause Permanent Brain Damage, ‘Should Be Stopped’, Leading Expert Warns

From the Daily Mail: U.K. Health watchdog NICE has announced a review of treatments for depression, which may include an update on guidelines for use of ECT.

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