Thursday, November 21, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Sexual Objectification Harms Women: New Research

From Pursuit: Just as passive smoking is harmful to non-smokers, second-hand exposure to sexual objectification may reduce the emotional wellbeing of women even if they themselves are rarely or never objectified.

U.S. Must Provide Mental Health Services to Families Separated at Border

From The New York Times: The ruling marks a rare instance of the government being held legally accountable for mental trauma brought about by its policies.

CDC “Disclaimers” Hide Financial Conflicts of Interest

From Lown Report: In a recently-released petition, several watchdog groups are demanding that the CDC be transparent about the industry funding they receive through their foundation.

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Lead-Poisoned Water

From The New York Times: The city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.

Bringing Together Young and Old to Ease Isolation of Rural Life

From NPR: Communities in northeastern MN are trying to reconnect a fragmented social fabric through a program called AGE to age, which connects about 4,000 youths with almost 2,500 older adults annually.

CDC: Childhood Trauma Is a Public Health Issue and We Can Do More to...

From NPR: A new report published Tuesday presents the CDC's first estimate of how many Americans are affected by adverse childhood experiences and the benefits of preventing these kinds of traumas.

Global Health Research Needs More Than a Makeover

From Forbes: Research shows that global health is still struggling to shed its colonial past. This is reflected in who drives the research agenda, who dominates authorship, and who edits the research.

UN Calls for Human Rights-Based Approach to Suicide Prevention

From Psychiatry Advisor: "A focus on locating problems and solutions within individuals obscures the need to address the structural factors that make lives unliveable," said the special rapporteur on the right to health.

Experiential Change and Healing: Early Experiences

From Evergreen Psychotherapy Center: Early attachment experiences shape the brain’s structure, chemistry and genetic expression by activating neuronal firing, triggering and releasing biochemicals, and becoming programmed into the implicit memory systems.

Groups Condemn Human Rights Violations at Ukrainian Institution

From the European Network of (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) and the European Disability Forum: Disturbing footage collected by activists showed residents with disabilities locked up together in a dark, cold room, naked, without support, means of communication, furniture, or access to a toilet.

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

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.

Chicago Closed Many of Its Free Mental Health Clinics, So West Siders Opened Their...

From Block Club Chicago: The community-funded center offers a wide scope of services managed by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, including individual and group counseling, with a special focus on trauma and substance abuse.

FDA’s Rapid Approval of Esketamine for Severe Depression Questioned

From Medscape: In an editorial in Lancet Psychiatry, Erick H. Turner, MD, said the drug did not meet standard criteria for FDA approval and there was little evidence to support its safety and efficacy.

It’s Time for Psychology to Lead, Not Follow

From Psychology Today: Mind depends on brain and cannot exist apart from it. But knowledge of brain is not knowledge of mental life. They are different levels of analysis requiring different concepts and methods.

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

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.

Bernie Sanders Wants to Alleviate Senior Loneliness

From Jacobin: Senior isolation is correlated not just to a decline in mental wellbeing but also physical wellbeing: lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social connections.

Taking the Cops Out of Mental Health-Related 911 Calls

From Kaiser Health News: Denver and at least seven other cities are considering an Oregon program that diverts nonviolent, often mental health-related 911 calls to a medic and a mental health professional instead of law enforcement.

As Trump Calls for More ‘Institutions,’ GOP Shifts Focus to Mental Health

From The Washington Post: "I do want people to remember the words 'mental illness.' These people are mentally ill," Trump said after the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

U of Buffalo Studies Show Protective Effects of Maternal Love

From The Buffalow News: Even for children born to parents who used alcohol, cocaine or other drugs, a supportive, respectful primary caregiver lowered their future health and relationship risks.

A 60,000-Year-Old Cure for Depression

From BBC: It seems indigenous Australians have much to teach us about developing greater awareness and reciprocity with our planet for our physical and emotional survival – if we only take the time to listen.

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.

Obituary: Heather Ashton, Creator of the Ashton Manual

From The Guardian: Ashton developed an approach to benzodiazepine withdrawal that supported the patient to control the rate at which the dose was tapered, often taking months or even longer.

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."

Reanalyses of Depression, Chronic Pain Drug Trials Aim to Unearth New Data

From Science: An initiative called Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials or RIAT recently awarded two grants to researchers reanalyzing the STAR*D and gabapentin clinical trials.

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.

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