Sunday, October 25, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Teenager’s Death After Being Given Antipsychotic Was ‘Potentially Avoidable’

From The Guardian: An inquest in 2018 ruled that the use of olanzapine was appropriate but the McGowans have now called for a fresh inquest, saying the first was “deeply flawed.”

Has the Drug-Based Approach to ‘Mental Illness’ Failed?

From Scientific American: John Horgan interviews Robert Whitaker about how his views have evolved since publishing Anatomy of an Epidemic in 2010.

Nov. 1 Zoom: Meet Voyce Hendrix, Former Executive Director of Soteria House

From Rethinking Psychiatry: Voyce will discuss his time at the original Soteria House in San Jose, CA, an alternative to the medical model for schizophrenia that ran from 1971 to 1983.

Belief in Neuroscience

From The Montréal Review: Today there is an almost religious fervor that neuroscience is capable of explaining all human behavior. That is to say, the worldview provided by neuroscience is accepted on faith.

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...

Marketising the Mental Health Crisis: How the CBT Empire-Builders Colonised the NHS

From Novara Media: The government’s flagship talking therapy service, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, has become an empire, offering assembly-line state therapy to a society suffering the mental ill-health of neoliberal capitalism.

Launch of UK Petition Calling for Independent Review of ECT

From Professor John Read/University of East London: At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to the petition. At 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

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."

The Medicalization Movement: How Emotions Are Being Turned Into Diseases

From Medium: We being told that having human negative feelings is so wrong that it warrants us going down the rabbit hole to a world of medication, social discrimination, and possible isolation from our community.

Hundreds of Children Stuck in IL Psych Hospitals Despite State’s Promises to Find Them...

From ProPublica Illinois: “There’s not a whole lot that tells a kid you don’t matter [more] than keeping them locked up in a psych ward for no reason other than there’s nowhere to place them for months on end."

Texas Social Workers Can Now Turn Away LGBTQ, Disabled Clients

From NBC News: The state Board of Social Work Examiners voted to change a section of its code of conduct last week following a recommendation from Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress”

In the New York Times, Natasha Singer discusses last year's launch by the Samaritans of an app that allowed people to track others' mental...

Police Keep Using ‘Excited Delirium’ to Justify Brutality. It’s Junk Science.

From The Washington Post: Several analyses have found that the majority of deaths attributed to 'excited delirium' are associated with the use of physical restraint.

Mainstream Mental Health Services Are a Disaster

From Uncancelled: Mental health services have become the mouthpieces of an industry of decontextualising and individualising hurt, fear, sadness, and anger.

Psychiatrists Sound Alarm Over “the New Valium”: Lyrica/Pregabalin

FromThe Daily Mail: If lessons about pregabalin aren't quickly learned, "it might push prescriptions up even more. We could be facing a nightmare."

‘Hijacked by Anxiety’: How Climate Dread Is Hindering Climate Action

From The Guardian: "A measure of mental health is having the capacity to accurately emotionally respond to the reality in our world. So it’s not delusional to feel anxious or depressed. It’s mentally healthy."

FDA Requiring Boxed Warning Update for Benzodiazepine Drug Class

From the U.S. Food & Drug Administration: The FDA is requiring the update for all benzodiazepines "to address the serious risks of abuse, addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal reactions."

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.

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."

Chemical Restraints ‘May Be Abuse’

From 7 News Australia: Consultant pharmacist Manya Angley told a royal commission that unless such drugs were prescribed as a last resort, then the person had been denied their right to proper intervention and care.

New Official Guidance: People Should Come Off Antidepressants Slowly

From MetroUK: The guidance from RCPsych is catching up to what many patients have been saying for years: antidepressant tapering should take much longer than a few weeks.

Abolition Must Include Psychiatry

From the Disability Visibility Project: Those of us who have survived psychiatric incarceration know that not only did the asylum never die — it is, and always was, another prison.

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

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.

Psychiatry’s Intellectual Crisis: Giovanni Fava, MD

From Psychiatric Times/Conversations in Critical Psychiatry: "Psychiatry is going through an intellectual crisis [that] is shared by other areas of clinical medicine and stems from a narrow concept of science."

OxyContin Maker to Plead Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges, Pay $8 Billion, Close Company

From CNN Business: "Purdue Pharma actively thwarted the United States' efforts to ensure compliance and prevent diversion . . . [leaving] lives lost and others addicted."

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