From The Scotsman: Zholia Alemi worked in the NHS for 22 years despite having no qualifications. Some of her patients were sectioned or 'groomed' to gain access to their finances.
From Mindful: By understanding how empathy works and can be augmented in ourselves and our children, we have one of the key tools to cultural transformation.
From Dr. Terry Lynch/Mental Health Academy: It is no longer acceptable for mental health professionals to do nothing in the face of a mental health paradigm that is built upon misinformation and false claims.
From Science: 'Warning letters'—a key tool for keeping dangerous or ineffective drugs, devices and tainted foods off the market—have fallen by a third since Trump took office.
From Scientific American: Given medicine’s poor record, physicians should prescribe and patients consume far fewer medications, a new book argues.
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."
From The Globe and Mail: Until his death, Mel fought against harsh psychiatric treatments. In many ways he saw the cracks in our midst, especially the ones right in front of us.
From The Oregonian/OregonLive: "If you’re at a point where you don’t know where to turn, don’t have a place to go, experiencing mental health issues, you’re living on the street, where right now can you go?"
From Mona Delahooke, PhD: The popular strategy of simply trying to alter behaviors fails to acknowledge the importance of loving engagement with adults as the foundation of treatment.
From Mosaic: The traditional expert–patient relationship of psychological treatment has often been seen by Aboriginal people as being based on that of the colonial master and the colonised.
-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."
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?
-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.
From Medscape: Esketamine's trajectory to approval shows — step by step — how drugmakers can take advantage of shortcuts in the FDA process.
From Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights: "My experience as your Human Rights Commissioner has . . . confirmed . . . the vicious circles caused by a coercion-based mental health approach."
From Aeon: Philadelphia House, co-founded by R.D. Laing and still operating in London, offers an alternative to confrontational treatment methods and medical interventions.
From NPR: The National Council for Behavioral Health calls trauma a 'near universal experience' for those with mental and behavioral issues, yet finding knowledgeable help is difficult.
From The Guardian: Is society doing enough for adult survivors, who, too often, are overlooked, pathologised and criminalised?
From Bloomberg: "There’s an incentive for managed-care companies to do the wrong thing, because they know that at the end of the day they don’t stand to be punished monetarily."
In this piece for Jacobin, John Foot describes the Italian psychiatrist Franco Basaglia's efforts to revolutionize the mental health system in Italy. Basaglia sparked a...
From The Guardian: I remember the first time I forcibly medicated a person against his will. In that moment, however good my intentions, I was knowingly participating in his suffering.
From The Daily Mail: Abilify MyCite, which contains a tracker so doctors can check if it's been taken, isn't being used because it could add to patients' paranoia, an expert has warned.
From STAT: Every insurance company should be required to keep its provider lists updated so they can’t collect premiums for services they don’t actually provide.
The Atlantic covers an experiment by two researchers who tried to use neuroscience techniques to understand the working of an old microprocessor. “Forget attention,...
-A psychiatrist asserts that psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies never promoted the idea that serotonin deficiencies could cause depression, and suggests that no one at Mad in America has evidence that they did.