Monday, August 10, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

IFS: The Revolutionary Treatment That Could Change Psychotherapy Forever

From Medium/Elemental: "If it is true that these things we think of as our inner enemies are really heroes stuck in time, that allows people to relate inside with a lot more compassion and love."

Dozens of ECT Patients Sue NHS Over Brain Damage Claims

From The Daily Mail: They say they were never informed that ECT could cause permanent memory loss as well as trouble with basic tasks like facial recognition, walking, and reading.

‘NHS Sends Too Many MH Patients to Hospital for Expensive, Ineffective Care’

From The Bristol Cable: People are being sent away to private mental health providers for specialist treatment, but this often means poorer outcomes at higher costs, says occupational therapist Keir Harding.

We Know Enough About the Problems in Research to Demand Solutions

FromThe BMJ Opinion: To challenge the status quo, we need to offer clear solutions and convince patients, the public, and policymakers to support change.

Trading Cops for Social Workers Isn’t the Solution to Police Violence

From Truthout: Social workers have a long and troubled history as partners to the state, more often serving as carceral enforcers than as collaborators toward liberation. 

Some Conflicts of Interest in Medicine Cannot Be Managed, Should Be Banned

From The BMJ Opinion: While greater transparency about the nature of financial interests is important, on its own, such a move is unlikely to mitigate the risks to patient safety and may make matters worse. 

On Addiction: ‘You Just Need a Hand to Hold to See You Through’

From The BMJ Opinion: The enduring judgments around addiction in our society have long been a problem. But I hadn’t expected to face this even within healthcare services.

The Quality of Monopoly Capitalist Society: Mental Health

From Monthly Review: What Baran and Sweezy saw in the 1960s as the trend toward the psychological dissolution of working-class families and individuals has today become nothing less than a ubiquitous cancer responsible for the decline of whole communities.

Natives Foster Happy People Without Overthinking

From Darcia Narvaez, Phd/Moral Landscapes: Jean Liedloff's 1975 book The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost revealed how native groups in the Amazon intuitively raised healthy and intelligent adults.

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."

The Importance of Having a Breakdown

From The School of Life: Our crisis, if we can get through it, is an attempt to dislodge us from a toxic status quo and an insistent call to rebuild our lives on a more authentic and sincere basis.

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."

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.

Why Grooming Is So Hard to Spot: The Truth

From the VictimFocus Blog: Grooming should be reframed as a common, normal human behaviour that we all engage in. That's why teaching children and women to "spot the signs" doesn't work.

Professionals and ECT Recipients Request Suspension of ECT in NHS

From The University of East London: They hope that by this time next year, the UK will be the first country to finally put an end to this well-intentioned but calamitous error

Let’s Avoid Talk of ‘Chemical Imbalance’: It’s People in Distress

From Psyche: Mental health treatment needs to re-engage with the language of persons. This means suspending the detached, third-person stance toward patients, and attending to their actual experience and circumstances.

How to Deal With Your Teenager’s Depression

From The Telegraph Classic signs of teen depression can be tricky to spot now that pyjamas are acceptable daywear and many of our routines have vanished

Drugs, Money and Misleading Evidence

From Nature: It’s time to take trials out of the hands of pharmaceutical makers, argues the latest in a long line of books on corruption and the pharmaceutical industry.

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.

The Battle for the Soul of Psychiatry: Ronald W. Pies, MD

From Psychiatric Times: Dr. Aftab and Dr. Pies revisit various criticisms of psychiatry, and discuss the profession’s relationship with its critics.

NZ: Homeless Most Likely to be Fed Antidepressants When Seeking Help

From Stuff: Again and again, homeless people tell their story to officials and agencies. The most common thing they get back, new research suggests, is a script for anti-depressants.

We Still Buy the Lie That Chemical Imbalances Cause Depression

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...

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

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.

Donald Trump’s Assault on Mental Health

From CNN: Chris Cillizza explains how Trump has a pattern of using mental health and mental illness to mock and denigrate his enemies

Bias in Clinical Algorithms Make Health Disparities Worse

From The Lown Institute: Because of bias that exists in many clinical algorithms, doctors are unintentionally giving people of color worse treatment

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