Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Connection Is a Core Human Need, But We Are Terrible at It

From Medium: The biggest problem in most people’s lives is trauma, and trauma is what creates a damaged ability to connect with others.

The Disorder That Affects Us All: What You Need to Know About Developmental Trauma...

From the Institute for Attachment and Child Development and the Colorado Professional Development Center: Two articles discuss the root cause of much of mental ill health and societal dysfunction that typically goes unseen or covered up by mainstream explanations.

Even Docs Get Killed by Akathisia

From RxISK: The doctor whose suicide was recounted by Dr. Wible was clearly a victim of his psychiatric treatment far more than his professional or personal angst.

How to Quit Antidepressants: Very Slowly, Doctors Say

From The New York Times: A pair of prominent psychiatric researchers calls the establishment’s position badly mistaken and the standard advice on withdrawal woefully inadequate.

Scottish, Welsh Parliaments Debate Psychiatric Drug Dependence and Withdrawal

From RxISK: The Petitions Committee received an astonishing number of written testimonies from people reporting severe symptoms when stopping psychiatric drugs.

Kids Are the Victims of the Elite-College Obsession

From The Atlantic: Education has been eclipsed by marketing..."It comes down almost to marketing one’s soul, which gets to undermining the meaning of one’s entire life."

Outcome Misreporting Goes Ignored by Top Medical Journals

From Lown Institute: Journals are supposed to be the gatekeepers separating high-quality evidence from poor science, but when it comes to outcome reporting, they are shirking that responsibility.

Montana Had the Highest Suicide Rate in the Country. Then Budget Cuts Hit.

From NBC News: Some who have lost loved ones — frustrated by the budget cuts and driven by the state’s urgent needs — are mobilizing to do whatever they can to stop the deaths.

Turned Down for Federal Disability Payments, Thousands Die Waiting on Appeals

From USA TODAY: "It is totally unacceptable for 10,000 people to lose their lives waiting for insurance they paid into," said U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.

California Looks to Lead Nation in Unraveling Childhood Trauma

From California Healthline: CA is poised to become a vanguard for the nation in embracing the research that traces adverse childhood experiences to later onset of physical and mental illness.

Drug Commonly Prescribed to Veterans Could be Making Suicidal Thoughts Worse

From FOX News Nashville: Prazosin is a blood pressure medication commonly prescribed to treat PTSD nightmares, although it's not approved by the FDA for that purpose.

Bait and Switch: the Great Ketamine ‘Breakthrough’

From RxISK: Spravato may do little for depressed people, but as a guarantor of future profits, it may be just the "game changer" drug companies have been yearning for.

Why ‘Happy’ Doctors Die by Suicide

From Pamela Wible MD: Physician suicide is a global public health crisis. In the U.S., more than one million Americans lose their doctors each year to suicide.

Psychedelics and Psychosis: The Limitations and Risks of Chaos Consciousness

From Psychedelic Support: When a person's brain is in the middle of a blizzard, they don’t need their metaphorical snow globe shaken.

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.

Look to the Medicine Wheel for Mental Health, First Nations Elders Advise

From Medical Xpress: "Traditional teachings have to come back [for us] to know who we are and how to balance ourselves...the mind, the body and the soul [have to] reconnect."

“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...

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

From Buzzfeed News: "Burnout combines an intense yearning for a state of completion with the tormenting sense that it cannot be attained."

FL Psychologists Could Prescribe Medication Under New Bill

From WJCT: If passed, Florida would become the sixth state to allow psychologists to prescribe medication. Similar bills have been passed in IA, ID, IL, NM and LA.

Attachment Theory: How Your Childhood Affects Your Relationships

From Sprouts Schools: Attachment theory argues that a strong emotional and physical bond to one primary caregiver in our first years of life is critical to our development.

The Lonely Hell of Quitting Antidepressants

From MEL: Many are pushed to internet forums and medical journals to figure out, for themselves, how a successful withdrawal from antidepressants is supposed to work.

Freedom of Speech Award Given to Norwegian Psych Survivor Merete Nesset

From University of South-Eastern Norway: "This so-called treatment is so cruel and inhuman that I need[ed] to make use of it for something, someday... all this suffering must not be in vain."

Big Pharma and AMA Respond to John Oliver

-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.

Neuroscientists Make a Case against Solitary Confinement

From Scientific American: "There are an estimated 80,000 people, mostly men, in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. They are confined to windowless cells roughly...

OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into ‘Attractive’ Anti-Addiction Market

From ProPublica: In internal correspondence, Purdue Pharma executives discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction are "naturally linked."

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