Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Britney Spears Speaks Out Against ‘Abusive’ Conservatorship: ‘I Want to Be Heard’

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From CNN: Spears says she was forced to perform, given no privacy, and made to use birth control, take medication and attend therapy against her will while the conservatorship has been in place over the last 13 years.

W.H.O. and U.N. Join Calls to Transcend the Medical Model

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From Psychology Today: It will be harder for die-hard defenders of the medical model to dismiss such organizations as the UN and the WHO as extremist, anti-psychiatry radicals.

The New Opium of the People: Why Our Mental Health Sector Has Failed

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From iai News: By sweeping the social causes of distress into the private corners of self, our mental health sector has helped stifle collective and community action.

Seclusion, Restraint and Coercion: Abuse ‘Far Too Common’ in Mental Health Services Across the...

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From The Telegraph: The WHO has called for 'considerable' changes in countries of all income levels, citing widespread use of forced admission and treatment; manual, physical and chemical restraint; physical, verbal, psychological and sexual abuse; and unsanitary living conditions.

‘Prescripticide’: Short Film by ISEPP

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From ISEPP: The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry looks at the devastating consequences of the unchallenged use of psychiatric drugs.

Caught in a Trap: Psychiatric Sabotage by Liam Kirk

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From Asylum Magazine: Liam Kirk explains what happened when he took part in the RADAR trial to try and come off anti-psychotic medication.

UN Warns of Rise of Psychological ‘Cybertorture’ to Bypass Physical Ban

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From The Guardian: Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain, the UN torture rapporteur has said.

Unregistered Podcast: Robert Whitaker

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From Unregistered Podcast: Thaddeus Russell speaks with journalist Robert Whitaker about the catastrophic mass deployment of psychoactive drugs by contemporary psychiatry.

Mikhaila Peterson Podcast: The Dangers of Psychiatric Medication

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From Mikhaila Peterson: Mikhaila interviews Drs. Jim Wright and David Cohen on the reality behind psychiatric medications like the ones that nearly destroyed her and her father's lives.

They Lost Their Loved Ones to Covid. Then They Heard From Them Again

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From CNN: Research suggests at least 60 million Americans experience "after death communications," or ADCs, and that they occur across cultures, religious beliefs, ethnicities and income levels.

The Wisdom of Trauma: Film Premiere June 8–14

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From Science & Nonduality: Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives, and the root of our deepest wounds. Renowned physician Dr. Gabor Maté gives us a new vision of a trauma-informed society and points us to the path of individual and collective healing.

‘Mental Health Film Comment’ Podcast: Miranda Spencer on ‘Framing Britney Spears’

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From Mental Health Film Comment: MIA Staff Writer Miranda Spencer discusses Britney Spears' conservatorship and media portrayal of the star's emotional challenges.

The Shamanic View of ‘Mental Illness’: Birth of a Healer

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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 FDA Is Failing the American People

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From MedPage Today: From this vantage, the FDA looks like an agency whose goal is to preserve pharmaceutical profits.

Gabor Maté, MD: The Power of Connection: Finding Wisdom in Our Trauma

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From Wholehearted.org: A one-hour introduction to Dr. Maté’s perspective on the absolute necessity of connection to healthy existence, and how deficits in connection early in life influence everything from our bodies, to politics, to society.

Autistic Young People in Britain Subjected to Lengthy State-Sanctioned Abuse

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From i newspaper: What kind of society deems it acceptable to break citizens simply because they are autistic? And what kind of nation averts its gaze from grotesque mistreatment of a minority?

Study: Teens Who View Parents as Loving and Supportive Less Likely to Be Cyberbullies

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From the Daily Mail (UK): Teenagers who see their mum and dad as loving caregivers are less likely to be cyberbullies than children with...

Why Aren’t Patients Being Told Truth About Electric Shock Therapy?

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From The Daily Mail: More than half of NHS hospital trusts contacted under a recent audit used ECT information leaflets with seven or more inaccurate statements about the controversial procedure.

In Past Two Decades, Dramatic Rise in Elderly Taking Drugs That Can Lead to...

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From The Washington Post: In 2017, an estimated 94 percent of older adults received a prescription for a drug that increased their risk of falling, up from 57 percent in 1999, and their rate of death caused by falls more than doubled during the same period.

What Distinguishes “Antipsychiatry”?

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University of Toronto lecturer Bonnie Burstow discusses the key elements that distinguish the antipsychiatry perspective from mad, critical psychiatry, psych survivor and other perspectives...

Oprah, Dr. Bruce Perry Examine Childhood Trauma in New Book ‘What Happened to You?’

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From CBS This Morning: "Each of us creates a unique world view shaped by our life’s experiences, and most of that world view is shaped when you are a child," said Oprah.

The Voice in Your Head: Reshaping Our Understanding of ‘Mental Illness’ – & Consciousness...

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From The New Statesman: A movement of people who hear voices is reshaping our understanding of 'mental illness' – and consciousness itself.

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

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

From LA Jail, Two Inmates Pioneer Care for ‘Mentally Ill’ Peers

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From The Christian Science Monitor: From the squalid conditions of the Los Angeles County jail has emerged a potential model for how to address 'mental illness' among incarcerated people. The secret? Care, on a daily basis.

In Memory of Sandra Escher, Pioneer on Voice-Hearing

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Sandra Escher, who helped create a foundation for the Hearing Voices movement, recently passed away. She was the first researcher in the field of children who hear voices.

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