Monday, May 20, 2019

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

‘Mental Illness’ Was a Label Assigned to Me Until I Took Ownership of My...

From PublicSource: Labels were always attached to me without my permission. They haunted me every time I wanted to heal from my past traumas, to be truly myself.

FDA Signs Off on First Medical Device for Treating ADHD in Children

From USA TODAY: The Monarch eTNS connects via wire to a small patch placed on the forehead of the patient, generating a low-level electrical pulse to the brain.

Patients “May Be Afraid” of Microchipped Schizophrenia Pill

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.

The Couch and the Cushion: Why Mindfulness Is No Substitute for Therapy

From Tricycle: The Buddhist Review: When I was performing mindfulness meditation practices, I was basically alone. With my analyst, I was not. And that seems to have made all the difference.

Today’s Biggest Threat: The Polarized Mind

From Scientific American: To counter it, two psychologists call for a mobilization of mindfulness practices and dialogue groups on the scale of a public works program for human civility.

Therapy Saved a Refugee Child. Fifty Years On, He’s Leading a Mental Health Revolution

From The Guardian: The boy, who would go on to become one of the most high-profile child psychologists of his generation, was sent to the Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families in Hampstead, north London, for help.

Red Flags for College Applicants With Mental Health Issues

From Inside Higher Ed: If an applicant writes an essay about psychological challenges, the admissions staff at a college in Florida have been flagging them for additional review.

Should Every American Citizen Be a Yoga Teacher?

From The New York Times: CorePower, the country’s largest yoga studio chain, has a distinctly profitable approach: It enlists teachers as salespeople and incentivizes them with bonuses.

The Empty Promise of Suicide Prevention

From The New York Times: Antidepressants can’t supply employment or affordable housing, repair relationships with family members or bring on sobriety.

Statute of Limitations Reform Would Give Childhood Sexual Assault Victims New Opportunity for Justice

From WNYC Studios: States around the country are considering extending statutes of limitations for crimes like these, which have historically been very short.

Is the American Psychological Association Addicted to Militarism and War?

From CounterPunch: At times the APA has taken public stands on key perils and injustices in our society. But when the focus shifts to war, the APA turns silent, or worse.

Mother Whose Son Killed Himself After Years in Solitary Wants FL to Change the...

From the Orlando Sentinel: While many states have reduced the number of inmates in solitary confinement, an SPLC study found Florida has not been part of that trend.

Britney Spears and a Civilised Response to her Mental Health

From The Guardian: In 2019, suffering is less a spectacle, more something to be understood. It is a tentative sign that the conversation is, at last, maturing.

How Anti-Stigma Campaigns Are Potentially Making Life Worse – Not Better – for People...

From Psychologists for Social Change: These campaigns leave little resources or public appetite to tackle anything harder that might actually make life better for swathes of people.

In the Land of Hope and Grief

From Pacific Standard: An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.

FDA Medical Adviser: ‘Congress Is Owned by Pharma’

From Yahoo! Finance: "Congress is supposed to have oversight for the FDA...the FDA isn’t going to hold pharma accountable, and Congress is getting paid to not hold pharma accountable."

‘Fight or Flight’ and the Dangers of Consuming All the Bad News in the...

From ABC/Hack: What happens when we take a brain and nervous system evolved for running away from cheetahs, and give it a big glowing screen showing all the bad news in the world?

Cities Can’t Criminalize Homelessness, Federal Court Affirms

From Curbed: An Idaho lawsuit is now established as precedent: cities won't be able to punish people for sleeping on public property unless they provide adequate indoor accommodations.

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...

‘She Was Unrecognisable’ – Families Warn of Fatal Effects of Antipsychotic Drug Clozapine

From The Guardian: Clozapine is heavily restricted in other countries but concerns about its potentially fatal side-effects in the UK appear not to have been heeded.

Lena Dunham: Benzos Are “the Biggest Epidemic Nobody Talks About”

From Us Weekly: "Dunham was first prescribed  to treat her anxiety disorder. 'I was diagnosed with pretty serious PTSD. I have a few sexual...

Psychiatrist Who Argued That Being Gay Is Not a Disorder Dies at 82

From The Advocate: Richard Green was a longtime LGBTQ ally and one of the first psychiatrists to speak out against the labeling of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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.

How the Way We Talk About Addiction Can Make It Harder for People to...

From CBC: "It is entirely possible that in the future our children or grandchildren are going to look back and be aghast at how we have treated people who use drugs."

Early Life Experience: It’s In Your DNA

From Scientific American: "We know that the activity and organization of the brain changes in response to experience. Memories and learning are reflected in the...

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