Thursday, May 28, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

The Curious Incident of the Neuroleptic Prescription

From Matanuska Forensic Science: Developing novel therapeutics to treat thought disorders is long overdue. Rather than defending drugs that do not work, let's learn from them

‘We Are a Sedated Society’: The Rise in Antidepressants During Lockdown

From The Telegraph: One in six of the population is on antidepressants, and the numbers are rising. Are GPs being too "trigger-happy" with prescriptions?

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."

COVID-19: What’s Equity Got to Do With It?

From GW Milken Institute School of Public Health: "For the past five years, the Building Community Resilience Networks and Collaborative has worked across sectors to address...

Psychiatry Under the Shadow of White Supremacy

From Nature: How does a culture that enslaved people, encouraged lynching and developed racial segregation decide who is and is not sane?

For Winnicott, the Psyche Is Not Inside Us But Between Us

From Psyche: Far from being separate entities that figure out each other externally, we are radically open beings in immediate contact with each other.

Unleashing the Brain Power of Narrative

From NPR: If you look at the times somebody's beliefs have been changed, it's often because of a story that hit them in the heart.

It Is Becoming Much Harder to Access Mental Health Support Anonymously

From Slate: Now is the ideal time to ensure platforms are designed with the highest ethical standards, and in ways that respect users’ digital rights.

COVID-19 Has Shocked the Mental Health System Out of Complacency

From The Washington Post: Suddenly, therapists and social workers are meeting people where they are. Treatment is now coming to them.

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."

Experts Warn of Urgent Need for COVID-19 Mental Health Research

From CNN: The crisis could have a "profound" and "pervasive impact" on global mental health, both now and in the future.

COVID-19 Mental-Health Responses Neglect Social Realities

From Nature: We need a practice that recognizes the environments that can make people ill, and that supports efforts to do something about it.

Creating a Guide for Parents During Lock Down – by Children

From Dulwich Centre: "So many guideline has been published for parents on staying at home with children in websites, social media, tv channels or newspapers written...

Why Psychiatric Wards Are Uniquely Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

From The New Yorker: The coronavirus, and the public-health measures undertaken to slow its spread, is uniquely hostile to psychiatric care.

How Young Refugees’ Traumatic Pasts Shape Their Mental Health

From Nature: A detailed study shows that young migrants’ risk of developing psychiatric disorders rises stepwise with the number of traumas experienced.

The Pandemic Will Haunt Today’s Children Forever

From The Washington Post: Stress during this vulnerable period can be especially damaging to children who already have accumulated trauma in their lives and further increases the chance a child will develop anxiety, depression or even schizophrenia.

On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness

From The New York Times: It’s not those who focus on pursuing happiness to feel better; it’s those who cultivate an attitude of tragic optimism.
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Crisis Counseling, Not Therapy, Is What’s Needed in Wake of COVID-19

From Medscape: The mental health system must step up to assuage fears and anxieties around the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
Antidepressant tapering roll

Are Tapering Strips a Solution to Antidepressant Withdrawal?

From The Pharmaceutical Journal: Tapering strips — a roll of small daily pouches with consecutively lower doses — allow patients to regulate the speed of their reduction.

Does Conflict of Interest Bias Psychiatric Research?

From Psychiatry Advisor: "56% of DSM-IV panel members had 1 association with a pharmaceutical company; among mood disorders panel members, 100% disclosed conflicts."

Helping Teens Make Room for Uncomfortable Emotions

From The New York Times: Psychological health is not about being free from emotional discomfort, but about having the right feeling at the right time

Universal Basic Income Could Improve the Nation’s Mental Health

From The Conversation: Social psychiatry research in the mid-20th century showed that mental illness was often caused by poverty, inequality and social isolation.

I Spent 10 Years in a Psych Ward. Here’s How I’m Coping Under Lockdown

From The Guardian: The lockdown doesn’t feel dissimilar to my time in hospital, but now it’s the government controlling my movements, rather than my doctors.

Health Care Workers Fear For Their Rising Mental Anguish

From Science Mag: Long hours, high risk, and crushing uncertainty about how the pandemic will progress have led to high anxiety among health care workers.

Inside the Terrifying World of Psychiatric Emergency Rooms During COVID-19

From The Mighty: From unprotected mental health workers to a lack of basic hygiene for psychiatric patients and threats of retaliation, we need to take a hard look now

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