Saturday, April 10, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

The Radicalization of a White Psychiatrist

From Psychiatric Services: Encouraged by my colleagues of color to engage in some uncomfortable self-reflection, I realized that the trajectory of my career was directly influenced by my racial biases.

ECT: Dangerous on Either Side of the Pond

From Psychiatric Times: This controversial treatment must be suspended pending research to determine if there are any benefits that outweigh its proven adverse effects.

Science Plays the Long Game. But People Have Mental Health Issues Now.

From The New York Times: When people are drowning, they’re less interested in the genetics of respiration than in a life preserver.

Tapering Antidepressants: Why Do Tens of Thousands Turn to Facebook Groups for Support?

From BJGP Life: Recent research concluded that over half of people coming off antidepressants will suffer withdrawal symptoms, of which one in two cases will be severe.


From Mindfreedom: Please help us protect 22-year-old Charles Helmer by taking one or more actions before Friday!

Why Is Electroshock ‘Therapy’ Still a Mainstay of Psychiatry?

From Aeon: Even before knowing the research on ECT, I’d had a gut reaction, as a young psychiatric nursing aide, that something was dreadfully wrong.

Psychiatric Drugs: What Therapists Need to Consider

From PESI UK: While it might be tempting for therapists to think that drugs are the sole concern of the prescriber and the province of the medical arena, this would be misguided.

Mental Health Advocates Launch Campaign to Stop Continued Electroshock of 22-Year-Old MN Man

From Mindfreedom: Charles Helmer was force-shocked on March 26 and, unless the advocacy campaign is successful, he will be force-shocked on April 9 and every two weeks afterwards.

NH Supreme Court Takes Up ‘Boarding’ Psych Patients in Hospital ERs

From InDepthNH: The case arose from the state’s appeal of the case involving Jane Doe who was held against her will for 17 days in an emergency room.

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."

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."

New Paper on How to Stop Antipsychotic Drugs Deemed ‘Historic Breakthrough’

From Metro: Though one of the fastest-growing classes of drugs being prescribed, there has been little guidance for doctors on how to safely taper them.

Surviving the Bipolar Label with Karin Jervert

From The Courageously.u Podcast: MIA writer Karin Jervert discusses the trauma she experienced in the mental health system, and how she's come to understand her life journey apart from it.

AntiDepAware Is No Longer Active

From Behaviorism and Mental Health: The website, whose goal has been to raise awareness of the dangers of antidepressants, should be required reading for psychiatrists and anyone who prescribes psychiatric drugs.

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 primary cause of many mental, physical, and behavioral health problems, which often goes unaddressed in mainstream approaches.

How a Parent’s Affection Shapes a Child’s Happiness for Life

From Motherly: A number of recent studies highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.

For-Profit Psych Hospital Corp. US HealthVest Brings Peril to 3 States

From The Seattle Times: No private mental-health care operator in Washington state in recent years has pushed to expand as rapidly or racked up as many serious violations as quickly.

‘Peak’ Podcast Ep. 7 – Micah Ingle: Psychology and its Meta-Transformations

From Peak Podcast: MIA writer and Consciousness and Society PhD student Micah Ingle discusses his journey with psychology and where he sees it going.

This Crisis Team Has Handled Mental Health Calls Without Cops for 30 Years

From VICE: “When the threat of coercion and that fear of violence is removed from the interaction, people can actually engage and de-escalate," said mental health lawyer Anita Szigeti.

What Happens to Your Mental Health When You Can’t Pay Your Rent?

From The New York Times: There is no one cause for any suicide. But research shows that there is a connection between people’s ability to pay rent each month and their mental health.

Psychiatry and the Shores of Social Construction: Sami Timimi, MD

From Psychiatric Times: Awais Aftab interviews Dr. Sami Timimi on his latest book, Insane Medicine: How the Mental Health Industry Creates Damaging Treatment Traps and How You Can Escape Them.

How Norway is Offering Drug-Free Treatment to People With Psychosis

From the BBC: In Norway, the government has taken decisive action to try and improve the lives of psychotic people by giving them more power over their lives.

Why Mental Health Researchers Are Studying Psychedelics All Wrong

From Salon: The rigidity of reductive clinical research belies the organic and expansive nature of the psychedelic experience.

‘We’re the Workaholics of the World’

From The Atlantic: Where traditional religion once lent people meaning, community, and self-actualization, work has stepped in to fill the void.

“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...

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