Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Hospitals Want to Test Drug with No Consent”

“A group of Boston doctors is proposing to join a study that would provide emergency treatment for brain-injured patients without obtaining the trauma victims’...

Precarious Jobs Scar Employees’ Mental Health: Survey

From the Toronto Star: According to a new survey of more than 4,000 workers by the Ontario Federation of Labor, precarious jobs can have a significant...

Whistleblower Psychiatrist Sues after Being Forced to Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

A psychiatrist is suing the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) and several other agencies after being unlawfully terminated and forced to undergo a...

“My Suicide Attempt and My Struggles to Get Help”

Marine corps veteran Thomas Brennan tells of his PTSD, suicide attempt, and entry into the psychiatric system that he describes as "three days that convinced...

GSK Releases Raw Data from Study 329

The inimitable 1 Boring Old Man stumbles on previously unreleased raw data from GlaxoSmithKline's controversial study of paroxetine in adolescent depression (study 329). The data...

“When the mental health system failed me, online communities became my coping mechanisms”

-Hannah Giorgis describes how she felt even more "crazy" when her mental health professionals denied the existence of racism against black people in Britain.

Antidepressants and Online Misinformation

From Psychology Today: Informed consent isn't possible if known harms are minimized or presented in ways that are faulty and misleading.

The Mental Health Crisis Is Down to Government Policy, Not Stigma

From The Guardian: "I have a radical proposal for tackling the mental health crisis. Let’s just stop talking about stigma. I’m not suggesting stigma...

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.

How Midcentury Arab Thinkers Embraced the Ideas of Freud

In this piece for Aeon, Omnia El Shakry highlights the role that Freudian ideas and psychoanalysis played in midcentury Arab literature, education, politics, and culture. "For some,...

He Tenido Un Sueño (I Had a Dream)

In this piece for La Otra Psiquiatría, Fernando Colina describes his vision for a compassionate, non-pathologizing mental health system. Below is the full translation of his...

“Shortcomings of a Psychiatric Bible”

The Editorial Board of the New York Times writes "Patients and parents concerned about mental illness have every right to be confused. The head...

Pledge Support for Changes in Understanding of Psychosis

From Critical Psychiatry: The International Society of Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) has produced a 'Liverpool Declaration' stating that psychosis needs to be...

Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris

From The Atlantic: The protracted attempt to usher psychiatry into medicine’s modern era is the subject of Anne Harrington’s Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness.

Elizabeth Wurtzel, Author of ‘Prozac Nation,’ Has Died at 52

From CNN: Her 1994 memoir stood as a cultural standard against which future conversations about antidepressants and mental health would be measured.

“House Passes Controversial Medical Funding ‘Cures’ Bill”

“Democrats and consumer groups were upset with the bill's streamlining of some Food and Drug Administration processes, including making it easier for companies to...

What the C.I.A.’s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured

From The New York Times: Drawings done in captivity by the first prisoner known to undergo “enhanced interrogation” portray his account of what happened to him in vivid and disturbing ways.

UK Trials Body Cameras for Staff in Mental Health Wards

From Engadget: An early trial has found that staff-worn body cameras can reduce confrontation and aggressive behavior, including incidents of physical restraint, in psychiatric hospitals. "If...
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Holding Your Partner’s Hand Can Ease Their Pain

From Aeon: Psychology and neuroscience researcher Pavel Goldstein discusses new research that suggests that interpersonal touch can be an effective way of reducing pain. "New techniques...

What Do We Really Know about Neuroplasticity?

In a Scientific American blog post, Gary Stix reviews some of the latest research into brain "neuroplasticity," including an experiment where mice with induced...

Video: Alain Badiou and Michel Foucault

From Verso: A televised 1965 discussion between Alain Badiou and Michel Foucault, under the heading "Philosophy and Psychology," is available to stream in three parts. Videos →­

Is Screening for Mental Illness in Children a Bad Idea?

Psychology Salon psychologist Randy Paterson discusses the Mad In America investigative report about a program that trains physicians and school staff to more readily diagnose mental illnesses in children. "Authors of the initiatives almost always talk about the enhancement of social supports, the provision of psychotherapy, involvement with community, and so on," writes Paterson. "But in the real world of medical practice, screening usually translates into prescriptions written."

“Cannabis Has Been Studied More Than Many FDA Approved Pharmaceuticals”

High Times points out that, with over 20,000 published studies or reviews in the scientific literature that reference cannabis and its active components, science...

Sleepwalking Towards Artificial Intimacy: How Psychotherapy Is Failing The Future

From Forbes: Artificial intimacy has long been a science fiction fantasy and now programs appear that say they deliver it in bits and pieces: a...

Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care

In this piece for Literary Hub, Barbara Ehrenreich critiques the overuse of preventative medicine and describes how our healthcare system's emphasis on screenings and early...

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