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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Antidepressant Paxil Is Unsafe for Teenagers, New Analysis Says”

In a major story, the New York Times presents the re-analysis by David Healy, Jon Jureidini, Mickey Nardo and others of Study 329, published in...

E-book: “Ghost-Managed Medicine: Big Pharma’s Invisible Hands”

Sergio Sismondo's new book from Mattering Press explores how Big Pharma controls drug research and marketing at every stage, maximizing industry profits at the expense...

FDA Approval of First Digital Pill Based on ‘Weak Evidence’

From Medscape: Investigators found that the data submitted to the FDA were limited to trials that only assessed whether patients could use the product as intended.

Texas Social Workers Can Now Turn Away LGBTQ, Disabled Clients

From NBC News: The state Board of Social Work Examiners voted to change a section of its code of conduct last week following a recommendation from Gov. Greg Abbott.

“I Truly Wish I Never Went to a Mental Health Service”

From The Age: " Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday pledged to hold a royal commission into the state’s mental health system, in a surprise...

“When Does That Go On Trial?”

1 Boring Old Man scrutinizes the evidence that Johnson & Johnson hid evidence of Risperdal's breast-growing properties, among other improper actions, concluding "The story...

“Feds Charge Former Valeant and Philidor Execs with Fraud”

“The executive who once ran the specialty pharmacy at the heart of the Valeant Pharmaceutical accounting scandal was arrested Thursday morning, along with a...

Teen With Autism Locked in Solitary Confinement, Fed Through Hatch

From i News: "Bethany is 17 years old. She is a girl who likes Bob Marley’s music, spending time with animals and being outside....

Deprescribing Starts With Shared Decision Making

From The Lown Institute: Many of the current guidelines and tools available for deprescribing medications use a "one-size-fits-all" approach, merely providing lists of harmful drugs...

PubPeer Trying To Rally Post-publication Peer Review Forces

-Vox interviews the founders of a platform for sharing peer reviews of scientific articles.

George Monbiot on the Politics of Belonging

In this video for Verso Books, author George Monbiot explains how neoliberalism has destroyed our natural capacity for altruism. He proposes that we create a...

Rise in Children With Mental Health Concerns After Terror Attacks

From The Guardian: According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the number of children and young people seeking mental health support has spiked since recent...

How the Pandemic Has Proven the Social Model of Disability

From Forbes: The currently disabling conditions give you insight into what it is like to be a social pariah simply because of your body.

“All Joy and No Fun” – NY Times Book Review

Andrew Solomon's review of "All Joy and No Fun" by Jennifer Senior serves as a great reminder of the importance of good parenting -...

When Evidence Says no, but Doctors say yes

From ProPublica: Many physicians continue to administer treatments that have long been proven ineffective and even harmful to patients. "For all the truly wondrous developments of modern medicine...

I Was the Poster Girl for OCD. Then I Began to Question Everything I’d...

From The Guardian: When I sought help for crippling invasive thoughts, I was told I had a disease like any other. But I wasn’t able to recover until I understood the fallacy at the heart of mental healthcare.

Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues to Your Mental Health

From The New York Times: New research suggests that Instagram users who have been diagnosed with depression tend to post darker, bluer, and grayer photos...

Where Mental Health and Social Justice Meet

From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: What it means to be a black American struggling with mental health is that socio-historical 'trauma lives in our blood,' materializing in our daily lives.

‘I’m Petitioning … for the Return of My Life’: The World of Adult Guardianship

From The New York Times: Guardianship was where the breakdowns of modern life tumbled together in a system that appeared to bring out the worst in people.

The Connection Between Psychiatric Medications & Violence: Rooting Out the Causes of the Newtown...

Emma Bragdon compiles the evidence on the connection between antidepressant medication and violence for Elephant Journal. (Free registration required). Elephant Journal →

Quiet Your Anxiety by Talking to Yourself in the Third Person

From Today: A new study suggests that talking about one's negative feelings and experiences in the third person can help reduce fear and anxiety. Article →­

“Brain Changes Seen in Veterans with PTSD after Mindfulness Training”

Veterans with PTSD experience observable changes to the brain after mindfulness training, according to new research published in Depression and Anxiety. “The brain findings suggest...

Eating Disorders Among Teens More Severe Than Ever

From NBC News: Since the pandemic, people are experiencing eating disorders at younger ages and in more serious condition, with both mental and physical symptoms appearing more urgent.

Pair of Reports Guide Trauma-Informed Care in Child Health Systems

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Both documents emphasize the power of safe, secure, nurturing relationships — referred to as relational health — to mitigate the effects of potentially traumatic experiences and promote resilience.

Loneliness is a Warning Sign to Be Social

From Nautilus: Numerous research studies demonstrate the strong correlation between social isolation and significant emotional and physical health risks. The pain of loneliness can serve...