Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Debunking Alcoholics Anonymous: Behind the Myths of Recovery”

"Myths have a way of coming to resemble facts through repetition alone," say the authors of "The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind...

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

More than 8,000 people responded to the recent New York Times article on antidepressant withdrawal. Here, reporter Benedict Carey describes differences in the way various...

Rising Prescriptions, Rising Disability: Video from the UK Parliament

Mental health campaigner Chrys Muirhead’s blog features video from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence event on 11 May 2016 at Westminster....

Researchers Blog about Links Between ADHD Prescribing and Drug Costs

University of Toronto and Princeton University researchers take to Bloomberg View to discuss the findings from their large-scale, long-term study of ADHD and medicating...

“Why Paul Steinberg Has It All Wrong (and Should Stop Seeing Patients)”

Beyond Meds publishes Giovanna Pompele's critique of a New York Times' op-ed written by psychiatrist Paul Steinberg, who's proposed solution to violence such as that...

“Antidepressant Smoke & Mirrors”

For the ISEPP website, Frederick Ernst criticizes Peter Kramer’s defense of antidepressants in the Wall Street Journal. “The conclusions he has drawn are simply...

NIMH vs DSM-5: No One Wins, Patients Lose

Allen Frances writes in the Huffington Post that "DSM-5 certainly deserves rejecting. It offers a reckless hodgepodge of new diagnoses that will misidentify normals...

“Was Sexism Really Responsible for the FDA’s Hesitancy to Sign Off on Flibanserin?”

“The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of pharmaceutical treatment for low sexual desire in women has launched a heated debate over the dangers and benefits of medicalizing sex,” Maya Dusenbery writes in the Pacific Standard. Is “female Viagra” a feminist victory or a product of clever faux-feminist marketing by Big Pharma?

The Anterior Cingulate: a Cortex in Competition

The anterior cingulate figures in much research on addiction, OCD, schizophrenia, ADHD, social anxiety, and depression. Here, Scientific American looks at its apparent connection...

“Who’s Deluded?? Fact-checking the ‘ReachOut Psychosis’ Show for Schools”

Rob Wipond won't rest until he's publicly commented on ReachOut Psychosis, an “educational” show touring British Columbia schools, that "traffics in a shocking abundance of...

“The Chill of Forced Incarceration and Psychiatric ‘Care'”

"When you make therapists have to report danger that means no one will feel safe talking… this does not make us safer. It in...

Existential Spirituality Can Foster Happiness, Study Finds

From Medical Xpress: "The study examined associations among religiosity, spirituality and happiness in 354 people treated for neurological disorders at an outpatient clinic where Wade sees patients....

Medical Malpractice Verdict Seen as Powerful Message

From PR Newswire: On May 16th, a $2 million verdict was issued in favor of Stanley and Marianne Truskie, whose son died from toxic levels...

“Does Psychiatry Need Science?”

Gary Greenberg writes in the New Yorker about psychiatry's longstanding quest for scientific validity. Article →

“Autism: Difference or Disorder?”

Pediatrician Claudia Gold assesses the controversies around the rise in autism diagnoses: "The massive rise in diagnosis of autism indicates that something is amiss....

“The Antidepressant Generation”

Doris Iarovici, a psychiatrist from Duke University, asks in the New York Times "Are we using good scientific evidence to make decisions about keeping...

A Neuroscience Laboratory That’s “Green” and Supports “Neurodiversity”

-What would an anti-militaristic, animal-loving, non-toxic, anti-sanist neuroscience look like?

“Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses”

From The Unbounded Spirit, which "was created with the sole purpose of providing valuable and interesting information that will provoke its readers to get into...

“Reducing Future Suicide Attempts by Forging Connection”

A new study published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine may offer evidence for an intervention for people who have already been hospitalized for a suicide attempt.  The...

“Guns and Mental Illness”

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera writes that E. Fuller Torrey "believes that the country should involuntarily commit more mentally ill people, not only...

The Foods That Can Help and Harm Your Brain

From The Guardian: Nutrition can have a major impact on the health of our brains, including our risk for dementia and cognitive decline. Here is...

Antidepressants Related Weight Gain Masks a Bigger Picture

In this British Medical Journal response to a recent study of weight gain while taking antidepressants, Dr. Alain Braillon argues that, as a general rule, drug...

Letter Endorsing the Recent UN Report on Mental Health

Mental Health Europe and the British Psychological Society are looking for signatories to a letter endorsing the recent United Nations Special Rapporteur's report on...

Some Nursing Homes Trying To Move Beyond Antipsychotics

-Some nursing homes are changing their approaches since the US federal government began more closely regulating the use of antipsychotic medications in elderly patients with dementia.

The Club Where You Bare Your Soul to Strangers

From The Atlantic: A new movement called Authentic Relating is hosting events across the country where people participate in exercises and games to learn the...

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