Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Judge Orders Release of Secret OxyContin Records Sought by STAT”

A Kentucky judge has ruled that Purdue Pharma will have to release secret documents about the marketing of OxyContin, a potent pain pill that...

“10 Medical Conditions That Share Symptoms With ADD/ADHD”

Health Central offers a slideshow detailing medical conditions that "can make it even harder" to get an accurate ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Health Central →

Using Facebook Damages Your Mental Health

From Metro UK: A recent study found that increased Facebook use is associated with significant reductions in physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction. Article →­

“How a Patient Suicide Affects Psychiatrists”

-"It’s hard to listen to a psychiatrist who sounds so broken," writes Sulome Anderson in The Atlantic.

Fixing Genes Won’t Fix Us

From The Boston Globe: Scientists' focus on biology and genetics research downplays the role of socioeconomic factors in causing distress and health problems. "Science is threatening a new era of...

Consciousness is “Not Just Your Brain”

For NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog, philosopher Alva Noë comments on a new Oxford journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness. He is skeptical of the persistent tendency of some neuroscientists “to think of consciousness itself as a neural phenomenon.” His own view, he writes “is that the brain is only part of the story, and that we can only begin to understand how the brain makes us consciousness by realizing that brain functions only in the setting of our bodies and our broader environmental (including our social and cultural) situation.”

“Regulating the Intersection of Health Care and Gun Control”

-Attorney Charles Kels analyzes recent legislation requiring health care providers to disclose mental health information about patients to government.

To Save the World, We’re Going to Have to Stop Working

From The Big Think: If we don’t break ourselves of this addiction quickly, we will leave our progeny to face catastrophes on a scale which will make the current pandemic seem trivial.

Are Americans a Broken People?

From Alternet: A psychologist asks: Have consumerism, suburbanization and a malevolent corporate-government partnership so beaten us down that we no longer have the will...

“Psychiatry by Numbers”

A blog in Scientific American tells the story of Camille, who was prescribed a benzodiazepine despite her resistance and with reassurances regarding its addictiveness...

“New Federal Rules Target Woeful Public Reporting of Clinical Trial Results”

For STAT, Charles Piller covers new federal rules requiring stricter reporting for researchers conducting human studies. Previous investigations have documented widespread noncompliance with such...

RxISK Adds Prescription Withdrawal Resource

This week the drug monitoring and patients' rights website, RxISK, launched the Centre for Medication Withdrawal, a page dedicated to establishing what causes dependence and how to treat it.

Love Can Fuel the Deep Empathy Needed to Understand Psychosis

From Psyche: Understanding, being understood and sharing a meaningful life are central to feelings of belonging, which in turn are fundamental to wellbeing and recovery from mental health problems.

“Colorado Responds Slowly to Psychotropic Drug Use Among Foster Kids”

The Denver Post writes "Colorado officials have known since at least 2007 that prescriptions and dosage levels of psychotropic drugs — which also include antidepressants, mood...

Pleading Insanity By Genetics Can Backfire for Defendants

“Genetic explanations for violent crimes may encourage jurors to support an insanity defense, but jurors may also believe the defendant is a persistent threat who will commit more crimes in the future,” Science Daily reports. A study on over 600 participants found that when people read a genetic explanation for a violent murder they attributed less blame to the defendant but recommended a longer sentence.

“5 Ways Drug Makers and the Health Care Industry Are Shaping Campaigns”

For STAT, Sheila Kaplan reports how the pharmaceutical industry is lobbying presidential candidates and making major contributions, even to candidates who have criticized the...

Coronavirus Hits Native American Groups Already Struggling With Poor Health Care

From The Wall Street Journal: "As tribal leaders around the country gear up for the pandemic’s arrival, they worry the federal agencies that are...

“Holding Big Pharma Accountable: Why Suing the Pharmaceutical Industry Isn’t Working”

Writing for the Huffington Post, Caroline Beaton looks into how drugs continue to make billions in sales even after they lose lawsuits for fraud and misconduct. “The persistence of Big Pharma's fraud despite ubiquitous legal action suggests that our present efforts to hold the industry accountable are ineffective,” Beaton writes. “New polices in motion will make potentially unsafe drugs even easier to bring to market and promote.”

Minority Groups Found Less Likely to Get Mental Health Care

From California Healthline: Although people of color are much more likely to suffer from severe psychological distress, they are less likely to receive mental health...

“Instagram Launches New Tool to Offer Mental Health Support”

“Instagram is launching a new tool that allows users to anonymously flag posts about self-harm or other mental health issues. Once a picture is flagged,...

Using Psychodrama to Teach Psychotherapy

-Sharon Packer describes the therapeutic impacts of getting a patient to play multiple roles, presenting evidence to prove and disprove beliefs about himself and his experiences.

In Deprived Areas, Depression Hits Men Harder

From BBC Worklife: Men living in the most deprived areas were 51% more likely to experience depression than those living in non-deprived areas. For women, the results did not reach statistical significance.

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."

Deadly Drugs Misused in U.S. Nursing Facilities

From AARP: The family of Bobby Glenn Tweed recently settled a lawsuit with a nursing home over his wrongful death. Tweed was prescribed psychotropic drugs without...

Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

From The New York Times: According to international standards for the treatment of prisoners, keeping someone in solitary confinement for longer than 15 days is...

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