Sunday, January 24, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

The White-Mortality Crisis Shows the Impact of Distress

From Science of Us: A recent study found that working-class white Americans are dying in middle age at a faster rate than minority groups, and...

Latest Issue of “Human Givens” Released

Human Givens is a biannual journal that “explores the relevance of the very latest knowledge about human psychology and the way we live today.”...

Drug Treatment of ADHD – Tenuous Scientific Basis

From Tidsskriftet: Over the past three decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of ADHD. Recent systematic reviews reveal...

“Lost in Medication”

Psychiatrist Sarah Mourra writes, in The Atlantic; "This isn't to say that people don't need to be on medication -- but this psychopharmacological myopia...

Is Psychological Ethics in Crisis?

From the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics: The American Psychological Association's participation in "enhanced interrogation" and other forms of torture is indicative of the need...

“The Inmates Seem to Have Taken Over the Asylum”

Allen Frances writes, in the Huffington Post, a "plea to the American Psychiatric Association, to the National Institute of Mental Health, and to the...

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...

As Opioid Crisis Rages, Some Trade “Tough Love” for Empathy

From Kaiser Health News: "Two torturous days later, Jeff Duncan came home. While he returned to rehab, the Duncans decided their approach wasn’t working....

Angry Caller to Help Line Tracked, Incarcerated in Psychiatric Hospital & Billed

John Albers was completely surprised when police came to his home at midnight and insisted on taking him to a psychiatric hospital, where he...

What Role Can Video Games Play in Psychiatric Treatment?

-Psychiatry Advisor reviews the scientific evidence about using video games and virtual reality tools in psychiatric treatment.

A Radical Hypothesis: Give Patients Drugs They Know Don’t Work

In this interview for Vox, Ted Kaptchuk discusses his research on the effectiveness of giving open-label placebos - sugar pills that the doctors admit are...

Blaming Mental Health Won’t Solve Gun Violence, Says APsaA

According to a new statement released by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), the causes of firearm violence are complex and multifactorial, and gun violence...

‘Doctors Gave Me Depression Pills I DIDN’T Need for 20 Years’

Luke Montagu writes in the Daily Mail, "Six years after taking my last dose of antidepressants, I am still suffering from their effects. I...

Many are Depressed Because They’re Expected not to be

From The Conversation: New studies suggest that Western cultural values - specifically the high value we place on happiness - may be the reason that...

Is NY’s Mental-Health System Listening to the Peers Who’ve Lived It?

From City Limits: The current state of affairs is a far cry from the intended purpose of peers, which was as a corrective for the chauvinism of clinicians.

New Group Takes on Drug Prices and big Pharma

From NBC: A new patients' rights advocacy group called Patients for Affordable Drugs is fighting for lower drug prices. Because the group does not receive funding...

“Are America’s High Rates of Mental Illness Actually Based on Sham Science?”

-MIA News Editor Rob Wipond examines the questionable sources of statistics like "1 in 5 Americans are mentally ill" and "90% of people who commit suicide have a mental illness."

“The Way We Diagnose Mental Illness Might Be A ‘Mistake'”

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Jon Ronson's "The Psychopath Test", which chronicles the meteoric growth of the DSM in "chaotic editorial meetings in a small...

Insel’s Best of 2014

National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas Insel reviews his list of the best discoveries and developments in mental health in 2014. Director’s Blog: Best...

Police Shoot 13-Year-Old Autistic Boy After Mother Calls for Help

From Slate: Two officers went through the front door of the home and in less than five minutes were yelling 'get down on the ground' before firing several shots, the mother said.

Psychologists March Through NY to Call for Trump’s Removal

From The Hill: A group of more than 100 psychologists and mental health professionals marched through the streets of New York on Saturday calling for President...

“Why We Need to Talk About Racism as a Mental-Health Trigger”

“Some activists have been able to move forward and continue the work because they have access to therapists, healers, spiritual practitioners and networks of...

Journal Flags — but Does Not Retract — Decades-Old Paper on “Correcting” Gender Identity

From Retraction Watch: A psychology journal has expressed concern about a 46-year-old paper which described attempts to correct 'deviant' gender identity in a 5-year-old boy using physical violence.

“Trust” In Therapeutic Relationship Key to Moderating Psychedelic Risks

-Psychiatry Advisor reports on psychiatrist James Rucker's campaign for more research into the therapeutic potentials of psychedelic drugs, and on critics who point to the risks.

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.

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