Thursday, May 26, 2022

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Study Finds ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ Doesn’t Exist”

A recent study questions the existence of seasonal depression after a CDC survey found no evidence that seasons or sunlight exposure increased depression measures. “To be...

Observing Versus Judging: A Brief Review of Mindfulness

-BPS Research Digest reviews some of the key research into the role of mindfulness meditation in therapeutic contexts, looking at both the apparent positives and possible negatives.

Introducing the Doing the Right Thing Award

From STAT: STAT has recently awarded the first-ever Doing the Right Thing (DiRT) Award to the American Diabetes Association and its flagship journal, Diabetes, for championing correct...

Police Investigate If ‘Antipsychotic’ Drug Caused Lecturer’s Death

From The Telegraph: A coroner ruled that Margaret Molyneux, 69, died of natural causes, but a review found that she had been prescribed higher than recommended doses of the drug olanzapine (Zyprexa).

COVID Has Led to Record Levels of Antidepressant Use – But Withdrawal Can Be...

From The Guardian: David Taylor, director of pharmacy for an NHS foundation trust, knows from personal experience that coming off these medications can be horrible. He has also researched ways to make it easier.

Johann Hari Continues to Speak Out

Johann Hari, British journalist and author of the new book Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions, continues to speak out...

“Social Factors Influence Schizophrenia?”

PsychCentral covers new research linking social deprivation, population density and inequality with higher rates of psychotic symptoms and diagnoses for schizophrenia. “This is important because other research has shown that many health and social outcomes also tend to be optimal when societies are more equal.”

Forced Psychiatric Treatment of People Who aren’t Disordered: The Chinese Have a Word for...

An article in the journal Psychiatry, Psychology and Law reviews the development of China's new mental health legislation. The process took a significant turn,...

Concerning Forgiveness: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth | Alice Miller

From It is precisely the opposite of forgiveness – namely, rebellion against mistreatment suffered, the recognition and condemnation of our parents’ misleading opinions and actions, and the articulation of our own needs – that ultimately frees us from the past.

Sleep Deprivation is an Effective Anti-Depressant

From Science Blog: According to a new meta-analysis, sleep deprivation reduces symptoms in nearly half of depression patients. Partial sleep deprivation (sleep for three to...

Therapy That Sticks

From Aeon: These treatments seem easy to administer, but is a ‘quick fix’ really what’s called for when addressing complex problems in life?

Living Through the Catastrophe

In this piece for ROAR Magazine, Jerome Roos explores the psychological, social, and economic impact of living under the imminent threat of catastrophic man-made climate...

Bernie Sanders Wants to Alleviate Senior Loneliness

From Jacobin: Senior isolation is correlated not just to a decline in mental wellbeing but also physical wellbeing: lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social connections.

Rethinking Anxiety

In this interview with Jackie Dent, President of Clear Spot Club, social work lecturer Emma Tseris explains how labelling someone with an anxiety disorder fails...

We Have Ruined Childhood

From The New York Times: Children today are more depressed than they were during the Great Depression and more anxious than they were at the height of the Cold War.

OpEd Misrepresents Effects of Black Box Warning

From The Lown Institute: "The authors’ conclusion is that the warning is preventing children and young adults from receiving needed treatment, and therefore, 'It’s...

Stop Dishing Out Antidepressants, Doctors Told

From The Times: Doctors should prescribe fewer antidepressants and for a shorter time, experts said, after a review found no strong evidence that the drugs were effective.

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...

Family of Singer Chris Cornell Sues Doctor Over His Death

From "The lawsuit says Dr. Robert Koblin and his Beverly Hills office 'negligently and repeatedly' prescribed 'dangerous mind-altering controlled substances to Chris...

Chemical Restraints ‘May Be Abuse’

From 7 News Australia: Consultant pharmacist Manya Angley told a royal commission that unless such drugs were prescribed as a last resort, then the person had been denied their right to proper intervention and care.

Think of Mental Disorders as the Mind’s ‘Sticky Tendencies’

From Aeon: We don’t just see the world around us as dry facts, but experience the world as having immanent meaning. The world has meaning FOR us.

“Bad Diagnosis for New Psychiatry ‘Bible'”

Gary Greenberg gets a chance to engage with Thomas Insel and Jeffrey Lieberman on the risks and benefits associated with psychiatric diagnosis and the...

“The Violent Disorder of Our Public Mind”

An article in Truthout asserts that "Since all human occurrences take place in society, it is obviously a truism that all insanity must, in...

“Helping Others Dampens the Effects of Everyday Stress”

"The holiday season can be a very stressful time, so think about giving directions, asking someone if they need help, or holding that elevator...

“Living in a Mental Hospital: Your Stories”

The Atlantic asks readers to share their personal experiences of psychiatric hospitals. Stories can be submitted to [email protected] Article →

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