Monday, February 6, 2023

‘Take Your Pills’ is a Fascinating Look at the Adderall Craze

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From The Michigan Daily: Netflix's new documentary "Take Your Pills" examines the historical, cultural, social, and systemic factors that have shaped the ever-increasing rates of...

Art and Images in Psychiatry

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Between 2002 and 2014, JAMA Psychiatry published monthly essays by Dr. James C. Harris exploring the role of visual arts in representing emotional distress, trauma, life...

When You Start Paying Attention to Everyday Sensory Experience

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From Aeon: A new video aims to capture the small, abstract moments that make up our inner lives, that would otherwise go ignored or quickly...

The Other Mrs. Smith Will Shock and Move You

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From The Vancouver Sun: Bonnie Burstow's recently released book The Other Mrs. Smith is not only an accurate portrayal of the horrific consequences of ECT but...

The Art of Madness

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In this piece for The Paris Review, Cody Delistraty details the French painter Jean Dubuffet's efforts to collect artwork made by people deemed mentally ill...

A Glimpse Into the Brain, Drawn by the Father of Neuroscience

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From The New York Times: A new exhibit at the Grey Gallery at New York University presents 80 hand-drawn renderings of the brain by Santiago...

This Mental Health Doc-Opera is Exactly What We Need

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From HuffPost: Mental health activist and filmmaker Ken Paul Rosenthal has teamed up with the musician Madigan Shive to create a musical documentary called Whisper Rapture:...

Psychological Misconceptions in Movies and TV Shows

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This piece for The Learning Scientists lists five misconceptions about psychology and the mind that are commonly portrayed in television and film.

“This Needs to Stop”

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Electroshock survivor Nancy Rubstein and professor, author, and antipsychiatry theorist Dr. Bonnie Burstow were recently interviewed for CTV News Channel about Dr. Burstow's new book, The...

The Truth is Out There: The Philosophy of the X-Files

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From Big Think: The X-Files, a popular TV show from the 1990's, explores the philosophy of science, delving into questions about what constitutes quality science. While one...

The Persistence of the Radioactive Bogeyman

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From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Since 1950, a noteworthy number of American and European horror movies have used radiation as a plot device. The...

Birthday Letter: Sylvia Plath and “Daddy”

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In this piece for The Paris Review, Belinda McKeon analyzes the poetry and letters Sylvia Plath wrote in the few months just before her suicide.

It’s Easy to Get Caught Up in Constructing Our Selves

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In this video for Aeon, clinical psychologist Daniel Brown discusses the ways that the construction of a fixed selfhood can limit the possibilities of our...

FDA Approves Drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful (The Onion)

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From The Onion: "Made by Pfizer, Despondex is the first drug designed to treat the symptoms of excessive perkiness." Video →­

To the Bone: The Trouble With Anorexia on Film

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From The Atlantic: The new Netflix film To the Bone, which tells the story of a woman's struggle with anorexia, reflects our culture's morbid fascination and...

Irish Teen Seeking Abortion Put In Mental Hospital (The Onion)

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From The Onion: “Thank God that in America our mental health facilities are too poorly funded for something like this to happen.” Article →­

Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’

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From The New York Times: In his new book The Mind of God, neurologist Jay Lombard uses his experience studying neuroscience to discuss philosophical and spiritual...

Reading Suggestions for Bibliotherapy

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From Notes From a Typewriter: Bibliotherapy, i.e., the use of books in coping with emotional distress, can be a great source of comfort and support. "Reading is...

I’m Sorry I Was Being So Crazy While You Treated Me Like Shit

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From Reductress: "Let me just start this by saying I am so sorry I have been acting so crazy lately; I don’t know what’s gotten...

The Empathy Machine

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From Aeon: We typically think of empathy as an emotions-based state that involves feeling another's distress or joy. However, cognitive, rationalist empathy involving reasoned perspective-taking may...

Friends, Family Waiting for Man’s Depression to Subside

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From The Onion: "Fearing that in his current state he was too fragile to withstand the harsh criticism they wished to level at him, friends...

Rethinking Madness: An Integral Vision

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From Emerging Proud: Activists from around the world are gearing up for the launch of #EmergingProud, a grassroots social movement with the goal of de-stigmatizing...

Why Everyone Should Watch 13 Reasons Why

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From Mindbodygreen: The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why portrays poignant and important truths about the causes of teen suicide, including the prevalence of bullying and...

Pharma CEO Says he can Stop Profiting off Opioid Epidemic

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From The Onion: "Visibly trembling as he wiped beads of perspiration from his forehead, Arcelis Pharmaceuticals CEO Paul Corrier told reporters Wednesday that he could...

Webinar Discussion – Rethinking Madness

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A free recording of last week's webinar anchored to Phil Borges' Crazywise, a documentary exploring alternative approaches to mental health, is now available. Over 4,000 people...