“Stop Calling Trump ‘Crazy.’ It Demeans Those With Mental Illness.”
Patrick Kennedy writes in the Washington Post "we ought to stop casually throwing around terms like 'crazy' in this campaign and our daily lives. The president of...
The ONION: “New Antidepressant Makes Friends’ Problems Seem Worse”
“This drug allows depressed patients to concentrate exclusively on their friends’ troubles and mentally magnify them, enabling them to, for example, construe an insignificant...
“Best Antidepressant Ever: Squeaking Adorable Baby Otters”
"This video will make your heart melt with cuteness." Sputnik News →
Watch: SNL Advertises “Abilify for Candidates”
Saturday Night Live presents and advertisement for a drug that can “destroy the damaged part of the brain that says, ‘I’m going to be...
“David Bowie, Psychosis and Positive Nonconformity”
For MinnPost, Susan Perry discusses the late singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie and his experiences with psychosis. She highlights the work of psychologist Vaughan Bell, who details how Bowie’s family history of psychosis is reflected in his work, and Stephanie Pappas, explaining “why Bowie’s positive expression of nonconformity has helped so many people who feel like misfits.”
“’Spectre’ Villain Fails Neuroanatomy in Latest Bond Film”
Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano published a commentary in Nature explaining that the latest Bond villain placed his robotic drill in the wrong location in his attempt to destroy 007’s memory of faces.
“How James Bond is Helping Mental Health Diagnosis”
“The paper, The psychopathology of James Bond, and its implications for the revision of the DSM-007, has just won first prize in the Australian Medical Journal's...
“Study on ‘Bah Humbug Syndrome’ Offers Cautionary Tale”
“Throughout the world, we estimate that millions of people are prone to displaying Christmas spirit deficiencies after many years of celebrating Christmas,” write the...
Throwback Thursday: The Daily Show on the Pharmaceutical Drug Epidemic
On The Daily Show, Michael Che interviews MIA contributor Peter Gøtzsche and discovers that pharmaceutical companies and drug cartels have more in common than one might think.
The Onion: “‘Seek Funding’ Step Added To Scientific Method”
"After making an observation and forming a hypothesis as usual, the new third step of the scientific method will now require researchers to embark upon an exhaustive search for corporate or government financing,” the satirical news site the Onion “reports.” “Next, scientists simply modify their study’s goals to align with the vision of potential funders and wait for several months to hear back. At this point—should this step be successful, of course—they can move on to the experimental stage, and then to analysis.”
“Lucy of ‘Peanuts’: The Best-Known Psychiatrist of the 20th Century?”
Susan Perry of MinnPost reviews “a charming essay” entitled “The Madness of Charlie Brown” that appeared in The Lancet. “Written by British psychiatrist Dr. Athar Yawar, the essay provides gentle and tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek psychological profiles of the major characters in “Peanuts,” one of the most popular comic strips of all time.”
“A Pharmacy Handed Out Antipsychotic Meds to Kids on Halloween”
A Quebec City pharmacy claims it accidentally mixed antipsychotic drug pills into a candy basket that was distributed to trick-or-treating children.
“New Anti-Drug Program Teaches Teens To Resist Psychiatrist’s Constant Pressure To Use Drugs”
The satirical news site the Onion took aim at psychiatrists and overprescribing to children and adolescents last week with this headline. “A lot of...
Sunday Humor: Inside the Human Brain Project Launch
-A short video feature of an interview with a Neuroscience Laboratory Manager talking about the Human Brain Project.
Artistic Depictions of Madness Through History
-A historical article by MIA Blogger Andrew Scull in The Paris Review includes early artistic depictions of madness.
The Mad Music of Seeing Sounds and Hearing Light
-Paintings by an artist who has synesthesia, and a study that found no brain-based evidence to support it being a "disorder."
Sunday Satire or Not? Nostalgia Disorder & the Future of Psychiatric Innovation
-A satirical post about "nostalgia disorder" by a medical student looks a lot like the real thing.
Saturday Night Music: A Bridge Over Diagnosis
-Satirist and scientist James McCormack and his band return with a parody of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.
“Dear Disability or Disease…” — What Would You Write?
-Julio Salazar shares a letter that he addresses to his "PTSD, OCD and Depression," and invites others to submit theirs.
Sunday Humor: Study Finds Therapy and Antidepressants Equally Effective At Monetizing Depression
-The Onion< reviews a new study that finds gold in them thar patients.
Big Pharma and AMA Respond to John Oliver
WSJ Pharmalot links to comedian John Oliver's satirical criticism of marketing in medicine, and provides responses from the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America and the American Medical Association.
Sunday History Channel: Mindcraft Journeys into Hypnotism
The Wellcome Collection has produced a six-part digital story about the rise to popularity of mesmerism and hypnotism in the 1800s, and their fall...
Sunday Humor: British Medical Journal’s Annual Christmas Issue
The British Medical Journal's annual Christmas issue includes a paper examining the relative idiocy of the genders based on twenty years of the Darwin...
Sunday Humor: Ask Your Doctor
PharmaGossip has published a couple of comics, "Ask Your Doctor" and "Drug Trials." No spoilers before the jump. There's also a 90-minute documentary on how...
Sunday Humor: The Abilify Umbrella, Second by Second
Pointless Planet breaks down an animated YouTube commercial for the antipsychotic medication Abilify, and provides commentary on the visual story second by second. "A depressed...