Saturday, March 23, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“As Diagnostic Thresholds Are Lowered, Being Normal Ends Up Being as Difficult as Being...

"We are in the process of turning the disease into the norm and where the normal becomes the exception. If this continues, we will...

Tenacity Pays Off For a Swedish Journalist

Bob Fiddaman writes about Janne Larsson, whose dogged journalism brought to light closely-guarded information that revealed the true extent of antidepressant-related suicides associated with...

Parasites Can Alter Behavior

Science News reviews the prevalence of Toxoplasmosis Gondii in humans, and its effects on behavior. Though the connection of Gondii to schizophrenia is weak,...

“Drop the Language of Disorder”

Peter Kinderman, John Read, Joanna Moncrieff and Richard Bentall write, in Evidence-Based Mental Health this month, that "While some people find a name or...

Call for a Federal Investigation into the Link between Psychotropic Drugs and Mass Murder

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, ISEPP, a non-profit mental health research and education network, issues a statement calling for a...

“Would a National Mental-Health Registry Have Prevented Sandy Hook?”

The former Utah Director of Mental Health suggests, in response to NRA director Wayne LaPierre, "Using LaPierre’s logic, it would make more sense to...

Beyond Meds: “Childhood Abuse is ‘Unpalatable’ and so the Epidemic of Abuse Goes Unchallenged”

Beyond Meds, continuing its legacy of bringing attention to the causes and cures of what is often called "mental illness", presents an article, video,...

“Last Plea To DSM-5: Save Grief From the Drug Companies”

Allen Frances, writing in the Huffington Post, calls the decision in the forthcoming DSM-5 to call grief in the bereaved a disorder as soon as...

“The Giant, Gaping Hole in Sandy Hook Reporting”

David Kupelian, editor of Whistleblower magazine, reviews the evidence for a role of psychiatric medication in violent events such as the Sandy Hook tragedy...

Washington Post: “Predicting Violence is a Work in Progress”

The Washington Post, reviewing the problem of predicting violence in relation to mental illness, quotes Jim Gottstein: "One of the problems that happens when...

SSRIs, Autism, and the Law

Lawyers and Settlements.com explores the growing evidence of links between SSRIs, autism, and violence. Article →

The Many Unknowns of Schizophrenia

Psychiatrist Chris Gordon writes in the New York Times "What we call schizophrenia is probably a syndrome with many causes, and with a wide...

CNN’s Dr. Gupta on Trauma, SSRIs, Suicides & School Shootings

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at the roles of trauma and medication as a "common factor" in tragedies similar to the Sandy Hook shooting....

“Psychological Side Effects Lead to Chantix Lawsuits” – Injury Lawyer News

Injury Lawyer News provides an overview of the legal claims against Chantix, for such effects as suicidal thoughts, depression, panic attacks, terrifying visions, aggressive...

Dan Fisher: “Outpatient Commitment Would Harm Patients in Need”

Dan Fisher's letter to the editor, regarding the wave of calls for outpatient commitment, in the Boston Globe. Article →

“Why Paul Steinberg Has It All Wrong (and Should Stop Seeing Patients)”

Beyond Meds publishes Giovanna Pompele's critique of a New York Times' op-ed written by psychiatrist Paul Steinberg, who's proposed solution to violence such as 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 →

The Connection Between Psychiatric Medications & Violence: Rooting Out the Causes of the Newtown...

Emma Bragdon compiles the evidence on the connection between antidepressant medication and violence for Elephant Journal. (Free registration required). Elephant Journal →

How Many Billions a Year Will the DSM-5 Cost?

An article by Allen Frances in Bloomberg examines the economic impact of the DSM's increasing pathologization of human behavior. Article →

Medicated America

Beyond Meds features an article by Paul Woodward that reviews the "false assumption" that "the primary weakness in the mental health system is lack of...

Thoughts About Depression From Under the Sheets

Scientific American guest writer Nicole Baganz, a neuroscientist from Vanderbilt University, explores the connections between depression, "sickness behavior", and the immune system. Article →

Continued Reflection On Labels And Defining One’s Identity: The DSM Should Not Be One’s...

Kim Wombles continues to reflect, in Science 2.0, on the significant harm caused by those in control of psychiatric labeling. Article →

“The Importance of Friends”

An article in Psychiatric Times reflects on Harry Stack Sullivan and the importance of friendship. Article →

“Were It Not For His Own Drug-Induced Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks Might Not Have Taken...

Alternet reflects on the predicates of Oliver Sacks' renowned sympathy for his patients' altered realities. Article → Note from Kermit Cole, "In the...

Replicating Milgram’s Shock Experiments

A replication of Stanley Milgram's seminal experiments in obedience - replacing a scientific pretext with the opportunity to participate in a reality T.V. show...

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