Saturday, July 4, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Not a Peep”: 1BoringOldMan Uncrosses His Fingers

Having had an open letter on his website linked through a pair of crossed fingers on his website for some time, 1BoringOldMan gives up...

“The Surprising Reason Americans Might Feel Helpless and Depressed”

Alternet attributes America's depression epidemic to corporations and right-wing politics, which feed our sense of learned helplessness, exploiting "the various ways that we all...

“The Ugly Ducklings of Science”

Neuroskeptic explains "the ability of researchers to eventually squeeze support for a theory out of initially negative data," a problem that, though sometimes outright...

“The Drugging of the American Boy”

Esquire discovers that "By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of...

“Cultivating the Next Generation Of Psychiatrists”

1BoringOldMan on the declining rolls of APA membership, his own early disaffection with the organization, and a hidden force in shaping its history: "People...

“Yoga Lowers Inmates’ Aggression and Anxiety”

"Incarcerated thieves, drug dealers and murderers may not be the typical group you imagine doing yoga," says Scientific American, "but recent studies show that...

“Can What You Eat Affect Your Mental Health? New Research Links Diet and the...

The Washington Post writes that "“Traditional diets — the kinds of foods your grandmother would have recognized — have been associated with a lower...

“Is the World More Depressed?”

Tanya Luhrmann writes in the NY Times that, although diagnosis and pathologization of human experience has increased, "there is reason to believe that mental...

“Study Ignites Debate Over Non-Drug Treatment For Schizophrenia”

"Last month," says WBUR Boston, "the Lancet published a study looking at the effects of cognitive therapy on patients with schizophrenia who refused to take medication...

“For Depression, Prescribing Exercise Before Medication”

The Atlantic writes "Aerobic activity has shown to be an effective treatment for many forms of depression. So why are so many people still...

“The Psychological is Political”

Joanna Moncrieff writes in Occupied Times that "The concept of mental illness is useful partly because it provides a conveniently elastic justification for control and...

“Escaping the Asylum Mentality”

Rufus May writes about leaving Britain's National Health Service after 18 years of trying to create change from the inside, writing "I now want...

“Strength-Based Approaches to Community Healing”

Keris Myrick, MIA blogger and President of the NAMI board of directors, writes in Clinical Psychiatry News about community-based solutions that are working, and mentions...

“Running as Therapy”

Jen A. Miller writes in the New York Times "Exercise after heartbreak is not a new idea . . . Exercise makes us feel...

“Rush to Prescribe: Study Questions Speed in Giving Antidepressants to Grieving Parents”

MedicalXpress and Science 2.0 interview MiA blogger Jeffrey Lacasse about his recent paper, "Prescribing of Psychiatric Medication to Bereaved Parents Following Perinatal/Neonatal Death: An Observational Study." Article →

“On Data Sharing, Pharmaceutical Companies Finally Open Up”

The Wall Street Journal dives into pharma research transparency: "Over the past few years, the pharmaceutical industry has been embroiled in controversy over access...

“Instead of paying doctors to promote their drugs, GlaxoSmithKline has decided to pay doctors...

In "Time is on Their Side," 1BoringOldMan explains that with their announcement that they will no longer pay outside doctors to promote their drugs,...

“Tuesday Morning at the Old Asylum”

Jessica Griffith writes "I love the idea that we used to shelter not only the criminally dangerous but the sick in the soul, the...

“Dancing Out of Depression With 5 Rhythm Classes”

The Daily Echo features "5 Rhythms" dance classes as an alternative treatment for depression.  "Based on methods developed by Gabrielle Roth in the 1970s, the...

Toward a Neuroscience Utopia

1BoringOldMan on Thomas Insel's utopian aspirations, that have "turned the NIMH into a National Institute of Neuroscience . . . So he’ll get proposals that...

“Research Confirms Antidepressant-Autism Link”

David Kupelian writes "Two-and-a-half years ago, a groundbreaking peer-reviewed study out of California-based Kaiser Permanente documented a significantly increased prevalence of children born with autism...

“Double Standard in Medication Compliance for Those Diagnosed with Mental Illness”

PsychCentral offers a take on noncompliance: "The moment we decide for others why they experience something as they do is the moment at which...

“Talking Back to Madness”

Science notices that "For decades, antipsychotic drugs have been the main line of defense, but they have serious side effects and lots of patients...

1BoringOldMan on Misusing the Tools of Clinical Neuroscience

1BoringOldMan picks up where he left off two years ago - critiquing Robert Gibbons' misuse of statistical analysis to claim that antidepressants were both...

“Psychiatrists in Short Supply Nationwide”

Low pay and limited respect have contributed to a "shortage" of psychiatrists in the United States, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  "Because of low...

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