Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Doctor: Possible Links Between Antidepressants, Pregnancy And Autism”

MIA blogger Adam Urato on Boston's WBUR radio station, talking about recent research linking antidepressants with autism. Article →

“Mental health: On the spectrum”

Nature writes of the paucity of agreement on how to define or describe mental illness. "The problem is that biologists have been unable to...

“Does Psychiatry Need Science?”

Gary Greenberg writes in the New Yorker about psychiatry's longstanding quest for scientific validity. Article →

“Stop Taking Your Meds, Right Now… (NOT!)”

The ever-sagacious Monica Cassani writes "Some people are so terrified and reactive they assume that I am somehow suggesting that everyone come off their...

“Trauma Inducing Medical Care During the Birth Experience is Often the Cause of Post-partum...

Beyond Meds explores one mother's story that suggests an explanation for post-partem depression: the effect of medicalized childbirth. Article →

“The Obama Plan — Spending Mental Health Money in All the Wrong Places “

Allen Frances writes about Obama's $235 million investment in a new mental health system, in the Huffington Post; "Most of the kids singled out...

“How America Breeds Mental Illness from Birth Until Death”

Alternet's article about how "The over-diagnosis and over-prescription that dominates the mental health care scene in the US contributes to a system that is...

“Letter to a Foreign Psychiatrist”

Nassir Ghaemi responds to "a young psychiatrist beginning a career in another country" that "We have lost the ability to accurately recognize our patients’...

“Throughout History, Defining Schizophrenia Has Remained a Challenge”

From Scientific American: "Less than 200 years ago schizophrenia emerged from a tangle of mental disorders known simply as madness. Today its diagnosis remains...

“Power failure: Why Small Sample Size Undermines the Reliability of Neuroscience”

An article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience about low sample sizes suggests, according to The Guardian, that "the likelihood that any claimed effect (based on...

“Brains as Clear as Jell-O for Scientists to Explore”

A process that turns brains into something like clear Jell-o offers "a much more precise picture of what is happening in the brains of...

“Your Child’s Religion may be ‘Mental Illness'”

“Fastidiousness to religious practices” may be a sign of mental illness, according to an article on Time Mgazine's website. "It’s not unusual that children...

“The D.S.M. and the Nature of Disease”

Gary Greenburg writes in the New Yorker that "The D.S.M. has enormous impact on the public health. It determines which conditions insurers will cover,...

“Want to Ensure There’s Not Another Adam Lanza? Look at the ‘Lost Boys’ Around...

Bruce Levine writes in Take Part that "Recognizing the limitations of professional treatment can be sobering but can also serve as motivation for nonprofessionals...

“More U.S. Children Being Diagnosed With Youthful Tendency Disorder”

The Onion satirizes the ADHD "epidemic": "'As horrible as the diagnosis was, it was a relief to finally know,' said Beverly. 'At least we...

“What Doctors Don’t Know About the Drugs They Prescribe”

Ben Goldacre write about scientific triumphalism, dirty pharmaceutical research, and his Ted Talk in the Huffington Post. Article →

“The Virtual Clinic Is Open And Ready For Business”

The Carlat Blog writes about a service that calls itself "'the simplest and most convenient way to solve the most common medical conditions that...

“Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy”

From the New York Times, on the changes that have come to psychiatry: "Then, like many psychiatrists, he treated 50 to 60 patients in...

Five Key Fantasies Embraced by the DSM

A psychiatrist writes in the Psychiatric Times, "While the diagnostic categories of DSM-III and DSM-IV (and soon DSM-5) have provided the basis for much...

“Depressing Truth About Treating Depression in the Young”

An Irish journalist poses as a student and receives seven prescriptions for antidepressants from seven psychiatrists, with little or no information either taken or...

“Our Kids Are on too Many Drugs — and the Drug Companies Win”

Salon notes that "The glut of diagnoses and subsequent medication raises a whole raft of questions about what’s happening with our children, and how...

“Chimps Take Anti-Depressants too”

Salon looks at the use of psychiatry and psychopharmacology to treat traumatized chimps in captivity. The opportunity for a revisionist look at psychiatric rationale in...

“Drugging Aggression Behind Bars”

Truthout reviews the use of psychotropic medications to control prison inmates. Article →

“Can You Be Just a Little ‘Psychopathic?'”

The Huffington Post" Jonathan Appel quotes C.H. Waddington in discussing Jon Ronson's TED Talk about the DSM-5; "There is a congruity between our apparatus...

“A Disease Called ‘Childhood’”

Allen Frances, writing in the New York Post, asks "Is a kid who is more interested in playing outside than sitting in a classroom...

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