Friday, February 26, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Judge Drug Companies by Actions, Not Promises

Ben Goldacre writes about Glaxo's, as well as the pharmaceutical industry's, history of broken promises regarding access to clinical trial data.

“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...

“Chuck Norris Warns Antidepressants Can Depress”

Chuck Norris writes in WND: "I believe that too many who struggle with mild cases of depression don’t think they can find genuine relief...

“The Computer Will See You Now”

The Economist reports on "Ellie," a programmed, virtual psychologist designed by researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles, who has a...

J&J Tries to Block a Reporter from Courtroom

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter David Sell writes of Johnson & Johnson's attempt to remove him from the courtroom during jury selection for the upcoming Risperdal...

Prominent Patient Safety Advocate Was Taking Kickbacks from Pharma

ProPublica revisits the story of Dr. Chuck Denham, the previous editor of the Journal of Patient Safety and former "co-chairman of a committee that...

Online Collective Art Gallery Created in Crisis

The New York Times Magazine reports on how a woman suffering in depression ended up founding an online art gallery for photographers struggling through...

Is Daydreaming as Vital to Mind-health as Focusing on Facts?

"If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there’s a reason: The processing capacity of the conscious mind is limited. This is a result of how the brain’s...

“Dr. Insel’s Blog is not big News… It’s an Affirmation of Something That has...

1 Boring Old Man incisively analyzes NIMH director Thomas Insel's disavowal of the DSM, saying "it’s not likely to be a shock to the...

“The Business Interests Behind America’s Costly Medical Care”

Truthout explains that "Unlike most other wealthy countries, the U.S. lacks any central mechanism to constrain overall health-care spending. This has led us instead...

A New Kind of Empirical Article

Neurochambers' Chris Chambers, a freshly-minted associate editor for journal Cortex, asks for comments on "the most important thing I have committed to this blog...

Check the FAQs On Online Counseling

-Some online counseling services have half-hidden disclaimers that they aren't actually providing "counseling."

Health is not “Alternative”

Beyond Meds lays bare the irony that "practicing simple healthy habits is called 'alternative' health and/or medicine." Beyond Meds →

“Scandal Shows Mental Health Inpatient Voice is Crucial”

The U.K.'s Guardian writes, of lessons learned from the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal, that "the individuals who society finds easiest to ignore are the...

“We Need Publicly Funded Research Centers”

-Are publicly funded research centers the answer to curbing corruption and bias in medical and psychiatric studies?

“What’s it Really Like to Take Antidepressants?”

Britain's HealthTalkOnline.org offers videotaped interviews with 36 people in their homes, talking about their decision to take antidepressants and the impact of that decision...

DSM — the Latest News and Happenings… Collected

Monica Cassani promises to add to Beyond Meds' chronicle, today and for the next week or so, of emerging coverage on the DSM rollout....

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...

“Off-Label Prescribing: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You”

PharmaWatch Canada details the paradoxes of off-label prescribing, in which doctors may prescribe but pharmaceutical companies may not promote medication for conditions for which...

Government Accountability Office Criticizes Federal Mental Health System

-The US Government Accountability Office says it is "in the dark" about the effectiveness of federal mental health programs.

Letters to the Editor: “The Treatment of Choice”

Readers respond to the New York Times article, “The Treatment of Choice,” about innovative programs for psychosis and schizophrenia that involve patients and their families in treatment decisions. “Narratives of success counter a drumbeat of faulty links of mental illness and violence, inaccuracies which serve only to further stigmatize and isolate individuals with psychiatric illness.”

Misconduct, Intentional and/or Institutional, in Science and Finance

Neuroskeptic compares misconduct as it occurs in science to that of finance, finding that deliberate rule-breaking such as that of Bernie Madoff and others,...

Is Health Information Security Dead?

-The director of the Office for Civil Rights discusses the latest wave of data breaches of American citizens' health information.

“This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs”

NPR Shots explores a nursing home where "residents can always find something to do," and where use of antipsychotic drugs has dropped dramatically. This Nursing...

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,...

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