Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Sunday Reading: A Critical Psychiatry Book List

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-The Future of Mental Health Movement has started a list of the 100 best books, and is requesting suggestions for others to add.

Searching for Happiness Under the Fame & Fortune

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A New York Times Sunday Review op-ed discusses the frustrations of the wealthy and powerful ruler Abd Al-Rahman III, an emir and caliph of...

Antonio Damasio, Feeling, and the Evolution of Consciousness

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From the Los Angeles Review of Books: In his new book The Strange Order of Things, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio highlights the role of feeling and subjectivity...

How a Traumatized America Finds Relief in Hate

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From The Inquirer/Philly.com: "According to Maté, addiction is any behavior — not necessarily just drug use — that individuals cannot stop doing, despite harmful...

“The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale”

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For The New Yorker, Ariel Levy explains how drinking the ancient Amazonian hallucinogenic brew, ayahuasca, became the latest trend. “If cocaine expressed and amplified...

“How a Kitten Eased My Partner’s Depression”

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In this week’s NY Times Modern Love blog Hannah Louise Poston tells the story of living with her severely depressed boyfriend, Joe, and how her decision to buy a kitten improved their relationship. “The next morning when we woke up, the first words out of Joe’s mouth were, ‘Where’s the kitten?’ And the kitten’s first act, when she heard his voice, was to ice-pick her way up the quilt and jump on his face. That same summer, Joe mustered the energy to make major changes in his life…”

How to Find a Fat-Positive Doctor Who Won’t Just Tell You to Lose Weight

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From Broadly - VICE: "I've been over 200 pounds for the majority of my adult life. When I went to see doctors as an adolescent, my weight...

A Few Remarks on Freud and Women

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From Verso Books: "I recently read an interview of Freud’s last living patient, Margarethe Walter, in which I feel Freud goes some way towards...

“Bernie Sanders Blocks Obama’s FDA Nominee for Big Pharma Ties”

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Yesterday, senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced that he will formally oppose Robert Califf’s nomination as FDA commissioner. “Dr. Califf’s extensive ties to...

“The Hidden Harms of Antidepressants”

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In a new article for Scientific American, Diana Kwon reports on how the true risks for suicide and aggression in children and teens taking...

Big Pharma Puts the Squeeze on Cities Battling Opiate Crisis

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From RevHub: The city of Baltimore is facing an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic. Due to skyrocketing drug prices, the city is running out of funds...

Harvard Psychiatrist Starts Believing Abducted Patients, and Other Top Posts

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-Psychiatric Times' most popular posts of 2014.

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

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From The New York Times: Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking.

Are Eating Disorder Centers a “Rehab Racket”?

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-She won a seminal court case requiring insurance companies to pay for stays in residential treatment centers for eating disorders, and now Jeanene Harlick has begun an investigative expose on those same centers' poor practices.

How Young Refugees’ Traumatic Pasts Shape Their Mental Health

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From Nature: A detailed study shows that young migrants’ risk of developing psychiatric disorders rises stepwise with the number of traumas experienced.

Inside the Campaign to Strip Harassers of Their Scientific Honors

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From Pacific Standard: "Frustrated with the academy's inaction, McLaughlin started a Change.org campaign to encourage the National Academy of Sciences to remove alleged harassers from its ranks. Her...

The Role of Pets in Supporting People Living with Mental Distress

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From The Mental Elf: Recent research confirms what many animal lovers already know - that pets can play a major role in improving people's mental...

“Former President of Minnesota Psychiatric Society Disciplined Yet Again”

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-"It's hard to imagine that any psychiatrist judged responsible for the deaths and injuries of forty-six patients -- including five suicides - would still be allowed to practice medicine."

This is Solitary

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In this piece for The Atlantic, Natalie Chang explores the devastating psychological trauma of solitary confinement. "That is the legacy and the cost of solitary confinement: The...

“4 Surprising Advantages of Being Depressed”

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PsyBlog reviews a recent study that found people who feel depressed are more effective and efficient than others at certain types of activities. "The researchers...

Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You Think

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From Scientific American: Many articles and papers equate the experience of consciousness with awareness. However, the reality is that it is possible to experience consciousness without...

Here’s Why I Wouldn’t Use the Mental Health System

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In this piece for The Spinoff, Graham Panther, a consultant in Australia's mental health system, speaks to some of the shortcomings of mainstream mental health support....

Tailoring Teaching for Temperament Improves Engagement

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"A classroom program that helps teachers adapt their interactions with students based on individuals' temperaments may lead to more student engagement in kindergarten, more...

“Protect California Foster Youth from Dangerous Psychiatric Drugs”

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The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports on legislation being passed in California to go after physicians who overprescribe psychiatric drugs to foster youth. The proposed legislation also targets government agencies that fail to offer nondrug alternative therapies to help foster youth recover from traumatic childhoods.

“NIH Awards $150 million for Research on Environmental Influences on Child Health”

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The National Institutes of Health announced $157 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to launch a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child...

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