Saturday, July 2, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Mental Illness Still Hurts, no Matter What you Call it”

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"(Director of the NIMH Thomas Insel's) announcement is nothing short of a cataclysm in mental health. Imagine that you have a child who's been...

“The NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-5”

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From Psychology Today blogger Christopher Lane: "Just two weeks before DSM-5 is due to appear, the National Institute of Mental Health, the world's largest...

Psychiatry in Crisis! Mental Health Director Rejects Psychiatric ‘Bible’ and Replaces With… Nothing

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John Horgan of Scientific American writes that "in a move sure to rock psychiatry, psychology and other fields that address mental illness, the director...

“Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.”

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A previously "solicitous and loving" young undergoes "a classic onset of schizophrenia", followed by "a changing regimen of antidepressants." He is now in jail...

“Harvard Student’s Suicide as a Case Study”

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The case of a Harvard student who was diagnosed as ADHD and prescribed Adderall based on cursory information collected by a nurse, then committed...

“Psychosis, healing and rebirth”

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Our friend Monica Cassani muses "Psychosis is, among (many) other things, also, quite often, a deep attachment to one’s (not consensually reasonable) thoughts and...

“What Do Scientific Studies Show?”

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The New York Times explores the problematic nature of reporting science and of science reporting. Article → Thanks, Anonymous, for pointing this out.

“Concern over anti-psychotic drug given to soldiers”

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ABC News discovers that the military is resorting to antipsychotics to quiet traumatized soldiers, rather than treating the trauma. Article →

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

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

“Mental health: On the spectrum”

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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?”

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

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

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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...

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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 “

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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'”

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“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”

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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...

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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”

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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”

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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”

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

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