Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Yoga and the Vagus Nerve

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Monica Cassani explains that yoga can accomplish the same effect on the vagus nerve as implanted vagus-nerve stimulators. Beyond Meds →

The Truth is Often Ugly…

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Beyond Meds' Monica Cassani is amused and befuddled by critics who slam psychiatry then advise having "a doctor to help them withdraw from drugs…as...

“Child Who Just Lost Balloon Begins Lifelong Battle With Depression” (The Onion)

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The humor newspaper The Onion satirizes the conversion of transient human emotions into lifelong illnesses, reporting that "Shortly after losing grip of a helium-filled...

A Review of the Debate over Antidepressants’ Safety and Efficacy in Children

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Glen Spielmans, an associate professor of psychology, reviews the controversy over Robert Gibbons' studies which challenged the view that antidepressants are ineffective and cause...

“Psychiatry by Numbers”

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A blog in Scientific American tells the story of Camille, who was prescribed a benzodiazepine despite her resistance and with reassurances regarding its addictiveness...

Ben Goldacre in the NY Times

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Ben Goldacre writes that big pharma's history of publishing favorable data - like flipping a coin and hiding the result when it comes up...

“People with schizophrenia are significantly more likely to die from heart disease and cancer”

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The Mental Elf reviews two years of studies on the health inequalities faced by people with severe mental illness, and a new one in...

The DSM as a Sacred Text for a Secular Community

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The journal "Mental Health, Religion & Culture" offers "The diagnostic and statistical manual: sacred text for a secular community?", a paper by Elizabeth Ann...

“Too Much Coercion in Mental Health Services”

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Richard Bentall writes in The Guardian on the "routine" coercion in the U.K. mental health services, and on patients who are "voluntary in name...

Sunshine Rule Making Progress

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Pharmalot reports that the Sunshine Act, which is meant to make the financial connections between physicians, researchers and the pharmaceutical industry public, is coming...

“Why Will DSM-5 Cost $199 a Copy?”

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Allen Frances writes in the Huffington Post on the "astounding" price jump of the DSM-5, speculating that the APA is counting on "captive" buyers...

“Author Of ‘Let Them Eat Prozac’ Links Psychiatric Medication to Teenage Violence”

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The Inquisitr announces an upcoming interview with Dr. David Healy on their own site and covers conservative blog WMD's interview with him this week. Article →

“The Chill of Forced Incarceration and Psychiatric ‘Care'”

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"When you make therapists have to report danger that means no one will feel safe talking… this does not make us safer. It in...

“Neuroplasticity: Enormous Implications for Anyone Who has been Labeled with a Psychiatric Illness”

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Beyond Meds offers a compendium of our new knowledge about the ways we can change our brain's function and, in fact, its structure. "There...

Review of “All We Have to Fear: Psychiatry’s Transformation of Natural Anxieties Into Mental...

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The American Journal of Psychiatry's Kenneth Kendler calls All We Have to Fear: Psychiatry’s Transformation of Natural Anxieties Into Mental Disorders "a coherent, well-argued and...

“As Diagnostic Thresholds Are Lowered, Being Normal Ends Up Being as Difficult as Being...

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"We are in the process of turning the disease into the norm and where the normal becomes the exception. If this continues, we will...

Tenacity Pays Off For a Swedish Journalist

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Bob Fiddaman writes about Janne Larsson, whose dogged journalism brought to light closely-guarded information that revealed the true extent of antidepressant-related suicides associated with...

Parasites Can Alter Behavior

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Science News reviews the prevalence of Toxoplasmosis Gondii in humans, and its effects on behavior. Though the connection of Gondii to schizophrenia is weak,...

“Drop the Language of Disorder”

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Peter Kinderman, John Read, Joanna Moncrieff and Richard Bentall write, in Evidence-Based Mental Health this month, that "While some people find a name or...

Call for a Federal Investigation into the Link between Psychotropic Drugs and Mass Murder

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In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, ISEPP, a non-profit mental health research and education network, issues a statement calling for a...

“Would a National Mental-Health Registry Have Prevented Sandy Hook?”

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The former Utah Director of Mental Health suggests, in response to NRA director Wayne LaPierre, "Using LaPierre’s logic, it would make more sense to...

Beyond Meds: “Childhood Abuse is ‘Unpalatable’ and so the Epidemic of Abuse Goes Unchallenged”

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Beyond Meds, continuing its legacy of bringing attention to the causes and cures of what is often called "mental illness", presents an article, video,...

“Last Plea To DSM-5: Save Grief From the Drug Companies”

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Allen Frances, writing in the Huffington Post, calls the decision in the forthcoming DSM-5 to call grief in the bereaved a disorder as soon as...

“The Giant, Gaping Hole in Sandy Hook Reporting”

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David Kupelian, editor of Whistleblower magazine, reviews the evidence for a role of psychiatric medication in violent events such as the Sandy Hook tragedy...

Washington Post: “Predicting Violence is a Work in Progress”

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The Washington Post, reviewing the problem of predicting violence in relation to mental illness, quotes Jim Gottstein: "One of the problems that happens when...

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