Friday, October 7, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“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...

“You Have One Mind, and Only You Have the Right to Change it”

The indefatigable Beyond Meds' Monica Cassani proffers a video from RX that concludes "you have only one mind, and only YOU have a right to...

“Depression, Desire, Addiction: Is Meditation the Answer to Changing Your Brain?”

The Huffington Post touches in on the mind/body connection. Article →

“A Must-Read for Mental Health Policy Makers: The New Edition of Mental Health and...

The Huffington Post reviews "the standard text for students of mental health policy", saying "the new edition focuses attention on several of the major controversies...

“How To Escape from a Psychiatric Hospital”

Speak Out Against Psychiatry offers this helpful primer on an important subject. Article →

“The Violent Disorder of Our Public Mind”

An article in Truthout asserts that "Since all human occurrences take place in society, it is obviously a truism that all insanity must, in...

Yoga and the Vagus Nerve

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…

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)

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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?”

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”

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 →

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