Sunday, June 26, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Depressing Truth About Treating Depression in the Young”

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An Irish journalist poses as a student and receives seven prescriptions for antidepressants from seven psychiatrists, with little or no information either taken or...

“Voluntary Mental Health Services Will Deliver Better Outcomes”

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Eduardo Vega, executive director of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and Catherine Blakemore, executive director of Disability Rights California, write in the...

“When Pills Are the Problem”

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In the context of the Silicon Valley suicides, one mother offers her story about her daughter. “It’s my premise that not only the culture of Silicon Valley, but also, almost more importantly, the nature of the remedies that are being proposed in the name of mental health counseling, are to blame in these deaths.”

“Why Do More Men than Women Kill Themselves?”

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In Scientific American Blogs, Jesse Bering argues that there's at least one simple explanation for why more men than women kill themselves: Their respective...

“What to Ask Your Doctor Before Going on Antidepressants”

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Roger Colvin, PhD, considers the problem of withdrawal from antidepressants for the Huffington Post. Article →

Government Accountability Office Criticizes Federal Mental Health System

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

Medicated America

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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...

Prominent Patient Safety Advocate Was Taking Kickbacks from Pharma

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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...

Judge Drug Companies by Actions, Not Promises

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

DSM — the Latest News and Happenings… Collected

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

A New Kind of Empirical Article

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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...

Letters to the Editor: “The Treatment of Choice”

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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.”

Online Collective Art Gallery Created in Crisis

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

We are not meant to be well-balanced, sober servants of collective values…

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Monica Cassani continues her daily contributions to life with this excerpt from James Hollis' "Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path." Beyond Meds →

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

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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...

“We Need Publicly Funded Research Centers”

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

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

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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...

“This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs”

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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...

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

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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...

“Scandal Shows Mental Health Inpatient Voice is Crucial”

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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...

Check the FAQs On Online Counseling

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

“Instead of paying doctors to promote their drugs, GlaxoSmithKline has decided to pay doctors...

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In "Time is on Their Side," 1BoringOldMan explains that with their announcement that they will no longer pay outside doctors to promote their drugs,...

“Drug Firms Have Used Dangerous Tactics to Drive Sales to Treat Kids”

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Dr. Mercola writes that "the high rates of psychotropic drug use among foster children and poor children is likely a direct result of drug...

Is Health Information Security Dead?

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

Why You Can Have a Tapeworm in Your Brain and Still Live Fairly Normally

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Mind Hacks looks at a number of unusual cases, such as a woman missing a cerebellum and a man who had a tapeworm eat its way through his brain over four years, and asks what these kinds of cases are telling us about what we do -- and don't -- know about the human brain.

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