Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“‘I Wrote a New Story for My Nervous System’ — Neurosculpting, Neuroplasticity”

In the words of Monica Cassani; "This is so EXCITING. I listened to this with such complete and total delight. This interview with Lisa...

“Inheriting Stress”

The author of a November, 2013 article in Biological Psychiatry, on the effects of pre-pregnancy stress that manifest in the offspring of rats over...

“Reported High Rates of Military Mental Illness Are Wrong and Dangerous”

Allen Frances critiques the recent reports of high rates of mental illness in the military: "The research reported is not just a waste of...

“How Much Do We Know About Schizophrenia and How Well Do We Know It?”

Research from Australia asks the question noted above, and answers "subtle, but diverse, structural brain alterations, altered electrophysiological functioning and sleep patterns, minor physical...

“At Last, a Promising Alternative to Antipsychotics for Schizophrenia”

The Guardian catches on to the fact that "For many, the side-effects of antipsychotics are worse than the symptoms they're meant to treat. No...

An Honest Look at “An Honest Look at Mental Illness”

The Connecticut Forum ("a one-of-a-kind nonprofit based in Hartford, CT that presents live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities, and community outreach...

“No Excuse for Adderall Abuse”

According to the University of South Dakota's The Volante, "In 1993, about four percent of American college students used prescription drugs for nonmedical uses, according...

“Case Studies in Activism #67: Battling Big Pharma and Rehumanizing Mental Health Treatment”

Bruce Levine tells Daily Kos about his original inspiration for doing mental health activism, what energizes him now,  and why people should care about these issues...

“Happiness is an Empty Promise: Steven Hayes on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”

Monica Cassani of Beyond Meds says, of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, it is "a very effective fusion of western psychotherapy and mindfulness practices and...

“Andrew Solomon, Poster Child for Psychiatric Misdiagnosis”

Beyond Meds highlights a reappraisal of Andrew Solomon, whose book "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression" is often pointed to as testimony for the...

“Offline: Mindfulness—Evidence, Out of Place”

The Lancet contemplates "The Mindful Revolution," its relevance to both physical and mental health, and whether science is the right means to investigate the...

“Legal Marijuana, Antidepressants, and the Danger of not Listening”

Dr. Claudia Gold of comments on the recent research finding that "thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants...

“Mental Illness vs Brain Disorders: From Szasz to DSM-5”

Psychiatric Times dips into Thomas Szasz's thinking, considering the proposition that "By definition, a disease of the mind is impossible. Disease requires a physical...

“11 Reasons Why Cat Bites May Be Linked To Depression”

Research has shown a correlation between schizophrenia and exposure to cat bites or scratches.  This has been theorized to be due to the effects...

“You’re Making Your Depression Worse: Self-Help is Bringing Us Down”

Salon magazine reflects on "The Puzzling Reality . . . that human depression is increasing in an era when environmental conditions are relatively benign. The average citizen...

“This Is Your Brain on Poverty: What Science Tells Us About Poverty”

Truthout reviews recent evidence regarding the impact of poverty on mental illness, as well as IQ, and asks what it tells us about public...

Are We Entering a New Era for Treatment Choice for Schizophrenia?

Domain-B, noting that "There is now incontrovertible evidence that has established that far from psychosis being incomprehensible, there is a clear link between schizophrenia...

“Psychosis Poses Drugs Dilemma: A veteran psychiatrist concludes that some patients are better off...

MiA blogger Sandra Steingard's Washington Post article "A Psychiatrist Thinks Some Patients are Better off Without Antipsychotic Drugs" is getting wider play, reprinted yesterday in...

“It’s the Drugs, Stupid!”

Gary Kohls, MD, revisits an article from that suggests "Today, many of our children are prescribed the same psychotropic drugs as were given...

“Should Children Take Antipsychotic Drugs?”

Scientific American notices that "Prescriptions are on the rise, but evidence for the drugs' safety and effectiveness is mixed." Article →

“ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and the DSM: A Need for Uncertainty?”

Claudia M. Gold, a psychiatrist who writes for the Boston Globe, takes on The New Republic's article ADHD Does Not Exist, which, she says,...

“Autoimmune Issues Manifest in Many Ways Affecting both Mind and Body”

Beyond Meds reflects on the implications of "Autoimmune Attack Behind Some Cases of Schizophrenia," an article in NewScientist. Article →

“ADHD Does Not Exist”

The New Republic assays into the the ripe fields of debate over the ADHD diagnosis. Article →

“Manic Researchers Announce They Are Hours Away From Cure For Depression” (Satire)

The satirical newspaper The Onion reports on a team of researchers who, "Speaking loudly and quickly without any notable pauses . . .  announced...

“What is Mental Health? How Do We Create it?”

The Civic Commons, "a national network of independent therapy and life coaching centers" invites Mad in America readers "to join an international conversation on...