Monday, November 28, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

What the Fidget Spinners Fad Says About Disability Discrimination

From Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: For decades, autistic and developmentally disabled people have been conditioned and coerced into behaving like neurotypical people, including suppressing...

How Much Do Average People Know About the Risks of Screening?

-Despite an "epidemic" of "expanding disease definitions that medicalize more people," most Australians have no idea that overdiagnosis is a problem.

More Lavish the Gifts to Doctors Means Costlier Drugs Prescribed

From The New York Times: A new study found that when drug companies give gifts to doctors, the doctors prescribe higher quantities of — and more expensive —...

Why Aren’t Patients Being Told Truth About Electric Shock Therapy?

From The Daily Mail: More than half of NHS hospital trusts contacted under a recent audit used ECT information leaflets with seven or more inaccurate statements about the controversial procedure.

“Wage Gap May Help Explain Why More Women Are Anxious and Depressed Than Men”

“According to a new study, the consequences of this wage gap extend beyond the checking account: women who earn less than their male peers...

When Data Doesn’t Mean What We Think It Does

From The New York Times: In recent years, social scientists have become increasingly concerned about the "replication crisis," i.e. the dearth of reproducible research results....

How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child’s Brain

From AP News: In response to research showing the long-term health impact of adverse childhood experiences, pediatricians, mental health specialists, educators and community leaders are...

Science Alone Can’t Heal a Sick Society

From The New York Times: "Medicine is social science, and politics nothing but medicine on a grand scale," wrote 19th-century Prussian pathologist Rudolf Virchow.

We Need to Address the Socioeconomic Causes of Distress

From The Independent: Over the past several years, mental health awareness has become a high priority. But in order to truly make a difference in people's...

Am I a Safe Driver on Psychiatric Medications?

MIA Blogger Monica Cassani reviews the growing scientific evidence about the dangers of driving while under the influence of prescription psychiatric medications on her...

What Role Can Video Games Play in Psychiatric Treatment?

-Psychiatry Advisor reviews the scientific evidence about using video games and virtual reality tools in psychiatric treatment.

Benzodiazepine Use May Become Long-Term

From Psychiatric News: According to a new study, patients who take antidepressants simultaneously with benzodiazepines are at an increased risk of becoming long-term benzodiazepine users. Article...

He Tenido Un Sueño (I Had a Dream)

In this piece for La Otra Psiquiatría, Fernando Colina describes his vision for a compassionate, non-pathologizing mental health system. Below is the full translation of his...
A masked doctor holds a phone up to a patient's face.

How Tech Connects Older People with Mental Health Services

From Marketplace Tech: "One of the drawbacks to a telehealth platform is there isn’t the ability for human interaction in the way that you...

Stripped of False Realities: Americans’ Political “Psychotic Break”

Bruce Levine, writing to MIA about his popular story on Counterpunch yesterday, wrote "It's basically a politics/election piece, which is why I didn't post...

The Role of Emotion and Internal Experience in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Research from Newcastle University in the U.K. finds that "Increasing attention has focused on the role of emotion and internal experience in obsessive compulsive...

“Macklemore’s New Song About Opioids, Line by Line”

STAT does a line by line analysis of the new song “Drug Dealer” by the rapper Macklemore. “My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor,”...

“Childhood Poverty Linked to Brain Changes”

“Children from poorer families are more likely to experience changes in brain connectivity that put them at higher risk of depression, compared with children from more affluent families,” according to new research covered by Medical News Today. "Poverty doesn't put a child on a predetermined trajectory, but it behooves us to remember that adverse experiences early in life are influencing the development and function of the brain. And if we hope to intervene, we need to do it early so that we can help shift children onto the best possible developmental trajectories."

“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...

Allen Frances, MD: Save Trieste’s Mental Health System

From The Lancet: For people who have never seen the Trieste model in action, it might sound too good to be true. Dr. Allen Frances was once among the profound skeptics.

“Many Clinical Trials’ Findings Never Get Published. Here’s Why That’s Bad”

STAT’s watchdogs, Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus, explain why unpublished studies for drug makers and researchers “put young patients at risk, particularly if those...

Show Drugs Work Before Selling Them

From Nature: FDA regulation plays a major role in the functioning of our economy. Trump's plans to deregulate the FDA will not only put...

“David Bowie, Psychosis and Positive Nonconformity”

For MinnPost, Susan Perry discusses the late singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie and his experiences with psychosis. She highlights the work of psychologist Vaughan Bell, who details how Bowie’s family history of psychosis is reflected in his work, and Stephanie Pappas, explaining “why Bowie’s positive expression of nonconformity has helped so many people who feel like misfits.”

Harvard Psychiatrist Starts Believing Abducted Patients, and Other Top Posts

-Psychiatric Times' most popular posts of 2014.

Trump Blamed Pharma’s Political Donations for High Drug Prices

From STAT: On March 20th, President Trump blamed this country's "outrageous" drug prices on campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry. The next day, pharmaceutical companies...

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