Friday, January 27, 2023

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

I Smoked Weed Three Times and Ended Up in Rehab Hell

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From VICE: In her recently published memoir, The Dead Inside, Cyndy Etler tells her story of being abused and subjected to attack therapy in a teen rehab...

The Town That’s Found a Potent Cure for Illness – Community

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From The Guardian: In 2013, general practitioner Helen Kingston launched the Compassionate Frome Project, which provides the town's patients with social services and community support...

“Redefining Mental Illness”

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-Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann reflects on the British Psychological Society's "Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia" document.

“The Isolating Effects of Anxiety”

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-Daniel Yudkin discusses studies examining some of the ways in which anxiety can change how people think, and inhibit social connections and understanding.

“Emotional Child Abuse Has to be Banned – The Science Backs up our Instincts”

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The U.K.'s Guardian newspaper concludes that "The government is right: children need love as much as they do vitamins – and a lack of...

Employment Lawyers Worried about DSM Diagnostic Expansions

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An article in HRHero, a legal resource for human resource professionals, expresses concern about the expanding diagnostic categories in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual...

Garth Daniels Suing Over 75 Shock Treatments without Consent

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"In a rare intervention, the government has asked Victoria's Chief Psychiatrist for a report on Garth Daniels, a patient diagnosed with schizophrenia, whose case...

“The Great DNA Data Deficit: Are Genes for Disease a Mirage?”

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In an article that contains implications for mental illness, GreenMedInfo reflects on the progress of identifying the genetic basis of medical illness. "What has...

The Onion: “‘Seek Funding’ Step Added To Scientific Method”

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"After making an observation and forming a hypothesis as usual, the new third step of the scientific method will now require researchers to embark upon an exhaustive search for corporate or government financing,” the satirical news site the Onion “reports.” “Next, scientists simply modify their study’s goals to align with the vision of potential funders and wait for several months to hear back. At this point—should this step be successful, of course—they can move on to the experimental stage, and then to analysis.”

The People with Psychosis Embracing the Voices They Hear

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In this piece for Vice, Laetitia Laubscher discusses the Hearing Voices Network, a non-medical approach to hearing voices and experiencing extreme states. "...a key goal...

“The Torturing of Mentally Ill Prisoners”

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This week’s issue of the New Yorker examines the treatment of people diagnosed with mental health issues in Florida’s prisons. The horrifying stories of...

“Psychotic Shooters on the Open Frontier of Profit”

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At CounterPunch, Joseph Natoli connects Big Pharma, mass shootings, and rampant inequality. He writes: “The Brave New World soma strategy to deal with a population that, were they not doped up, might violently disrupt that brave new world, is useful if a society is ‘creatively destroying’ a growing number of its population each day. While the poor have daily evidence of their poverty, a collapsing middle class live in the illusion that they are middle class and just a short distance, not from ruin, but from fame and fortune. They are, in short, heading for a catastrophic break-down. Big Pharma is already set to give us all a ‘soft landing.’”

Psychiatry Group Tells Members They Can Ignore Goldwater Rule

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From STAT: The American Psychoanalytic Association has given its members permission to ignore the "Goldwater rule" and comment publicly on the mental state of government...

How are Professional Artists Similar and Different from People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia?

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People "who are prone to psychosis" in its most "extreme" forms, such as delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thought, have been found to also show...

Hearing Voices May Actually Be a Good Thing

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From CBS Denver: A new study suggests that people who hear voices may have an increased ability to decode complex sound waves. "The scientists studied a...

Cancer Drug Offers a Cautionary Tale of Deregulating the FDA

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To illustrate the dangers of Trump's plans to deregulate the FDA, Susan Perry from MinnPost provides a cautionary tale about Tarceva, a drug approved by the...

“Generation Adderall”

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In a major piece for the New York Times, Casey Schwartz discusses the difficulty of getting off of prescription stimulants after abusing them for...

“Positive Psychiatry: Its Time Has Come”

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-Should psychiatrists become more proactively involved in defining and supporting the development of mental health and well-being?

Implanting False Memories During Dreams Now Possible?

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-The Guardian discusses a recent study that apparently succeeded in planting "false memories" into sleeping mice.

NPR’s “Invisibilia” to Explore Intangible Forces Behind Human Behavior

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-A new regular radio program from NPR "explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior."

Xanax Nation

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In this blog post, Andy White highlights the role Xanax plays in silencing political dissent and keeping the public complacent. Instead of expressing anger...

Army Lifts Ban on Waivers for Recruits With Mental Health Issues

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From USA Today: The Army will now allow recruits with a history of self-harm, bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse to seek waivers...

Previously Hidden Data Shows Anti-flu Drug Linked to Psychosis and Suicides

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"(A)t least 70 people have died, many of them by suicide, after Tamiflu-induced episodes," reports Newsweek, in an article about the popular anti-flu drug...

Think of Mental Disorders as the Mind’s ‘Sticky Tendencies’

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From Aeon: We don’t just see the world around us as dry facts, but experience the world as having immanent meaning. The world has meaning FOR us.

“The D.S.M. and the Nature of Disease”

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Gary Greenburg writes in the New Yorker that "The D.S.M. has enormous impact on the public health. It determines which conditions insurers will cover,...