Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“The Importance of Friends”

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An article in Psychiatric Times reflects on Harry Stack Sullivan and the importance of friendship. Article →

“If Glaxo’s CEO Wants to be Mr. Clean, He Needs to Pick up a...

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FiercePharma and 1 Boring Old Man peer into the Glaxo glasnost campaign, and find it in need of a little... revisioning.  1 Boring Old...

“Logging In to the Brain’s Social Network”

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NPR's Science Friday interviews the author of Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect on  the connection between physical and social pain, and the biology of...

“Punish People, Not Just Corporations”

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Drug makers have faced large fines for unethical and harmful practices but have simply treated these as a cost of doing business. Ed Silverman reports...

Are We “Plastic People”?

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-How are learnings in epigenetics re-defining human bodies and brains, and what does that mean for our ideas about "normalcy"?

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

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

Recognition That “Mental Illness” Is Not What We’ve Been Told

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Monica Cassani reviews an article in the Wilson Quarterly about the changing paradigm of mental illness and the failure of the psychopharmacological era. Beyond Meds...

Researchers Blog about Links Between ADHD Prescribing and Drug Costs

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University of Toronto and Princeton University researchers take to Bloomberg View to discuss the findings from their large-scale, long-term study of ADHD and medicating...

The Depression Problem

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Salon.com offers a personal experience of depression, starting with "I wish they would stop calling depression a mental illness. Because when I’m depressed, my...

“Hospitals Want to Test Drug with No Consent”

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“A group of Boston doctors is proposing to join a study that would provide emergency treatment for brain-injured patients without obtaining the trauma victims’...

“Listen Up! Day 3: Take a Breather”

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Day 3 of WNYC Only Human’s radio show, called Listen Up, focuses on the importance of listening with empathy. They interview Ken Feinberg, a mediator who met with victims after the September 11th attacks, the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Boston marathon bombing.

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

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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...

The Many Unknowns of Schizophrenia

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Psychiatrist Chris Gordon writes in the New York Times "What we call schizophrenia is probably a syndrome with many causes, and with a wide...

“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...

Is Screening for Mental Illness in Children a Bad Idea?

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Psychology Salon psychologist Randy Paterson discusses the Mad In America investigative report about a program that trains physicians and school staff to more readily diagnose mental illnesses in children. "Authors of the initiatives almost always talk about the enhancement of social supports, the provision of psychotherapy, involvement with community, and so on," writes Paterson. "But in the real world of medical practice, screening usually translates into prescriptions written."

“Psychosis Risk Syndrome is Back to Haunt Us”

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Allen Frances adds to his catalog of DSM-5 mistakes with the return of the controversial - and ultimately rejected - "Psychosis Risk Disorder", under...

“The DSM is not Being Abandoned — Psychiatry is Finally Growing up”

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Forbes magazine finds that the change in the NIMH's relationship with the DSM is "not so much that studies that use the DSM-5 will...

“How to Stop Violence”

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Slate magazine chalks up one for the argument that "Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are . . . Violence is not a product...

When Thoughts and Actions Seem to Be Perilously Fused

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-In Schizophrenia Bulletin, an anonymous writer describes becoming convinced that his thoughts and actions were dangerously fused together.

“The Whisper Whisperers”

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-Newsweek visits the Hearing Voices Network.

“Running as Therapy”

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Jen A. Miller writes in the New York Times "Exercise after heartbreak is not a new idea . . . Exercise makes us feel...

Disavow A Paxil Study Once And For All?

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Pharmalot writes of a Paxil study which has been discredited for a decade, but never retracted or nor its authors rebuked despite the wide-ranging...

“Mental health: On the spectrum”

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Nature writes of the paucity of agreement on how to define or describe mental illness. "The problem is that biologists have been unable to...

1 Boring Old Man Roundup

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1 Boring Old Man has been a very busy (old) man, with more background on the Philadelphia gynecomastia trial, notice of unrepresentative sampling for clinical...

“Double Standard in Medication Compliance for Those Diagnosed with Mental Illness”

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PsychCentral offers a take on noncompliance: "The moment we decide for others why they experience something as they do is the moment at which...