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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen”

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"People have these unaccountable mystic experiences," Barbara Ehrenreich tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her new book, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search...

Insel’s Best of 2014

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National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas Insel reviews his list of the best discoveries and developments in mental health in 2014. Director’s Blog: Best...

“Alleged Perils Of Left-Handedness Don’t Always Hold Up”

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An NPR blog critiques the reliability of a study that found an increased risk of schizophrenia diagnosis among left-handers. Article →

“What’s So Special about Mirror Neurons?”

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Scientific American reviews the claims and counter-claims of the role that "mirror neurons" play in "mental illness." Article →

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.

“The Entrepreneurs of Outrage”

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The Washington Post's Michael Gerson writes on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as an example of how "aspects of...

“The Importance of Friends”

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

“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...

Canadian Institute of Health Identifies Provinces Overprescribing Antipsychotics

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“A new study is giving insight into how long-term care patients in the province are progressing — or, in some cases, worsening — over time. It found those living in central Newfoundland are more likely to be given antipsychotic drugs they don't need.”

“How We Learned to Stop Worrying About People and Love the Bombing”

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For Tom Dispatch, historian Rick Shenkman “explores the biological phenomena that may well underpin our appalling lack of empathy, the animal instincts that allow so many of us to stand by in the face of unspeakable acts,” and “how the stories we tell ourselves and others might offer us a path to overcome our utterly human inhumanity.”

“The Violent Disorder of Our Public Mind”

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An article in Truthout asserts that "Since all human occurrences take place in society, it is obviously a truism that all insanity must, in...

Senators: Focusing on Mental Health Laws Easier than Dealing with Gun Control

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-National Journal reports that some Republican and Conservative senators alike recognize a need for gun control legislation, but say it's easier to focus on restrictive mental health regulations instead.

“New Research: Antidepressants Can Cause Long-Term Depression”

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Peter Breggin reviews the research on antidepressants, in the Huffington Post, finding evidence that "any initial improvements are often followed by treatment resistance and...

“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 →

Head Movements Have Been Producing Consistent Bias in Brain Scans

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A new study has shown that brain scans have an inherent bias towards making people with movement disorders seem to have less grey matter, writes Neuroskeptic in Discover. The findings, he writes, may be significant with respect to studies involving brain scans of people taking psychiatric drugs that either induce or reduce movement.

“Doctors on Social Media Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest”

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“A STAT examination of hundreds of social media accounts maintained by health-care professionals finds that while they often tweet medical advice, they almost never disclose potential conflicts of...

“Erasing History”: 1BoringOldMan on Psychiatry’s Scramble to Re-Brand Itself

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1BoringOld Man says "Right now, psychiatry seems to be attempting to erase a piece of its own history – a recent piece at that....

“The Way We Diagnose Mental Illness Might Be A ‘Mistake'”

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The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Jon Ronson's "The Psychopath Test", which chronicles the meteoric growth of the DSM in "chaotic editorial meetings in a small...

Who Determines Efficacy?

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1 Boring Old Man reflects on his work with children and adolescents, in which he directly observes the troubling effects of antidepressants, and the...

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...

“The Surprising Reason Americans Might Feel Helpless and Depressed”

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Alternet attributes America's depression epidemic to corporations and right-wing politics, which feed our sense of learned helplessness, exploiting "the various ways that we all...

Future of Mental Health: Free Virtual Conference

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-Dr. Eric Maisel hosts Joanna Moncrieff, Gary Greenberg, Lucy Johnstone and other critical thinkers during a week-long, free online conference starting February 23rd.

“The Post-Irene Mental Health System of Care”

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-Hurricane Irene seems to have left some community-based approaches to psychiatric care in its wake.

“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...

Lancet Editorial Argues for Better Science in Mental Health

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An editorial in the Lancet Psychiatry suggests that mental health professionals rely more on intuition and "good intentions" than "good science," and that needs...