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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Integrated Models in Psychiatry: the State of the Art”

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An editorial in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology explores status of the "tenuous" relationship position of social psychiatry, "given psychiatry's primary orientation to the...

“Doctor: Possible Links Between Antidepressants, Pregnancy And Autism”

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MIA blogger Adam Urato on Boston's WBUR radio station, talking about recent research linking antidepressants with autism. Article →

“Colorado Responds Slowly to Psychotropic Drug Use Among Foster Kids”

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The Denver Post writes "Colorado officials have known since at least 2007 that prescriptions and dosage levels of psychotropic drugs — which also include antidepressants, mood...

Imagining the Fall of Antipsychotics

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John Read and Phil Thomas imagine the eventual confession and apology by pharmaceutical companies - twenty years from now - of the harm done...

Sunday Humor: Ask Your Doctor

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PharmaGossip has published a couple of comics, "Ask Your Doctor" and "Drug Trials." No spoilers before the jump. There's also a 90-minute documentary on how...

“The Computer Will See You Now”

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The Economist reports on "Ellie," a programmed, virtual psychologist designed by researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles, who has a...

Are Obsessively Healthy Eating Habits Becoming Like Disorders?

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-Salon looks at people's increasing obsessions with eating "properly," and how many of these tendencies are starting to look like their own kinds of eating "disorders."

“’Spectre’ Villain Fails Neuroanatomy in Latest Bond Film”

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano published a commentary in Nature explaining that the latest Bond villain placed his robotic drill in the wrong location in his attempt to destroy 007’s memory of faces.

The Dangers of Getting “Diagnosed”

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-"When we treat diagnosis as simply a medical issue, we mask the tremendous social power involved in putting a name to human suffering."

SSRIs, Autism, and the Law

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Lawyers and Settlements.com explores the growing evidence of links between SSRIs, autism, and violence. Article →

TV Doctors Not Disclosing Conflicts of Interest

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Columbia Journalism Review examines the new database of drug company payments to physicians, and finds some high-profile physicians who appear on TV have not...

NIMH Director Insel Proposes Solutions to Lack of Reproducibility in Research

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National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas Insel laments the lack of reproducibility in such a large majority of mental health-related research. He describes...

Data Access: The World-Wide Wait

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1 Boring Old Man revisits the Robert Gibbons articles in light of David Healy's presentation to the APA last week; "His papers had no...

“GSK Fined Over ‘Pay-for-Delay’ Drug Deals”

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Reuters reports that GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $54.4 million by the UK for “market abuse in striking deals to delay the launch of cheap...

Outrage Over Biotech Party Objectifying Women

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“Two prominent women in the biotech community were so appalled by reports about a party at J.P. Morgan featuring scantily clad models that they've...

“Big Pharma’s Relationship With Your Doctor Needs Some U.S.-Style Sunshine”

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The Toronto Globe and Mail prescribes a bit of Obama medicine for Canada's health care system: "By the end of this year, President Barack...

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.

End of the Road for Genetics/Behavior Claims?

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In Discover, Neuroskeptic discusses a new study that "could undermine the concept of ‘endophenotypes’ – and thus derail one of the most promising lines...

“Mental health patients to Bernie Sanders: Don’t compare us to the GOP candidates”

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The Washington Post reports that Bernie Sanders' remark likening the "antics" of Republican candidates during recent debates to people with mental health challenges has drawn an...

“Bipolar Writer Comments on Debate Over ‘Crisis in Psychiatry'”

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John Horgan, who announced that The NIMH's move away from the DSM was "a move sure to rock psychiatry, psychology and other fields that...

“Is Everything You Know about Happiness Wrong?”

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Sonja Lyubomirsky's book examines the false assumptions we all have about what makes us happy, and points in the direction of how to actually...

“The Anger and Rage Collection: What we Don’t Engage we Cannot Transform”

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Another from the indefatigable Monica Cassani, on a theme close to the heart of this website: working with and through anger. Thank you, Monica. Beyond Meds →  

“The Virtual Clinic Is Open And Ready For Business”

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The Carlat Blog writes about a service that calls itself "'the simplest and most convenient way to solve the most common medical conditions that...

“When Does That Go On Trial?”

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1 Boring Old Man scrutinizes the evidence that Johnson & Johnson hid evidence of Risperdal's breast-growing properties, among other improper actions, concluding "The story...

“SHIT Happens”

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David Healy posits the Secret Health Ingredient in Treatment (SHIT)  . . .  "In the early twentieth century SHIT was some supposedly secret magic...