Thursday, July 18, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Health Warning: Social Rejection Doesn’t Only Hurt, It Kills

From Aeon: We don’t just live with others but also through them and in them. And when they turn away, when we become unseen, in a way we cease to be.

FDA Overlooked Red Flags in Drugmaker’s Testing of Esketamine

From Medscape: Esketamine's trajectory to approval shows — step by step — how drugmakers can take advantage of shortcuts in the FDA process.

EMA Acknowledges Persistent Sexual Dysfunction After SSRIs & SNRIs

From RxISK: For the first time, European patients prescribed an SSRI or SNRI will, if they read the product information, be warned about the risk of long-term sexual dysfunction.

Why What We Think We Know About Schizophrenia Is Wrong

From The Guardian: I remember the first time I forcibly medicated a person against his will. In that moment, however good my intentions, I was knowingly participating in his suffering.

Psychiatrist Claims Royal College ‘Gaslighted’ Him in Antidepressant Row

From The Herald Scotland: "I’ve just had enough of how I’ve been treated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for trying to raise ethics of good medical practice, patient safety."

Depression and Western Cultural Hegemony

From The Guardian Letters: Claiming that a local idiom of distress – 'thinking too much' – is really depression is asserting the universalist supremacy of western frameworks and categories.

I Know Antidepressant Withdrawal Is Real. Why Didn’t Doctors?

From The Guardian: Why, when the health of so many people is at stake, did it take so long to listen to patients?

Rethinking the Infamous Stanford Prison Experiment

From Scientific American: New evidence makes it clear that merely assigning people to play the role of prison guards did not lead them to engage in cruelty naturally, of their own accord.

The Healing Power of Gardens: Oliver Sacks on the Consolations of Nature

From Brain Pickings: "I cannot say exactly how nature exerts its calming and organizing effects on our brains... [but] in many cases, gardens and nature are more powerful than any medication."

The Shamanic View of ‘Mental Illness’: Birth of a Healer

From Uplift: "The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer. Consequently, there will be a tendency... to keep trying as many people as possible in an attempt to get somebody's attention."

‘Well’ Explores the Social and Political Underpinnings of Health

From NPR: To improve the nation's physical and mental health, epidemiologist Sandro Galea says we need to understand the factors that are actually the drivers of it.

Too Many Medicines Simply Don’t Work

From Bloomberg: A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine examines 93 cancer drugs approved between 1992 and 2017, of which only 19 showed improvement in overall survival.

Not Just Soldiers: Civilians with PTSD Struggle to Find Effective Therapy

From NPR: The National Council for Behavioral Health calls trauma a 'near universal experience' for those with mental and behavioral issues, yet finding knowledgeable help is difficult.

Involuntary Commitment Can ‘Destroy the Human Spirit,’ Social Worker States

From Pete Earley: "What are we committing people to? And why don’t we start with treatment and services that we know work, and that people actually want?"

‘Mentally Ill’ FL Woman Gave Birth Alone in Isolated Jail Cell

From The Miami Herald: In a letter to the Broward Sheriff, the public defender demanded an immediate review of medical and isolation practices at all Broward County detention facilities.

Radical Project Rejected ‘Mental Illness,’ Embraced Communal Healing

From Aeon: Philadelphia House, co-founded by R.D. Laing and still operating in London, offers an alternative to confrontational treatment methods and medical interventions.

Psychiatry, Racism, and the Birth of ‘Sesame Street’

From Undark: Chester Pierce — the founding president of the Black Psychiatrists of America — was most concerned about one institution in particular: television.

Antidepressant Guidelines to Tighten in the UK

From Psychology Today: Doctors will soon be told to warn patients that ending treatment can cause "severe" adverse effects and last much longer than previously advised.

As Suicides Rise, Insurers Find Ways to Deny Mental Health Coverage

From Bloomberg: "There’s an incentive for managed-care companies to do the wrong thing, because they know that at the end of the day they don’t stand to be punished monetarily."

Transgender No Longer a ‘Mental Disorder,’ According to WHO

From TIME: According to the ICD-11, "gender identity disorders" have been reframed as "gender incongruence" and have been moved to a chapter on sexual health.

Conversations in Critical Psychiatry: Allen Frances, MD

From Pyschiatric Times: In many ways, Dr. Frances is one of the architects of modern psychiatry, yet he has also emerged as one of its most prominent critics.

The APA Meeting: A Photo Essay

From Slate Star Codex: It turns out that having 15,000 psychiatrists in one building sparks a drug company feeding frenzy that makes piranhas look sedate by comparison.

NHS to Tackle Elderly Over-Medication With 200 New Pharmacists

From PharmaTimes: The pharmacists will prevent care home residents from being given too many medicines as part of a package of measures to improve older people’s health and care.

Capitalism and Mental Health

From Monthly Review: The alleviation of mental distress is only possible "in a society without exploitation and oppression," says professor of social work Iain Ferguson.

Years After My Son Died in NHS Care, State-Sanctioned Torture Continues

From The Guardian: I’m still puzzling over the peculiar inability of the government to even discuss whether the CQC report (and others like it) documents torture.

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