Saturday, April 10, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Human Rights Abused on Mental Health Wards

From the Morning Star: Ruth Hunt looks at how excessive medication and violence have become part and parcel of mental health "treatment."

Antioch Police Murder Man in Mental Crisis by Kneeling on His Neck for 5...

From CNN: When Antioch police officers arrived, they made no attempt to understand the situation and immediately grabbed Quinto from his mother's arms, the family's lawyer said.

No Officers Indicted in Death of Daniel Prude, a Black Man Pinned and Hooded...

From The Washington Post: A medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide, and experts say officers neglected to use known tactics for helping people in crisis while arresting the 41-year-old man.

The Darker Story Just Outside the Lens of ‘Framing Britney Spears’

From The New Republic: The documentary and #FreeBritney movement treat the pop star’s conservatorship as strange and exceptional. The truth is much more troubling.

In Brattleboro, a New Kind of Police Patrol Offers Addiction Treatment, Not Jail

From Looking for alternatives to arrest, police departments in Brattleboro and elsewhere are using their 24/7 presence and regular contact with drug users to refer them to treatment and other resources.

More Parents Seek ADHD Diagnosis and Drugs for Kids to Manage Remote Learning

From NBC News: "I'm watching kids who used to love school become unenthused and unmotivated," said one Michigan-based pediatrician.

How Norway is Offering Drug-Free Treatment to People With Psychosis

From the BBC: In Norway, the government has taken decisive action to try and improve the lives of psychotic people by giving them more power over their lives.

Madness, Disability, and Abolition: A Call for Movement Solidarity

From It's Going Down: When we consider the horrors of the mental health industry, we should ask ourselves the same questions we ask of prisons and police. Can the system be “reformed,” or is it rotten to the core?

Denver Program That Replaces Cops With Counselors Is Reducing Arrests

From Denverite: The Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program represents a more empathetic approach to policing that keeps people out of an often-cyclical criminal justice system.

A 9-Year-Old Was Pepper-Sprayed by Police. Here’s What Should Have Happened Instead

From USA TODAY: "To expect a child to be able to overcome that biological [stress] response for the sake of compliance demonstrates a lack of understanding."

A New Tool in Treating ‘Mental Illness’: Building Design

From The New York Times: New research into the health effects of our surroundings is spurring the development of facilities that feel more residential.

Psychologists Should Now Lead the Call to Close Guantánamo

From Psychology Today: Calling for the permanent closure of Guantánamo would be an important milestone in the APA's fraught journey to reset its moral compass.

Parting the Clouds | Charles Raison on New Treatments for Depression

From The Sun: Many "new" treatments for depression have been a part of human cultures for millennia: compassion meditation, sweat lodges, fasting, and psychedelics like psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

They Called for Help. They’d Always Regret It.

From The Atlantic: Two families called 911 to get help for their sons. They didn’t know that they’d be thrusting them into a complex and often brutal system.

The Problem With Mental Health Awareness

From The Nation: Campaigns telling people to become “aware” and “reach out” are, at best, an incorrect diagnosis of the problem and at worst, gaslighting.

How Frightened People Should Be Treated by Doctors – RD Laing

From Did You Used to be RD Laing?: "The ‘treatment’ that we give someone, is the way we treat that person. It should not be a noun, but an active verb."

Asia’s Largest Psychiatric Clinic for Women

From DW Documentary: Asia’s largest psychiatric facility is home to 1700 female patients—or "ghosts." Many were victims of violence, or simply rejected by their families.

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

From The New York Times: Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking.

Video Captures Patient Crawling Out of Hospital After Staff Dismiss Pleas for Help

From CBC: "They thought I was faking it because I was bipolar," Pontone said. "There are no words to describe what I went through that night."

Therapy Isn’t for Everyone

From Medium: For many of us, therapy is just another room where we are stared at and made to feel defective—and that’s if we can afford to go at all.

Tens of Thousands Relying on Social Media Support Groups to Withdraw From Antidepressants

From Sky News: Dr. Ed White discusses his recent report about the lack of medical support for people coming off antidepressants and the online support groups forming in their absence.

What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs, with Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff

From Psychology Is: Millions of people are prescribed psychiatric drugs each year, but few understand how these drugs actually affect the brain.

Mental Health Act Reforms Aim to Tackle High Rate of Black People Sectioned

From The Guardian: Mental health advocates have described the proposed reforms as an important step forward to treating people with respect and dignity.

15 Signs You’re Experiencing a Spiritual Emergency

From lonerwolf: There are two main types of spiritual emergency: mystical psychosis (hallucinations, mania, etc.) and the dark night of the soul (depression).

The Real Cure for COVID Is Renewing Our Fractured Relationship With the Planet

From The Globe and Mail: The solution is not to beat back the symptoms and return to business as usual, but to fan the flame of aliveness of the beautiful and healthier world that is in retreat.

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