Saturday, November 26, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Can You Punish a Child’s Mental Health Problems Away?

From The New York Times: Future generations will look back on the tactics used in the troubled teen industry and ask: How did we allow these practices to pass off as mental health treatment for so long?

What I Wish I Had Known Before I Stopped Taking Antidepressants, and Before I...

From the Washington Examiner: I learned the hard way that doctors can be remarkably casual about things patients can’t afford to be when it comes to putting people on, and taking them off, antidepressants.

The Social Side of Health: How Reducing Inequality Can Improve Health Outcomes for Americans

From Pulte Institute for Global Development: "We treat despair, addiction, obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease at the molecular level with all these drugs sold by all these big pharma companies," says neuroscientist Peter Sterling, but "it's not bringing us health."

Women More Likely to Be Prescribed Anti-Anxiety Drugs ‘Harder to Come Off Than Heroin’

From The Independent: "I would never take [benzodiazepines] again," said Fiona French, who took them for several decades. "Any drug that can cause that degree of intolerable suffering is a bad drug."

The Hidden Epidemic of Sexual Dysfunction Experts Are Blaming on SSRI Antidepressants

From The Daily Mail: Patients on antidepressants are not being warned of the risk that the pills could permanently ruin their sex lives, experts say.

Routine Anxiety Screenings Will Cause Overdiagnosis, Overprescription, Psychologist Warns

From Fox News: "You can’t just carve the world into 'disorders' and think you’re doing an adequate job of determining someone’s mental health needs," said UCSF professor Dr. Jonathan Shedler.

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Truth About ADHD and Anxiety | The Joe Rogan...

From The Joe Rogan Experience: "The so-called experts say that ADHD is 'the most heritable mental illness there is,'" says renowned physician Gabor Maté. "But I say, it's neither an illness, nor is it heritable."

Our Addiction to Control Is Enslaving Us

From Uplift: Our attempts to control both ourselves and the world around us lead to a kind of slavery, where we are both the slave and the slavemaster at the same time.

I Went Undercover to Expose Abuse at a Mental Health ‘Hospital’

From the BBC: 'Patients' are being locked away, abused, and neglected in the formative years of their lives, as one of the UK's biggest mental health 'hospitals' actually makes them worse.

‘Toxic Culture’ of Abuse at Mental Health ‘Hospital’ Revealed by BBC Secret Filming

From the BBC: Humiliated, abused and isolated for weeks - patients are being harmed due to a 'toxic culture' at one of the UK's biggest mental health 'hospitals.'

‘People Have the Ability to Heal and to Let Go. Healers Help You With...

From the Los Angeles Times: "From an Indigenous point of view everything is a teacher, a spirit, if you will. So we ask what the so-called depression or anxiety tells us and where is it coming from." ~ Jerry Tello

Defund Social Workers: Cops by Another Name

From The New Republic: If you measure in terms of the power to coerce, surveil, and inflict lasting harm, social workers are, thanks to the nature of the job, cops by another name.

‘Speaking Grief’ Documentary Asks, ‘What if We Got Better at Grief?’

From WPSU Creative Services: What would happen if we could speak the truth about our pain, and hear the truth about other people's pain? What if we got better at grief?

The Alternative to Police That Is Proven to Reduce Violence

From Mother Jones: “The lived experience cannot be understated” as a key part of a successful crisis response team, says a San Francisco Department of Public Health representative.

Antidepressants Work Better Than Sugar Pills Only 15 Percent of the Time

From Newsweek: Evidence is mounting that doctors are vastly overprescribing SSRIs, and clinicians are calling for a new approach to depression that involves curtailing their use.

Out-of-Touch U.S. Task Force Recommends Routine Anxiety Screening in Adults

From The Washington Post: "If primary care providers are asked to screen for one more thing, we are going to break without more resources," said a nurse practitioner in Northern California.

Doctors Stopped Believing in the ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Theory. But They Didn’t Tell Us.

From National Post: Many think too little serotonin causes depression and antidepressants can correct that imbalance. But psychiatrists stopped believing that theory long ago.

Deadline for Congress to Reauthorize FDA’s Drug Industry Funding Is Sept. 30

From The New York Times: The pharmaceutical industry finances about 75 percent of the FDA's drug division through its "user fee" program, which essentially means drug companies regulate themselves.

Dr. Caroline Leaf Podcast With Robert Whitaker: The Great Psychiatry Fraud

From Dr. Caroline Leaf: "The message I’d like to give to people," says Whitaker, "is that if we can actually have an honest paradigm, we can hope again, and we can find solutions again, and we can build better environments."

Dramatic Decline in California’s Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Its Foster Children

From The Imprint: Youth and Family News: A new study indicates statewide reforms have freed thousands of abused and neglected children from the lasting effects of the most powerful psychiatric drugs, but concerns about other medications persist.

Michigan’s Mental Health Agencies Are in Charge of Investigating Themselves

From Detroit Free Press: When mental health service recipients' rights are violated in Michigan, the system for redress has a built-in conflict that is hurting the most vulnerable.

Talking About Suicide Helps Us Stay Alive

From Slate: Normalizing discussion of suicide is the key idea behind Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Su), peer-led groups intended for adults who have suicidal thoughts or identify as survivors.

What Liberal Admonishers of Left Psychiatry Critics Get Wrong | Bruce Levine

From CounterPunch: It is disappointing to see Jacobin accepting the mainstream liberal narrative that goes like this: If one cares about alleviating emotional suffering, one must defend psychiatry.

Some Schools Bringing Back Corporal Punishment; Parents Opt In as Students Protest

From TODAY: "Corporal punishment signals to the child that a way to settle interpersonal conflicts is to use physical force and inflict pain," said the American Academy of Pediatrics in a 2014 statement.

Child Frustration Breeds Race Hatred; Columbia Scientist Finds Punishment of Baby Is Seed of...

From Project NoSpank/The New York Times, December 22, 1940: The aggressiveness which adults exhibit, said Dr. Ashley Montagu, is originally produced during childhood by parents, teachers, nurses, or whoever else participates in the process of socializing the child.

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