Thursday, January 17, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Neuroscientist: To Fight Opioid Addiction, Tackle Loneliness

From The Washington Post: "If we don’t have the ability to connect socially, we are so ravenous for our social neurochemistry to be rebalanced, [we'll] seek relief from anywhere."

More Than a Third of Female Suicides Are Committed by Indian Women

From Scientific American: The situation may be related to a clash between women’s aspirations and the rigidity of their social environment.

Young People Are Being Prescribed Dangerous Antidepressants

From The Guardian: These drugs can raise young people’s energy level before they act to raise their mood, especially in the early months of use.

BBC Video Shames Those Struggling With Psychiatric Drugs

From RxISK.org: Dear BBC, where is the balance? Where is the person harmed by the drugs? How can we let viewers know there is a range of opinions on this issue?

Why Is Karl Taylor Dead?

From The Marshall Project: "Jails and prisons are among the least therapeutic environments in the world, [where] you're bringing out the worst in...behavior."

The Art of Stimming: ABA Has Left a Legacy of Traumatized Kids

From Pacific Standard: Children in ABA programs learn that body is not their own, the way they move is wrong, and there is no neutral way for them to naturally exist in the world.

America’s Border Wars: Three Weeks in a Land of Trauma

From The Guardian: "This administration has led to the rise of people feeling hunted...Look at how much damage we’re causing them...A ton of kids here...need therapy."

Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People’s Mental Health

From The Atlantic: Roughly one in 10 graduate students in a recent survey reported having suicidal thoughts on at least several days within the prior two weeks.

A Manifesto for Better Mental Health in Europe, for the European Elections 2019

From Mental Health Europe: Mental health friendly policies across all sectors have a key role in the wellbeing of millions of Europeans.

Youngest Children in a Class Are Most Likely to Get ADHD Diagnosis

From NPR: The youngest children are most likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, when in fact their more fidgety behavior may be due to their relative immaturity.

Chicago Psych. Hospital to Lose Funding Over Safety, Abuse of Kids in State Care

From ProPublica: The move raises questions about the future of the hospital and of the hundreds of children in state care who are kept there.

Now Patients Can Specify Their Care Before Hallucinations Overwhelm

From The New York Times: Increasingly, patients, advocates and doctors believe psychiatric advance directives could help transform the mental health system.

Severe Mental Health Side Effects of Contraceptive Pill: New BBC Documentary

From The Independent: Studies have linked progesterone to depression, anxiety and low mood, but researchers have yet to find an ethical way to prove cause and effect.

Pouring Billions Into Treating Mental Illness Doesn’t Add Up

From The Times of London: Until a proper science worthy of the name can point the way, we should be cautious about throwing too much money at too speculative a profession.

Self-Care Won’t Save Us

From Current Affairs: "In a time where people—especially millennials, at whom this particular brand of self-care is aimed—are increasingly talking about their struggles with...

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Amid ‘Disturbing’ Rise in Overdoses, Suicides

From NPR: "For the second time in three years, life expectancy in the U.S. has ticked downward. In three reports issued Thursday, the Centers for...

How Loneliness Is Tearing America Apart

From The New York Times: "According to a recent large-scale survey from the health care provider Cigna, most Americans suffer from strong feelings of loneliness and...

‘It’s Torture’: Critics Step Up Bid to Stop Use of Electric Shocks on Children

From The Guardian: "A coalition of advocacy groups led by Disability Rights International have written this week to the human rights arm of the...

Benzo Withdrawal: Why I Ignored Medical Advice & Listened to the Internet

From Benzodiazepine Information Coalition: "This syndrome doesn’t have an alarming and well-known word attached to it, like 'cancer' or 'car accident,' that instructs people...

Family Blames AL 9-year-old’s Suicide on Bullying, ADHD Meds

From the New York Post: "Williams said he hopes other families can avoid such a tragedy and urged kids to tell adults when they...

British Doctors to Prescribe Arts and Culture to Patients

From Open Culture: "If we consider such things as art, music, and dance as essential—not only to an education, but to our general well-being—we...

Neuroscientists Make a Case against Solitary Confinement

From Scientific American: "There are an estimated 80,000 people, mostly men, in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. They are confined to windowless cells roughly...

The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains

From The Atlantic: "DARPA has dreamed for decades of merging human beings and machines. Some years ago, when the prospect of mind-controlled weapons became a...

Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated as a Public Health Crisis?

From NPR: "The study is 'probably the most rigorous test we have to date of the hypothesis that early childhood trauma has these...

Starving for Help: Search for Mental Healthcare Ends Tragically in FL Jail

From The Florida Times-Union/jacksonville.com: " Lauer, of Fort Lauderdale, filed suit in federal court on Thursday, naming the sheriff’s private healthcare provider and its employees,...

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