From ABC News: "Johnson & Johnson and Janssen chose billions over children... [This] is a company which has lost its way," attorneys for the plaintiff said.
From Tampa Bay Times: A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that North Tampa Behavioral makes huge profits by exploiting patients held under Florida’s Baker Act.
From Open Excellence: Psychologist and researcher Gail Hornstein, PhD, talks about her research into what makes the Hearing Voices peer support group approach so healing.
From The Seattle Times: For-profit psychiatric hospitals in Washington routinely have held patients by claiming they wouldn’t be safe if released, only to be contradicted by government evaluators who find no grounds for committing them.
From the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: The 40 experts attending last weekend’s meeting of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal voted to endorse the recent Public Health England recommendations on prescribed medicines.
From Los Angeles Times: "Most people aren’t prepared for the changes these drugs can cause to the body," says Adam Bisaga, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.
From The Conversation: What we learn throughout infancy and childhood are a set of behaviours and ways of thinking and feeling about ourselves and others, or what psychologists call a working model of the world.
From Truthout: "We think that the family separations was so extreme and so unprecedented that if ever there was a case warranting damages, it’s this one," an ACLU spokesman said.
From The Conversation: Thinking about BPD in terms of its underlying cause would lead to better treatment and reinforce the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect in the first place.
From The Guardian: The disclosure of such widespread substandard care in privately-run mental health facilities has prompted psychiatrists to call for a public inquiry to investigate.
From Hearing the Voice: New website offers practical techniques and information and sheds light on the links between voice-hearing and inner speech, trauma, creativity and spiritual or religious experience.
From Motherly: A number of recent studies highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.
From YES! Magazine: "Lament [singing] is a very old, traditional way to express your feelings...If you are hurt or you have sorrows...you cry it out, you let it come out. That’s what they would do in the old times."
From Scienceline: Beyond cloaking millions of people in invisibility, the lack of a Middle Eastern and North African ethnic box has also complicated efforts to research the minority group’s mental health.
From The Guardian: Informal mental health support networks like Nigeria’s MANI are becoming more prevalent around the world as people realise that health systems cannot cope with mental illness.
From The Baltimore Sun: In current psychotropic trials, there are more dead bodies in the active treatment groups than in the placebo groups. That's quite different from what happens in the trials of drugs that really work.
From Discursive of Tunbridge Wells: Hundreds of years of ignoring voices has only made them more desperate and challenging. Is it time to respectfully invite them to the peace table?
From TED: I was only able to start changing my life when I realized my depression was not a malfunction. It's a signal. Your depression is a signal. It's telling you something.
From The Telegraph: The new trial of sertraline is by far the largest to be conducted without the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry.
From Washington City Paper: By law, hospitals can only use restraints as a last resort. In 2018, St. Elizabeths used them almost 20,000 percent more than in 2013.
From The BMJ Opinion: The highest proportion of patients receiving prescriptions for antidepressants and opioids is located in areas of greatest social deprivation.
From USA TODAY: Eli Lilly vigorously shielded the payment for more than two decades, defying a Louisville judge who fought to reveal it because he said it swayed the jury's verdict.
From Yale School of Medicine: The goal is not necessarily to get rid of the voices, said the project's co-director, but to empower voice-hearers with the skills to influence those experiences.
From the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence: The report reveals the disturbing scale of the problem in England and makes several urgent recommendations.
From the Findhorn Foundation: I had been trying to think my way through something that needed to be felt and engaged with spiritually. As soon as I partnered with the larger energetic system I am a part of, it helped me with the needed answers.