Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

The New Opium of the People: Why Our Mental Health Sector Has Failed

From iai News: By sweeping the social causes of distress into the private corners of self, our mental health sector has helped stifle collective and community action.

Mikhaila Peterson Podcast: The Dangers of Psychiatric Medication

From Mikhaila Peterson: Mikhaila interviews Drs. Jim Wright and David Cohen on the reality behind psychiatric medications like the ones that nearly destroyed her and her father's lives.

The FDA Is Failing the American People

From MedPage Today: From this vantage, the FDA looks like an agency whose goal is to preserve pharmaceutical profits.

In Past Two Decades, Dramatic Rise in Elderly Taking Drugs That Can Lead to...

From The Washington Post: In 2017, an estimated 94 percent of older adults received a prescription for a drug that increased their risk of falling, up from 57 percent in 1999, and their rate of death caused by falls more than doubled during the same period.

Why Aren’t Patients Being Told Truth About Electric Shock Therapy?

From The Daily Mail: More than half of NHS hospital trusts contacted under a recent audit used ECT information leaflets with seven or more inaccurate statements about the controversial procedure.

‘Mental Health Film Comment’ Podcast: Miranda Spencer on ‘Framing Britney Spears’

From Mental Health Film Comment: MIA Staff Writer Miranda Spencer discusses Britney Spears' conservatorship and media portrayal of the star's emotional challenges.

Third Member of Prestigious FDA Panel Resigns Over Approval of Alzheimer’s Drug

From CNBC: The FDA approved the new drug from Biogen, priced at $56,000 per year, despite a near-unanimous "no" vote from a key advisory committee.


From The mental health system in Trieste, Italy, which for decades has been widely recognized as a model for good community care, is under threat of being dismantled by a new political faction.

In Memory of Sandra Escher, Pioneer on Voice-Hearing

Sandra Escher, who helped create a foundation for the Hearing Voices movement, recently passed away. She was the first researcher in the field of children who hear voices.

Autistic Young People in Britain Subjected to Lengthy State-Sanctioned Abuse

From i newspaper: What kind of society deems it acceptable to break citizens simply because they are autistic? And what kind of nation averts its gaze from grotesque mistreatment of a minority?

Global Psychiatry’s Crisis of Values: Dainius Pūras, MD

From Psychiatric Times: "If such a willingness to discount the feelings and testimonies [of patients] is widespread, I cannot help but think that psychiatry is really in a serious [moral] crisis."

The Wisdom of Trauma: Film Premiere June 8–14

From Science & Nonduality: Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives, and the root of our deepest wounds. Renowned physician Dr. Gabor Maté gives us a new vision of a trauma-informed society and points us to the path of individual and collective healing.

The Voice in Your Head: Reshaping Our Understanding of ‘Mental Illness’ – & Consciousness...

From The New Statesman: A movement of people who hear voices is reshaping our understanding of 'mental illness' – and consciousness itself.

From LA Jail, Two Inmates Pioneer Care for ‘Mentally Ill’ Peers

From The Christian Science Monitor: From the squalid conditions of the Los Angeles County jail has emerged a potential model for how to address mental illness among incarcerated people. The secret? Care, on a daily basis.

FDA OKs New ‘Antipsychotic’ Drug Combo That ‘Limits the Pleasure of Food Intake’

From MedPage Today: A newly approved 'medication' for 'schizophrenia' and 'bipolar disorder' promises to reduce usual weight gain with olanzapine (Zyprexa) by making it less pleasant to eat food.

The Abusive Society: Why Abuse Seems to Reach Into Every Corner of Modern Life

From Medium: What Americans really need is to fix the cycles of abuse that have driven them to seek, and yet never find, safety in the unsafe world they themselves have created.

Police Investigate If ‘Antipsychotic’ Drug Caused Lecturer’s Death

From The Telegraph: A coroner ruled that Margaret Molyneux, 69, died of natural causes, but a review found that she had been prescribed higher than recommended doses of the drug olanzapine (Zyprexa).

WHO Online Launch Event Jun. 10: Rights-Based Transformation in Mental Health

From the World Health Organization: Many mental health services around the world are failing people. There is a different path that countries and services can take.

Antidepressant Risks: New Website Informs and Shares Personal Stories

From Antidepressant Risks: Katinka Blackford Newman, Professor David Healey, Sarah Culshaw and Dr. Ed White have teamed up on a new website helping people understand the risks of taking antidepressants.

Malcharist: “One of Medicine’s Darkest Secrets Is Exposed in All of Its Sordid Detail”

From RxISK: Leemon McHenry reviews the first novel published by David Healy's writers co-operative—"a must-read for medical professionals, and especially aspiring key opinion leaders."

Jun. 9 Event: Stories of Reducing Antipsychotics: Withdrawal Effects or Relapse?

From UCL Beacon Bursary fund: This event aims to explore the lived-experience perspective when attempting to distinguish withdrawal effects from relapse.

Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms Shouldn’t Be Mistaken for Return of ‘Illness’

From The Guardian: Such symptoms occur in half of patients, and the correct response is to taper off their medication more slowly, says Dr Mark Horowitz.

COVID Has Led to Record Levels of Antidepressant Use – But Withdrawal Can Be...

From The Guardian: David Taylor, director of pharmacy for an NHS foundation trust, knows from personal experience that coming off these medications can be horrible. He has also researched ways to make it easier.

Mental Health System: Open Letter to the Media

"We, a group of people with first-hand experience of the mental health system...saw how abuse, corruption, and exploitation were covered up, while victims and critics of the system were silenced and marginalized."

Madness Is a Strategy

From Jody Chan/Midnight Sun: "our bodies know things about freedom that our language cannot articulate . . ."

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