Friday, February 26, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

A Mad World: Capitalism and the Rise of Mental Illness

From Red Pepper: Capitalism produces much of the mental distress that is categorized as "mental illness" by turning human creativity and connectivity into social isolation,...

We Need to Treat BPD for What It Really Is – a Response to...

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.

How Mindfulness Privatised a Social Problem

From New Statesman: Mindfulness has become the perfect coping mechanism for neoliberal capitalism: it privatises stress and tells people to locate the root of mental ailments in their own work ethic.

IFS: The Revolutionary Treatment That Could Change Psychotherapy Forever

From Elemental: "If it is true that these things we think of as our inner enemies are really heroes stuck in time, that allows people to relate inside with a lot more compassion and love."

“The Rise and Fall of the Blockbuster Antipsychotic Seroquel”

Martha Rosenberg highlights how the popular antipsychotic Seroquel is a perfect example of how direct-to-consumer advertising made billion dollar blockbuster drugs possible before side-effects...

CDC: Childhood Trauma Is a Public Health Issue and We Can Do More to...

From NPR: A new report published Tuesday presents the CDC's first estimate of how many Americans are affected by adverse childhood experiences and the benefits of preventing these kinds of traumas.

The Empty Promise of Suicide Prevention

From The New York Times: Antidepressants can’t supply employment or affordable housing, repair relationships with family members or bring on sobriety.

On the Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

In this piece for Psychology Today, Mark L. Ruffalo critiques the chemical imbalance theory of mental disorder and examines why the chemical imbalance myth persists today despite...

Psychiatrists Still Promoting Low-Serotonin Theory of Depression

-A psychiatrist asserts that psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies never promoted the idea that serotonin deficiencies could cause depression, and suggests that no one at Mad in America has evidence that they did.

Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuit Moves Forward

The warning label for the antidepressant Cymbalta downplayed the risks of withdrawal effects, according to consumer lawsuits being filed in courts across the country. “An estimated 44% to 78% of people who stop taking Cymbalta (also known as duloxetine) will suffer from withdrawal reactions,” yet the warning label “suggests the risk is greater than or equal to 1%.”

Mental Health Europe Launches Short Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis

From the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: MHE hopes the Guide will encourage more meaningful discussions with health care professionals and improve the quality of the help and support on offer.

Testimonial Injustice and Borderline Personality Disorder

From The Huffington Post UK: The diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder frequently serves to invalidate the trauma of women who have experienced abuse. "‘BPD’ is so...

“The Tyranny of Positivity: A Harvard Psychologist Details Our Unhealthy Obsession With Happiness”

In a video for Big Think psychologist Susan David discusses the “tyranny of positivity.” “Happiness has become an expectation, but David notes that we...

“Why is Depression Incidence Increasing?”

-Was life better in the past, or is there some other reason depression is increasing?

‘Evidence-Based Medicine’ and the Expulsion of Peter Gøtzsche

From Undark: Gøtzsche’s expulsion has crystalized debates about the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on medicine, the research community’s tolerance of dissent, and the proper role of data in the practice of medicine.

“Antidepressants Make it Harder to Empathize, Harder to Climax, and Harder to Cry”

Psychiatrist Julie Holland explains how antidepressants can medicate away important feelings and experiences in a video for Big Think. Video →

Bringing Together Young and Old to Ease Isolation of Rural Life

From NPR: Communities in northeastern MN are trying to reconnect a fragmented social fabric through a program called AGE to age, which connects about 4,000 youths with almost 2,500 older adults annually.

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment

From Intellectual Takeout: When children have educational experiences that aren't geared to their developmental level, it causes them feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and confusion.

“Research Shows Sexual Abuse May Cause Schizophrenia”

“Groundbreaking research in New Zealand shows sexual abuse may cause schizophrenia.” "The biggest myth about schizophrenia is that it's a solely biological disorder," co-author...

Renowned Psychiatrist Warns That Trump is a Danger to Us All

From Alternet: A new book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, written by 27 psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts to warn the public of President Trump's...

How Complex Trauma Changes a Person

From GoodTherapy.org: Although not currently listed in the DSM, the diagnosis of complex post-traumatic stress (C-PTSD) has gained widespread acceptance in the mental health community. The...

The Truth About Long-Term Antidepressant Use

From The Guardian: As antidepressant prescriptions rise and have doubled in the past decade, mental health experts are becoming increasingly concerned about adverse effects and...

Integrating Academic Inquiry and Reformist Activism in Psychiatry

From Psychiatric Times: Dr. Awais Aftab of Conversations in Critical Psychiatry interviews husband-and-wife psychiatrists Dr. Sandra Steingard and Dr. Scott Waterman.

The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry Campaign Launched

An exciting new scholarship has been established by The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at The University of Toronto called "The Bonnie...

For-Profit Psych Hospital Corp. US HealthVest Brings Peril to 3 States

From The Seattle Times: No private mental-health care operator in Washington state in recent years has pushed to expand as rapidly or racked up as many serious violations as quickly.

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