Sunday, June 26, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Psychiatrists Sound Alarm Over “the New Valium”: Lyrica/Pregabalin

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FromThe Daily Mail: If lessons about pregabalin aren't quickly learned, "it might push prescriptions up even more. We could be facing a nightmare."

Why Do Congenitally Blind People Never Get Diagnosed with Schizophrenia?

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"A long-standing enigma in psychiatry has been why no-one has been able to find someone who has both congenital blindness and a diagnosis of...

ADHD Drugs Are Convenient to Get Online. Maybe Too Convenient

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From Bloomberg Businessweek: Backed by SoftBank and promoted by Simone Biles, Cerebral has built the fastest-growing online mental health business. Former employees say the rapid expansion comes at the expense of patient care.

The Psychological Impacts of Poverty, Digested

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From BPS Research Digest: "Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult."

A Mad World: Capitalism and the Rise of Mental Illness

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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,...

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

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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.

Psychiatrists Still Promoting Low-Serotonin Theory of Depression

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-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.

IFS: The Revolutionary Treatment That Could Change Psychotherapy Forever

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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."

How Mindfulness Privatised a Social Problem

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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.

The Empty Promise of Suicide Prevention

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

“The Rise and Fall of the Blockbuster Antipsychotic Seroquel”

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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...

On the Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

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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...

Why The C in C-PTSD Will Haunt You

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From Gemini Adams: Unlike PTSD, the symptoms of CPTSD are often entrenched in an individual's personality, having taken root during formative years, when attachment styles and brain development are fragile and still maturing.

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

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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.

Rap Embraces Schizophrenia and Owns It

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Vanderbilt University psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl, author of The Protest Psychosis, has published a brief history of "schizophrenia" in relation to African American culture in...

Testimonial Injustice and Borderline Personality Disorder

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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...

Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuit Moves Forward

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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%.”

“The Only Cure for OCD Is Expensive, Elusive, and Scary”

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The Atlantic features a story about the availability of effective treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  “Many OCD sufferers and their families say finding the...

Mental Health Europe Launches Short Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis

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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.

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

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

The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry Campaign Launched

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

“Why is Depression Incidence Increasing?”

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

Mikhaila Peterson Podcast: The Dangers of Psychiatric Medication

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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.

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment

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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.

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

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

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