Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

D. J. Jaffe Was No Friend to Those of Us With Mental Health Concerns

From the Pete Earley blog: Jaffe’s agenda, at its very core, was built upon disdain for those of us who have struggled in life.

Police Shoot 13-Year-Old Autistic Boy After Mother Calls for Help

From Slate: Two officers went through the front door of the home and in less than five minutes were yelling 'get down on the ground' before firing several shots, the mother said.

Let’s Avoid Talk of ‘Chemical Imbalance’: It’s People in Distress

From Psyche: Mental health treatment needs to re-engage with the language of persons. This means suspending the detached, third-person stance toward patients, and attending to their actual experience and circumstances.

APA Calls for True Systemic Change in U.S. Culture

From the American Psychological Association: Police brutality may be what sparked a wave of protests across the United States and beyond, but the "racism pandemic" runs far deeper.

“New Course on ‘Making Sense’ of Trauma, Creating a Coherent Narrative”

PsychAlive is releasing a new blog and e-course on “Making Sense of Your Life,” with psychologists Lisa Firestone and Dan Siegel. They draw upon the...

How a Parent’s Affection Shapes a Child’s Happiness for Life

From Motherly: A number of recent studies highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.

The Zyprexa Papers: A Legal System for Drug Companies and Lawyers…Not the Public

From CounterPunch: We can see in both the Prozac and Zyprexa cases how the incentives of money and expediency are pushing towards keeping vital truth secret.

“Selling Side Effects: Big Pharma’s Marketing Machine?”

Drug Watch releases an in-depth investigation into the marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies in the United States. “Companies spend billions advertising to doctors to...

Mainstream Mental Health Services Are a Disaster

From Uncancelled: Mental health services have become the mouthpieces of an industry of decontextualising and individualising hurt, fear, sadness, and anger.

RCMP Officer Drags Student in Crisis, Steps on Her Head

From CBC: Wang says she was experiencing mental distress and her boyfriend called the RCMP. The officer did not provide assistance.

Mental Health Seclusion to be Scrapped After UN Condemnation

From Stuff: In 2015, the United Nations Committee Against Torture expressed concern at New Zealand's use of seclusion against mental health patients. According to a...

Moving Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis: Lucy Johnstone, PsyD

From Psychiatric Times/Conversations in Critical Psychiatry: "We are dealing with people with problems, not patients with illnesses, and the whole paradigm—the 'DSM mindset'—needs to change."

Abolition Must Include Psychiatry

From the Disability Visibility Project: Those of us who have survived psychiatric incarceration know that not only did the asylum never die — it is, and always was, another prison.

Oakland Activists Launch Mental Health Hotline as Alternative to Police

From San Francisco Public Press: Activists with the Anti Police-Terror Project launched the M.H. First Oakland initiative on Friday to offer a community-based response to mental health, substance use, and domestic violence situations.

Study: Teens Who View Parents as Loving and Supportive Less Likely to Be Cyberbullies

From the Daily Mail (UK): Teenagers who see their mum and dad as loving caregivers are less likely to be cyberbullies than children with...

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."

Descartes was Wrong: a Person is a Person through Others

From Aeon: For the most part, the field of scientific psychology has adopted a Cartesian, individualistic understanding of the self. However, it is more likely...

George Floyd’s Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America

From Scientific American: As physicians, we will not be complicit in the ongoing manipulation of medical expertise to erase government-sanctioned violence.

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.

One in Five Truck Drivers Experience Mental Health Issues

From ABC News: According to the Transport Workers' Union, one in five truck drivers report having experienced mental health issues due to the economic pressures...

How to Embrace the Effects of Psychedelics Without the Drugs

From Elemental: Developed by Drs. Stan and Christina Grof, holotropic breathwork can induce a fully hallucinogenic state in which emotional and psychological healing can occur.

The Disorder That Affects Us All: What You Need to Know About Developmental Trauma...

From the Institute for Attachment and Child Development and the Colorado Professional Development Center: Two articles discuss the primary cause of many mental, physical, and behavioral health problems, which often goes unaddressed in mainstream approaches.

Police Keep Using ‘Excited Delirium’ to Justify Brutality. It’s Junk Science.

From The Washington Post: Several analyses have found that the majority of deaths attributed to 'excited delirium' are associated with the use of physical restraint.

Jordan Peterson in Russia Detoxing From Benzos After Near-Death Experience

From National Post: The medication almost killed my dad. He’s a psychologist and even he wasn’t aware of how bad these medications are for some people.

Some Conflicts of Interest in Medicine Cannot Be Managed, Should Be Banned

From The BMJ Opinion: While greater transparency about the nature of financial interests is important, on its own, such a move is unlikely to mitigate the risks to patient safety and may make matters worse. 

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