Monday, September 20, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

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.

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.


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.

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 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).

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.

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

Robert Whitaker: The Rising Non-Pharmaceutical Paradigm for “Psychosis”

From ISPS-US: A review of the science that calls for a radical change or evidence-based paradigm shift in psychiatric care, and pilot projects that tell of a new way.

Foster Kids Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Faced Abuse, Neglect

From ProPublica: An investigation found repeated breakdowns in oversight as states failed to protect young people in need of specialized care.

The Art of Stimming: ABA Has Left a Legacy of Traumatized Kids

From Pacific Standard: Children in ABA programs learn that body is not their own, the way they move is wrong, and there is no neutral way for them to naturally exist in the world.

Chris Cornell’s Family Settles Lawsuit With Doctor Over Rocker’s Death

From Fox News: The Cornell family alleged that prescribed medication, especially lorazepam (Ativan), led to erratic behavior from the Soundgarden frontman before his death by suicide.

Human Connection and Mutuality: A New Response to ‘Mental Illness’

From eMHIC: The time for change is upon us. Mental health services should focus on the human-to-human relationship as the primary mechanism of healing.

“Mind Your Own Business”

Barbara Ehrenreich weighs in on mass-market mindfulness, Silicon Valley, Buddhism- sliced up and commodified.

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.

15 Signs You’re Experiencing a Spiritual Emergency

From lonerwolf: There are two main types of spiritual emergency: mystical psychosis (hallucinations, mania, etc.) and the dark night of the soul (depression).

A Psychiatrist Tries Antipsychotics: Seroquel

From Fugitive Psychiatrist: "I can’t believe I have patients walking around on 800mg of this stuff. There’s no way in good conscience I could dose this BID (sic) unless a patient consented to 20 hours of sleep a day."

Psychiatric Hospitals With Safety Violations Still Get Accreditation

From The Wall Street Journal: Psychiatric hospitals kept their accreditation after patients said they were raped or assaulted; died by suicide; slept on chairs due to crowding; and more.

Lancet Editor Proclaims Half of All Scientific Studies are False

Collective Evolution discusses a recent commentary by the editor of The Lancet stating that "much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue."


From Mindfreedom: Please help us protect 22-year-old Charles Helmer by taking one or more actions before Friday!

Fight Is Far From Over After FDA Ban on Judge Rotenberg Shock Device

From NBC News: The ban should have meant victory for those fighting the school, but more than a year later, it hasn't actually changed anything.

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.

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