Thursday, July 18, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

A Contrarian View of Digital Health

From Quillette: By transforming pain, illness, and death from a personal challenge into a technical problem, medical practice becomes the source of a new kind of un-health.

Healing as a Subversive Act

From Psychotherapy Networker: Whether in a medical or more direct psychotherapeutic sense, healing is about subverting people's self-image as isolated, simply biological or simply psychological creatures.

Clinical Guidelines on Antidepressant Withdrawal Urgently Need Updating

From The BMJ Letters: NICE’s current position on antidepressant withdrawal not only was advanced on insufficient evidence but is now widely countered by subsequent research.

5-HTTLPR, the “Depression Gene”: A Pointed Review

From Slate Star Codex: This is a rare case where methodological improvements allowed a conclusive test of a popular hypothesis, and it failed badly. How many other cases like this are there?

In Memoriam: Mel Starkman, Psychiatric Survivor and Activist

From NOW Toronto: Don Weitz pays tribute to his friend Mel Starkman, a former University of Toronto archivist and psychiatric survivor who spoke out against electroshock treatment.

Anti-Stigma Campaigns Potentially Making Life Worse for People in Distress

From Psychologists for Social Change: These campaigns leave little resources or public appetite to tackle anything harder that might actually make life better for swathes of people.

Mother Whose Son Killed Himself in Solitary Wants FL to Change Practice

From the Orlando Sentinel: While many states have reduced the number of inmates in solitary confinement, an SPLC study found Florida has not been part of that trend.

States Considering Statute of Limitations Reform for Childhood Sexual Assault

From WNYC Studios: States around the country are considering extending statutes of limitations for crimes like these, which have historically been very short.

Refugee Child Saved by Therapy Now Leading a Mental Health Revolution

From The Guardian: The boy, who would go on to become one of the most high-profile child psychologists of his generation, was sent to the Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families in Hampstead, north London, for help.

Patients “May Be Afraid” of Microchipped Schizophrenia Pill

From The Daily Mail: Abilify MyCite, which contains a tracker so doctors can check if it's been taken, isn't being used because it could add to patients' paranoia, an expert has warned.

‘Mental Illness’ Was a Label Assigned to Me Until I Took Ownership of My...

From PublicSource: Labels were always attached to me without my permission. They haunted me every time I wanted to heal from my past traumas, to be truly myself.

FDA Signs Off on First Medical Device for Treating ADHD in Children

From USA TODAY: The Monarch eTNS connects via wire to a small patch placed on the forehead of the patient, generating a low-level electrical pulse to the brain.

Today’s Biggest Threat: The Polarized Mind

From Scientific American: To counter it, two psychologists call for a mobilization of mindfulness practices and dialogue groups on the scale of a public works program for human civility.

The Couch and the Cushion: Why Mindfulness Is No Substitute for Therapy

From Tricycle: The Buddhist Review: When I was performing mindfulness meditation practices, I was basically alone. With my analyst, I was not. And that seems to have made all the difference.

Red Flags for College Applicants With Mental Health Issues

From Inside Higher Ed: If an applicant writes an essay about psychological challenges, the admissions staff at a college in Florida have been flagging them for additional review.

In the Land of Hope and Grief

From Pacific Standard: An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.

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.

FDA Medical Adviser: ‘Congress Is Owned by Pharma’

From Yahoo! Finance: "Congress is supposed to have oversight for the FDA...the FDA isn’t going to hold pharma accountable, and Congress is getting paid to not hold pharma accountable."

Investigation: Use of Dangerous Restraint Tripled in Scots Psychiatric Wards

From The Herald: "Restraint is supposed to be a last resort but these figures show is becoming more and more common," said the Scottish Liberal Democrats' health spokesman.

Should Every American Citizen Be a Yoga Teacher?

From The New York Times: CorePower, the country’s largest yoga studio chain, has a distinctly profitable approach: It enlists teachers as salespeople and incentivizes them with bonuses.

Report – Medication Overload: How the Drive to Prescribe Is Harming Older Americans

From Lown Institute: If nothing is done to change current practices, medication overload will lead to the premature deaths of 150,000 older Americans over the next decade.

Cities Can’t Criminalize Homelessness, Federal Court Affirms

From Curbed: An Idaho lawsuit is now established as precedent: cities won't be able to punish people for sleeping on public property unless they provide adequate indoor accommodations.

Activists, Suicide Prevention Groups Seek Bans on Conversion Therapy for Minors

From NPR: "Conversion telling somebody that there's something fundamentally broken with them needs to be fixed. That's a lot of trauma."

Is the American Psychological Association Addicted to Militarism and War?

From CounterPunch: At times the APA has taken public stands on key perils and injustices in our society. But when the focus shifts to war, the APA turns silent, or worse.

Psychiatrist Who Argued That Being Gay Is Not a Disorder Dies at 82

From The Advocate: Richard Green was a longtime LGBTQ ally and one of the first psychiatrists to speak out against the labeling of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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