Monday, May 20, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

How to Quit Antidepressants: Very Slowly, Doctors Say

From The New York Times: A pair of prominent psychiatric researchers calls the establishment’s position badly mistaken and the standard advice on withdrawal woefully inadequate.

Montana Had the Highest Suicide Rate in the Country. Then Budget Cuts Hit.

From NBC News: Some who have lost loved ones — frustrated by the budget cuts and driven by the state’s urgent needs — are mobilizing to do whatever they can to stop the deaths.

Turned Down for Federal Disability Payments, Thousands Die Waiting on Appeals

From USA TODAY: "It is totally unacceptable for 10,000 people to lose their lives waiting for insurance they paid into," said U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.

California Looks to Lead Nation in Unraveling Childhood Trauma

From California Healthline: CA is poised to become a vanguard for the nation in embracing the research that traces adverse childhood experiences to later onset of physical and mental illness.

Drug Commonly Prescribed to Veterans Could be Making Suicidal Thoughts Worse

From FOX News Nashville: Prazosin is a blood pressure medication commonly prescribed to treat PTSD nightmares, although it's not approved by the FDA for that purpose.

Bait and Switch: the Great Ketamine ‘Breakthrough’

From RxISK: Spravato may do little for depressed people, but as a guarantor of future profits, it may be just the "game changer" drug companies have been yearning for.

Why ‘Happy’ Doctors Die by Suicide

From Pamela Wible MD: Physician suicide is a global public health crisis. In the U.S., more than one million Americans lose their doctors each year to suicide.

Freedom of Speech Award Given to Norwegian Psych Survivor Merete Nesset

From University of South-Eastern Norway: "This so-called treatment is so cruel and inhuman that I need[ed] to make use of it for something, someday... all this suffering must not be in vain."

As Students Struggle With Stress and Depression, Colleges Act as Counselors

From The New York Times: More than 60 percent of college students experienced "overwhelming anxiety" in the past year; over 40 percent felt so depressed they had difficulty functioning.

Psychedelics and Psychosis: The Limitations and Risks of Chaos Consciousness

From Psychedelic Support: When a person's brain is in the middle of a blizzard, they don’t need their metaphorical snow globe shaken.

The Lonely Hell of Quitting Antidepressants

From MEL: Many are pushed to internet forums and medical journals to figure out, for themselves, how a successful withdrawal from antidepressants is supposed to work.

Criminal Case Spurs a Rethink of Euthanasia for ‘Mental Illness’

From Medscape: The criminal allegations are related to the 2010 death in Belgium of a 38-year-old woman with Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism.

Child Baker Acts On the Rise in FL: Are We Listening?

From the Hernando Sun: Convincing an impressionable 1st grader that she isn’t a bad person while her wrists are clamped together by cold, locked bracelets of metal is difficult. She will always remember this day.

ECT Could Cause Permanent Brain Damage, ‘Should Be Stopped’, Leading Expert Warns

From the Daily Mail: U.K. Health watchdog NICE has announced a review of treatments for depression, which may include an update on guidelines for use of ECT.

‘I Own You’: Prominent Psychiatrist Accused of Sexually Exploiting Patients

From The Boston Globe: The women say they relocated from other states, at Ablow’s request, to be closer to his Newburyport office where he treated them with infusions of Ketamine.

Esketamine Nears FDA Approval, Prompting Both Excitement and Concern

From Lown Institute: Some researchers are concerned that the panel recommendation to approve esketamine represents a further lowering of the bar for clinical evidence.

ERs ‘Flooded’ With ‘Mentally Ill’ Patients With No Place Else to Turn

From CNN: "They strip away your dignity, your clothes, everything, and the doctor comes in and treats you like dirt because you're taking up a bed."

Look to the Medicine Wheel for Mental Health, First Nations Elders Advise

From Medical Xpress: "Traditional teachings have to come back [for us] to know who we are and how to balance ourselves...the mind, the body and the soul [have to] reconnect."

Attachment Theory: How Your Childhood Affects Your Relationships

From Sprouts Schools: Attachment theory argues that a strong emotional and physical bond to one primary caregiver in our first years of life is critical to our development.

Veterans Are Committing Suicide in VA Parking Lots: Report

From Military Times: Some are worried this is a gruesome form of protest by veterans to highlight how little help they were given in their time of need by the VA system.

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.

Facebook Is Predicting If You’ll Kill Yourself. That’s Wrong

From The Guardian: Facebook is taking on the role of a healthcare provider; the suicide predictions are its diagnoses and the wellness checks are its treatments.

15 Signs You Had An Emotionally Abusive Parent But Didn’t Know It

From Bustle: Once someone is able to understand what they experienced, they can become aware of how it impacts them as an adult and can work to make changes.

Talk Radio Therapy: Buenos Aires Psychiatric Hospital Radio Program Brings Healing

From VICE: "We don’t correct or force whoever got lost in the universe of words to return to the fold...We provide the water to a dry riverbed so that it can return to being a river."

OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into ‘Attractive’ Anti-Addiction Market

From ProPublica: In internal correspondence, Purdue Pharma executives discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction are "naturally linked."

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