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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Psychiatrist for UK’s Most Dangerous Prisoners Campaigns for a Trauma-Informed Justice System

From Shaun Attwood: "What's happened with the child trauma, the child abuse, the childhood lack of agency in the adult. And unless they've got agency, they can't stop doing bad things," says UK psychiatrist Bob Johnson.

Trapped in a Psych Ward: Michigan Doc Pre-Signed Blank Forms That Can Rob You...

From ABC7/WXYZ Detroit: Patients, parents, and employees are coming forward to talk about their experiences at some Michigan hospitals with psychiatrist Dr. Nagy Kheir. 

Psychedelics Doctor Admits Relationship With Former Patient Who’s Now Dead

From BristolLive: Dr. Ben Sessa has said he knew the woman had a history of self-harm and overdoses but was not aware that she had tried to take her own life during the course of their relationship.

Discussing the ‘Obsession’ With Childhood Disorder Labelling

From Sociology Lens Insights: In recent decades, we have too often passed the buck of social problems to children who lack the power to say no to stigmatizing psychiatric labels.

Suit Blasts 4 NJ State Psych Hospitals for Violent Conditions, ‘Unconstitutional’ Policies

From NJ Spotlight News: “Imagine living in an environment where even the most basic choices are taken away from you...and, in place of psychiatric treatment, you face both boredom and violence on a daily basis,” said Bren Pramanik, a Disability Rights New Jersey attorney.

The Psychiatrist Who Got Hooked on Antidepressants — Now, He Helps Others to Quit

From The Times: Although Dr. Mark Horowitz wondered whether the pills were to blame for a growing raft of health complaints “I thought it was the right thing to do,” he says, “like taking your vitamins.”

Prison Is Even Worse When You Have a Disability Like Autism

From The Marshall Project: State officials often fail to identify prisoners with developmental disorders, a group that faces overwhelming challenges behind bars, from bright lights to noises to social dynamics.

The Mothers Fighting a Scandal Bigger Than Thalidomide: ‘We Were Told the Medication Was...

From The Guardian: Since the 1970s, it has been known that the epilepsy drug sodium valproate can harm babies in the womb. So why was it prescribed to pregnant women?

Taking Prozac During Pregnancy Can Affect Fetal Brain Development: Study

From New York Post: A new study provides evidence that antidepressant use during pregnancy can impact child brain development and contribute to the risk of mental health disorders later in life.

Mental Health Advance Choice Documents ‘Would Reduce Sectioning’

From The Guardian: Expert says treatment plans set out while patients are well should be included in Mental Health Act reforms in England and Wales.

A Dangerous Idea: ‘Bury Bad Thoughts to Boost Mental Health’

From CPTSD Foundation: We are bombarded with tips to avoid, to reject, to minimize emotional distress and deep-seated trauma. But what we shut out of our minds will bubble up to the surface in ways that could be hurtful for ourselves and others.

Call for Intervention in Case of Boy Left in Windowless Hospital Room for 56...

From RTE: The child is among those impacted by failings in the North Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, with the public health service last year apologising for 'deficits in care' he received, including the inappropriate prescribing of heavy anti-psychotic medication.

‘We Hold You Sacred’: Fighting the Opioid Crisis in the Cherokee Nation

From The Guardian: "When we introduce those cultural aspects [into addiction recovery programs] – it’s like their spirit remembers it, because they pick it up immediately and they crave it...It helps them heal," says Ashley Lincoln, an administrator with the Cherokee MAT program.

Canadians Without Life-Threatening Diseases Are Being Encouraged to Consider Suicide

From Newsweek: The risk of medical practitioners recommending MAID as a cost-cutting measure to alleviate strain on the health care system is unsettling, as suggested by a 2020 analysis estimating potential savings of $66 million annually in health care costs.

Moving From Crisis Response to Crisis Prevention in U.S. Mental Health Systems

From STAT: In Chicago, community organizers are lobbying for the 'Treatment not Trauma' approach, which is neither a psychiatric nor police model but a public health model of community wellness.

In the US, ‘Mental Health Treatment’ Can Be a Death Sentence

From The Nation: Deploying the language of “helping” those in need, policymakers are reaching not for a Band-Aid but a club.

Joey Marino Dies; ‘ER’ Actor Had Developed Severe Tardive Dyskinesia

The actor had become disabled by the movement disorder after being prescribed Seroquel for anxiety.

Modern Culture Is Traumatizing and NOT Normal | Gabor Maté, MD

From Commune: Drawing conclusions about human nature from how we live in this society is like trying to understand a wild animal inside a cage.

The Dangers of Curiosity in the Mental Health Field and the Family System

From Daniel Mackler: There are consequences to being curious and asking questions: real conclusions sometimes are not easy to bear.

Mental Health Patients ‘Raped and Sexually Assaulted’ as NHS Abuse Scandal Revealed

From The Independent: A major investigation by The Independent and Sky News has revealed the horrific scale of sexual abuse and assault within the UK’s psychiatric system.

How Woman’s Dramatic Escape From NHS Psychiatric Care Exposed ‘Scandal’ of Sex Abuse Complaints

From Sky News: Patient 11 - a new joint podcast from Sky News and The Independent - investigates Alexis Quinn's escape from psychiatric 'care' which has now exposed a catalogue of sexual abuse and harassment complaints in NHS England 'care.'

How Early Relationships Can Define Reality – For Better or Worse

From Jay Reid Psychotherapy: Kids will do an amazing amount of shape-shifting to get their parents to be willing to care for them.

The FDA Warned an Asthma Drug Could Induce Despair. Many Were Never Told.

From The New York Times: Singulair, now a generic, is still used by millions of Americans even after thousands of patients and dozens of studies have described harm. Children face the greatest risks of the drug's ill effects.

How the Life Coaching Industry Sells Pseudo-Solutions to Our Deepest Problems

From Current Affairs: The cultural pressures to become a self-made individual have intensified at the same time that sources of social support have decreased. Enter the life coach.

Workplace Wellness Programs Have Little Benefit, Study Finds

From The New York Times: An Oxford researcher measured the effect of popular workplace mental health interventions, and discovered little to none.