Sunday, January 24, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

The Medicalization Movement: How Emotions Are Being Turned Into Diseases

From Medium: We being told that having human negative feelings is so wrong that it warrants us going down the rabbit hole to a world of medication, social discrimination, and possible isolation from our community.

Launch of UK Petition Calling for Independent Review of ECT

From Professor John Read/University of East London: At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to the petition. At 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

‘Hijacked by Anxiety’: How Climate Dread Is Hindering Climate Action

From The Guardian: "A measure of mental health is having the capacity to accurately emotionally respond to the reality in our world. So it’s not delusional to feel anxious or depressed. It’s mentally healthy."

Is ADHD Diagnosis Flawed? Younger Classmates More Likely to Be Diagnosed

From Sociology Lens: If ADHD is a genetically determined neurobiological disorder, a child’s birthdate, gender and other factors should have no bearing on their chances of ‘having’ it.

New Official Guidance: People Should Come Off Antidepressants Slowly

From MetroUK: The guidance from RCPsych is catching up to what many patients have been saying for years: antidepressant tapering should take much longer than a few weeks.

Chemical Restraints ‘May Be Abuse’

From 7 News Australia: Consultant pharmacist Manya Angley told a royal commission that unless such drugs were prescribed as a last resort, then the person had been denied their right to proper intervention and care.

Obituary: Ethel “Effie” Smith, Founder of Consumer Action Network (CAN)

From The Washington Post: Effie's tireless effort to improve service quality and to promote new opportunities for empowerment and recovery have left an indelible mark on DC.

FDA Requiring Boxed Warning Update for Benzodiazepine Drug Class

From the U.S. Food & Drug Administration: The FDA is requiring the update for all benzodiazepines "to address the serious risks of abuse, addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal reactions."

Psychiatry’s Intellectual Crisis: Giovanni Fava, MD

From Psychiatric Times/Conversations in Critical Psychiatry: "Psychiatry is going through an intellectual crisis [that] is shared by other areas of clinical medicine and stems from a narrow concept of science."

Nursing Homes Oust Unwanted Patients With Claims of Psychosis

From The New York Times: Across the U.S., nursing homes are looking to get rid of unprofitable patients and pouncing on minor outbursts to justify evicting them to emergency rooms or psychiatric hospitals.

The Thoughtful Counselor: Questioning Biological Explanations with Peter Simons

From The Thoughtful Counselor: MIA Science Writer and Blogs Editor Peter Simons questions the scientific methods and clinical utility of biological explanations for mental distress in a podcast interview with The Thoughtful Counselor.

Race, Medicine, and the Origins of American Psychiatry

From AAIHS/Black Perspectives: Wendy Gonaver argues that previous literature on nineteenth-century psychiatry has not thoroughly considered the role of slavery in shaping psychiatric discourse and the operation of psychiatric institutions themselves.

Somewhere for West Virginians to Turn with Covid-Related Stress

From West Virginia MetroNews: There's a big need for the new "emotional strength line" unveiled by First Choice Services, as a 2018 CDC study cited West Virginia as having the worst mental health of any state.

St. Elizabeths Has Increased Usage of Restraints on Patients, Report Says

From The Washington Post: “On multiple occasions, St. Elizabeths staff disregarded the legal and policy requirements of using restraint and seclusion that were promulgated to prevent widespread use and abuse,” the report said.

PharmedOut Webinar: Institutional Corruption and Clinical Practice Guidelines

From PharmedOUT: Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are systematically developed statements to assist practitioners and patient decisions, but they are not immune to industry influence.

The Rebirth of People and Planet in a Time of Global Emergency: An Open...

From Medium: As humanity faces the existential threat of the climate emergency, the spiritual emergence/emergency community is uniting in a collaborative effort, as individuals who understand the process of awakening through crisis.

Painful Questions: What Happens When Doctors Uncover ACEs?

From The Imprint: Screening for adverse childhood experiences has been met with growing concern among health researchers and child welfare experts, but the California surgeon general says it’s critical not to wait.

The Social Fabric of the U.S. Is Fraying Severely, if Not Unravelling

From The Intercept: It is difficult to imagine any other outcome in a society that is denying its members the things they most need to live fulfilling lives.

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.

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 Mom Held in Psych Unit Urges B.C. to Protect Rights of ‘Mentally Ill’

From CBC: Unlike most of Canada, British Columbia does not provide patients with legal representation — which the ombudsperson wants changed in the Mental Health Act.

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.

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.

Oregon Could Become First State to Decriminalize Drugs in November

From The Appeal: Known as Measure 110, the citizen-led ballot initiative would swap arrests and criminal penalties for a noncriminal $100 citation and fund more treatment services.

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...

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