Thursday, November 21, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Schizophrenia and Suicide: Is There a Drug Connection?

From The Baltimore Sun: In current psychotropic trials, there are more dead bodies in the active treatment groups than in the placebo groups. That's quite different from what happens in the trials of drugs that really work.

Is It Time to Make Peace With Voices?

From Discursive of Tunbridge Wells: Hundreds of years of ignoring voices has only made them more desperate and challenging. Is it time to respectfully invite them to the peace table?

Johann Hari: This Could Be Why You’re Depressed and Anxious

From TED: I was only able to start changing my life when I realized my depression was not a malfunction. It's a signal. Your depression is a signal. It's telling you something.

‘Shocking’ Study: Most Common Antidepressant Barely Improves Depression

From The Telegraph: The new trial of sertraline is by far the largest to be conducted without the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry.

‘Disturbing Staff Abuses,’ ‘Serious Staff Violations’ of Law at DC’s St. Elizabeths Hospital

From Washington City Paper: By law, hospitals can only use restraints as a last resort. In 2018, St. Elizabeths used them almost 20,000 percent more than in 2013.

Prescription Drugs Are No Cure for Deprivation

From The BMJ Opinion: The highest proportion of patients receiving prescriptions for antidepressants and opioids is located in areas of greatest social deprivation.

Prozac Maker Paid Millions in Secret Deal in Mass Shooting Lawsuit

From USA TODAY: Eli Lilly vigorously shielded the payment for more than two decades, defying a Louisville judge who fought to reveal it because he said it swayed the jury's verdict.

Yale COPE Project to Study How People Control Their Voices

From Yale School of Medicine: The goal is not necessarily to get rid of the voices, said the project's co-director, but to empower voice-hearers with the skills to influence those experiences.

Groundbreaking Report by Public Health England on Prescribed Drug Dependence

From the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence: The report reveals the disturbing scale of the problem in England and makes several urgent recommendations.

Systemic Constellations: Healing Situations Other Therapies Don’t

From the Findhorn Foundation: I had been trying to think my way through something that needed to be felt and engaged with spiritually. As soon as I partnered with the larger energetic system I am a part of, it helped me with the needed answers.

My Brother Rescued Me; I Wish I Could Have Rescued Him

From The Baltimore Sun: It has taken me until now, nearly three decades after his death, to fully understand how childhood trauma crept up and destroyed him.

Opioid Crackdown Forces Pain Patients Into Sudden Tapers Off Their Drugs

From The Washington Post: The CDC opioid-prescribing guideline authors acknowledged that medical experts don’t really know what happens to people forced to taper suddenly from high dosages.

Response to Criticism of Recent Article on Antidepressant-Suicide Risk

From the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Far from undermining our findings, the critique by Hayes et al. provides us with a unique opportunity to address important issues that were not covered in our original paper.

‘Climate Grief’ Is Real and I’ve Got It Bad

From VICE: Climate grief feels like trying to warn everyone of a massive government conspiracy to kill us all, except it’s a conspiracy that’s in the news; that everyone already knows about, and no one really minds.

Re-Examining Violence in Mental Health

From The Guardian: Violence in relation to mental health service users should be seen as a direct consequence of the slow violence of inadequate policy and antiquated treatment.

Australia Has Been Silent on Indigenous Suicide for Too Long

From The Conversation: There is no empathy for the impact of history on Indigenous people in Australia...We are yet to come to terms with our entangled history and how to begin a process of truth-telling.

How Non-Industrial Cultures View ‘Mental Illness’

From Big Think: Other societies are not so frightened by the prospect of madness or even certified psychosis, and are much more likely to see it as a special ability to be nurtured.

‘We’re the Workaholics of the World’

From The Atlantic: Where traditional religion once lent people meaning, community, and self-actualization, work has stepped in to fill the void.

‘I’m Gonna Die in Here’: 19-Year-Old ‘Mentally Ill’ Woman in Jail for Spitting

From Phoenix New Times: "This incident exposes systemic problems within Arizona jails and prisons in which people are dehumanized, abused, and treated unjustly," said a spokesperson for the ACLU of Arizona.

Health Agencies Muzzled After Trump’s Remarks on Mass Shootings

From The Washington Post: "To say that scientists and experts who know the data and facts best are not allowed to speak — that’s very concerning," said University of Pennsylvania professor Dominic Sisti.

We Have Ruined Childhood

From The New York Times: Children today are more depressed than they were during the Great Depression and more anxious than they were at the height of the Cold War.

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 unless a patient consented to 20 hours of sleep a day.

For-Profit Psych Hospital Corp. US HealthVest Brings Peril to 3 States

From The Seattle Times: No private mental-health care operator in Washington state in recent years has pushed to expand as rapidly or racked up as many serious violations as quickly.

Are You Coming to the Drug Lunch?

From Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry: In 2009, the Royal College of Physicians recommended banning the ever-present drug company sales-talks. Ten years on, this still looks unlikely.

The Hypersane Are Among Us, if Only We Are Prepared to Look

From Aeon: If there is such a thing as hypersanity, the implication is that mere sanity is not all it’s cracked up to be, a state of dormancy and dullness with less vital potential even than madness.

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