Friday, September 20, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

‘Freedom Is Therapeutic’: Trieste’s Mental Health ‘Revolution’

From the BBC/People Fixing the World: In 1978, Trieste led a ‘revolution’ in Italian mental health care by closing its asylums and ending the restraint of patients. Today the city is recognized by the WHO for its pioneering work.

When Researchers Listen to People Who Hear Voices

From Yale Medicine Magazine: The line between 'mental illness' and genius has long been known to be razor-thin. Clairaudients, or psychics who hear voices, are helping clarify the connection.

Is Medicine Overrated?

From Scientific American: Given medicine’s poor record, physicians should prescribe and patients consume far fewer medications, a new book argues.

FDA Enforcement Actions Plummet Under Trump

From Science: 'Warning letters'—a key tool for keeping dangerous or ineffective drugs, devices and tainted foods off the market—have fallen by a third since Trump took office.

Why We Need an Empathy Revolution

From Mindful: By understanding how empathy works and can be augmented in ourselves and our children, we have one of the key tools to cultural transformation.

Fake Scottish Psychiatrist May Have Prescribed ECT

From The Scotsman: Zholia Alemi worked in the NHS for 22 years despite having no qualifications. Some of her patients were sectioned or 'groomed' to gain access to their finances.

Psych Survivor Mel Starkman Turned His Experiences Into Poetry, Activism

From The Globe and Mail: Until his death, Mel fought against harsh psychiatric treatments. In many ways he saw the cracks in our midst, especially the ones right in front of us.

Musician Feared Antidepressant Was ‘Poisoning’ Him, Inquest Told

From Belfast Telegraph: "He said: 'This drug is poisoning me. It's giving me problems I never had before.' He's handing them the diagnosis on a plate, and the system is not listening."

Understanding Behavioral Challenges as Survival Instincts

From Mona Delahooke, PhD: The popular strategy of simply trying to alter behaviors fails to acknowledge the importance of loving engagement with adults as the foundation of treatment.

Multnomah Co. to Create Alternative to Jail, ERs for ‘Mentally Ill’ Homeless

From The Oregonian/OregonLive: "If you’re at a point where you don’t know where to turn, don’t have a place to go, experiencing mental health issues, you’re living on the street, where right now can you go?"

Time for Mental Health Professionals to Speak Truth to Power

From Dr. Terry Lynch/Mental Health Academy: It is no longer acceptable for mental health professionals to do nothing in the face of a mental health paradigm that is built upon misinformation and false claims.

‘If the Land Is Sick, You Are Sick’: An Aboriginal Approach to Mental Health

From Mosaic: The traditional expert–patient relationship of psychological treatment has often been seen by Aboriginal people as being based on that of the colonial master and the colonised.

‘We Have to Speak Out…and Be Heard’: Life After Sexual Abuse

From The Guardian: Is society doing enough for adult survivors, who, too often, are overlooked, pathologised and criminalised?

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer In US Solitary Confinement

From the The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Locked for weeks or months in isolation cells, mentally ill and other vulnerable detainees from around the world are plagued by anxiety, anger, depression and suicidal impulses.

It Is Time to End Coercion in Mental Health

From Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights: "My experience as your Human Rights Commissioner has . . . confirmed . . . the vicious circles caused by a coercion-based mental health approach."

Is Sexual Desire a Medical Issue? New Drug Revives Debate

From STAT: Sexuality can be understood through the 'dancing model.' Dancing, like sex, requires having a body, but no one would study the art of ballet by cracking open Gray’s Anatomy.

‘Ghost Networks’ of Psychiatrists Hinder Patients’ Access to Care

From STAT: Every insurance company should be required to keep its provider lists updated so they can’t collect premiums for services they don’t actually provide.

Doctors Beg Court for Action on NJ State Psychiatric Hospital

From Violence, mismanagement and despair have become 'normalized' at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, according to a federal lawsuit.

Relationships Are Human Rights Determinants in Mental Health

From Health and Human Rights Journal: Access to a psycho-social and social environment that fosters respectful relationships is a human right, as outlined by the latest report from UN Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras.

Our Mental Health System May Be Unfixable. But There’s an Alternative

From Salon: Our healing journeys are not just about individuals. They are about transforming society and shifting the culture.

Suicide Is Becoming America’s Latest Epidemic

From The Nation: In contrast to the United States, suicide rates are noticeably lower and have been declining in Western European countries where social safety nets are more extensive.

What It Means to Have a Trauma of Identity

From Goop: "When people get the opportunity to express themselves and show exactly who they are, including their traumatized past—and be met with love and compassion—that in itself has a great effect."

Mending Hearts: How a ‘Repair Economy’ Creates a More Caring Community

From The Conversation: Returning to an economy of repair could help create a kinder, more inclusive society. By mending broken things, we might also help mend what’s broken in ourselves.

Psychology, Meet Politics: Two Sides of the Same Coin

From openDemocracy: Our internal and external crises are reinforcing and amplifying each other, creating a situation full of risk. How do we interrupt this dynamic?

Surveying Canadian Organizations and Officials on Rights in Mental Health

From Mad Canada Shadow Group: Canada has agreed to abide by the UN CRPD, which seeks to prevent the use of involuntary treatments, committals, restraints and seclusion.

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