Monday, August 10, 2020

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Weaving Beauty Into the Tapestry of the Pandemic

From Psychiatry Today: We want to be sure that just as when we treat psychiatric illness with medications or psychotherapy, there are no unintended consequences

Coronavirus Has Worsened the Mental Health Crisis. Medicare for All Can Help

From Jacobin: Even before the pandemic, our expensive, byzantine insurance system was failing to heal the emotional wounds of living in a capitalist society.

How to Keep Children’s Stress From Turning Into Trauma

From The New York Times: Parents can help children use the stress of coronavirus shutdowns as an opportunity for growth, experts say.

Mental Health Apps Draw New Users as Experts Call for More Oversight

From CNBC: Therapy apps are seeing a flood of new customers, but experts remain divided on the path ahead as privacy and efficacy concerns mount.

Why Mental Health Is a Human Right

From The New Statesman: Many risk factors for poor mental health are closely associated with inequalities in the conditions of daily life

Is the Pandemic Sparking Suicide?

From The New York Times: The mental health toll of the coronavirus pandemic is only beginning to show itself, and it is too early to predict the scale of the impact.

We Need to Rethink Involuntary Hospitalization During This Pandemic

From Scientific American: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has worrisome implications for patients receiving involuntary psychiatric care.

Could Sedating Medications Be Making COVID-19 Outcomes Worse?

From Hello Care: The use of psychotropic medications in residential aged care could be contributing to the poor outcomes of residents who contract COVID-19.

Think of Mental Disorders as the Mind’s ‘Sticky Tendencies’

From Aeon: We don’t just see the world around us as dry facts, but experience the world as having immanent meaning. The world has meaning FOR us.

How Young Refugees’ Traumatic Pasts Shape Their Mental Health

From Nature: A detailed study shows that young migrants’ risk of developing psychiatric disorders rises stepwise with the number of traumas experienced.

The Curious Incident of the Neuroleptic Prescription

From Matanuska Forensic Science: Developing novel therapeutics to treat thought disorders is long overdue. Rather than defending drugs that do not work, let's learn from them

It Is Becoming Much Harder to Access Mental Health Support Anonymously

From Slate: Now is the ideal time to ensure platforms are designed with the highest ethical standards, and in ways that respect users’ digital rights.

For Winnicott, the Psyche Is Not Inside Us But Between Us

From Psyche: Far from being separate entities that figure out each other externally, we are radically open beings in immediate contact with each other.

COVID-19: What’s Equity Got to Do With It?

From GW Milken Institute School of Public Health: The virus has exposed long-standing inequities, driven by social policies that created disparities in resource access to resources.

Unleashing the Brain Power of Narrative

From NPR: If you look at the times somebody's beliefs have been changed, it's often because of a story that hit them in the heart.

‘We Are a Sedated Society’: The Rise in Antidepressants During Lockdown

From The Telegraph: One in six of the population is on antidepressants, and the numbers are rising. Are GPs being too "trigger-happy" with prescriptions?

Psychiatry Under the Shadow of White Supremacy

From Nature: How does a culture that enslaved people, encouraged lynching and developed racial segregation decide who is and is not sane?

COVID-19 Has Shocked the Mental Health System Out of Complacency

From The Washington Post: Suddenly, therapists and social workers are meeting people where they are. Treatment is now coming to them.

COVID-19 Mental-Health Responses Neglect Social Realities

From Nature: We need a practice that recognizes the environments that can make people ill, and that supports efforts to do something about it.

Why Psychiatric Wards Are Uniquely Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

From The New Yorker: The coronavirus, and the public-health measures undertaken to slow its spread, is uniquely hostile to psychiatric care.

Experts Warn of Urgent Need for COVID-19 Mental Health Research

From CNN: The crisis could have a "profound" and "pervasive impact" on global mental health, both now and in the future.

Creating a Guide for Parents During Lock Down – by Children

From Dulwich Centre: A number of narrative practitioners have consulted children in their lives to create a guide for parents during lockdown.

Why Your Brain Is Not a Computer

From The Guardian: For decades it has been the dominant metaphor in neuroscience. But could this idea have been leading us astray all along?

How the Pandemic Has Proven the Social Model of Disability

From Forbes: The currently disabling conditions give you insight into what it is like to be a social pariah simply because of your body.

On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness

From The New York Times: It’s not those who focus on pursuing happiness to feel better; it’s those who cultivate an attitude of tragic optimism.

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