Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Soteria Past, Present, and Future: The Evidence For This Model of Care

From Soteria Network: Robert Whitaker explains the success of Soteria houses and why they are such an important initiative in helping people recover from psychosis and get their lives back.

Was it Just? America and Her Suicidal Combat Veterans

From CounterPunch: Suicide after taking part in war, and its killing, is not a new phenomenon, and its likely cause, guilt, is understood if seldom discussed.

Change.org Petition: Hypocrisy: APA’s Resolution on Human Rights

From Change.org: The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry is petitioning the American Psychological Association to be consistent with the UN's condemnation of forced psychiatric treatment in its resolution on human rights.

Britney Spears Was Forced Into Mental Health Treatment. It’s Surprisingly Common.

From Mashable: Research shows that being forced into mental health treatment can be painful, traumatic, humiliating, and may lead to worse outcomes.

The Untold Story of Purdue Pharma’s Cozy Relationship With the AMA

From Mother Jones: A look at the AMA’s track record shows that the opioid crisis is the latest development in a long history of dissonance between the organization’s mission and its actions.

Pathologizing Dissent: Veterans Against the War

From CounterPunch: The existence of antiwar veterans’ groups helps defeat the lie that protest is pathological and announces to all that knowing right from wrong is not a medical condition.

Southcentral Wildfire Study: Wildfires Ignite Mental Health Concerns

From The Revelator: The extended period of multiple stressors caused by wildfires show that we need to prepare more than just physically for the effects of climate change.

Man Arrested in Mistaken Identity Case Locked in Hawaii Mental Hospital for Two Years

From The Guardian: The more Mr. Spriestersbach asserted that he was not Mr. Castleberry, the more he was declared delusional and psychotic by Hawaii State Hospital staff and doctors and heavily medicated, a court petition said.

Paula Caplan, 74, Dies; Feminist Psychologist Took On Her Profession

From The New York Times: Dr. Caplan, the author of 11 books, was perhaps best known for her seven-year battle with the American Psychiatric Association as it planned the fourth edition of its "DSM."

What Happened to Britney Spears Can Happen to You

From RxISK: Inaccurate and invalid so-called "expert" psychiatric testimony is used in a number of ways - not just guardianships - to take people's rights away in court.

Surviving Race: Intersection on Injustice, Disability and Human Rights – Dialogues and Retreat 2021

From Open Excellence/Surviving Race: Surviving Race will convene advocates, artists, educators, peer supporters, psychiatric survivors, and white allies in response to the increased visibility of structural racism, systemic oppression, and police violence.

Do We All Have Alzheimer’s? Drug Makers Might Want You to Think So

From The Baltimore Sun: Recent efforts indicate that Biogen is trying to persuade adults who occasionally misplace their keys that they not only have Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), but that MCI is an early form of Alzheimer’s disease.

Inner Experience: From James Hillman’s Archetypal Psychology Towards a Liberation Psychology

From Acid Horizon: In this podcast, MIA Science News writer Micah Ingle discusses the work of archetypal psychologist James Hillman and its implications for anti-capitalist politics and other forms of activism.

It’s Not Just Britney: Those Deemed ‘Mentally Ill’ Can Easily Lose Basic Rights

From The Cut: For every Britney Spears, there are an untold number of exceedingly less-famous Britneys trapped in their own private hells, ignored by our legal system, medical system, and the public.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects J&J Appeal Over Risperdal Drug

From Reuters: The Court rejected a bid to overturn a $70 million jury verdict against the company for its failure to warn of the risk of breast enlargement in children.

Time to Assume That Health Research Is Fraudulent Until Proven Otherwise?

From The BMJ: We are realising that the problem of research fraud is huge, the system encourages fraud, and we have no adequate way to respond.

Singer Camila Cabello & CA Surgeon General Discuss ‘Public Health Crisis’ of Childhood Trauma

From Billboard: Cabello's conversation with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects of traumatic childhood experiences.

‘It Was Devastating’: What Happens When Therapy Makes Things Worse?

From The Guardian: There is very little mainstream discussion about transgressive and abusive therapists, and even less about well-meaning therapists who are inadvertently damaging.

‘Scotland’s Mengele’: The Truth About Dr. Ewen Cameron

From The National: Dr. Ewen Cameron's horrific CIA-funded experiments at a Canadian psychiatric hospital in the 1950s and '60s informed brutal torture techniques now used around the world.

Abuse Allegations Against Britney Spears’ Former Psychiatrist Unlikely to End Conservatorship, Experts Say

From NBC News: Spears told the court that her previous psychiatrist was abusive, but the allegation is neither uncommon in conservatorships nor likely to help her case.

Allen Frances, MD: Save Trieste’s Mental Health System

From The Lancet: For people who have never seen the Trieste model in action, it might sound too good to be true. Dr. Allen Frances was once among the profound skeptics.

When Two Punk Bands Came to a Psychiatric Hospital, Beautiful Chaos Ensued

From Aeon: The short documentary 'We Were There to Be There' recalls how the unique gig came together in 1978 and touches on the negative impact of the ensuing privatization of U.S. mental healthcare over the next several decades.

JRC Wins Court Battle to Use Electric Shock on Disabled Students

From NBC News: Disability rights activists, former residents and the state of Massachusetts have for decades pushed to stop the use of the shock device or shut down the school altogether.

Resistance Recovery With Dr. Michael Cornwall: The Legacy of John Weir Perry

From Resistance Recovery: Piers Kaniuka and Dr. Michael Cornwall discuss Jungian psychiatrist John Weir Perry and efforts to provide sanctuary spaces for people in psychosis in the 1970s and '80s.

Frantz Fanon and the Crisis of Mental Health in the Arab World

From Psyche: As large psychiatric hospitals in the West started to close down in the 1960s, mental hospitals continued to grow in size in the Middle East. What explains the resilience of institutionalisation in the Arab world?

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