From Quillette: By transforming pain, illness, and death from a personal challenge into a technical problem, medical practice becomes the source of a new kind of un-health.
From Psychotherapy Networker: Whether in a medical or more direct psychotherapeutic sense, healing is about subverting people's self-image as isolated, simply biological or simply psychological creatures.
From The BMJ Letters: NICE’s current position on antidepressant withdrawal not only was advanced on insufficient evidence but is now widely countered by subsequent research.
From Slate Star Codex: This is a rare case where methodological improvements allowed a conclusive test of a popular hypothesis, and it failed badly. How many other cases like this are there?
From NOW Toronto: Don Weitz pays tribute to his friend Mel Starkman, a former University of Toronto archivist and psychiatric survivor who spoke out against electroshock treatment.
From Psychologists for Social Change: These campaigns leave little resources or public appetite to tackle anything harder that might actually make life better for swathes of people.
From the Orlando Sentinel: While many states have reduced the number of inmates in solitary confinement, an SPLC study found Florida has not been part of that trend.
From WNYC Studios: States around the country are considering extending statutes of limitations for crimes like these, which have historically been very short.
From The Guardian: The boy, who would go on to become one of the most high-profile child psychologists of his generation, was sent to the Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families in Hampstead, north London, for help.
From The Daily Mail: Abilify MyCite, which contains a tracker so doctors can check if it's been taken, isn't being used because it could add to patients' paranoia, an expert has warned.
From PublicSource: Labels were always attached to me without my permission. They haunted me every time I wanted to heal from my past traumas, to be truly myself.
From USA TODAY: The Monarch eTNS connects via wire to a small patch placed on the forehead of the patient, generating a low-level electrical pulse to the brain.
From Scientific American: To counter it, two psychologists call for a mobilization of mindfulness practices and dialogue groups on the scale of a public works program for human civility.
From Tricycle: The Buddhist Review: When I was performing mindfulness meditation practices, I was basically alone. With my analyst, I was not. And that seems to have made all the difference.
From Inside Higher Ed: If an applicant writes an essay about psychological challenges, the admissions staff at a college in Florida have been flagging them for additional review.
From Pacific Standard: An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.
From The New York Times: Antidepressants can’t supply employment or affordable housing, repair relationships with family members or bring on sobriety.
From Yahoo! Finance: "Congress is supposed to have oversight for the FDA...the FDA isn’t going to hold pharma accountable, and Congress is getting paid to not hold pharma accountable."
From The Herald: "Restraint is supposed to be a last resort but these figures show that...it is becoming more and more common," said the Scottish Liberal Democrats' health spokesman.
From The New York Times: CorePower, the country’s largest yoga studio chain, has a distinctly profitable approach: It enlists teachers as salespeople and incentivizes them with bonuses.
From Lown Institute: If nothing is done to change current practices, medication overload will lead to the premature deaths of 150,000 older Americans over the next decade.
From Curbed: An Idaho lawsuit is now established as precedent: cities won't be able to punish people for sleeping on public property unless they provide adequate indoor accommodations.
From NPR: "Conversion therapy...is telling somebody that there's something fundamentally broken with them and...it needs to be fixed. That's a lot of trauma."
From CounterPunch: At times the APA has taken public stands on key perils and injustices in our society. But when the focus shifts to war, the APA turns silent, or worse.
From The Advocate: Richard Green was a longtime LGBTQ ally and one of the first psychiatrists to speak out against the labeling of homosexuality as a mental disorder.