Friday, September 17, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Renowned Psychiatrist Warns That Trump is a Danger to Us All

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From Alternet: A new book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, written by 27 psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts to warn the public of President Trump's...

The Truth About Long-Term Antidepressant Use

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From The Guardian: As antidepressant prescriptions rise and have doubled in the past decade, mental health experts are becoming increasingly concerned about adverse effects and...

ECT Could Cause Permanent Brain Damage, ‘Should Be Stopped’, Leading Expert Warns

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From the Daily Mail: U.K. Health watchdog NICE has announced a review of treatments for depression, which may include an update on guidelines for use of ECT.

Integrating Academic Inquiry and Reformist Activism in Psychiatry

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From Psychiatric Times: Dr. Awais Aftab of Conversations in Critical Psychiatry interviews husband-and-wife psychiatrists Dr. Sandra Steingard and Dr. Scott Waterman.

‘Cannot Be Trusted…Causing Harm’: Top Medical Journal Takes on Big Pharma

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From The Age: The BMJ says doctors are being unduly influenced by industry-sponsored education events and industry-funded trials for major drugs.

Critiques of a New Research Study on Antidepressants

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A new meta-analysis claiming to prove once and for all that antidepressants are an effective treatment for moderate to severe depression was published just a few days...

Professionals and ECT Recipients Request Suspension of ECT in NHS

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From The University of East London: They hope that by this time next year, the UK will be the first country to finally put an end to this well-intentioned but calamitous error.

‘Mental Illness’ is a Harmfully Misleading Phrase

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From The Good Men Project: "Mental illness" is a misleading phrase that often exacerbates the pain of people in emotional distress. Article →­  

The Psychiatric “Prescribing Cascade”: A Patient Story

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From Lown Institute: It wasn’t until Steve was admitted to the hospital for multi-organ failure that a gastroenterologist set him on a path to deprescribe his psychiatric medications.

The Myth of the 30 IQ Point “Communication Range”

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From Neuroskeptic: The idea that two people who have an IQ difference of more than 30 points cannot communicate with one another is not based...

Hi, I’m David. I’m a Drug Addict

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From Los Angeles Times: "Most people aren’t prepared for the changes these drugs can cause to the body," says Adam Bisaga, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

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From Psychology Today: Research and case studies show that the ketogenic diet may be a promising treatment for psychosis and other mental health challenges. The ketogenic...

The Art of Stimming: ABA Has Left a Legacy of Traumatized Kids

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From Pacific Standard: Children in ABA programs learn that body is not their own, the way they move is wrong, and there is no neutral way for them to naturally exist in the world.

The FDA’s Latest Black Box Warning: Don’t Mix Opioids, Benzos

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday mandated updated labels for nearly 400 opioids and benzodiazepines, following a review of scientific evidence and a citizen...

Oprah, Dr. Bruce Perry Examine Childhood Trauma in New Book ‘What Happened to You?’

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From CBS This Morning: "Each of us creates a unique world view shaped by our life’s experiences, and most of that world view is shaped when you are a child," said Oprah.

Half of Millennials, 75% of Gen Zers Have Left a Job for Mental Health...

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From CNBC: The statistic highlights several issues plaguing millennials, like a rise in depression and 'deaths of despair' (death from drugs, alcohol and suicide), unaffordable living costs and burnout.

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

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From Buzzfeed News: "Burnout combines an intense yearning for a state of completion with the tormenting sense that it cannot be attained."

Revisiting Szasz: Myth, Metaphor, and Misconception

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From Psychology Today: "Szasz's ideas on psychiatry and mental illness can roughly be summarized as follows. First, mental illness is a metaphor for human problems...

‘When We Look Back in 20 Years’ Time, This Will Be a Turning Point’

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From The Psychologist: "It really is a first for a government-level report to look into [antidepressant withdrawal] in-depth and come out with strong recommendations acknowledging the extent of the problem," said Professor John Read.

Lena Dunham: Benzos Are “the Biggest Epidemic Nobody Talks About”

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From Us Weekly: "Dunham was first prescribed  to treat her anxiety disorder. 'I was diagnosed with pretty serious PTSD. I have a few sexual...

‘Shocking’ Study: Most Common Antidepressant Barely Improves Depression

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

Connection Is a Core Human Need, But We Are Terrible at It

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From Medium: The biggest problem in most people’s lives is trauma, and trauma is what creates a damaged ability to connect with others.

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Lead-Poisoned Water

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From The New York Times: The city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.

How ‘Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder’ was Created by Pharma

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For MinnPost, Susan Perry discusses that the pharmaceutical industry played in the creation of the ‘mental disorder’ known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD....

Johnson & Johnson: 170 Years of Scandal and Fraud

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-Highlights of Johnson & Johnson's many "decades of fraud and injury claims" in its pharmaceutical-related activities.

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