Friday, February 26, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Rap Embraces Schizophrenia and Owns It

Vanderbilt University psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl, author of The Protest Psychosis, has published a brief history of "schizophrenia" in relation to African American culture in...

Critiques of a New Research Study on Antidepressants

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...

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

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

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

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.

‘Mental Illness’ is a Harmfully Misleading Phrase

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

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.

Hi, I’m David. I’m a Drug Addict

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.

“The Only Cure for OCD Is Expensive, Elusive, and Scary”

The Atlantic features a story about the availability of effective treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  “Many OCD sufferers and their families say finding the...

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

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...

Professionals and ECT Recipients Request Suspension of ECT in NHS

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.

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

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...

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

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

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

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’

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.

The Myth of the 30 IQ Point “Communication Range”

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...

Psychiatrists Sound Alarm Over “the New Valium”: Lyrica/Pregabalin

FromThe Daily Mail: If lessons about pregabalin aren't quickly learned, "it might push prescriptions up even more. We could be facing a nightmare."

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

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.

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

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

‘Shocking’ Study: Most Common Antidepressant Barely Improves Depression

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

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

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

How ‘Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder’ was Created by Pharma

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

Bipolar Disorder: Childhood Trauma Modulates Impact

From Psychiatry Advisor: Childhood trauma modulates the effects of bipolar disorder on the amygdala and hippocampus; it is associated with increased volumes of gray matter. "'Childhood maltreatment has...

More Critiques of the Lancet Antidepressant Study

Researchers and advocates have continued to critique The Lancet's recent study claiming to prove definitively that antidepressants are more effective than placebo. Below are a...

“Generation Adderall”

In a major piece for the New York Times, Casey Schwartz discusses the difficulty of getting off of prescription stimulants after abusing them for...

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