Monday, September 20, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

The Disorder That Affects Us All: What You Need to Know About Developmental Trauma

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From the Institute for Attachment and Child Development: Two articles discuss the primary cause of many mental, physical, and behavioral health problems, which often goes unaddressed in mainstream approaches.

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.

Earth Needs Shamans

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From Sacredphrenia: We have pathologized our original priests, the expert men and women who provided much of our “second sight,” and the result, ironically, is planetary psychopathology.

When Will We Hear the Voices of Those Who Hear Voices?

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From Sacredphrenia: We have never been so starved for the spiritual. Who better to satiate our hunger than the very people who hear voices belonging to spirits?

The Psychology of Inequality

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From The New Yorker: A number of studies show that much of the damage done by being poor comes not from the conditions of poverty itself,...

The Dangers of the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

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From Big Think: As the language of clinical neuroscience replaces the vocabulary of psychotherapy, patients' outcomes worsen.

Scientific Opinions — For Sale

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From Medium: "This is where evidence based medicine is supposed to shine, by demanding randomized trials to prove that certain procedures/drugs either work or don’t....

Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients

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From KHN: This leaves Pennsylvanians — who suffer one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation — in the dark about which treatment facilities have troubling track records.

The Darker Story Just Outside the Lens of ‘Framing Britney Spears’

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From The New Republic: The documentary and #FreeBritney movement treat the pop star’s conservatorship as strange and exceptional. The truth is much more troubling.

For-Profit Psych Hospital Corp. US HealthVest Brings Peril to 3 States

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From The Seattle Times: No private mental-health care operator in Washington state in recent years has pushed to expand as rapidly or racked up as many serious violations as quickly.

Nov. 1 Zoom: Meet Voyce Hendrix, Former Executive Director of Soteria House

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From Rethinking Psychiatry: Voyce will discuss his time at the original Soteria House in San Jose, CA, an alternative to the medical model for schizophrenia that ran from 1971 to 1983.

What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs, with Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff

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From Psychology Is: Millions of people are prescribed psychiatric drugs each year, but few understand how these drugs actually affect the brain.

It’s A Mad World! Podcast: A Discussion with Robert Whitaker

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From It's a Mad World!: In a new podcast on the politics of mental health and the mental health of politics, Irish psychiatrist Dr. Peadar O’Grady talks with Robert Whitaker about his books and work.

1 in 3 COVID-19 Patients Have Psychiatric Problems in 6 Months After Recovery

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From UPI: "The effect across the whole population may be substantial...due to the scale of the pandemic and [the fact] that many of these conditions are chronic," said study co-author Dr. Paul Harrison.

Moral and Political Implications of the DSM

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-A special issue of Public Affairs Quarterly examines "the moral and political implications" of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

“FDA Rejects Creepy Abilify Surveillance Pill”

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The FDA has rejected the drug/device combination designed to monitor patient adherence with Abilify from Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Proteus Digital Health. Just last week...

Mental Health System: Open Letter to the Media

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"We, a group of people with first-hand experience of the mental health system...saw how abuse, corruption, and exploitation were covered up, while victims and critics of the system were silenced and marginalized."

“Buzz”: A Song for Charles Helmer

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From David Antonuccio and Michael Pierce: A new song in support of a young man being repeatedly shocked against his will in Minnesota.

San Francisco Launches New Police-Alternative Program

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From The Mercury News: Under the pilot program, teams of paramedics, behavioral health clinicians and peer specialists will respond to certain non-violent 911 calls in the city, instead of cops.

If Autism Isn’t a Brain Structure Difference, Then What?

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In Discover magazine, Neuroskeptic examines a new, large-scale study of brain anatomies of people with autism, calling it an "earthquake" in autism research and...

It’s Time to Emotionally Prepare for What’s Coming

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From Medium: We would do well to start preparing our stock, not just of physical needs like food, but emotional needs like strength, resolve, and the ability to grieve.

D. J. Jaffe Was No Friend to Those of Us With Mental Health Concerns

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From the Pete Earley blog: Jaffe’s agenda, at its very core, was built upon disdain for those of us who have struggled in life.

Your Anxiety is a Political Issue

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From Extra Newsfeed: Anxiety is a political issue, resulting directly from marginalization and structural inequality. The solution to anxiety is not self-help culture but activism...

Asia’s Largest Psychiatric Clinic for Women

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From DW Documentary: Asia’s largest psychiatric facility is home to 1,700 female patients—or "ghosts." Many were victims of violence, or simply rejected by their families.

“Book of Lamentations” – DSM-5 as a Dystopian Novel

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The New Inquiry reviews the DSM-5, calling it a "classic dystopian novel" in the surrealistic literary tradition of George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Aldous Huxley,...

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