Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Some Conflicts of Interest in Medicine Cannot Be Managed, Should Be Banned

From The BMJ Opinion: While greater transparency about the nature of financial interests is important, on its own, such a move is unlikely to mitigate the risks to patient safety and may make matters worse. 

“Antidepressants Make it Harder to Empathize, Harder to Climax, and Harder to Cry”

Psychiatrist Julie Holland explains how antidepressants can medicate away important feelings and experiences in a video for Big Think. Video →

Why Black Psychology Matters

From Psychology Today: Black psychologists such as Joseph White articulated the principles of a positive and strengths-based psychology prior to the formation of positive psychology.

A Psychiatrist Tries Antipsychotics: Seroquel

From Fugitive Psychiatrist: I can’t believe I have patients walking around on 800mg of this stuff. There’s no way in good conscience I could dose this BID unless a patient consented to 20 hours of sleep a day.

Drug-Drug Interactions Could Imperil COVID-19 Treatment

From Undark: Some of the most commonly prescribed medications can have strong and sometimes dangerous interactions with some experimental COVID-19 therapies.

Covid-19 Is Amplifying the Toxic Effects of Modern Life

From Elemental: The combination of social isolation and dependence on technology leaves us alone and trapped in our own minds.

Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom

From Brain Pickings: In his 1981 book Freedom and Destiny, existential psychologist Rollo May explores how to attain self-liberation, a process that requires that we learn...

The Non-Binary Brain

From Aeon: Although many misogynists justify their prejudice by arguing that men and women are biologically different, the evidence shows that our brains are neither...

RxISK: Medications Compromising COVID Infections

From RxISK: "In the present situation of pandemia by SARS-CoV-2, it is imperative to avoid pneumonia or pneumonitis and related risk factors as much...

NICE Recommends Antidepressants Not Painkillers for Chronic Pain

From BBC News: The advisory body's draft guidance recommends antidepressants, acupuncture or psychological therapy for chronic pain not caused by an injury or other medical condition.

Beliefs Have a Social Purpose. Does This Explain Delusions?

From Psyche: Rather than delusions being "irrational," in many cases they are a direct response to sustained threat in a person’s environment.

Dozens of ECT Patients Sue NHS Over Brain Damage Claims

From The Daily Mail: They say they were never informed that ECT could cause permanent memory loss as well as trouble with basic tasks like facial recognition, walking, and reading.

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

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.

DeJarnette Sanitarium

From Atlas Obscura: In the 1930s, hundreds of people with mental disabilities committed to the now abandoned DeJarnette Sanitarium were forcibly sterilized and experimented on by the...

‘Freedom Is Therapeutic’: Trieste’s Mental Health ‘Revolution’

From the BBC/People Fixing the World: In 1978, Trieste led a ‘revolution’ in Italian mental health care by closing its asylums and ending the restraint of patients. Today the city is recognized by the WHO for its pioneering work.

Drugs, Money and Misleading Evidence

From Nature: It’s time to take trials out of the hands of pharmaceutical makers, argues the latest in a long line of books on corruption and the pharmaceutical industry.

Victoria’s Mental Health Wards Putting More Patients in Seclusion

From ABC NEWS: Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council chair Dr. Chris Maylea said some services were repeatedly exceeding government seclusion targets without consequence.

Medical Chief Savages Royal Adelaide Hospital Shackle Use

From The Advertiser: The state's Chief Psychiatrist issued an intervention order demanding the $2.4 billion hospital reduce use of restraints and seclusion on mental-health patients stuck in the emergency department.

Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders at All

From Forbes: In a new paper, biological anthropologists call on the scientific community to rethink mental illness as a response to adversity rather than a chemical imbalance.

Against Psychiatry

From IAI TV: Psychiatry has spent the last 100 years asking what's wrong with people, but might it be more informative to ask what's happened to them?

‘NHS Sends Too Many MH Patients to Hospital for Expensive, Ineffective Care’

From The Bristol Cable: People are being sent away to private mental health providers for specialist treatment, but this often means poorer outcomes at higher costs, says occupational therapist Keir Harding.

The Quality of Monopoly Capitalist Society: Mental Health

From Monthly Review: What Baran and Sweezy saw in the 1960s as the trend toward the psychological dissolution of working-class families and individuals has today become nothing less than a ubiquitous cancer responsible for the decline of whole communities.

Cops Criminalize Protest; Psychiatrists Medicalize It

From Susan Rosenthal: It doesn’t help to replace one form of oppression with another. Like the police, the ‘mental health industry’ is built on discrimination.

Why Grooming Is So Hard to Spot: The Truth

From the VictimFocus Blog: Grooming should be reframed as a common, normal human behaviour that we all engage in. That's why teaching children and women to "spot the signs" doesn't work.

CDC “Disclaimers” Hide Financial Conflicts of Interest

From Lown Report: In a recently-released petition, several watchdog groups are demanding that the CDC be transparent about the industry funding they receive through their foundation.

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