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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

1 Boring Old Man Bores Even More Into Study 329’s Raw Data

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1 Boring Old Man bores ever more deeply into the newly available raw data from GlaxoSmithKline's study of Paxil in children, finding that "if...

People Age Better if They Have a Purpose in Life

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From TIME: Living purposefully may help people maintain their physical function and independence as they age. According to a new study, older adults with a...

Why Stable Relationships Fight Trauma and Stress in Kids

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From The Conversation: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can cause toxic stress, impacting children's brain development and physical and mental health well into the future. Having...

NHS Psychologists Report High Work Stress, Depression

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“Findings from the British Psychological Society and New Savoy staff wellbeing survey in 2015 show that 46% of psychological professionals surveyed report depression. 49.5%...

Study: Family Separations Causing Mental Health Crisis in Rio Grande Valley

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From The Texas Tribune: "Around 1,800 children in the Valley had a parent deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017, leading to what...

The Paranoid Fantasy at the Heart of “It”

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From Pacific Standard: It, the first feature-film adaptation of a 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, has broken box office records for the horror genre, making...

“The Great ‘Mental Illness’ Hoax: Rampage Killings and the Gun Culture”

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Over at CounterPunch, Carl Boggs takes on the knee-jerk mental illness response that pervades the airwaves after every mass shooting. He writes: “What the mental-health fixation lacks is any semblance of historical or social context. Given the persistence of U.S. imperialism and militarism — and mounting fascination with combat and guns in a society transfigured by its warfare state — Washington remains a thriving center of global violence: repeated armed interventions abroad have found their domestic parallel in the world’s largest prison system, a deepening gun culture, home-bred terrorism, police atrocities, and a media culture filled with spectacles of warfare and bloodshed.”

How to Talk to Somebody Who is Hearing Voices

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In this piece for MetroUK, Lucy Nichol explains how to best support people in "psychosis," emphasizing the need to believe individuals who hear voices and recognize...

COVID-19: What’s Equity Got to Do With It?

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From GW Milken Institute School of Public Health: The virus has exposed long-standing inequities, driven by social policies that created disparities in resource access to resources.

Big Pharma Funds “Independent” Advocacy Groups

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From The Intercept: Several seemingly independent advocacy groups have recently published advertisements opposing newly proposed legislation that would lower drug prices. In fact, the organizations have undisclosed...

“Social Factors Influence Schizophrenia?”

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PsychCentral covers new research linking social deprivation, population density and inequality with higher rates of psychotic symptoms and diagnoses for schizophrenia. “This is important because other research has shown that many health and social outcomes also tend to be optimal when societies are more equal.”

“People with schizophrenia are significantly more likely to die from heart disease and cancer”

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The Mental Elf reviews two years of studies on the health inequalities faced by people with severe mental illness, and a new one in...

Sunday Exhibit: Photos of Abandoned Asylums

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UK photographer Mark Davis spent six years traveling to abandoned former Victorian-era mental institutions and researching their histories and photographing them for his new...

Watch Now: ‘For Life’: A Mini-Opera on Psychiatry by Dawn Sonntag & Kermit Cole

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From Baldwin Wallace Voice Performance: "We pity you and your broken heart. But you’re not a doctor. You’re not smart! Accept it! Be grateful. Your son must comply. Who are you to question this art?"

“Our Kids Are on too Many Drugs — and the Drug Companies Win”

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Salon notes that "The glut of diagnoses and subsequent medication raises a whole raft of questions about what’s happening with our children, and how...

What Exactly Do We Mean by Overdiagnosis?

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From The Lown Institute: "Is overdiagnosis inherently bad? Overdiagnosis not only leads to overtreatment but creates stress for patients who have to deal with this...

Suicide, Indian Farmers, Indigenous North Americans… and the Shame of Shrinks | Bruce Levine,...

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From CounterPunch: Mental health professionals must do their part to foment rebellion against the sociopolitical status quo, rather than enable it.

“Psychiatry’s List of Disorders Needs Real-Time Updates”

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In a First Opinion piece for STAT, Michael First argues that a digital DSM should allow updates between editions. The American Psychiatric Association (APA)...

Lown Institute’s 2nd Annual ‘Shkreli Awards’ Reveals Worst in Health Care in 2018

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From Lown Institute: "It’s hard to ignore the epidemic of corruption and greed in health care when you see these stories all together."

Students Learn From People They Love

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From The New York Times: The bottom line is this, a defining question for any school or company is: What is the quality of the emotional relationships here?

NHS to Give Therapy for Depression Before Medication Under New Guidelines

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From The Guardian: Draft guidance says a "menu of treatment options" including CBT, exercise and mindfulness should be offered in less severe cases.

The Interview

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A semistructured diagnostic clinical interview has been developed to identify and differentiate three different types of SSRI and SNRI withdrawal syndromes: new symptoms, rebound,...

“10 Medical Conditions That Share Symptoms With ADD/ADHD”

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Health Central offers a slideshow detailing medical conditions that "can make it even harder" to get an accurate ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Health Central →

Privacy for Whom?

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From The New Inquiry: Civil libertarians and liberal privacy advocates often frame government surveillance as a universal threat. But two new books show that surveillance...

Psychology in the Metacolony

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From Mail & Guardian: Colonialism today is more entrenched in our society than it ever has been in the past, and traditional psychology and mental...