From MedPage Today: A newly approved 'medication' for 'schizophrenia' and 'bipolar disorder' promises to reduce usual weight gain with olanzapine (Zyprexa) by making it less pleasant to eat food.
From Medium: What Americans really need is to fix the cycles of abuse that have driven them to seek, and yet never find, safety in the unsafe world they have created.
From The Telegraph: A coroner ruled that Margaret Molyneux, 69, died of natural causes, but a review found that she had been prescribed higher than recommended doses of the drug olanzapine (Zyprexa).
From the World Health Organization: Many mental health services around the world are failing people. There is a different path that countries and services can take.
From Antidepressant Risks: Katinka Blackford Newman, Professor David Healey, Sarah Culshaw and Dr. Ed White have teamed up on a new website helping people understand the risks of taking antidepressants.
From RxISK: Leemon McHenry reviews the first novel published by David Healy's writers co-operative—"a must-read for medical professionals, and especially aspiring key opinion leaders."
From UCL Beacon Bursary fund: This event aims to explore the lived-experience perspective when attempting to distinguish withdrawal effects from relapse.
From The Guardian: Such symptoms occur in half of patients, and the correct response is to taper off their medication more slowly, says Dr Mark Horowitz.
From The Guardian: David Taylor, director of pharmacy for an NHS foundation trust, knows from personal experience that coming off these medications can be horrible. He has also researched ways to make it easier.
"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."
From Jody Chan/Midnight Sun: "our bodies know things about freedom that our language cannot articulate . . ."
From City Journal: In slaying the old monster of the state asylums, we created a new monster in its shadow: one that consists of the street, the jail, and the emergency room.
From ProPublica: An investigation found repeated breakdowns in oversight as states failed to protect young people in need of specialized care.
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.
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.
From Fox News: The Cornell family alleged that prescribed medication, especially lorazepam (Ativan), led to erratic behavior from the Soundgarden frontman before his death by suicide.
From Big Think: As the language of clinical neuroscience replaces the vocabulary of psychotherapy, patients' outcomes worsen.
From Wholehearted.org: A one-hour introduction to Dr. Maté’s perspective on the absolute necessity of connection to healthy existence, and how deficits in connection early in life influence everything from our bodies, to politics, to society.
From eMHIC: The time for change is upon us. Mental health services should focus on the human-to-human relationship as the primary mechanism of healing.
From WSJ: Daniel Barron is promoting digital surveillance—data from smartphones and speech- and facial-recognition—as a means to help "diagnose" and "treat" people.
From Disability News Service: Under the leadership of a police officer and a mental health professional, Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) puts pressure on "high-intensity" users of mental health services.
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?
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.
From NBC News: The ban should have meant victory for those fighting the school, but more than a year later, it hasn't actually changed anything.
From PIX11: A pilot program that has kept NYPD officers away from many mental health crisis calls in parts of Manhattan will expand to every precinct citywide, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday.