Sunday, September 19, 2021

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

FDA OKs New ‘Antipsychotic’ Drug Combo That ‘Limits the Pleasure of Food Intake’

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.

The Abusive Society: Why Abuse Seems to Reach Into Every Corner of Modern Life

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.

Police Investigate If ‘Antipsychotic’ Drug Caused Lecturer’s Death

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).

WHO Online Launch Event Jun. 10: Rights-Based Transformation in Mental Health

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.

Antidepressant Risks: New Website Informs and Shares Personal Stories

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.

Malcharist: “One of Medicine’s Darkest Secrets Is Exposed in All of Its Sordid Detail”

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."

Jun. 9 Event: Stories of Reducing Antipsychotics: Withdrawal Effects or Relapse?

From UCL Beacon Bursary fund: This event aims to explore the lived-experience perspective when attempting to distinguish withdrawal effects from relapse.

Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms Shouldn’t Be Mistaken for Return of ‘Illness’

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.

COVID Has Led to Record Levels of Antidepressant Use – But Withdrawal Can Be...

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.

Mental Health System: Open Letter to the Media

"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."

Madness Is a Strategy

From Jody Chan/Midnight Sun: "our bodies know things about freedom that our language cannot articulate . . ."

The Invisible Asylum

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.

Foster Kids Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Faced Abuse, Neglect

From ProPublica: An investigation found repeated breakdowns in oversight as states failed to protect young people in need of specialized care.

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

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.

Earth Needs Shamans

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.

Chris Cornell’s Family Settles Lawsuit With Doctor Over Rocker’s Death

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.

The Dangers of the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

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

Gabor Maté, MD: The Power of Connection: Finding Wisdom in Our Trauma

From 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.

Human Connection and Mutuality: A New Response to ‘Mental Illness’

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.

Psychiatrist Promoting ‘Big Data Psychiatry’ Thinks It’s a Positive Development

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. 

Coalition Calls for Halt to Use of ‘Unethical and Unsafe’ Mental Distress Emergency Scheme

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.

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

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?

Oprah, Dr. Bruce Perry Examine Childhood Trauma in New Book ‘What Happened to You?’

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.

Fight Is Far From Over After FDA Ban on Judge Rotenberg Shock Device

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.

NYC: Social Workers, EMS to Replace Cops on Non-Violent Mental Health Calls Citywide

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.

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