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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Modern Culture Is Traumatizing and NOT Normal | Gabor Maté, MD

From Commune: Drawing conclusions about human nature from how we live in this society is like trying to understand a wild animal inside a cage.

The Dangers of Curiosity in the Mental Health Field and the Family System

From Daniel Mackler: There are consequences to being curious and asking questions: real conclusions sometimes are not easy to bear.

Mental Health Patients ‘Raped and Sexually Assaulted’ as NHS Abuse Scandal Revealed

From The Independent: A major investigation by The Independent and Sky News has revealed the horrific scale of sexual abuse and assault within the UK’s psychiatric system.

How Woman’s Dramatic Escape From NHS Psychiatric Care Exposed ‘Scandal’ of Sex Abuse Complaints

From Sky News: Patient 11 - a new joint podcast from Sky News and The Independent - investigates Alexis Quinn's escape from psychiatric 'care' which has now exposed a catalogue of sexual abuse and harassment complaints in NHS England 'care.'

How Early Relationships Can Define Reality – For Better or Worse

From Jay Reid Psychotherapy: Kids will do an amazing amount of shape-shifting to get their parents to be willing to care for them.

The FDA Warned an Asthma Drug Could Induce Despair. Many Were Never Told.

From The New York Times: Singulair, now a generic, is still used by millions of Americans even after thousands of patients and dozens of studies have described harm. Children face the greatest risks of the drug's ill effects.

How the Life Coaching Industry Sells Pseudo-Solutions to Our Deepest Problems

From Current Affairs: The cultural pressures to become a self-made individual have intensified at the same time that sources of social support have decreased. Enter the life coach.

Workplace Wellness Programs Have Little Benefit, Study Finds

From The New York Times: An Oxford researcher measured the effect of popular workplace mental health interventions, and discovered little to none.

Scientific Misconduct and Fraud: The Final Nail in Psychiatry’s Antidepressant Coffin

From CounterPunch: A recent reanalysis of previously undisclosed data reveals that STAR*D may go down in US medical history as one of its most harmful scandals.

What It Was Like to Be a Black Patient in a Jim Crow Asylum

From Mother Jones: "You see a society that was comfortable discarding people," says author Antonia Hylton. "I think a lot of families are still allowing loved ones who are suffering to slowly disappear."

The Longest Journey – or, What Can We Expect from Psychotherapy? | Alice Miller

From Alice Miller: Child Abuse and Mistreatment: The longest journey of my life was the journey to my own self. Successful therapy should shorten this long journey.

Attitudes Towards and Patterns of Medication Use Among Persons With ‘SMI’

From Mifrasim Institute for Psychotherapy Research and Teaching: A recent conference in Israel explored how attitudes and patterns of medication use are related to different aspects of the identity and domains of recovery.

Financial Conflicts of Interest Persist in DSM-5-TR Panel Members

From the BMJ: Lisa Cosgrove and colleagues report that 60% of the panel and task-force members of the DSM-5-TR received payments from industry. Collectively,...

Why We Need More Soteria Houses

From Compassionate Mental Health: "Strong feelings are often at the bottom of psychosis – we need to be able to power down the emotions with interpersonal and physical environments where emotional relaxation is possible," says psychiatrist Luc Ciompi.

Improving Outcomes for Psychosis: Psychiatric Survivor and Critical Psychiatry Perspectives

"If I and the people around me could have been helped to see that there was some significance in what I was proclaiming, that I could actually do something meaningful in the world, something with impact, something with power to affect change -- was that so crazy? Or did it come true?" ~ Dina Tyler

The Influence of Paid Opinion Leaders on Antidepressant Prescribing in the UK

From Hole Ousia: Paid opinion leaders who generally control the narrative in relation to psychiatric drug prescribing continue to be very much a thing of the present.

Deep Flaws in FDA Oversight of Medical Devices, and Patient Harm, Exposed in Lawsuits

From KFF Health News: A yearlong investigation by KFF Health News revealed that a series of FDA-cleared products have been suspected of contributing to thousands of injuries and patient deaths.

The Power of Distress in an Unhealthy World

From Psychology Today/Joanna Cheek MD: Diagnoses take on a life of their own, when we try to treat "the depression" instead of addressing the problem it’s signaling.

An Inability to Visualize the Future (Let Alone a Positive One) Is a Hallmark...

From Psychology Today/Annie Wright, LMFT: It sounds unbelievable to someone with a trauma history that there are people who can think forward decades into the future, visualize a happy outcome for themselves and then work backward, taking steps that secure that future.

As Foundation for ‘Excited Delirium’ Diagnosis Cracks, Fallout Spreads

From KFF Health News: The campaign against excited delirium seeks to transform the way police deal with people undergoing mental health crises. “This is really about saving lives,” said attorney Joanna Naples-Mitchell.

FDA Warning and Matthew Perry’s Death Darken Ketamine’s Glow

From The Washington Post: Federal health authorities are intensifying their scrutiny of the drug ketamine for "treating mental health disorders," as the mind-altering compound grows in popularity despite the lack of regulatory approval for such use.

The Infant as Reflection of Soul: The Time Before There Was Self

From World Association for Infant Mental Health: By the time most of us reach adulthood, we have not only lost the capacity to regularly access states that we achieved routinely as infants, but we have also lost awareness of that loss.

Can the Rate of Antidepressant Prescribing Be Reversed?

From Psychology Today: “Population dependence on mood pills looks like a fantastic marketing strategy, but it must be over-the-top and we must be missing something," said psychiatrist and professor Eugene Breen in Dublin.

Idaho Keeps Some Psych Patients in Prison, Ignoring Decades of Warnings About the Practice

From ProPublica: A temporary program for “dangerously mentally ill” patients has continued for five decades, despite calls from critics to provide better care. Soon, Idaho will be the only state still using prisons to house patients who face no criminal charges.

Irish Orgs. Pledge to Adopt ‘Human Rights-Based Approach’ to Mental Health Care

From The Irish Times: A new training approach to mental health care was launched by the Irish Mental Health Commission, coinciding with a report finding the use of restraints and seclusion has been decreasing in the country.