Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Half of Millennials, 75% of Gen Zers Have Left a Job for Mental Health...

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From CNBC: The statistic highlights several issues plaguing millennials, like a rise in depression and 'deaths of despair' (death from drugs, alcohol and suicide), unaffordable living costs and burnout.

Revisiting Szasz: Myth, Metaphor, and Misconception

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From Psychology Today: "Szasz's ideas on psychiatry and mental illness can roughly be summarized as follows. First, mental illness is a metaphor for human problems...

The Corruption of Character in Medicine

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From the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry: At 26, I finished medical school and decided to switch careers, because I had come to feel that medical training was turning me into a terrible human being.

The FDA’s Latest Black Box Warning: Don’t Mix Opioids, Benzos

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday mandated updated labels for nearly 400 opioids and benzodiazepines, following a review of scientific evidence and a citizen...

How Some Organized Religion Leads to Religious Trauma Syndrome

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From Raw Story: "Religious trauma syndrome (RTS) is a set of symptoms and characteristics that tend to go together and which are related to...

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

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From Buzzfeed News: "Burnout combines an intense yearning for a state of completion with the tormenting sense that it cannot be attained."

Lena Dunham: Benzos Are “the Biggest Epidemic Nobody Talks About”

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From Us Weekly: "Dunham was first prescribed  to treat her anxiety disorder. 'I was diagnosed with pretty serious PTSD. I have a few sexual...

Johann Hari: This Could Be Why You’re Depressed and Anxious

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From TED: I was only able to start changing my life when I realized my depression was not a malfunction. It's a signal. Your depression is a signal. It's telling you something.

What If We Are All Wrong About Mental Illness?

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From Thoughtful Living: The biomedical model of psychiatry, along with the DSM, is deeply flawed and can often be misleading. To improve, mental health services...

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

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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.

‘Shocking’ Study: Most Common Antidepressant Barely Improves Depression

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From The Telegraph: The new trial of sertraline is by far the largest to be conducted without the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry.

Abolition Must Include Psychiatry

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From the Disability Visibility Project: Those of us who have survived psychiatric incarceration know that not only did the asylum never die — it is, and always was, another prison.

Adverse Childhood Relationship Experiences: The Most Underestimated Risk Factor for Chronic Illness

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From Chronic Illness Trauma Studies: The impact of one of the ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) in particular - emotional neglect - is huge and underrecognized.

Connection Is a Core Human Need, But We Are Terrible at It

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From Medium: The biggest problem in most people’s lives is trauma, and trauma is what creates a damaged ability to connect with others.

How a Parent’s Affection Shapes a Child’s Happiness for Life

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From Motherly: A number of recent studies highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.

‘When We Look Back in 20 Years’ Time, This Will Be a Turning Point’

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From The Psychologist: "It really is a first for a government-level report to look into [antidepressant withdrawal] in-depth and come out with strong recommendations acknowledging the extent of the problem," said Professor John Read.

10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse and Patient

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In this piece for Wake Up World, Cortland Pfeffer shares 10 life lessons he learned from his experience as a psychiatric patient, a recovering...

Dr. Gabor Maté on Alienation, Inner Resilience, and Our True Nature

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From Bioneers: We have the capacity to heal both ourselves and the planet by reconnecting with our true nature as empathic, nurturing, social beings.

How ‘Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder’ was Created by Pharma

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For MinnPost, Susan Perry discusses that the pharmaceutical industry played in the creation of the ‘mental disorder’ known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD....

Johnson & Johnson: 170 Years of Scandal and Fraud

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-Highlights of Johnson & Johnson's many "decades of fraud and injury claims" in its pharmaceutical-related activities.

Depression and Serotonin: It Was All a F*cking Lie | Russell Brand

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Comedian Russell Brand offers a humorous take on the recent news that depression has not been found to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Lead-Poisoned Water

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From The New York Times: The city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.

More Critiques of the Lancet Antidepressant Study

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Researchers and advocates have continued to critique The Lancet's recent study claiming to prove definitively that antidepressants are more effective than placebo. Below are a...

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

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In this piece for The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino discusses how the gig economy driven by apps such as Uber and Lyft leads employees to overwork...

I Am a Psychiatrist and I Am Horrified by the American Psychiatric System

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From Medscape: How many more patients have to be neglected, abused, or refuse to seek help because of their lack of confidence in the quality of "mental health care"?

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