The Need to Address Suicide in Prisons

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Rates of suicide in prison are significantly higher than in the general population.

Psychiatrist Who Revolutionized Family Therapy Dies at 96

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From The Washington Post: Salvador Minuchin, the psychiatrist who played an instrumental role in pioneering family therapy, died on October 30th at age 96. Minuchin was...

Researchers Faked Data on Epigenetics of Bipolar Disorder

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The British Journal of Psychiatry has issued a retraction of an article purporting to have identified evidence of the epigenetic aspects of bipolar disorder,...
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Reclaiming Humanity at the Dawn of Posthumanism: Conversation with Darcia Narvaez

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The postmodern zeitgeist of the past few decades encourages us to believe that we can endlessly reinvent ourselves untethered to our human biology. But the explosion of research on the microbiome reminds us that we are deeply embedded in an ecosystem that lives within us and around us, without which we cannot survive.

United Nations Report Calls for Revolution in Mental Health Care

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In a new report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius Pūras, calls for a move away from the biomedical model and “excessive use of psychotropic medicines.”

Valuing Posttraumatic Growth in Psychosis

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Individuals who experience psychosis can also experience posttraumatic growth, which can be a central component of the recovery paradigm.

Meta-analysis Links Childhood Trauma to Psychosis Symptoms

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The study results suggest that experiences of childhood trauma impact the development of symptoms associated with psychosis.

Sociologist Questions Effectiveness and Ethics of Mental Health Services

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Medical sociologist David Pilgrim argues that mental health care is neither effective nor “kindly,” as it often relies on flawed research and ineffective treatments.

Childhood Victimization Connected with Experiences of Psychosis

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Childhood victimization associated with experiences of psychosis later in life, and in persons without childhood victimization, there is a bidirectional association between psychosis and adult victimization.

Why Everyone Should Watch 13 Reasons Why

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From Mindbodygreen: The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why portrays poignant and important truths about the causes of teen suicide, including the prevalence of bullying and...

“Curing Naughty Children With Drugs”

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Dr. Max Pemberton “The Mind Doctor” weighs in on the Cochrane review which questioned the evidence for Ritalin for ADHD. He writes: “History is...

Prozac Preschool

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From Pacific Standard: Young children are increasingly being prescribed psychiatric drugs. However, there is very little research on the safety and efficacy of psychotropic drugs...

Antidepressant Effects Thwarted by Stressful Environments

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A new study, about to be published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, investigates the role a stressful environment plays in antidepressant effectiveness....

Introducing the Power Threat Meaning Framework

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From The British Psychological Society: A group of senior psychologists and prominent service user campaigners has published a report offering an alternative framework to understand emotional distress. "The Framework...

How Neglect and Abuse Change Children’s Brains

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From the Center for Health Journalism: Different types of childhood adversity shape the developing brain in distinct ways and need to be addressed accordingly. While...

We Need to Address the Socioeconomic Causes of Distress

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From The Independent: Over the past several years, mental health awareness has become a high priority. But in order to truly make a difference in people's...

Trauma and Misdiagnosis in Childhood Bipolar Disorder

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Psychology Today offers a psychoanalytic perspective on childhood bipolar disorder that finds trauma at the root, a view that sees Beyond Meds as extending beyond the diagnoses...

School-Based Program for Anxiety and Depression Shows Promise

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Researchers evaluate the impact of a school-based prevention program on anxious and depressive symptoms.

“Mental Illness Mostly Caused by Life Events Not Genetics, Argue Psychologists”

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According to psychologists, “mental illness is largely caused by social crises such as unemployment or childhood abuse.” If this is so, why are we...

The Connection Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Young Adult Suicide Risk

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Researchers present evidence of a connection between the experience of traumatic brain injury in childhood and increased risk for suicide attempt in early adulthood.

“The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student”

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“The point, overall, is that given the dizzying array of possible factors at work here, it’s much too pat a story to say that kids are getting more 'fragile' as a result of some cultural bugaboo,” Jesse Singal writes in response to the flurry of recent think pieces decrying the weakened resolve of today's college students.

Birthday Letter: Sylvia Plath and “Daddy”

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In this piece for The Paris Review, Belinda McKeon analyzes the poetry and letters Sylvia Plath wrote in the few months just before her suicide.

“Kids in Foster Care Three Times More Likely to be Diagnosed with ADHD”

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PsychCentral presents a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found that foster care children are three times more likely than other children on Medicaid to receive a diagnosis of ADHD. Overall, more than one in four children in foster care receive such a diagnosis. CDC statistician Melissa Danielson interpreted these results as revealing a “substantial need” for more medical and behavioral services for kids in foster care.

Study Challenges Assumption that Schizophrenia Impairs Cognitive Ability

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Secondary factors may impair performance on cognitive tasks, making it difficult for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia to perform to the best of their ability.

Childhood Anxiety Disorders Are Treatable With Therapies

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From MinnPost: According to psychologist Hal Pickett, childhood anxiety is best reduced through self-care and common-sense therapies such as getting enough sleep, maintaining a balanced...