Saturday, July 22, 2017

Schizophrenia’s Tangled Roots

From Sapiens: Researchers are increasingly recognizing the role that social and environmental factors, including childhood abuse, stressful events, and poverty, play in the development of...

NICE Recommends Counselling as a Treatment for Depression

From The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a new draft guideline for treatment of...

Teen Raising Awareness After Exercise Saved her Life

From Elite Daily: Courtney Lorking, an 18-year-old online wellness coach and fitness enthusiast, is speaking out and sharing her story of how exercise helped her...

Review Finds Income Inequality Associated with Mental Health Difficulties

Review of 27 studies demonstrates mixed results and meta-analysis of 9 shows a small but significant association between income inequality and mental distress.

In Texas, People With Mental Illness Find Work Helping Peers

From Kaiser Health News: Peer support for people diagnosed with serious mental illness is becoming increasingly common. In places like Texas, where there is a...

Why Nature is Good for Your Mental Health

From HuffPost Canada: Nature can positively impact people's mental health in major ways. People who spend time outdoors tend to get more exercise, which elevates...

Study Finds Hearing Voices Groups Improve Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Hearing Voices Network self-help groups are an important resource for coping with voice hearing, study finds.

Significant Growth of Antipsychotics Market Foreseen

From Persistent Market Research: The global antipsychotics market is expected to grow significantly by 2021, with especially high growth rates in Europe and Asia. However,...

My Drug Dealer Was a Doctor: A Story of Withdrawal

In this piece for Medium, Michael E. Lee tells his story of experiencing the horrific withdrawal effects of Effexor, and how he healed from his...

Is There Institutional Racism in Mental Health Care?

From BBC News: Black people are overrepresented in the UK's mental health system and are at an increased risk of being forcibly committed, diagnosed with...

Researchers Identify Patterns in Antidepressant and Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use

The researchers found that, of those who were initially prescribed both antidepressants and benzodiazepines, approximately 12% went on to engage in long-term benzodiazepine use.

Over 1,000 Antidepressant Users Describe how Their Personal Life has Been Affected

Survey examines adverse personal and interpersonal effects of antidepressants and the impact of polypharmacy

While Psychiatry Slept (Part II)

The new wave of psychosocial treatments is encouraging, but does not go far enough in recognizing psychosis as an attempt by the psyche to heal itself. Until psychiatrists receive training in metaphor and symbol, we will continue gluing the pieces of Humpty-Dumpty back together again.

How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child’s Brain

From AP News: In response to research showing the long-term health impact of adverse childhood experiences, pediatricians, mental health specialists, educators and community leaders are...

‘Breastaurants’ Are Hurting Employees’ Mental Health

From HuffPost Canada: New research suggests that working at restaurants that sell sexual objectification of female staff, such as Hooters, can have a negative impact...

Do Voice Hearers Have the Right to Refuse Psychiatric Drugs?

In this piece for STAT, Shirley S. Wang discusses the Hearing Voices Network and its non-pathologizing, rights-affirming approach to hearing voices and alternative realities. "Many recovered...

Hearing Voices in the USA

The World Hearing Voices Congress will be landing in Boston, Massachusetts in August. The Hearing Voices movement is up against a lot in this culture where there's so little tolerance for uncertainty and exploration. This movement, this event, and so many people's lives depend on all of us to carry this perspective forward.

Why Are So Many People Dying From Opioid Overdoses?

From The Guardian: In a society where unemployment is prevalent and people feel isolated from friends, family, and community, opioid use has become a coping...

When is Stress Good for You?

In this piece for Aeon, Bruce McEwen discusses how "good stress," "tolerable stress," and "toxic stress" act epigenetically on our brain structure, and how we can...

All Tip, No Iceberg: A New Way to Think About Mental Illness

From The Conversation: The search for a single, identifiable cause underlying each mental disorder has yielded very few useful results. New research suggests that a network...

Large Study Confirms Elevated Risk of Diabetes When Prescribed Antipsychotics

A large longitudinal study finds once more that being prescribed antipsychotics significantly increases the risk of diabetes.

Dementia Patients at Risk of Injury or Death Due to Antipsychotics

From The Independent: Thousands of people with Lewy Body Dementia are being prescribed antipsychotic drugs, increasing their risk of death fourfold. "These medicines, prescribed to around...

A Memoir of Chronic Fatigue Illustrates the Failures of Research

From The New Yorker: In her new book Through the Shadowlands, Julie Rehmeyer chronicles her struggles with chronic fatigue syndrome, or systemic exertion intolerance disease (S.E.I.D.),...

Gabapentin: A New Target for Abuse

From STAT: Gabapentin, a drug that acts as a sedative and is also used to treat conditions including nerve pain, epilepsy, restless leg syndrome, and...

I Took My First Antidepressant, and the Effects Were Frightening

In this opinion piece for The Guardian, Deborah Orr tells of her frightening experience with intense disassociation that occurred after starting an antidepressant. Article →­

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