Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Added Evidence for Yoga for Major Depression

Randomized controlled trial finds yoga intervention reduces depression severity.

Involuntary Hospitalization More Likely With Psychosis Diagnoses and Few Resources

New study links involuntary hospitalization with psychotic diagnosis, previous involuntary hospitalization, and economic deprivation.

Up in Smoke: Speculative Claims about Smoking Cessation Drug

From HealthNewsReview: A recent news release from Florida Atlantic University has urged wider use of Chantix, a prescription medication for smoking cessation. The release made...

The White-Mortality Crisis Shows the Impact of Distress

From Science of Us: A recent study found that working-class white Americans are dying in middle age at a faster rate than minority groups, and...

Trump’s Pick to Run Mental Health

From STAT: President Trump has nominated Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, a proponent of increased psychiatric treatment for those diagnosed with serious mental illness, to run the Substance...

A Feminist Neuroethics of Mental Health

From The Neuroethics Blog: When populations are divided into two genders, women show roughly double the incidence of depression, anxiety, and stress-related mental health concerns....

“Chuck Norris Warns Antidepressants Can Depress”

Chuck Norris writes in WND: "I believe that too many who struggle with mild cases of depression don’t think they can find genuine relief...

Can Psychoanalysis Treat Psychosis?

A video recording of the 2nd Lambeth and Southwark Mind Annual Lecture held in conjunction with BLOCK336 is now available. In this lecture, Dorothée...

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...

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Zindel Segal at TEDxUTSC

One of the developers of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy explains the history of its development.

Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal C.I.A. Interrogations

From The New York Times: Two psychologists, Drs. John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, who played a role in developing C.I.A. interrogation techniques widely viewed as...

Temperature-Related Deaths in People with Mental Illness

Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry, English researchers found that "patients with mental illness showed an overall increase in risk of death of...

The Town That’s Found a Potent Cure for Illness – Community

From The Guardian: In 2013, general practitioner Helen Kingston launched the Compassionate Frome Project, which provides the town's patients with social services and community support...

“4 in 10 Know Someone Addicted to Prescription Pain Killer”

A new poll, published in the Washington Post, explores the public’s connection to prescription pain killer abuse. “A surprising 56 percent of the public say...

“Study Finds ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ Doesn’t Exist”

A recent study questions the existence of seasonal depression after a CDC survey found no evidence that seasons or sunlight exposure increased depression measures. “To be...

Antidepressants Not a ‘One Size Fits All’ Solution, Researchers Find

The largest ever study of the thoughts and reactions of antidepressant users reveals that many people have vastly different understandings and experiences of the...

Polypharmacy and Excessive Dosing

Researchers in Japan investigated 139 patients with schizophrenia diagnoses due to be discharged from 19 acute psychiatric units in Japanese hospitals. Polypharmacy and excessive...
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Mental Illness Vs. “Bad” Behavior

Allen Frances has claimed that "It's a great mistake to confuse bad behavior with mental illness." Yet two of the so-called mental illnesses (conduct disorder and antisocial personality disorder) consist essentially of "bad" behavior, while in at least six others, "bad" behavior is an integral part of the problem.

“Are We Using Antidepressants to Paper Over the Cracks of a Fractured Society?”

The Guardian writes that "Use of antidepressant drugs has become more common than ever before. Perhaps it's time that we looked at the wider causes...

Whistleblower Files Lawsuit Against AstraZeneca

From the Chicago Tribune: Former drug sales representative Allison Zayas became a whistleblower against her old company, AstraZeneca, after learning that a combination of Seroquel...

Suicide Rates Rise While Antidepressant Use Climbs

Multiple media sources are reporting on new data from the CDC revealing a substantial increase in the suicide rate in the United States between 1999...

Dubious Amyloid Theories of Alzheimer’s and Drug Treatments Keep Getting Hyped

-Pharmaceutical policy researcher Alan Cassels critically reviews a spate of effusive news coverage about a tiny, experimental study of a drug treatment for Alzheimer's.

The Temptation of Certainty: David Foster Wallace, Suicide and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

While increasing numbers of Americans are being prescribed antidepressants, the Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide rates increased 28% from 1999 to 2010. Trained professionals remain unable to predict who is at risk. Their guess is as good as chance.

Women on the Pill More Likely to be Treated for Depression

From Daily Mail: A recent study shows that women taking hormonal contraceptive pills are more likely to be treated for depression. Article →­

Mindfulness “Potent” in Preventing Relapses in Chronic Depression

Two psychologists writing for Scientific American Mind review some of the evidence base for the impacts of mindfulness meditation on problematic psychological states. They...

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