Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review Finds Little Evidence that Electroconvulsive Therapy is Effective for Depression

Researchers examined the dearth of support for Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depressive symptoms in light of studies detailing the associated risks.

Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants

From The New York Times: The recent trial of Wendy Dolin, whose husband died of suicide after starting the antidepressant paroxetine, demonstrates our need for more...

The Smartphone Psychiatrist

In this piece for The Atlantic, David Dobbs delves into the life of former NIMH director Thomas Insel, his critiques of research within the field of...

Google Will Now Ask Users: “Are You Depressed?”

From Yahoo! Finance: Google is launching a new search feature that will help check whether users are depressed. People who make depression-related queries will now...

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....

Psychiatry’s Necessary Shadow: The Philosophy of Mental Illness

In this piece for Medium, Andrés Ruiz explores the reasons that psychiatry is the only medical speciality with an anti-movement and a history of sustained criticism....

Lithium

In this piece for Healing Journey, Anne O'Beirne briefly summarizes the history of the medical usage of lithium and describes the impact that the drug has...

Researchers Say You Might as Well be Your Own Therapist

From Quartz: Therapists may play a less significant role in mental health treatment than previously thought. A recent study found no significant difference in treatment outcomes...

Study Identifies Cause of Weight Gain From Antipsychotic Drugs

From UPI: A team of researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that the serotonin 2c receptor is responsible for weight gain...

Loneliness as Lethal: Researchers Name Social Isolation a ‘Public Health Threat’

Researchers present loneliness as a health threat facing a growing number of Americans.

More to Happiness Than Feeling Good, Study Finds

Cross-cultural data suggest that happiness involves feeling the emotions one deems as right, in accordance with personal and cultural values.

Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues to Your Mental Health

From The New York Times: New research suggests that Instagram users who have been diagnosed with depression tend to post darker, bluer, and grayer photos...

A Mad World: Capitalism and the Rise of Mental Illness

From Red Pepper: Capitalism produces much of the mental distress that is categorized as "mental illness" by turning human creativity and connectivity into social isolation,...

Tripping for Knowledge: The Psychedelic Epistemologist

In this interview for 3:AM Magazine, Chris Letheby argues that even though psychedelics may induce delusions or imaginary phenomena, their use can also lead to accurate...

Study Finds Recalling Experiences of Violence Impairs Cognitive Functioning

Recalling past exposure to violence worsens short-term memory and cognitive control.

Gratitude Lists are B.S. — Ingratitude Lists Saved me

In this piece for Good Housekeeping, one woman shares how "thinking positive" and making gratitude lists worsened her depression, and how acknowledging her pain and...

Turns out Action Video Games Really can Harm Your Brain

From Global News: According to a recent Montreal study, habitually playing action video games can lead to grey matter loss in the hippocampus, which is...

The Therapist who Saved my Life

In this creative nonfiction piece for Literary Hub, one woman shares her story of trauma, depression, and suicidality, and recounts the unconventional approach of the...

Does Marijuana Make for Depressed Brains?

From U.S. News & World Report: While some medical marijuana advocates claim that certain strands of weed may help with depression, research on the effects of...

Frances, Healy at Odds Over Program on SSRIs and Violence

Allen Frances and David Healy have expressed differing opinions on A Prescription for Murder, BBC Panorama's recent documentary on the association between antidepressants and violence. While...

Students Sue Oxford University for Mental Health Discrimination

From Express: Catherine Dance, a 24-year-old law graduate, is suing Oxford University's Jesus College for refusing to grant accommodations for her mental health disability and forcing...

‘Ego-Dissolving’ Psychedelic Drugs Could Improve Mental Health

From Medical Xpress: Researchers have proposed that psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms may help some people with anxiety, depression, and addiction by dissolving...

Researchers Find Inadequate Reporting of the Dangers of Ketamine Treatment for Depression

Researchers report that dangerous side effects are not being adequately reported in the trials of ketamine for depression.

The Moving Basis of Mental Health Diagnosis

In this opinion piece for The Chronicle Herald, Dr. A.J. discusses the subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis and the DSM. Citing research by Paula Kaplan,...

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

From The Atlantic: The pattern of constant smartphone and social media use among post-Millennials may be leading to a public mental health crisis. Research shows that...

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