Saturday, September 26, 2020

How I Know That Psychiatric Hospitals Don’t Cure Gun Violence

In this piece for the Hartford Courant, Kathleen Flaherty describes why President Trump's assertion that more psychiatric hospitals would prevent mass shootings is inaccurate and...

Bill Would Introduce Fraud Convictions for Gay ‘Cure’ Therapists

From PinkNews: A new bill has been introduced in California would would see practitioners of gay conversion therapy prosecuted for fraud. "The bill would build on the...

Two Who Died in Psychiatric Hospitals Were Improperly Medicated

From The Boston Globe: According to a new report from the Disability Law Center in Boston, two patients who died at Arbour Health System psychiatric...

#MeToo in Medicine: Women Harassed in Hospitals

From NBC: Although sexual harassment is widespread in the field of medicine, women face significant barriers to speaking out and reporting abuse. In light of...

For-Profit Medicine Incentivizes Overmedicating Our Elderly

From NBC: According to human rights investigators, anti-psychotic drugs are often administered to nursing home residents to address behavioral issues. Our nation's lack of funding...

We Need to Encourage People to Make Advance Directives

In this piece for STAT, Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu describes the value of psychiatric advance directives for those at risk of experiencing an emotional crisis. "'It’s something that can...

Privacy for Whom?

From The New Inquiry: Civil libertarians and liberal privacy advocates often frame government surveillance as a universal threat. But two new books show that surveillance...

The Mental Health System Can’t Stop Mass Shooters

In this piece for The New York Times, psychiatrist Amy Barnhorst explains why it is not feasible for mental health professionals to identify or treat people...

Apology Sought for Confinement of People with Disabilities

From the National Post: An independent report found that disabled people were being unjustly confined in a Nova Scotia psychiatric hospital. Law professor Archie Kaiser...

The Female Subject in Psychiatry From Pathology to Prozac

In this piece for The New Inquiry, Sophie Putka chronicles the mental health profession's long history of pathologizing, diagnosing, and medicating women's emotions. "With Freud’s claims...

Psychiatry’s Little Known Role in Creating the Holocaust

From NewBostonPost: In light of the recent commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is important to acknowledge the role that eugenics, a field developed by psychiatrists...

Why Aren’t Providers Screaming About the Mental Health Act?

In this piece for Tales from the Madhouse, Gary Sidley critiques the Mental Health Act as a form of legal discrimination against people deemed "mentally...

Care Homes Over-Prescribing Drugs for Residents with Dementia

From The Guardian: According to a new Human Rights Watch report, U.S. nursing homes are inappropriately prescribing antipsychotics to an estimated 179,000 residents with dementia each...

DeJarnette Sanitarium

From Atlas Obscura: In the 1930s, hundreds of people with mental disabilities committed to the now abandoned DeJarnette Sanitarium were forcibly sterilized and experimented on by the...

The Unfortunate Experiment, Updated

From Fear and Loathing in Bioethics: A new fifteen-minute television documentary investigates New Zealand's "unfortunate experiment," a horrific case of nonconsensual experimentation at the National...

Your Pills Are Spying On You

From Pacific Standard: The new Abilify MyCite pill, which contains a digital sensor that tracks whether a patient has ingested the drug, has the potential...

How Neoliberalism is Damaging Your Mental Health

From The Conversation: Neoliberal policies and conditions may be at least partly responsible for the growing mental health crisis and decline in collective well-being in...

Mental Illness Weaponry and Shrink Hypocrisy

In this piece for CounterPunch, Bruce Levine critiques the pervasive hypocrisy among U.S. mental health professionals, who on one hand claim they hope to abolish the...

A Nurse’s Response to the Power Threat Meaning Framework

In this piece for the Critical Mental Health Nurses' Network, Jonathan Gadsby speaks to the potential of the Power Threat Meaning Framework to transform the...

5 Ways to Address a Mental Health Crisis Without Calling 911

From The Body Is Not An Apology: For many people, calling the police during a mental health emergency can result in brutality. Here are five...

How Medical Professionals Have Enabled Torture

From Boston University School of Public Health: A new journal article in the American Journal of Public Health evaluates the similarities between the use of medical...

Histories of Violence: Neurodiversity and the Policing of the Norm

In this interview for the Los Angeles Review of Books, cultural theorist and philosopher Erin Manning discusses neurodiversity, a movement that seeks to depathologize traits, experiences, and...

Psychiatry is a Disaster Area in Healthcare That Needs Attention

In this piece for The BMJ, Dr. Peter Gøtzsche points out several of the major problems with the drug-based paradigm of psychiatric care as well as...

Mental Health Seclusion to be Scrapped After UN Condemnation

From Stuff: In 2015, the United Nations Committee Against Torture expressed concern at New Zealand's use of seclusion against mental health patients. According to a...

Study Investigates Factors that Foster Posttraumatic Growth in Prison

Emotional support, religion, and searching for meaning are positively correlated with posttraumatic growth among prisoners.

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