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Books Under Review: Fall 2022

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Reviews of three recent books reflecting various perspectives on the mental health system.
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New App Aims to Predict Whether People with Psychosis Are Worth Hiring

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“Unfortunately, the ethical considerations of incorporating these tools are rarely acknowledged in published prediction articles,” the researchers write.

Art and Transformation: Creating Justice in Mental Health

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An upcoming conference focuses on the perspective of artists and activists in answering what it means to have a just mental health care system: Who decides who is labelled as mad?

David Healy – Polluting Our Internal Environments: The Perils of Polypharmacy

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On the MIA Podcast, Dr David Healy discusses World Tapering Day, antidepressant treatment and sensory neuropathy and the difficulties that can be encountered when trying to deprescribe.

W.H.O. and U.N. Join Calls to Transcend the Medical Model

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From Psychology Today: It will be harder for die-hard defenders of the medical model to dismiss such organizations as the UN and the WHO as extremist, anti-psychiatry radicals.
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The Mental Health Industry Speaks Volumes About Our Society’s Priorities

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An educated public has a much better chance of advocating from the grassroots for safe and effective treatments in the face of a pharmaceutical industry more interested in profits than people.
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Denmark Is the Only European Country Where the Usage of Depression Pills Has Dropped

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Between 2010 and 2020, the consumption of depression pills increased by 37% in 24 European countries. Denmark was the only country where usage dropped (a 4% drop).

The New Opium of the People: Why Our Mental Health Sector Has Failed

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From iai News: By sweeping the social causes of distress into the private corners of self, our mental health sector has helped stifle collective and community action.

Seclusion, Restraint and Coercion: Abuse ‘Far Too Common’ in Mental Health Services Across the...

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From The Telegraph: The WHO has called for 'considerable' changes in countries of all income levels, citing widespread use of forced admission and treatment; manual, physical and chemical restraint; physical, verbal, psychological and sexual abuse; and unsanitary living conditions.
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Growing Good Mental Health with Choice Theory

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On those days when I’m experiencing discomfort, anger or frustration, I ask myself: Which need is not being adequately met and which is driving my discontent?

Breaking Academia’s Silence on Inpatient Psychiatry: An Interview with Researcher Morgan Shields

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Morgan Shields discussed her experiences in inpatient psychiatry and her efforts to bring patient-centered care to this oft-neglected field.

Gradual Tapering Recommended for Antidepressant Discontinuation

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A new literature review reinforces the need to “down-titrate” or taper antidepressants, especially drugs like Celexa and Paxil.

‘Prescripticide’: Short Film by ISEPP

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From ISEPP: The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry looks at the devastating consequences of the unchallenged use of psychiatric drugs.
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Feel Hopeless About Reforming a Broken System? Incremental Change Is Still Change

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Despite all our efforts, it seems that a radical transformation of the system has not yet occurred. However, incremental changes can directly improve the lives of thousands.

From Wonder Drug to Catastrophe: My Seroquel Story

What my doctor had told me would be a two-week withdrawal from Seroquel turned into a 14-month nightmare with lasting repercussions: the movement disorder tardive dyskinesia.

Anders Sørensen – Tackling Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Through Research and in Practice

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Anders Sørenson is a Danish clinical psychologist with a special interest in psychiatric drug withdrawal. He has undertaken research which assesses the state of guidance on psychiatric drug withdrawal and paid close attention to tapering methods with the aim of identifying approaches which might make withdrawal more tolerable for people.
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The New DSM Is Coming and That Isn’t Good News

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Binge Eating Disorder is one of many invalid diagnoses we’ll continue to receive as a result of the APA’s failure to correct the mistakes of past versions of the DSM.

Beyond Benzos: Jordan B. Peterson’s Trip to Hell and Back

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I am thankful "Beyond Order" exists; if only because it serves as a cautionary tale for anyone looking to modify their mood using psychiatry’s plethora of pills.

Caught in a Trap: Psychiatric Sabotage by Liam Kirk

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From Asylum Magazine: Liam Kirk explains what happened when he took part in the RADAR trial to try to come off anti-psychotic medication.

UN Warns of Rise of Psychological ‘Cybertorture’ to Bypass Physical Ban

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From The Guardian: Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain, the UN torture rapporteur has said.
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Why Detox Facilities and Psych Wards Are Not the Place to Come Off Psychiatric...

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In online communities, patients learn their strange symptoms may be due to the medications they are taking, and are offered solutions that provide hope.
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Ending The Silence Around Psychedelic Therapy Abuse

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All the new hype about miracle psychedelic treatments as the next wave of cures for mental disorders leaves out the risk of therapy abuse.
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How and Why Neurotypicals Misunderstand and Mistreat Autistic People

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Commonly used autism interventions, such as ABA, have been found to be both ineffective and abusive, inflicting trauma on those subjected to them.

The Nurtured Heart Approach Goes Mainstream: Research and Experience Support “Celebrating Greatness in Every...

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The Nurtured Heart Approach represents a massive shift in thinking—about schooling, about children and how to raise them, about how we regard those with intensity, and about the medical model pathologizing them.
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A Neuroscientist Evaluates the Standard Biological Model of Depression

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Current evidence does not support a biological hypothesis of depression. It is far better predicted by levels of childhood trauma, life stress, and lack of social supports.

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