Thursday, December 9, 2021

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The DSM Files: Investigating the Incoherence of Psychiatry’s Bible

A critical view of the way the DSM categorizes internal suffering and makes sense (or sometimes nonsense) of it—full of inconsistencies and bad logic.

Top ‘ADHD Experts’ All Take Drug Company Money

From ADHD is BS: All of the world's ten most influential 'ADHD experts' take funds from multiple ADHD drug manufacturers. Topping the list is American psychologist Prof Stephen V. Faraone who has commercial ties to 21 ADHD drug companies.

How Western Psychology Can Rip Indigenous Families Apart: An Interview with Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn

An interview with Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn about the consequences \psychology and mental health treatment can have for indigenous children.
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Emotional Contagion Spreads Madness—What Can We Do About It?

In my opinion, emotional contagion is the strongest power known to humankind. Emotions move and flow among people and groups. We absorb others’ emotions.
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“For Life”: New Opera Tells the Stories of Those Harmed by Psychiatric Drugs

Dawn Sonntag and Kermit Cole have collaborated on a new opera, "For Life," that tells the stories of those harmed by psychiatric drugs.

Researchers Push to End Placebo Run-in Periods in Antidepressant Studies

Meta-analysis finds that the placebo run-in methodology reduces the placebo effect and finds antidepressants to be less useful.

How CBT Harmed Me: The Interview That the New York Times Erased

From Disability Visibility Project: CBT as a modality is based around gaslighting. It's about telling a patient that the world is safe, bad feelings are temporary, and that pain is a 'faulty or unhelpful' distortion of thinking.

‘At the Forefront of Medicine’: My UChicago Involuntary Hospitalization

From The Chicago Maroon: A neuroscience student reflects on the psychiatric system’s failure to care for its patients--and how it can often make matters worse.
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Art, Music, Exercise, and More: What Are the Recommended Doses for Improving Mental Health?

Researchers have calculated the dose-response benefits of ordinary hobbies, habits, and lifestyle practices that are available without any trip to a doctor or a drug store.
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What Is Climate Distress—And What Can Therapists Do About It?

Therapists who encounter climate distress should reject the false burden borne by individuals and embrace a spirit of shared vulnerability, solidarity, collective action, and demands for justice.

How Emotional Blindness Is Created – 21 Points by Alice Miller

From The renowned Swiss psychotherapist summarized the way repressed early maltreatment leads to chronic emotional disconnectivity.

Renee Schuls-Jacobson – Psychiatrized: Waking up After a Decade of Bad Medicine

We interview Renee Schuls-Jacobson about her book Psychiatrized: Waking up After a Decade of Bad Medicine which details Renee's experiences being prescribed the benzodiazepine clonazepam (Klonopin) for seven years.
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Reason and Madness: How Psychiatry Marginalizes Those Who Contradict Western Norms

Psychiatry can be used as a tool by those in power as an arbiter of normality, but it also reflects the dominant attitudes, values, and beliefs of society.

Withdrawal Symptoms Cloud Findings of Antidepressant “Relapse” Trial

Leading researchers point out that a new antidepressant study in NEJM failed to account for withdrawal symptoms, casting doubt on the results.

APA Apologizes for Longstanding Contributions to Systemic Racism & Human Hierarchy

From the American Psychological Association: "The APA failed in its role leading the discipline of psychology, was complicit in contributing to systemic inequities, and hurt many through racism, racial discrimination, and denigration of people of color, thereby falling short on its mission to benefit society and improve lives."
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“Make Psychiatry Healthy”: Analysis of a Leaflet From the Danish Psychiatric Association

The Danish Psychiatric Association has a leaflet on its website entitled “Make Psychiatry Healthy.” I found that the suggestions would make psychiatry sicker than it already is. 
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Why Not Seek Treatment Through the Mental Health System?

When I was emotionally stuck, I didn’t feel the current understanding of psychiatric problems and treatment would help. In fact, I felt it would be a hindrance to recovery.
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The New York Times Confidently Misinterprets a New ECT Study

The New York Times article paints a rosy picture of ECT, but it’s based on a misleading study and dismisses the plentiful research on ECT’s harms.

Remembering Dorothea Buck—Who Forced Psychiatry To Confront Its Deadly History

From Ms. Magazine: After being force-sterilized and tortured by psychiatry as a young woman, Buck fought fiercely, speaking out against both psychiatric abuse and the way medicine defines schizophrenia and psychosis.

Health Insurers Need to Reimburse Medication Tapering Strips

From IIPDW: Reimbursing tapering strips that help patients taper medication will save a lot of suffering and death, yet health insurers refuse to do so.

Crisis on Campus: Mental Health Counselors Are Feeling the Crush

A dramatic rise in demand for college mental health services has led to counselors feeling burned out. Counseling center directors are looking for solutions.

“Mama”: A Woman and Her Chimpanzees Heal Together After Trauma

From The New Yorker: In Pablo de la Chica's short film "Mama," a caregiver at a chimpanzee sanctuary and the orphaned chimps she cares for—both victims of the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—help each other heal.
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#FreeBritney Takes the Capitol: Rallygoers Seek Momentum for Guardianship Reform

Members and supporters of Free Britney America staged their third demonstration so far this year in Washington, DC, in support of ending conservatorships.

To Minimize Medication Withdrawal, Taper Slowly

From Psychiatric News: “There is an urgent need to develop official guidelines for how to safely taper psychotropics”—for both patients and physicians, says Mark Horowitz, MD.

Can Critiques of Psychiatry Help us Imagine a Post-Capitalist Future? An Interview with Hans...

An interview with Hans Skott-Myhre on the seeds of post-capitalist subjectivity to be found in the writing of Franco Basaglia and R.D. Laing.

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