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ADHD as Cargo Cult Science

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Barkley’s theory on ADHD was akin to what Richard Feynman called “Cargo Cult Science,” only more misleading and dangerous. In contrast, there is no evidence of brain abnormality in ADHD. The airplanes have not landed, nor are they likely to.
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What is Open Dialogue Today?

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Please join us on Friday, October 23 for OpenExcellence, HOPENDialogue, and Mad in America’s ongoing Town Hall conversation about what Open Dialogue is — and is becoming.
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Psychotherapy Has an Enduring Effect on Depression—in Contrast to Depression Pills

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A meta-analysis published last month showed that psychotherapy has an enduring effect on depression—in contrast to depression pills.

Researchers Provide Guidance for Reducing and Stopping Psychiatric Drugs

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New guidance on how to taper and discontinue from psychiatric drugs from leading researchers Mark Horowitz and David Taylor.

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

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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.

‘Mental Health Film Comment’ Podcast: Miranda Spencer on ‘Framing Britney Spears’

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From Mental Health Film Comment: MIA Staff Writer Miranda Spencer discusses Britney Spears' conservatorship and media portrayal of the star's emotional struggles.
Oryx Cohen and Briza Gavidia

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

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Two National Empowerment Center leaders discuss eCPR, a process for helping youth—or anyone—through an emotional crisis using three simple steps.
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SSRI Withdrawal’s Elephant in the Room: Tardive Akathisia

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Slower tapering of antidepressant dose is generally more comfortable. However, success or failure after stopping completely mostly relates to whether tardive akathisia occurs.

The Psychiatric Hospital Is an Institution of Social Control

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Psychiatry is an institution of control. It is easier to keep society in check when unwanted behavioral traits can be considered pathology.
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The DSM Files: Investigating the Incoherence of Psychiatry’s Bible

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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.
Evan Durst Kreeger

Jinxed: The Persecution of Evan Durst Kreeger

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I am very concerned that Evan is about to be devoured by psychiatry's maw. Things could be different if Evan were able to hire an attorney or attorneys to deal with all of these different legal actions coming at him and otherwise protect his interests such as sue the trustees for their unconscionable actions, but as I have indicated, his trustees have cut off his money so he can't hire such an attorney or attorneys.

Antipsychotics Increase Risk of Dementia; New Research Illuminates Why

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In JAMA psychiatry, researchers outline new theories connecting antipsychotic use in people with schizophrenia and increased dementia risk.
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End Police “Wellness Checks.” Now.

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If you are a mental health worker or advocate, there's a way to help dismantle police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S.
Helena Hansen

Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry: An Interview with Helena Hansen

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MIA interviews psychiatrist and anthropologist Helena Hansen about bringing structural competency to psychiatry while rebuilding communities.

The Politics of Distress: A Discussion With Dr. James Davies on His New Book,...

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James Davies on the medicalization and individualizing of distress and its connection to neoliberal ideology, and the need to focus on pervasive inequality and other social causes.
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The New York Times Confidently Misinterprets a New ECT Study

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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.

Tower of Babel: The Meaning and Purpose of Voicehearing and Psychosis

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A bottomless well of ideas and stories and seeming fantasies emerges from the mouths of voicehearers, psychotics, and schizophrenics. Is anyone taking the time to actually listen?

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

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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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Dear “Psychology Today”: Believe Incest Survivors

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Incest survivors are the neglected heroes of the #MeToo movement. Yet when it comes to entrenched narratives that silence incest survivors, mainstream media continues to propagate these harmful myths unchecked.
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Akathisia: Very Nearly the Death of Me

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Akathisia is truly an indescribable thing—and has to be one of the most hellish experiences on earth. It’s like your brain is hijacked. Every day I thought could be my last.
A sign at a climate change protest reads "NOT COOL" and depicts Earth as melting ice cream

What Is Climate Distress—And What Can Therapists Do About It?

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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.

The FDA Is Failing the American People

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From MedPage Today: From this vantage, the FDA looks like an agency whose goal is to preserve pharmaceutical profits.
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Mental Health Care Must Support Consent and Basic Human Rights

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Despite the UN’s strong stance against involuntary treatment, many countries continue to uphold legislation that encourages it.
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NGRI: The Gilligan’s Island of the Criminal Justice System

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I approached the NGRI system with the belief that my commitment would be short and sweet and that in less than one year I would be back to living in the community. That year turned into nearly two decades.

Boy, Interrupted: A Story of Akathisia

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I watched my son’s life change almost overnight. He developed akathisia from antidepressants, taken as prescribed for just a few weeks for garden-variety anxiety.

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