Saturday, October 21, 2017

I’m Reinventing Mental Health Care by Putting Patients in Charge

In this piece for The Guardian, Joy Hibbins describes how her experiences of powerlessness as a mental health service user led her to start Suicide...

Here’s Why I Wouldn’t Use the Mental Health System

In this piece for The Spinoff, Graham Panther, a consultant in Australia's mental health system, speaks to some of the shortcomings of mainstream mental health support....

How Stoicism can Help us Deal With Depression

From Medical Xpress: Stoicism, an ancient philosophy based on the idea that the goal of life is to live in agreement with nature, can be...

The Psychedelic Renaissance is Here. Will it Last This Time?

From Massive: Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelics may revolutionize mental health care. In order for this "psychedelic renaissance" to last, scientists and citizens will need...

The Social Life of Opioids

From Scientific American: Increasing prescription rates of opioid painkillers are often blamed for America's current opioid crisis. However, a growing body of research suggests that...

Psychology in the Metacolony

From Mail & Guardian: Colonialism today is more entrenched in our society than it ever has been in the past, and traditional psychology and mental...

Child Abuse and Violence Survivors are Being Re-Traumatised

From The Independent: Recently, psychiatric patients used the hashtag #AbusedByServices to tweet about their experiences being re-traumatized by mental health services. The hashtag reflects the...

Researchers Confirm That Relative Age Impacts ADHD Diagnosis

The youngest children in a class are more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis than their peers.

Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom

From Brain Pickings: In his 1981 book Freedom and Destiny, existential psychologist Rollo May explores how to attain self-liberation, a process that requires that we learn...

Does Modern Neuroscience Really Help us Understand Behavior?

From Massive: According to neuroscience experts Danbee Kim and Gonçalo Lopes, the field of neuroscience focuses far too much on the anatomy of the brain and...

The Touch of Madness

In this piece for Pacific Standard, David Dobbs recounts the story of Nev Jones, a psychologist with lived experience who is working to change the...

Psychologists Push For New Approaches to Psychosis: Part 1

Psychologists and people with experience of psychotic symptoms publish a report on new ways of understanding psychosis.

Late Night Snack – Shrink: Sarah Silverman

In this video, comedian Sarah Silverman recounts her journey with mental health treatment and discusses how therapy has helped her.

It’s Easy to Get Caught Up in Constructing Our Selves

In this video for Aeon, clinical psychologist Daniel Brown discusses the ways that the construction of a fixed selfhood can limit the possibilities of our...

World Mental Health Day

In this piece written in honor of World Mental Health Day, Peter Kinderman emphasizes the importance of challenging the biomedical model of mental health and paying...

Duke Psychiatrist: America is Having a Nervous Breakdown

In this interview for AlterNet, Allen Frances describes the various political, social, and psychological factors that led the U.S. to elect President Trump and create the national...

Living With Depression Under Capitalism

In this piece for rs21, Kate Bradley writes about the depression she has experienced as a result of capitalism and societal oppression, and the way...

New Grant Boosts Hearing Voices Approach in USA

From The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care: The Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund has been awarded a $300,000 grant to expand their...

Why You Should Never Tell Someone Who’s Grieving to Move On

In this interview for Thrive Global, psychoanalyst Robert Stolorow explains why we should not seek to heal or fix the grief we experience from trauma...

JAMA Article Challenges CBT as Gold Standard for Psychotherapy

A review of CBT research findings raises questions about its status as the “evidence-based” psychotherapy of choice.

Natural Disasters Have a Serious Impact on Mental Health

From Bustle: Natural disasters often inflict psychological harm on those who experience them, increasing the likelihood of PTSD in survivors. In addition to repairing physical...

Being Empathetic is Good, but it can Hurt Your Health

From The Washington Post: Research shows that while empathy is an essential ingredient for building relationships, feeling overwhelmed by others' emotions can lead to health...

School Culture May Contribute to Overdiagnosis, Study Finds

Officials at a school that was more focused on ADHD diagnoses described children’s behavior in terms of individual illnesses, taking children out of the context of their social interactions, race, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Scholars Suggest Mindfulness Can be a Means for Questioning Capitalism

Buddhist-inspired mindfulness counters Western misappropriations of self-help mindfulness to provide a framework for challenging capitalism.

Can Therapists Really Share Their Power?

From Psychology Today: It has become increasingly trendy for therapists to talk about sharing their power or even giving away their power to clients. However,...

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