Sunday, October 2, 2022

Jon Jureidini–Evidence-Based Medicine in a Post-Truth World

In this interview, Jon Jureidini talks about the issues with evidence-based medicine and describes what led to the debasement of a system originally conceived to challenge extravagant claims and poor science.

Brainwashing in the Medical Training | Two Letters to Alice Miller

From Just as children are often blamed for anything that happens to them, patients are often blamed, and thus denied adequate care, for their afflictions.

The Mad in the World Network: A Global Voice for Change

Mad in Ireland is the newest Mad in America affiliate. The network of affiliate sites is becoming a global voice for change.

“Holy Shit!” Psychiatry’s Cognitive Dissonance on Display

Even those who would seek to reform the profession of psychiatry cannot confront the reality that exists in the research literature

‘The Medical Model Has Presided Over Four Decades of Flat-Lining Outcomes’

From The BPS: Our services, as they are currently configured, make the medicalisation of our suffering the core precondition for receiving any care or support at all. That is wrong and must change. Dr. James Davies

‘We Are Engaged in Something Much More Complex Than a Debate About the Evidence’

From The BPS: The current debate in mental health poses a challenge to power, and as we know, few people or institutions will give up power voluntarily. Dr. Lucy Johnstone

New Narrative Game Raises Awareness of ACEs & Their Impact on Youth Mental Health

From iThrive Games: Children of the Flame was created by youth designers at the SEED (System-Educated Expert Disrupters) Institute to raise awareness of trauma and trauma-informed practices.

Psychiatry, Fraud, and the Case for a Class-Action Lawsuit

For decades, psychiatry committed medical fraud when it told the public that antidepressants fixed a chemical imbalance in the brain.

John Read and Jeffrey Masson – Biological Psychiatry and the Mass Murder of “Schizophrenics”

On the Mad in America podcast this week, we hear from the co-authors of a paper published in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and...

No Link Between Serotonin and Depression: What Does That Mean for Antidepressants?

Peter Simons covers in detail a new systematic review that debunks the widely popularized myth of low serotonin in depression, the “chemical imbalance theory.”

Psychiatry’s Failure Crisis: Are You Moderately or Radically Enlightened?

The moderately enlightened acknowledge some of psychiatry’s failures but, in common with the unenlightened, desperately attempt to preserve the institution of psychiatry.

Depression Likely Not Caused by a Chemical Imbalance in the Brain – New Study

From The Conversation: Until now, there has been no comprehensive review of the research on serotonin and depression that could enable firm conclusions about the chemical imbalance theory.

Andrew Scull—Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness

Sociologist and author Andrew Scull discusses the history of psychiatry's "Desperate Remedies," from lobotomy and the asylum to the failures of today's drugs and the fads of ketamine and deep brain stimulation.
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Laura Van Tosh: The Life of a Psychiatric Survivor Activist

Laura Van Tosh has been a leader in psychiatric survivor circles for 40 years, working at local, state and national levels.

Pathologized Since Eve: Jessica Taylor on Women, Trauma, and “Sexy but Psycho”

Our guest today is Jessica Taylor, author of Sexy But Psycho: How the Patriarchy Uses Women’s Trauma Against Them, which was published in March...

Facebook Is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information from Hospital Websites

From The Markup: Experts say some hospitals’ use of an ad tracking tool may violate a federal law protecting health information.

How Drugmakers Influence Our Beliefs About ‘Mental Illness’

From Medium/Markham Heid: "Greater awareness” campaigns can often be little more than pharmaceutical marketing tactics that turn normal human feelings into illnesses.

Tara Thiagarajan: Mental Well-being Better in Venezuela than in United States: Why?

Tara Thiagarajan is founder and chief scientist of Sapien Labs, a nonprofit organization that runs the Mental Health Million Project, we discuss its annual Mental State of the World Report, which uses an online survey to track mental wellbeing among internet-enabled populations around the world.

Man Who Killed Son Tours Canada With “Know Your Drugs” Campaign

From the Windsor Star: “You’ve got to question your doctor,” said David Carmichael, of Toronto. “You’ve got to question, research, and report suspected adverse drug reactions.”
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Interview with Sonja Styblo: Update on the Massachusetts Benzo Bill

Styblo discusses the history of the Benzodiazepine Bill, its current status, the purpose of the legislation, and why she and others have so vigorously pursued this legislation.

Calif. Man Seeks to Overturn Conviction, Alleging Adverse SSRI Reaction

Benjamin Bathen was convicted in 2018 of making criminal threats to his former therapist, but he says his behavior was caused by the medication she had urged him to take.

False Positives in Brain Imaging, Unpublished and Missing Trials, and Conflicts of Interest

In our Science News podcast, Peter Simons reports on false positives in brain imaging, unpublished and missing trials, conflicts of interest and more.

The Impact the DSM Has Had On All of Us: An interview with Sarah...

"You're not going to sell many drugs by saying your problem is your life experiences. It's far more effective to say your problem is in the brain. It's an imbalance, we can correct that imbalance, just take our product."

Mental Wellbeing Poorest in English-Speaking Countries of the World

A survey of 233,087 “internet users” in 34 countries that measured “mental wellbeing” found that the percentage of respondents who were “distressed or struggling” was highest in English-speaking regions of the world, where 30% fell into this category.

Breaking Off My Chemical Romance: Reassessing Antidepressants

From The Nation: Some medical professionals are concluding what until recently felt too heretical to say out loud: Antidepressants may often cause more harm than good.

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