Sunday, February 5, 2023

Tag: media and mental health

Ken Burns’ “Hiding in Plain Sight…”: Candid Interviews, Canned Conclusions

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I was hoping for more accurate representation of youth mental health challenges. What I saw instead was a glossy patchwork of mixed messages.

Saving Lives or Cementing Stigma? A Review of “Just Like You…”

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In my experience, episodes of anxiety and depression dwindle in the face of hope and empowerment, while broken-brain narratives lead to deeper despair.

Toxic Marketing: The Business of Selling TMS

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Ads pushing transcranial magnetic stimulation are everywhere. As someone harmed by the treatment, I believe they are misleading and unethical.

Save the Date! Kids in Crisis: The Overprescribing of Psychiatric...

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Mad in America presents a live Town Hall featuring a special, private screening of "Luna" followed by a panel discussion.

Counter-Messaging Downplays Effectiveness of Exercise for Depression

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Counter-messaging and a lack of critical analysis may lead doctors away from suggesting exercise for depression.

The Strange, Contagious History of Bulimia

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In this piece for Science of Us, Lee Daniel Kravetz discusses the impact of media exposure on the rise of bulimia and explores the social...

To the Bone: The Trouble With Anorexia on Film

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From The Atlantic: The new Netflix film To the Bone, which tells the story of a woman's struggle with anorexia, reflects our culture's morbid fascination and...

Femme Fatales, ‘Female Psychopaths,’ and Narrative ‘Science’

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In this piece for Repeater Books, Tristam Vivian Adams discusses the ways sociopaths and psychopaths are portrayed in the media, and the ways we...

Large German Anti-Stigma Campaign Shows Little Effect on Attitudes

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“Overall, this study showed that the information and awareness campaign had almost no significant effects on the general public's attitudes toward people affected by either schizophrenia or depression,” the researchers, led by German medical sociologist Anna Makowski, wrote. “One could assume that deeply rooted convictions cannot be modified by rather time-limited and general activities targeted at the public.”

How the News Frames the Opioid Epidemic

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US news coverage has primarily framed the opioid drug abuse epidemic as a criminal justice issue rather than a public health problem, according to new research published ahead of print in the Journal of Psychiatric Services. The media’s framing of the epidemic may increase stigma against those who develop a dependency on prescription drugs and distract political attention from public-health oriented solutions, such as increased access to substance abuse recovery treatments.