Friday, January 27, 2023

Tag: politics and mental health

Bernie Sanders’ ‘Revolutionary’ Disability Plan Opposes Expanding Involuntary Treatment

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Candidate Bernie Sanders' 'disability rights as civil rights' plan is distinctive in its explicit inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities and diagnoses, an orientation that runs counter to prevailing policy discourse in the U.S. 

We Must Defeat the Tories for the Sake of Our Mental...

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From The Daily Mirror: According to U.K. academics and mental health groups, five more years of Tory rule would greatly exacerbate people's mental health and cause...

Karen Pence Picks a Cause, and Art Therapists Feel Angst

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From the New York Times: On Inauguration Day, Karen Pence announced her support for the mental health profession of art therapy. While many art therapists...

Stripped of False Realities: Americans’ Political “Psychotic Break”

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Bruce Levine, writing to MIA about his popular story on Counterpunch yesterday, wrote "It's basically a politics/election piece, which is why I didn't post...

“Rutgers Professor Taken for Pysch Evaluation by NYPD After Political Tweets”

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“According to Allred's tweets from Tuesday night, the New York Police Department visited him at home to investigate ‘political statements’ he made ‘on campus...

Are DNA Changes the Link Between Poverty and Mental Illness?

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Researchers at Duke University who studied 183 adolescents for three years found that increased depression associated with poverty may be mediated by epigenetic changes in DNA. The...

“The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism”

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For Medium, Joe Brewer claims that the “’mental disease’ of late-stage capitalism is shame, the devastating feeling that we failed ourselves in the Land...

Comments on Jeffrey Lieberman and Ogi Ogas’ Wall Street Journal Article...

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The March 3rd, 2016 edition of the Wall Street Journal featured an article by past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Jeffrey Lieberman and his colleague, computational neuroscientist Ogi Ogas. The article was entitled “Genetics and Mental Illness—Let’s Not Get Carried Away.” In their piece, the authors started by expressing the belief that a recent study identified a gene that causes schizophrenia, and then discussed whether it is desirable or possible to remove allegedly pathological genes in the interest of creating a future “mentally perfect society.” The authors of the article, like many previous textbook authors, seem unfamiliar with the questionable “evidence” put forward by psychiatry as proof that its disorders are “highly heritable” In fact, DSM-5 Task Force Chair David Kupfer admitted that “we’re still waiting” for the discovery of “biological and genetic markers” for psychiatric disorders.

Child Poverty Linked to Early Neurological Impairment

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A new NIH-funded study suggests that children from low-income environments are more likely to have neurological impairments. The researchers claim that these neurodevelopmental issues are “distinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty.”

“Many in US Congress Hold Health Industry Investments”

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“About 30 percent of senators and 20 percent of representatives held assets in biomedical and health-care companies, or in specialty funds set up to invest...