Thursday, May 13, 2021

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As Hannah’s Diazepam Prescription Rose, So Did Red Flags in Victoria’s Addiction Warning System

From ABC Australia: Victoria's SafeScript system was rolled out in 2018 to track the use of certain medications and 'enable safer clinical decisions.' But experts fear it may be pushing some patients towards the black market.

Council of Europe: Mental Health Reform Is Urgent Need and Human Rights Imperative

From COE Commissioner for Human Rights: While the additional strain generated by the pandemic is new, the mental health situation and lack of services has been a neglected human rights crisis in Europe for a long time.

IIPDW Open Letter to NICE in the UK Regarding Antipsychotics Withdrawal

From IIPDW: The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal is requesting, for the second time, that NICE reverse its decision to exclude antipsychotic medications from its published withdrawal guidelines.

Psychologists Propose “Sluggish Thought” Disorder

From STAT: Dr. Allen Frances, chair of the DSM-IV task force, called the proposed new mental health diagnosis “one of the dumbest" he's seen.

April 18: Staff, Former Residents of Soteria Vermont to Give Online Talk for Rethinking Psychiatry

From Rethinking Psychiatry: Soteria House offers a complete paradigm shift to helping people experiencing what mainstream psychiatry calls "psychosis."

The Situational Therapist: 3 Ways Mental Illness Is Misdiagnosed in Children (video)

From The Situational Therapist: A marriage and family therapist offers an irreverent take on what's really going on when a child gets 'diagnosed with a mental illness.'

It’s A Mad World! Podcast: A Discussion with Robert Whitaker

From It's a Mad World!: In a new podcast on the politics of mental health and the mental health of politics, Irish psychiatrist Dr. Peadar O’Grady talks with Robert Whitaker about his books and work.

Mental Health Advocates Launch Campaign to Stop Continued Electroshock of 22-Year-Old MN Man

From Mindfreedom: Charles Helmer was force-shocked on March 26 and, unless the advocacy campaign is successful, he will be force-shocked on April 9 and every two weeks afterwards.

Tapering Antidepressants: Why Do Tens of Thousands Turn to Facebook Groups for Support?

From BJGP Life: Recent research concluded that over half of people coming off antidepressants will suffer withdrawal symptoms, of which one in two cases will be severe.

ECT: Dangerous on Either Side of the Pond

From Psychiatric Times: This controversial treatment must be suspended pending research to determine if there are any benefits that outweigh its proven adverse effects.

The Radicalization of a White Psychiatrist

From Psychiatric Services: Encouraged by my colleagues of color to engage in some uncomfortable self-reflection, I realized that the trajectory of my career was directly influenced by my racial biases.

Science Plays the Long Game. But People Have Mental Health Issues Now.

From The New York Times: When people are drowning, they’re less interested in the genetics of respiration than in a life preserver.

NH Supreme Court Takes Up ‘Boarding’ Psych Patients in Hospital ERs

From InDepthNH: The case arose from the state’s appeal of the case involving Jane Doe who was held against her will for 17 days in an emergency room.

Psychiatric Drugs: What Therapists Need to Consider

From PESI UK: While it might be tempting for therapists to think that drugs are the sole concern of the prescriber and the province of the medical arena, this would be misguided.

AntiDepAware Is No Longer Active

From Behaviorism and Mental Health: The website, whose goal has been to raise awareness of the dangers of antidepressants, should be required reading for psychiatrists and anyone who prescribes psychiatric drugs.

Surviving the Bipolar Label with Karin Jervert

From The Courageously.u Podcast: MIA writer Karin Jervert discusses the trauma she experienced in the mental health system, and how she's come to understand her life journey apart from it.


From Mindfreedom: Please help us protect 22-year-old Charles Helmer by taking one or more actions before Friday!

New Paper on How to Stop Antipsychotic Drugs Deemed ‘Historic Breakthrough’

From Metro: Though one of the fastest-growing classes of drugs being prescribed, there has been little guidance for doctors on how to safely taper them.

‘Peak’ Podcast Ep. 7 – Micah Ingle: Psychology and its Meta-Transformations

From Peak Podcast: MIA writer and Consciousness and Society PhD student Micah Ingle discusses his journey with psychology and where he sees it going.

‘It’s Not Just in Your Head’ Podcast: We’re All Addicts, With Kevin Gallagher

From It's Not Just in Your Head: Mental health counselor Kevin Gallagher shares what he learned first-hand about America's broken approaches to addiction treatment while he struggled through his own past addiction.

Get Out of the Explain Lane

From Benzo Brains: When you’re broken, it’s too hard to carry both yourself and others by explaining, pleading or arguing. Save your energy for the journey instead.

Psychiatry and the Shores of Social Construction: Sami Timimi, MD

From Psychiatric Times: Awais Aftab interviews Dr. Sami Timimi on his latest book, Insane Medicine: How the Mental Health Industry Creates Damaging Treatment Traps and How You Can Escape Them.

What Happens to Your Mental Health When You Can’t Pay Your Rent?

From The New York Times: There is no one cause for any suicide. But research shows that there is a connection between people’s ability to pay rent each month and their mental health.

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Feeling Anguish Is Normal and Is Not a Disorder

From The Conversation: Medicalizing emotional suffering doesn’t address the source of our anguish or help us find meaning in our own experiences—something that is essential to our capacity to cope and adapt.

Why Mental Health Researchers Are Studying Psychedelics All Wrong

From Salon: The rigidity of reductive clinical research belies the organic and expansive nature of the psychedelic experience.

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