Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Madness, Disability, and Abolition: A Call for Movement Solidarity

From It's Going Down: When we consider the horrors of the mental health industry, we should ask ourselves the same questions we ask of prisons and police. Can the system be “reformed,” or is it rotten to the core?

Denver Program That Replaces Cops With Counselors Is Reducing Arrests

From Denverite: The Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program represents a more empathetic approach to policing that keeps people out of an often-cyclical criminal justice system.

A 9-Year-Old Was Pepper-Sprayed by Police. Here’s What Should Have Happened Instead

From USA TODAY: "To expect a child to be able to overcome that biological [stress] response for the sake of compliance demonstrates a lack of understanding."

A New Tool in Treating ‘Mental Illness’: Building Design

From The New York Times: New research into the health effects of our surroundings is spurring the development of facilities that feel more residential.

Psychologists Should Now Lead the Call to Close Guantánamo

From Psychology Today: Calling for the permanent closure of Guantánamo would be an important milestone in the APA's fraught journey to reset its moral compass.

Parting the Clouds | Charles Raison on New Treatments for Depression

From The Sun: Many "new" treatments for depression have been a part of human cultures for millennia: compassion meditation, sweat lodges, fasting, and psychedelics like psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

They Called for Help. They’d Always Regret It.

From The Atlantic: Two families called 911 to get help for their sons. They didn’t know that they’d be thrusting them into a complex and often brutal system.

The Problem With Mental Health Awareness

From The Nation: Campaigns telling people to become “aware” and “reach out” are, at best, an incorrect diagnosis of the problem and at worst, gaslighting.

How Frightened People Should Be Treated by Doctors – RD Laing

From Did You Used to be RD Laing?: "The ‘treatment’ that we give someone, is the way we treat that person. It should not be a noun, but an active verb."

Asia’s Largest Psychiatric Clinic for Women

From DW Documentary: Asia’s largest psychiatric facility is home to 1700 female patients—or "ghosts." Many were victims of violence, or simply rejected by their families.

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

From The New York Times: Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking.

Video Captures Patient Crawling Out of Hospital After Staff Dismiss Pleas for Help

From CBC: "They thought I was faking it because I was bipolar," Pontone said. "There are no words to describe what I went through that night."

Therapy Isn’t for Everyone

From Medium: For many of us, therapy is just another room where we are stared at and made to feel defective—and that’s if we can afford to go at all.

Tens of Thousands Relying on Social Media Support Groups to Withdraw From Antidepressants

From Sky News: Dr. Ed White discusses his recent report about the lack of medical support for people coming off antidepressants and the online support groups forming in their absence.

What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs, with Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff

From Psychology Is: Millions of people are prescribed psychiatric drugs each year, but few understand how these drugs actually affect the brain.

Mental Health Act Reforms Aim to Tackle High Rate of Black People Sectioned

From The Guardian: Mental health advocates have described the proposed reforms as an important step forward to treating people with respect and dignity.

15 Signs You’re Experiencing a Spiritual Emergency

From lonerwolf: There are two main types of spiritual emergency: mystical psychosis (hallucinations, mania, etc.) and the dark night of the soul (depression).

The Real Cure for COVID Is Renewing Our Fractured Relationship With the Planet

From The Globe and Mail: The solution is not to beat back the symptoms and return to business as usual, but to fan the flame of aliveness of the beautiful and healthier world that is in retreat.

How Big Pharma & Psychiatry Gaslight Us: Interview with Bruce Levine

From Radio Free Sunroot: Kollibri terre Sonnenblume and psychologist Bruce Levine discuss some of the myths surrounding the mental health industry.

Now I’ve Quit Benzos, This Year Will Be the First I Can Remember for...

From The Guardian: The variety of oblivion benzodiazepines have to offer is a lonely, clinical, anesthetic one.

IN-SHADOW – A Modern Odyssey – Animated Short Film

By Lubomir Arsov: Embark on a visionary journey through the fragmented unconscious of our modern times, and with courage face the Shadow. Through Shadow into Light.

We’ve Got Depression All Wrong. It’s Trying to Save Us.

From Psychology Today: When a threat is so bad or goes on for so long, and there is no way to fight or flee, the nervous system decides there is only one option left: immobilization.

The Ghosts of Christmas: Was Scrooge the First Psychotherapy Patient?

From The New Yorker: Revisiting his past allowed Scrooge to feel pity and grieve for his childhood self—which led to the blossoming of his feelings and compassion.

New Survey Reveals Class, Age Divide in Mental Health Crisis

From The Hill: We are in absolute crisis across this country, and it's not getting nearly enough attention let alone anyone doing anything about it in DC.

Why Some College Dorm Policies Are Driving Students Into Depression

From Forbes: Out of concern for their bottom line, colleges are betraying their students and trapping them in social isolation.

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