Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

How Biofeedback Works

-Counselor Tori Rodriguez discusses how biofeedback works, and what the research has shown about its efficacy.

Lawmakers Override Bevin’s Veto of Mental Health Law

From The Courier-Journal: Last week, Kentucky's General Assembly voted to overturn Governor Matt Bevin's veto of Tim's Law, a mental health law that allows a...

“Is Depression an Illness? Or Part of the Human Condition?”

Psychotherapist Chantal Marie Gagnon voices her frustration with social media posts and stigma reduction ads that perpetuate the belief that all mental health issues...

“FDA Issues New Draft Guidelines For ‘Appearance’ of Conflicts of Interest”

For STAT news, Pharmalot correspondent Ed Silverman reports on a new guideline being drafted by the FDA that adds new rules that could restrict...

“Antidepressants Cost NHS £5.5m A Week”

The Times Katie Gibbons reports that the UK “NHS is spending a record £780,000 a day on antidepressants as failing mental health services struggle...

Mental Health Providers with “Understanding of Aboriginal Approaches” Wanted

-"Aboriginal youth are nine times more likely to be depressed and three times more likely to think about suicide compared to non-aboriginal youth."

CEP Members Publish New Book: ‘The Sedated Society’

The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry announces the release of a new book called 'The Sedated Society: The Causes and Harms of our Psychiatric Prescribing Epidemic.'...

Who Determines Efficacy?

1 Boring Old Man reflects on his work with children and adolescents, in which he directly observes the troubling effects of antidepressants, and the...

Does Depression run in Families?

From U.S. News: A variety of research shows that children of parents diagnosed with depression are more likely to experience depression themselves. However, it is...

“Driven to Suicide by an ‘Inhuman and Unnatural’ Pressure to Sell”

Today’s New York Times features a story of a drug salesman, Ashish Awasthi, who committed suicide when he felt he couldn’t keep up with...

“Running as Therapy”

Jen A. Miller writes in the New York Times "Exercise after heartbreak is not a new idea . . . Exercise makes us feel...

Hearing Voices Researched at Edinburgh Book Festival

Researchers from Durham University's Hearing the Voice project are attending the Edinburgh International Book Festival through August as part of a study, asking both...

“What Stress Does to Your Brain”

“Stress damages the integrity of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that deals with memory and emotions,” Thor Benson writes for Salon. “Hormones like Cortisol and other biological reactions created by stress essentially disrupt the balance of how much white and grey matter the brain is creating, which affects how the brain operates.”

In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

From The New York Times: Facebook, critics said, has assumed the authority of a public health agency while protecting its process as if it were a corporate secret.

FL Parents Leery of Schools Requiring ‘Mental Health’ Disclosures

From NPR: "Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health. The new requirement is part...

But How Much Better Are The Expensive Placebos?

-The Washington Post reports on a study that found that "expensive" placebos were more effective than cheap placebos.

Democracy Dies in Darkness

From the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association: A democratic problem arises when politicians abdicate public debate in favour of expertocracy in matters related to health.

“Medicine’s ‘Biggest Secret’: Number-Needed-to-Treat”

From MinnPost: “It’s Disney World versus the real world,” Dr. David Juurlink, a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto who studies drug safety,...

“War, on Drugs”

Historian Peter Frankopan delves into the use of drugs to fuel combat “from berserkers to jihadis.” “Of the US pilots who took part in...

“What Can A Rat’s ‘Behavioral Despair’ Tell You?”

"A 'tail suspension test' is exactly what its title implies. Researchers lift a rat by the tail for a few minutes at a time,...

Panels That Developed Treatment Guidelines Had Industry Ties

From STAT: A recent analysis found that a large portion of depression treatment guidelines was developed by individuals with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. "Of 172...

“Medication for Schizophrenia: Less is More?”

Neuroskeptic weighs in on the controversy over the lack of antipsychotic dose data in the RAISE study and the misleading media coverage. He points out that one of the treatment interventions was a computerized medication management system called COMPASS, which recommends doctors use lower doses than they otherwise might.

Supreme Court Case May Set Precedent for Psychiatric Drug Prescription Powers

A news story and opinion article in Psychiatric News discuss a current US Supreme Court case that is considering whether non-dentists should be permitted...

“Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses”

From The Unbounded Spirit, which "was created with the sole purpose of providing valuable and interesting information that will provoke its readers to get into...

“Financial Conflicts of Interest in Medicine”

Citing the work of Lisa Cosgrove and Robert Whitaker in Psychiatry Under the Influence, Giovanni A. Fava, MD, provides an analysis of some subtle...

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