Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review Reinforces Social Connection as Protective Health Factor

Is a lack of social connection in the US harmful to health? In a review of social connection and health literature, researcher calls for a societal shift in values towards interdependence.

Us, Too: Sexual Violence Against People Labeled Mentally Ill

In light of the recent events and media discussions pertaining to the issue of sexual violence, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to speak out about this issue in the context of psychiatry and the treatment of those perceived as mentally ill.

Steps Forward: Integrative Mental Health is Gaining Ground

In September 2017, a gift of 200 million dollars was given to the University of California, Irvine, to create new buildings and new programs dedicated to forwarding the model of integrative healthcare. This large donation is bound to lead to changes in both the training of psychiatrists as well as the delivery of mental healthcare.
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The Angry Congressman: Tim Murphy’s Lack of Insight

The most spectacular part of Rep. Murphy’s hypocrisy has nothing to do with abortion or reproductive rights. Allegations of his dangerous behavior and his lack of insight into his own actions would be enough to commit him, involuntarily, to psychiatric treatment under the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act that he championed.
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The Orwellian New Digital Abilify Will Subjugate Vulnerable People Across the US

The FDA approved the prescribing and sale of a new hi-tech compliance-monitoring “antipsychotic” drug this week. A new chapter in human darkness has descended — one that is applauded by the alliance of control addicts that made it happen.
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Creeping Fascism: University “Unfit to Study” Policies

“Unfit to study” policies are “respectable fascism.” Where marginalization, exclusion, and control on the basis of putative “mental illness” is starting to happen in any arena, or to any designated group, we need to oppose the institutionalized oppression and stand in solidarity with those under siege.

A Mad Pride Perspective on Borderline Personality Disorder

Even if Borderline Personality Disorder were a valid construct, does meeting the criteria for the diagnosis necessarily mean something is wrong with me? Does it mean my personality is disordered and I need to learn coping skills? Could it possibly say more about society than it says about me?

INTERVIEW

Mad in America Radio Host James Moore was recently interviewed for Not Broken® Radio. Click here to listen to the podcast.

ARTWORK

This 24 inch high polymer clay sculpture by self-taught artist and psychiatric survivor John W. Arndt shows Lady Justice being assulted by nightmarish images of modern psychiatry.

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Lancet Psychiatry Needs to Retract the ADHD-Enigma Study

Lancet Psychiatry, a UK-based medical journal, recently published a study that concluded brain scans showed that individuals diagnosed with ADHD had smaller brains. That conclusion is belied by the study data. The journal needs to retract this study. UPDATE: Lancet Psychiatry (online) has published letters critical of the study, and the authors' response, and a correction.

Antipsychotics: Short and Long-Term Effects

Sandra Steingard, MD, provides an in-depth review of psychiatric medications: their mechanism of action, their efficacy over the short and long-term, and their side effects. She then sets forth an evidence-based protocol for a more selective use of neuroleptics.

Stop the FDA Down-Classification of the Shock Device

A campaign to stop the FDA from down-classifying the ECT shock device to the same safety category as eyeglasses and wheelchairs.

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