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The helpful delusion: Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment

This article by Prof. Justin Garson has been published in Aeon magazine. It begins: “Most people thought my dad lived alone. He didn’t. He lived with God and the French actress Catherine Deneuve. They were outside of him but somehow projected…
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Withdrawal Syndrome Following Discontinuation of 28 Antidepressants: Pharmacovigilance Analysis of 31,688 Reports from the WHO Spontaneous Reporting Database

“Antidepressants are associated with an increased reporting of withdrawal syndrome compared with other drug classes.” This open-access research article by multiple co-authors has been provided by Springer Link. The abstract says: “Introduction Evidence is lacking on withdrawal syndrome related to individual antidepressants…
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The Evolution of ADHD: The advantages of wandering attention

This article by Justin Garson has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “ Attention -deficit/hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) is often described by psychiatrists as a neurodevelopmental disorder, one marked by inattention, disorganization, and impulsiveness. In contrast, some psychologists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists see…
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Turning Emotion Inside Out: Affective Life Beyond the Subject (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) 

This book comes from Edward S. Casey and presents a different view of emotions. As such it has relevance to our understanding of the emotional and psychological distress that is usually labelled ‘mental’ ill-health. The publishers say: “In Turning Emotion Inside Out,…
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Doctor knows best, poisoned chalices, and beings on drugs: Young people’s accounts of getting the diagnosis of bipolar disorder

This account by JP Marshall of part of a research study has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “Not long ago, as part of a research study, I asked six young people how it was for them to…
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Book Review: ‘Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription’ by Michael P. Hengartner

This book review by Marion Brown has been published by BJGP Life (which publishes comment and opinion on research and clinical care for the primary care community): “Hengartner begins ‘Over my academic career, I went into different stages of belief and disbelief.’…
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Stop caging people with autism and learning disabilities, says Robert Buckland

This report (from January 2022) – by Shelley Phelps and Kate Whannel – comes from the BBC. It begins: “Ex-Justice Secretary Sir Robert Buckland is calling for changes to mental health laws to stop people with autism or learning disabilities being…
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England’s mental health care lacks money, yes – but it also lacks compassion

“A series of scandals should focus minds on the punitive conditions far too many patients are confined in” This article by Jay Watts has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “We have made great progress in  England  when it comes to…
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