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Your Consent Is Not Required: The Rise in Psychiatric Detentions, Forced Treatment, and Abusive Guardianships

This book comes from Rob Wipond. The publishers say: “Asylums are supposed to be in the past. However, though the buildings were closed, many of the practices lived on. In fact, more law-abiding Americans today are being involuntarily committed and forcibly…
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Australia to allow prescription of MDMA and psilocybin for treatment-resistant mental illnesses

“… the decision will make Australia the first country in the world to officially recognise MDMA and psilocybin as medicines” This report (from Tory Shepherd for The Guardian) begins: “After decades of ‘demonisation’, psychiatrists will be able to prescribe MDMA and…
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Hermeneutic Labor in Medicine and Psychiatry

This article by Dr. Awais Aftab has been published on his blog-site Psychiatry at the Margins. It begins: “Ellie Anderson has discussed the notion of ‘hermeneutic labor’”’ in the context of feminist scholarship in a wonderful paper, ‘ Hermeneutic Labor: The Gendered Burden of Interpretation in Intimate Relationships Between Women and Men ,’ forthcoming in Hypatia….
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The Schizophrenia Genetics Illusion—A Century of Failure and Hype

“As psychologist John Read has  shown , there are 15 ways that two people can meet the DSM criteria for schizophrenia without sharing any symptoms in common.” This article by Dr. Jay Joseph has been published by Mad in America. It begins:…
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The Medicalization of Childhood Behaviors Does More Harm than Good

This article by Samantha Lilly has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In a new article for a leading Brazilian sociology journal,  Fernando Freitas  and Luciana  Jaramillo Caruso de Azevedo argue that psychiatry and psychology are medicalizing the normal parts of…
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Study Highlights Benefits of Non-Medical Approaches to Voice Hearing

This article by Ashley Bobak has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “New research supports a new, dialogic, non-medicalized approach to helping people who hear upsetting voices. The “ Talking with Voices ” (TwV) approach, which frames voice hearing relationally and understands…
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Leading Psychiatrists Unwittingly Acknowledge Psychiatry Is a Religion, Not a Science

This article by Dr. Bruce Levine has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “Since the seventeenth century, Enlightenment thinkers have distinguished science from religion, and by at least one critical distinction, leading psychiatrists have unwittingly acknowledged that major constructs…
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Physical Activity Interventions to Alleviate Depressive Symptoms in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

This research review paper has been published in JAMA Pediatrics. Key Points: Question:  Can physical activity interventions alleviate depressive symptoms in children and adolescents? Findings:  This systematic review and meta-analysis included 21 studies involving 2441 participants. The results indicate that physical activity interventions were associated…
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It’s Been Utility All Along: An Alternate Understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and The Depressive Realism Hypothesis

“I will challenge CBT’s understanding of mental illness and its therapeutic approach by evaluating the following interrelated claims made by CBT: 1) Individuals with mental illnesses have epistemic issues with their thoughts and that 2) CBT can rectify these epistemic…
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