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Renaming schizophrenia: a Japanese perspective

This paper from Mitsumoto Sato has been published by World Psychiatry. The abstract says: “In order to contribute to reduce the stigma related to schizophrenia and to improve clinical practice in the management of the disorder, the Japanese Society of Psychiatry…
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In my career as a psychologist, I’ve seen many children misdiagnosed as autistic. It’s a clinical catastrophe

This article by Shoshana Levin Fox has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “The All-Purpose Diagnosis The one-size-fits-all Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, as configured in the Revised Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental…
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Theoretical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Disorder Labeling: Contemporary Frameworks, Taxonomies, and Models

This book has been edited by Arnoldo Cantú, Eric Maisel, and Chuck Ruby. The publishers (Ethics International Press) say: “Theoretical Alternatives to the Psychiatric Model of Mental Disorder Labeling is the fourth Volume of the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and…
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Seven reasons why most Major Depression is probably not a brain disorder

This article by Ed Hagen has been published on the Grasshoppermouse website. It begins: “Virtually all mental health researchers accept that Major Depression (MD) is a mental disorder, i.e., a brain dysfunction. I argue that this widespread belief should instead be…
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The Maudsley Deprescribing Guidelines: Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Gabapentinoids and Z-drugs

Authored by Mark Horowitz, and David M. Taylor, the world’s first antidepressants deprescribing guidelines for psychiatry are now available. The publishers say: “Comprehensive resource describing guidelines for safely reducing or stopping (deprescribing) antidepressants, benzodiazepines, gabapentinoids and z-drugs for patients, including step-by-step guidance…
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Searching for the “Psychiatric Yeti”: Schizophrenia Is Not Genetic

This report by Peter Simons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “The decades-long attempt to locate the gene or genes for schizophrenia has failed, according to  a new article in Psychiat r ic Research  by prominent schizophrenia researcher E. Fuller Torrey. In the article, Torrey reviews…
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The social determinants of mental health and disorder: evidence, prevention and recommendations

This paper has been published in World Psychiatry. The abstract says: “People exposed to more unfavourable social circumstances are more vulnerable to poor mental health over their life course, in ways that are often determined by structural factors which generate and…
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Saving psychiatry from itself: will young psychiatrists choose authoritarian power or authoritative respect?

This editorial comment from John Read appears in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. It begins: “In their important paper, ‘Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists’, Stuart et al.  1  document the negative beliefs about psychiatrists and psychiatric treatments held by other medical disciplines in 15…
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Undisclosed financial conflicts of interest in DSM-5-TR: cross sectional analysis

This study has been published in the British Medical Journal. The abstract says: “Objective: To assess the extent and types of financial ties to industry of panel and task force members of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,…
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