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Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Top Arkansas Psychiatrist Accused of Falsely Imprisoning Patients and Medicaid Fraud

From NBC News: Dr. Brian Hyatt, former chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, is being sued by at least 26 patients alleging he held them against their will in his unit.

Many Patients Take to Online Forum to Vent About SSRIs

From MedPage Today: Out of 667 SSRI reviews posted to WebMD by patients or caregivers, 335 posts were about discontinuing their medication, mostly due to adverse events.

6 Ways to Heal Trauma Without Medication | Bessel van der Kolk

From Big Think: We’ve found that psychiatric drugs simply don’t work that well for many, and our conventional ways of healing trauma need to change.

Patients Are Still Being Misinformed About Electroconvulsive Therapy

From Psychology Today/John Read, PhD: A second audit confirms that UK patients are not being told about the serious risks and limited benefits of ECT.

Medicine Is Plagued by Untrustworthy Clinical Trials. How Many Studies Are Faked or Flawed?

From Nature: Investigations suggest that, in some fields, at least one-quarter of clinical trials might be problematic or even entirely made up, warn some researchers.

Wounded Children Are Running the World: Our Inner Child and Political Activism

From Kindred Media: Psychologist Robin Grille, author of Parenting for a Peaceful World and Inner Child Journeys, explains how our inner children run the show when we as adults don't pay attention to them.

The Looming Addiction Crisis Fueled by AI

From Insider: AI and surveillance capitalism, which empower today's targeted ads, have joined forces with the deadly OxyContin playbook.

The Lost Patients of Washington’s Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital

From The Seattle Times: Today, there’s scant evidence the patients of Northern State Hospital ever existed. But as the 50-year anniversary of its closure approaches, family members and neighbors are fighting to recover them.

Consciousness Is an Act of Rebellion

From Daniel Mackler: To become Self-aware, to begin to have a conscious relationship with our internal Self, is to begin to break out of all the systems that are unconscious.

‘Serious Concerns’ Over Australia’s Landmark Psilocybin, MDMA Ruling

From Australian Broadcasting Corporation: What caused the typically conservative TGA to change its stance in a matter of months and become the first country in the world to reclassify psilocybin and MDMA as medicines?

Forced Psychiatry Is Expanding – At Society’s Peril

From The Globe and Mail: Research shows forced interventions are “often associated with negative outcomes” and experienced as “highly distressing and even traumatic.” So why are they on the rise?

A Son Died, His Parents Tried to Sue. How U.S. Courts Protect Big Pharma

From Reuters: Merck’s best-selling asthma medicine, Singulair, has been linked for years to suicides and psychiatric problems, often in children. But lawsuits over the drug are stymied by one of Corporate America’s most effective liability shields: the doctrine of federal preemption.

Antidepressants Can Cause ‘Chemical Castration’

From Maryanne Demasi Reports: Patients are not being warned of a persistent, irreversible type of genital mutilation that can be caused by SSRIs.

Popular ‘Benzo’ Drugs Linked to Suicide, Brain Damage — Even If You Stop Taking...

From The New York Post: Researchers have coined the term BIND, or benzodiazepine-induced neurological dysfunction, to describe the long-lasting effects of benzo use.

UK Mental Health Review Must Address ‘Lack of Compassion’ Towards Patients, Watchdog Says

From The Independent: The national review was prompted by The Independent's exposé on "systemic abuse" of children within private mental health hospitals.

Grieving: The Key to Healing Trauma

From Daniel Mackler: As we grow, the traumas we experience become locked into our personalities. Grieving is the process of unlocking those frozen traumas, which is what gives us a chance to change.

Emotions Are Not Bad Behavior

From The Natural Child Project/Robin Grille: Time and time again, children are heavily reprimanded for committing the offence of crying or being angry.

MIA Writer, Toronto Psychiatrist Gordon Warme Dies at 90

Dr. Warme was the author of multiple books including Brain Evangelists: How Psychiatry Has Convinced Us to Believe in Its Far-Fetched Science and Dubious Treatments.

Lack of Insight: The Story of Psychiatry

From Human Givens: Clinical psychologist Professor John Read is interviewed about his work showing adverse life events explain most types of emotional distress, and how the medical model ignores it.

Antidepressants: From a ‘Hidden’ Withdrawal Scandal to the Chemical Imbalance Row

From The Herald Scotland: Activists who've tried to draw attention to a darker side of antidepressants have been shouted down, dismissed, or accused of "pill-shaming."

Georgetown University Conference Addresses “Invented Diseases & Overtreatment”

From CounterPunch: Volatile questions about pharmaceutical marketing tactics characterized the 9th conference of PharmedOut, a project created by a grant from Pfizer’s 2004 off-label neurontin settlement.

Examining the ‘D’ in CPTSD | Terry Baranski

From CPTSD Foundation: Developmental trauma doesn’t create disorders — it creates coping strategies, which are processes rather than discrete things.

The Government Has a Moral Duty to Help Those Harmed by Prescription Drugs

From The BMJ: An open letter by healthcare professionals decries the fact that there are still almost no NHS services to support patients harmed by taking pills as prescribed by their doctor.

An Introduction to the Trieste Model of Mental Health Care, and Why It Matters

From Vincenzo Passante/Psychiatry at the Margins: The Trieste approach is to suspend judgement on the exact nature of a person’s problem at the beginning of the relationship, and gradually help them make sense of their life within a dialectical context.

Antidepressants Permanently Destroyed My Sex Life

From The Telegraph: More than eight million people in England are on antidepressants, but with devastating side effects for some, are they being prescribed too freely?