Category Archives: Guidelines

‘Fair trade’ cocaine and ‘conflict-free’ opium: the future of online drug marketing

‘Fair trade’ cocaine and ‘conflict-free’ opium: the future of online drug marketing.

For dealers, selling drugs online offers significant advantages over face-to-face retailing. They have immediate access to a huge and steadily growing international customer base. They are also able to sell drugs without physically interacting with customers, thereby decreasing the risk of arrest by undercover police.

Perhaps most importantly, the anonymity and geographical separation of online drug trading eliminates the possibility of violence at the hands of rival dealers

JAMA Psychiatry | Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment and Brain Volumes

“Conclusions  Viewed together with data from animal studies, our study suggests that antipsychotics have a subtle but measurable influence on brain tissue loss over time, suggesting the importance of careful risk-benefit review of dosage and duration of treatment as well as their off-label use.”

JAMA Network | JAMA Psychiatry | Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment and Brain Volumes:  A Longitudinal Study of First-Episode Schizophrenia.

Psychiatric nurse pledge for police stations | News | Law Society Gazette

Is there any more information about this available? Please let me know:

Psychiatric nurse pledge for police stations | News | Law Society Gazette.

END SECLUSION NOW – End Seclusion Now, in all NZ hospitals

We are absolutely certain that the inevitable abolition of seclusion is near upon us. Join us so we can once and for all eliminate seclusion… now!

END SECLUSION NOW – End Seclusion Now, in all NZ hospitals.

We need a similar campaign in Australia and the world over!

National Mental Health Clearinghouse – Technical Assistance Guides

Here you’ll find the latest information on mental health and consumer/survivor issues. The Alternatives conference will be in Orlando, Florida, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, through Sunday, October 26, 2014

National Mental Health Clearinghouse – Technical Assistance Guides.

From the psychiatrist who’d never take anti-depressants, to the heart doctor who steers clear of statins, we reveal the medical treatments the experts refuse to have themselves | Mail Online

From the psychiatrist who’d never take anti-depressants, to the heart doctor who steers clear of statins, we reveal the medical treatments the experts refuse to have themselves | Mail Online.

Reminds me of an expert-by-experience colleague (@jacquidillon) who challenged a group of skeptical doctors to reveal whether they would recommend antipsychotic medication for their own children. I think they closed the meeting.

Withdrawing From Psychiatric Drugs: What Psychiatrists Don’t Learn | Mad In America

Withdrawing From Psychiatric Drugs: What Psychiatrists Don’t Learn | Mad In America.

“I am a resident psychiatrist. Like other psychiatrists in training today, I learn a lot about psychotropic drugs: the putative mechanisms of action, the evidence base, the indications, cautions and contraindications, interactions, side effects, toxicity, and monitoring. We learn how to initiate different agents. We learn how to combine different psychotropic drugs, what is called ‘rational polypharmacy’. We even learn how to switch from one drug to another, what is called ‘cross-tapering’. What we do not learn is how to stop these drugs. What there is no guidance on is how to stop these drugs. What there is no evidence on is how to stop these drugs. Unsurprisingly then, we never seem to stop these drugs!”

Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare (Workshop, Lancaster, 12 May 2014) | Centre for Medical Humanities

Royal Institute of Philosophy Workshop – wish I was in the UK for this! Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare (Workshop, Lancaster, 12 May 2014) | Centre for Medical Humanities.

What service users with psychotic disorders want in a mental health crisis or relapse: thematic analysis of joint crisis plans – Online First – Springer

Freely available article of interest

What service users with psychotic disorders want in a mental health crisis or relapse: thematic analysis of joint crisis plans – Online First – Springer.

▶ Tapping the Potential – YouTube

▶ Tapping the Potential – YouTube.