Category Archives: Critical Psychiatry

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!

19th ISPS International Congress in New York City | ISPS NY 2015

Abstract submission now open

March 18 – 22, 2015 at The Cooper Union in New York City

19th ISPS International Congress in New York City | ISPS NY 2015.

Early Life Adversity Is Associated With Elevated Levels of Metablic enzymes

Early Life Adversity Is Associated With Elevated Levels of Circulating Leptin, Irisin, and Decreased Levels of Adiponectin in Midlife Adults

These are metabolic enzymes, disruption of which can lead to metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

We also know that many (most) patients diagnosed with psychosis have a history of abuse and/or neglect, but these are the most likely to be prescribed “antipsychotics”, which ALSO induce metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

How sensible is that?

Psychiatry’s scientific reboot gets under way

Psychiatry’s scientific reboot gets under way

“…her experience is not uncommon – people with mental health problems can receive different diagnoses from different doctors or at different times in their lives. Indeed, critics claim that psychiatrists frequently use diagnostic labels that do not correspond to distinct disorders”

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.

More than 20pc of children hear voices – Independent.ie

More than 20pc of children hear voices – Independent.ie.

“But the statistics are quite clear – between 22-23pc of 11- to 13-year-olds hear voices, usually as a once-off occurrence,” she said. “That drops to 7pc or 8pc by the time children approach their late teens.” said Rachel Waddingham, from Mind in Camden.

The point here is that hearing voices is not necessarily s sign on madness (psychosis, schizophrenia, etc…) But is actually a NORMAL human response to trauma and loss. In fact, many people who voices say that the voices can drive them mad at times.

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.

King’s College London – World’s first Professor in User Led Research

Here is recognition of the importance of the real experts in mental health – the service users, who are transforming psychiatry from an elite, hierarchical endeavor, into a democratic and authentic approach to human suffering King’s College London – World’s first Professor in User Led Research.