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Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry
A dynamic collection of current research in the fields of psychiatry and psychology.
Curated by PJ DeRossitte
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Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry

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PJ DeRossitte's insight:

The state of psychiatry is in turmoil. The time for serious change is upon us. Which direction will we take? We will we stay mired in the 19th century witch hunt mentality, or move into a new view of health and wellness?

 

This collection of articles highlights the problems this helping industry faces, and reflects the changes needed. With frequent updates, stay informed here.

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Can This Help Beat Depression And Anxiety?

Can This Help Beat Depression And Anxiety? | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it

"Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is undoubtedly one of the most effective methods of preventing depression. Significant recent findings have included clinical trials that show that MBCT can be as effective in preventing relapse as maintenance anti-depressants and can reduce the likelihood of relapse by between 40-50% for people who have suffered three or more episodes of depression."

PJ DeRossitte's insight:

This is where today's research into mental illness needs to be:

"Led by Professor Mark Williams, the OMC - part of the University of Oxford - has launched a £500,000 crowdfunding pitch hosted by Crowdcube so that funds can be funnelled into research to combat mental illness, in particular depression and anxiety. The area they want to explore is mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT)."

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Health Care Advocates Protest FDA Approval of 'Killer' Pain Reliever

Health Care Advocates Protest FDA Approval of 'Killer' Pain Reliever | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
'Killer' Pain reliever has doctors nervous about an increase in addiction and overdoses.
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"A new opiate painkiller approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has come under fire from health care advocates who say the medication may be too dangerous to be on the market.

The painkiller Zohydro is said to be 10 times more potent than Vicodin. As a result, the drug has made many health care advocates nervous about the possibility of an increase in overdoses and addiction related to opioids."

 

This is a prime example of how serious addiction problems get started. Rather the researching more natural methods of pain relief - Big Pharma races harmful drugs to the market, knowing full well what the outcome will be.

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How A Big Drug Company Inadvertently Got Americans Hooked On Heroin

How A Big Drug Company Inadvertently Got Americans Hooked On Heroin | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it

“We have now this incredibly unusual public health crisis that’s essentially caused by physicians, caused by the health care industry,” said Meldon Kahan, the medical director of substance use services at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto."

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Doctors have routinely over-prescribed these heavy pain killers, often when a less powerful pharmaceutical would do. Drug companies factor in the cost of lawsuits when planning the launch of drugs they know to be addictive and harmful. And let's not leave the share-holders off the hook, either; drug companies and medical conglomerates both tow the bottom line for their greedy-fingered stock holders. It's a self-perpetuating cycle, and we pay the price.

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Psychosis and the Arts: Conference

Psychosis and the Arts: Conference | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Psychosis and the Arts - Thursday 27th March, 2014
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

Europe and the UK are so far ahead of the US in treating serious psychological disturbances. Here is a prime example:

Experts from a variety of fields will gather for a conference to discuss how "the medical humanities will provide a new lens through which ways of approaching the urgent UK agenda of compassionate care can be looked at in the context of the wider contribution of the arts for enhancing empathic mental health care."

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Resignation from APA | Soteria

Resignation from APA | Soteria | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it

Letter of Resignation from the American Psychiatric Association 4 December 1998 Loren R. Mosher

>> "After nearly three decades as a member it is with a mixture of pleasure and disappointment that I submit this letter of resignation from the American Psychiatric Association. The major reason for this action is my belief that I am actually resigning from the American Psychopharmacological Association."

 

 

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This is why we fight --

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The Emerging Role of Meditation in Addressing Psychiatric Illness, with a Focus on Substance Use Disorders

The Emerging Role of Meditation in Addressing Psychiatric Illness, with a Focus on Substance Use Disorders | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
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Here is where we need to be >> "With greater numbers of patients and physicians choosing alternatives to traditional, medication-oriented treatment, the clinical use and popularity of meditation have grown tremendously."

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Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 1)

Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 1) | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Sleep crops up in unexpected places medically, as in the recent finding that for people suffering from bouts of depression, irregular sleep is often the first sign of an attack, and conversely, getting a good night’s sleep can help prevent the...
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

The 'back to nature' paradigm is gaining ground in pwychology, and we are now back to #sleep and #nutrition as strongholds against mental decompensation. Wel, it's about time -- sorry Big Pharma!!

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APA Caucus on Integrative Medicine

American Psychiatric Association creates Caucus on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine in Psychiatry -- A Good Start

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from their website:

"We are  psychiatrists interested in all treatments that can benefit our patients.  We are committed to understanding not only conventional treatments of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy, but also "alternative" or "complementary" treatments, such as nutritional supplements or herbals, acupuncture, neurofeedback, mind-body practices, among many others."

 

This causus is for psychiatrists only. We'll keep you informed --

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Erase Bad Memories? Scientists Overseas Show They Can Do It

Erase Bad Memories? Scientists Overseas Show They Can Do It | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, unhappy lovers undergo an experimental brain treatment to erase all memories of each other from their minds.
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

These kinds of headlines are extrememly misleading: electro-shock therapy continues to try to convince us that electocuting the brain is a good idea -- "oh, we've fie-tune it a bit" is their mantra. #beware

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Dionne's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:06 PM

I'm probably anchored to old views of shock therapy but still - felt ery reticent about this study. For one thing, do we really need to get rid of all our bad memories, even if they are bad and disturbing and if we do need to be able to sit with them, isn't medidation or mindfulness a less intrusive approach? Anyway, good to know about the study I guess. 

NO BS Podcast's curator insight, January 2, 11:58 AM

Nolan and Brandon have discussed the theory on a previous episode and though they were not able to come to a 100% conclusion (mostly based on ignorance of topic to any great depth), Nolan thought it should be possible to erase memories or at least re-write them into a positive frame.  

 

There is substantial supporting evidence that stats psychologists can plan false memories in patience, depending on the situation and time but this looks as if it might take the bad memories out.

 

And since anything you have seen in the past is just a memory, this might lead to someday proving that "That which has been seen cannot be unseen" is false.

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Heavy smokers cut down or quit after magnetic brain stimulation, study finds

Heavy smokers cut down or quit after magnetic brain stimulation, study finds | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
More than a third of those treated with high frequency magnetic pulses stopped smoking for at least six months, researchers say
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

New and promising ideas:   A study by neuroscientist Abraham Zangen of Ben-Gurion University in Israel, showed that 15 minutes of high-frequency magnetic stimulation every weekday for two weeks, targeted brain regions called the prefrontal cortex and insula with a technique called deep repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS, helped chronic smokers quit.  This might be the new wave of bio-psycho meds, that are more effective, and assuredly less harmful than what is currently being offered, to treat addictions and other mental health issues.  

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1 Boring Old Man » no judgement at nuremberg…

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Johnson and Johnson's $2.2 BILLION settlement.

Big Pharma not so "big" anymore.

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APA President Jeffrey Lieberman MD discusses psychiatry's evolution

American Psychological Association (APA) President Jeffrey Lieberman MD, examines psychiatry's evolution. Watch the first of six videos here -

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Learn how we got to here, the medical model vs. the psychosocial model, and how research and mental health centers get funded.

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A Look at Madness Through the Lens of Culture - from Mad In America

A Look at Madness Through the Lens of Culture - from Mad In America | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago, I was invited to watch a young monk named Thupten Ngodrup go into a trance and ‘channel’ the State Oracle of Tibet (The Nechung Oracle). It took place in a small monastery next to the Dalai Lama’s residence in the little Himalayan town of Dharamsala, India. As the monks began to chant and beat their drums, Thupten’s eyes rolled back, his face flushed and he began to speak in a high-pitched voice. A few monks gathered around him and began writing down everything he said. After a few minutes, he collapsed and had to be carried from the room. At the time, I didn’t know what to think of what I had seen. Was this a dramatization?
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

This article suggests how our culturally induced, artificial , and ignorannt biases have corrupted the human soul and enslaved it under the guise of "mental illness."

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How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs

     "The primary purpose of this editorial is to point out that pharmacologic strategies are not the only ones worthy of study when devising strategies to increase brain serotonin function. The effect of nonpharmacologic interventions on brain serotonin and the implications of increased serotonin for mood and behaviour need to be studied more. The amount of money and effort put into research on drugs that alter serotonin is very much greater than that put into non-pharmacologic methods. The magnitude of the discrepancy is probably neither in tune with the wishes of the public nor optimal for progress in the prevention and treatment of mental disorders." - Dr. Simon Young

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Dr. Young's insights and basic suggestions for treating societal depression and aggression, should be headline news -

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Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought

Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it

“The medicalisation of sadness and distress has reached bizarre levels. One in ten people in some countries are now prescribed antidepressants each year."

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Research consistently shows that "talk therapy" and peer-to-peer counseling have the greatest positive effects of relieving depression and addressing other psychological needs - even those deemed serious. So why do we continue to depend on "happy pills"?

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Psychiatric Drug Facts with Dr. Peter Breggin - Peter R Breggin, MD - $1.5 Million Award in Child Tardive Dyskinesia Malpractice

Psychiatric Drug Facts with Dr. Peter Breggin - Peter R Breggin, MD - $1.5 Million Award in Child Tardive Dyskinesia Malpractice | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it

Tardive dyskinesia describes a group of persistent or permanent movement disorders caused by antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs including Risperdal, Zyprexa, Invega, Abilify, Geodon, Seroquel, Latuda, Fanapt and Saphris. In addition to typical tardive dyskinesia spasms and twitches of his face, eyelids, and tongue, the youngster developed a severe case of tardive akathisia involving torturous internal agitation that drove him into constant, unrelenting motion.

According to Ithaca, New York psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD, a medical expert in the case, the boy was diagnosed with autism as a child and then started on SSRI antidepressants before the age of seven. He continued to be treated with the antidepressants Zoloft and then Paxil which caused his mental condition and behavior to deteriorate. Dr. Breggin testified in court that these drugs very frequently cause anxiety, depression, aggression, mania and out-of-control behavior in children.

Instead of removing the child from the offending antidepressants, his first psychiatrist started him on Risperdal (risperidone). His second psychiatrist, Howard Segal, MD, who was the defendant in the case, continued him on Risperdal and then Zyprexa for two and one half years, despite the appearance of tardive dyskinesia symptoms. Dr. Breggin explained to the jury how antipsychotic drugs cause tardive dyskinesia at a high rate in children and adults, and how the doctor’s negligent actions caused the boy to develop severe tardive dyskinesia and tardive akathisia."

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THIS IS WHY WE FIGHT

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'A Pill for Every Ill'

'A Pill for Every Ill' | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Deep ties between the authors of a widely used manual on mental disorders and the pharmaceutical industry come under fire
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And this is why we fight ....

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Coping with Side Effects of Schizophrenia Drugs - CNN

Coping with Side Effects of Schizophrenia Drugs - CNN | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Learn how to Cope with Side Effects of Schizophrenia Drugs.
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

This is a perfect example of how pharmaceutical companies are corrupting the minds of innocent people. CNN is allowing their website to be used by Healthgrades, a for profit company that promotes using antipsychotics, t=rather than a more integrated, holistic, and natural approach, for their profit. This is an advertisement, disguised as news content. Read closely!

 

Shame on you CNN.

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Children’s A.D.D. Drugs Don’t Work Long-Term

Children’s A.D.D. Drugs Don’t Work Long-Term | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Millions of children take drugs to help them pay attention — but do they really help?
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As more and more professionals speak out for kids, maybe we can turn the tide of prescribing meds for ADHD. Diet, meditation, study skills -- and making the classroom more conducive to active, growing children -- will solve the problem. Sorry Big Pharma ~~

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FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds Commitments to Raise Awareness and Increase Understanding of Mental Health at White House Conference | The White House

FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds Commitments to Raise Awareness and Increase Understanding of Mental Health at White House Conference | The White House | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

The shift begins to manifest concretely. The "ObamaCare" expansion of funding for mental health will allow reimbursement for more peer-to-peer interventions, and novel ideas, including telemedicine.  Let's seize the day!

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Experts reevaluate ADHD drug study - CNN.com Video

Prof. Stephen Hinshaw on why he is reexamining a 20-year-old study promoting prescription drugs to combat ADHD effects.
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There are so many excellent programs for treating ADHD - without drugs -- and parents have been hoodwinked by Big Pharma. Time to save our kids.

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Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression

Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
The first of four studies on the special relationship between sleep and depression suggests that when antidepressants and insomnia therapy are used together, recovery happens faster.
PJ DeRossitte's insight:

Finally, we are beginning to address the underlying issues of sleep and insomnia as related to depression. Sleep and depression are undeniably connected:

 

"The study is the first of four on sleep and depression nearing completion, all financed by the National Institute of Mental Health. They are evaluating a type of talk therapy for insomnia that is cheap, relatively brief and usually effective, but not currently a part of standard treatment."

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Dionne's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:27 PM

87 percent of patients who resolved their insomnia improved their depression 

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The Lobotomists Are Back!

The Lobotomists Are Back! | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
The Lobotomists Are Back! - The Huffington Post
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As always, thanks to the incomparable Dr. Peter Breggin for staying on top of the psychiatric industry.

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SHIT Happens

SHIT Happens | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it
A century ago, a distinction was drawn between the ethical pharmaceutical industry and the patent medicines industry. Ethical companies specified what was in their medicines, whereas the patent ind...
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Love Dr. David Healy and his documentation of the paradigm shift in psychiatry.  His inside info on Big Pharma, and the historical lineage of the policies, is helpful to the interested reader.

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Media

Media | Tracking the Paradigm Shift in Psychiatry | Scoop.it

Dr. Bruce Levine sums up the tragedy of our broken psychiatric/Big Pharma driven system. Visit his page often.

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Bruce Levine - remember this name. We all owe him a lot.

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