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Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Addiction and Dependence: Are the Media Aware They’re Not the Same?

From The Foundation For Economic Education. Addiction is not the same as dependence. Yet politicians and many in the media use the two words interchangeably....

Sharp Rise in Young People Overdosing on Painkillers and Antidepressants

From The Guardian. Soaring numbers of children, teenagers and young adults have been deliberately poisoning themselves with overdoses of drugs such as painkillers and...

Drug Treatment in Medicine and Psychiatry: Papering Over Important Differences

The treatment of mental disorders with drugs is not the same sort of activity as the use of drugs in medicine. The ethical implications of the two situations are different. Insisting on equating the two obscures these differences and presents the use of drugs for mental distress as less controversial than it actually is.

Johann Hari: Lost Connections

An interview with journalist and author Johann Hari about his latest book: Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions, in which he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Ketamine Antidepressant Could Bring Opioid-like Addiction Risks, Study Warns

From The Independent. Ketamine-based treatments for severe depression could further fuel the addiction epidemic sweeping the US, researchers have warned, after a new study found the drug...

We’ve Backed the Wrong Horse – It’s Time For Our Love...

Psychiatric drugs can’t address isolation, poverty, inequality, racism, intolerance, hatred, bigotry, sexism, etc., but they can mask those things. Perhaps that is why they are so successful. The blame is placed on us, the patient, for being broken because it obviates the need for powers that be to take any action to address those underlying causes of distress and suffering.

Treating Children With Depression: How Will History Judge Us?

From The Conversation UK. Given the limited benefits and serious side effects, why have antidepressant prescriptions for young people risen so much? We don’t yet...

Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence

An interview with Professor Sami Timimi, Psychiatrist Peter Gordon and campaigner Stevie Lewis, who talk about the potential for conflicts of interest with the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists participation in a Government-led review of Prescribed Drug Dependence.

Anatomy of a Confidence Trick

From Auntie Psychiatry, view more here. This cartoon is my take on the ruckus surrounding the Cipriani et al study published by The Lancet in February....

Doubt is Our Product

I had the idea for this cartoon while listening to the Royal Society of Medicine podcast: Episode 1. The spiel reads... “In this episode, Prof Sir Simon Wessely, Consultant Psychiatrist and Past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Prof Clare Gerada, GP and Past Chairperson of the Royal College of General Practitioners, discuss the increasing use of antidepressants…”