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#showusyourmeds #prescribedharm #psychiatry


this thread is dedicated to people that were lately encouraged by the #showusyourmeds trend to seek psychiatric/neurological help but are sceptical about the effectiveness or scared of the side effects of/
/psychiatric medication. It's meant to inform people about the dangers of psychiatry and medication it provides. This thread is not aimed to in any way shame people that decided to take medication and found it helpful. It's not aimed to in any way add to a stigma about people/
/taking medication. it's not meant to be associated with people projecting their resentment on people seeking help for their mental health issues. It's not meant to be hostile to any safe space for people that are taking medication. It's not aimed to offend feelings of people/
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Another very interesting interview by @awaisaftab with "Peter Zachar, PhD., current President of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. His primary area of scholarship is philosophical issues in psychiatric classification."…
"Aftab: Your discussion of the bereavement exclusion debate in DSM-5 was very illuminating. I don’t think a lot of people realize that there was agreement...that grief-triggered depressions are clinically similar to all other stress-triggered depressions." /1
Aftab, continued "So, there were 3 options: keep the exclusion for grief in place, eliminate the exclusion, or extend the exclusion to all other stress-triggered depressions. The first option was recognized as conceptually inconsistent...." /2
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@awaisaftab 4) (continued) Graduated interventions & minimizing drugs is a medicine best practice inimicable to #psychiatry. In fact, its expansion depends on the opposite. 5) Non-diagnostic formulations of what? Again, what is psychiatry's domain? All of human behavior? Rarified cases?
@awaisaftab When it comes to human emotions, yes, I think non-diagnostic formulations are more helpful than calling them diseases. Emotions are changeable. People can learn to manage them. #Psychiatric diagnosis pins individuals to a board like specimens.
@awaisaftab Most #psychiatry practices are filled with normal people with good jobs and health insurance, not rarefied cases or the wretched of the earth. Yes, it's a disgrace to medicine that #psychiatry gives those normal people diagnoses and takes their money for "treatment".
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After 10 years in #neuroscience as an undergrad and #PhD student, I'm thrilled to announce my first ever scientific paper: Plasticity and Spontaneous Activity Pulses in Disused Human Brain Circuits…
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@ndosenbach, @hashtagAshleyN and one other crazy neuroscientist wore casts on their dominant arms for two weeks. They all lost ~40 lb of grip strength
Following the Precision Functional Mapping approach developed by @DosenbachLab @club_scan @russpoldrack @GrattonCaterina @DeannaJGreene @RodBraga and many others, we collected 30 minutes of resting-state fMRI every day for 42-64 consecutive days
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Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care: An Interview with @UNHumanRights Envvoy Dainius Pūras

#UnitedNations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras discusses his own journey as a #psychiatrist and the future of #rightsbased approaches to #mentalhealth.…
The families and children I met were actually my real teachers. They were teaching me about ethical #psychiatry. They were teaching me that if you take #humanrights out of psychiatry, then it becomes dangerous and toxic.
It’s not black and white. It’s not about denouncing the medical model, but we’ve identified huge asymmetries and power imbalances in the field. #Mentalhealth care has gone wrong for several reasons but drugs were announced as if they were more effective than other interventions.
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The predicament I’m in: I’m definitely what MH professionals would call “depressed,” “anxious” and pretty much fit the diagnosis known as “PTSD.” But... the most traumatizing thing that has ever happened to me, I can’t talk about with a MH “professional...” 1/ #psychtwitter
8. Whenever I asked them if the meds could cause some of this, they always said no way! So I believed them. They would say things like “you’ll have to take them for the rest of your life,” “you’ll never have kids,” “you’ll never heal” or “finish school.”
10. You can watch part of the story of what happened here: basically I developed #akathisia & SEVERE #benzo withdrawal. I could barely speak for 4 months, had seizure like episodes, constant intrusive suicidal thoughts for 22 months, & so much more.
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A marriage invitation arrived on whatsapp today.
Nothing new about it.
Except the story behind it.

1997-99 i was treating psychiatry resident for a young man who had recently been confirmed on job as armed railway police.

He developed Schizophrenia (paranoid type) .
Fortunately, it was detected early and he was referred to govt hospital psychiatry dept (my place of work) by railway doctors.

He had a severe type of difficulty and it took almost 2 months of treatment (including electroconvulsive therapy) to achieve full resolution of symptoms
He was sent on a long medical leave with regular follow up.
Along with his wife, a baby daughter and his uneducated father, he would visit OPD every week.
His father would talk to all other patients waiting there, motivating them to take regular meds.
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Today’s #SchizoChat is all about antipsychotics. What are they, why are they useful, how are they controversial, and what do you need to know about them? #schizophrenia #schizoaffective #psychiatry
Before I begin, a quick word: this can be a very controversial topic, as we will delve in later. All folks’ opinions are valid (especially their personal experiences!) so don’t be mean! These drugs can really impact lives for the good or bad. #SchizoChat
Folks’ opinions can be very split—check out this recent poll! At the time of tweeting, the results are all over the place! Controversial! #SchizoChat
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Mental Health thread//

Lessons from training as a psychiatrist

1) Mental health is complicated, and illness can come from a variety of experiences, genetics and biology. No two people are the same, and no two approaches should be. Person centred medicine is important.
2) Stigma is common, both in patients fearing illness and others judging them. This same stigma delays diagnosis, harms people and attacks rights. The solution is education and speaking openly of ones experience. Fear is often based on assumption, not reality.
3) Capacity and Insight are not the same. Capacity is a time specific ability to receive, understand, consider and communicate information relevant to a decision, insight is the ability to recognise the presence of delusional or hallucinatory symptoms as part of an illness.
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"What's wrong with this BS?"

If you are #depressed, you are living in the past
If you are #anxious, you are living in the future
If you are at peace, you are living in the present
- Lao Tzu

WRONG! But good for teaching.
#meded #psychtwitter #somepsych #medtwitter
(quick trigger warning)

This is intended to be educational re: depression & anxiety. It mentions concepts that can be difficult to read about suicide, trauma, and depression. If you're not in a place to read it now, come back later :)

My cat distracts:
A psych mini-tweetorial and a bit more #philosophy, but this is important in #medicine and #psychiatry.

Ultimately, I hope it'll be obvious that this quote is simplifying, stigmatizing, and harmful. It's classic pseudo-profound bullshit.

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#ElizabethWarren's bill reminds me of Romney's advice to youths in 4/2012, "Borrow money, if you have to, from your parents. Start a business... [Jimmy John Liautaud] borrowed $20K from his dad..."

The loan was c. 7/82 and was actually $25K.
$25K in 7/82 = $59K in 4/12
In the first half of 2019, the nat'l average #rent increased by 2.6%.…
Warren declined to be interviewed for this story. In May, at request of media, her campaign released a summary of her outside work. As a senatorial candidate, Warren released a shorter version, which omitted her work for Dow Chemical.

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Thread. Medical Hysteria and #InternationalWomensDay

In 1882, Anna O is considered 'patient zero' for the diagnosis of "Hysteria"

#Hysteria was originally a diagnosis only given to women

Anna O fell ill in 1880 after her father died, possibly of Tuberculosis
2. Her symptoms: severe 'nervous' #cough, paralysis, numbness, vision/hearing/speech disturbances, hallucinations, #cognitive difficulties

She was diagnosed with "Hysteria" by Breuer and Freud in ~1882

3. Breuer claimed that he cured Anna O of #Hysteria using 'talking out' therapy (a very early forerunner to #psychotherapy)

His claim was false

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