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Blogger Live-Tweets Her Mammogram, Learns She Has Cancer

Boing-Boing.net blogger and internet “celebrity” Xeni Jardin went to get her first mammogram, and live-tweeted the experience to her thousands of followers. At the end of her doctor’s visit, she learned she may have cancer.

That is a frightening and sad conclusion to what I can only assume she thought would be a routine examination.&#133 Read the rest

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This is my brain. There are many like it, but this one’s mine…

This is an interesting video about how our largely inaccurate beliefs about brain structure have profoundly shaped our culture and society. The video is from RSAnimate, which is sort of like a British TED talk, but with less insufferable tech boosterism and more whiteboards.

The video debunks the popular misconception of the division of labor between the two hemispheres&#133 Read the rest

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The Last Seduction and the system

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The Last Seduction is a 1996 movie that many consider a classic and others consider annoying. But there’s a scene which is a good example of how the system chooses one kind of corruption over another, or, more properly, institutionalizes it.
Bill Pullman plays Clay, a medical resident, who among other not good things is selling scripts to junkies.&#133 Read the rest

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Why do victims of abuse return to their abusers?

This blog lists the twenty most common reasons women return to the men who abuse them so brutally that they end up in the hospital. But the list, while poignant, misses the point
Pervocracy highlights the reasons most commonly heard in an emergency room, but these reasons are more verbalizations of symptoms not problems.
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Gay teen exposes brainwashing at Utah re-education camp

Cross Creek is the closest thing we have in the United States to forced re-education camps. Cross Creek and other facilities like it are where grotesque parents send their kids to have the gay bullied out of them and the Jesus bullied into them.
This is the story of one girl who was sent there, what she&#133 Read the rest

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Another Minority Report

Does the PCL-R test have a place in the criminal justice system? Henry Richards thinks so:

PCL-R scores can help predict how an offender might behave in a variety of situations. They’re useful to crime scene analysts who create profiles of perpetrators. Test scores can also help predict how someone might perform on conditional release (bail, probation, parole).

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When Psychiatry Attacks

An article on Jezebel discusses a new book called The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease. The book argues that while psychiatric advertising in the fifties focused on neurotic or hysterical housewives, in the sixties, the focus of the advertising for many of the same drugs shifted to angry and belligerent black male youth and took&#133 Read the rest

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Psychiatrist: “Mrs. Barnett, you’re son has autism.” Is that because he can prove an infinite series is convergent?

Psychiatrist: “Mrs. Barnett, you’re son has autism.” Is that because he can prove an infinite series is convergent?

This video was passed on to me: ignore the beck and focus on Jacob. I find beck intolerable, especially the sorts of things he says to Jacob, but if you focus on Jacob and his story, it is well worth sitting through beck’s non sequitors.

Mrs. Barnett: “At the time it meant that there was no hope…I talked to&#133 Read the rest

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Codebreaking: Pristiq treats you like the automaton you are

Codebreaking: Pristiq treats you like the automaton you are

Fresh from the Fritz Lang Institute of Psychopharmacology comes Pristiq, an antidepressant targeted at women who “feel like they have to wind themselves up to get through the rest of the day.”

Pristiq may be a wonderful and helpful drug, but there is something unsettling about this advertisement. What is the meaning of the toy? Why does the cured&#133 Read the rest

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The Fast and the Fatherless

The Fast and the Fatherless

When you watch most action movies, it’s easy to get caught up in the car chases, explosions, and hot chicks that define them. But when you look beyond those, beyond the trite dialogue, beyond the contrived plots, is there anything there? In most action films, there isn’t. So they don’t last beyond a single picture. But the The Fast&#133 Read the rest

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The Battle To Define Mental Illness

I knew there was some history between some of the players in DSM-IV, and I’ve read before about all the NDAs and the various accusations that go with them … but I didn’t know that Allen Frances had Risen From Retirement to Stand Against DSM-5, and become Public Enemy Number One with the APA, etc.
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When a psychiatrist sees 40 patients a day, who benefits?

The NYT describes a 68 yo, old school psychiatrist from the therapy/analytic days, forced to convert his practice entirely to “15 minute med checks” (read: 5-10min) in order to stay afloat.  In an office with leather chairs and African masks, he sees each patient in less time than it takes him to pee.

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Reader Question: My boyfriend was diagnosed schizotypal. What is that, really?

Whatever you may think the official definition is, psychiatrists tend to use the term in only one of two ways: either incorrectly, as “almost schizophrenic, but still can hold a job and doesn’t hallucinate;” or as a pejorative label describing one who believes in all sorts of fantastical things– aliens, esp, conspiracies, 911 was done by Bush, etc– but&#133 Read the rest

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If you count psychological trauma, all war vets are casualties.

The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War. “Walk into any of the larger-battalion-aide stations in Iraq or Afghanistan today, and you’ll find Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft to fight depression, as well as Wellbutrin, Celexa, and Effexor. You’ll see Valium to relax muscles (but&#133 Read the rest

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