Tuesday links

  • Laughter really is the best medicine as doctors find it can be as healthy as exercise – Telegraph — a link related to this from this blog is this old post on Laughter yoga I certainly find laughing to be healing and restorative.
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  • Recovery from “schizophrenia” and other “psychotic disorders” » If antipsychotics only work for some people with psychosis, then why are they given to everyone?
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  • Shambhala SunSpace » In Brief: Yoga for Anxiety — this looks interesting though I’ve not seen the book.
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  • BBC News – New pill to tackle problem of men falling short in bed and many readers here might guess like I did that this drug is an SSRI. This is in the UK and Europe only, but I’m sure it will follow here. It’s already been done off-label in any case. SSRIs are notorious for causing emotional blunting. See here.
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  • Astra Zeneca to Settle Case for $520 Million – NYTimes.comAstraZeneca becomes the fourth pharmaceutical giant in the last three years to admit to federal charges of illegal marketing of antipsychotic drugs, a lucrative category of medications that have quickly risen to the top of United States sales charts. Aggressive sales and promotional practices have helped expand the use of powerful new antipsychotic drugs for children and the elderly.
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  • Are Introverts Nuts? | Psychology Today — Only nuts here are the members of the APA for considering introversion a criteria for mental illness— When I took the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)assessment during my corporate days, I learned that being an introvert meant that I got my energy from my inner world—and that there was nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you’re an introvert, you’re in good company since about half the population has preferences like ours—such as thinking before we speak. If the APA includes the proposed definition of introversion in the DSM-5, could that exacerbate the stigmas that introverts already face?
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  • Sex? Drugs? Celebrities? Visit SSRIstories.com « Alternet –This site has been on the side-bar of this blog for a long time. —  Of course, there have always been murders, suicides, postpartum depression and veteran despondency. But parents killing children, children killing children, children killing parents and people killing their whole families wasn’t news-as-usual before SSRIs appeared in 1988 say anti-SSRI advocates.
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