Psychological abuse/trauma and depression, Psychiatrists have new code of conduct, and yoga in prison: Monday news and blogs

  • Psychological Abuse and Depression — Storied Mind — This is one of the most painful problems to look at closely. But the more I understand the impact of abuse of all types – emotional, physical, sexual – and other forms of traumatic experience (whether or not they’re recognized by the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the more I learn about the relationship to depression and a multitude of other problems. A damaged sense of self and an inner belief that we’re fundamentally wrong or bad create a terrible vulnerability – often stemming from neglect and overt abuse as children. When someone else not only agrees with that belief but does everything they can to exploit it, we can feel our grip on reality slipping completely away.
  • Psychiatry Group Releases A New Code Of Conduct — Pharmalot — Why am I skeptical? — “More than some other specialties, psychiatry has been singled out as part of a US Senate Finance Committee probe into financial conflicts of interest among academic psychiatrists who accept federal funding while simultaneously maintaining relationships with drugmakers that market antidepressants and antipsychotics (background). Two recent papers raised questions about undue industry influence (see this).” at the end, underscoring my skepticism it says, Of course, there are various reasons to maintain a working relationship with industry, starting with info about useful treatments.” I have to ask why should pharma have anything to do with educating MDs?
  • Jailhouse bliss-out: Teaching yoga to prisoners — The National Post — “Laura Sygrove teaches downward dogs to downtrodden kids. The 33-year-old yoga instructor, certified in 2005 for clocking 800-plus hours of pretzelled enlightenment, is executive director of the New Leaf Yoga Foundation, which brings yoga and meditation to youth detention centres throughout southern Ontario. Ms. Sygrove spoke to the Post’s Nick Aveling about teaching young offenders to take a deep breath.”

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