Psychedelic drug research held back by UK rules and attitudes | The Guardian

Active ingredient of magic mushrooms still classified as having no medical value, despite clinical success Source: Psychedelic drug research held back by UK rules and attitudes, say scientists | Medical research | The Guardian Opinion: Psychiatry still uses ECT to ‘treat’ depression but won’t green-light magic mushrooms. Maybe they are not violent enough. Or maybe… Read More Psychedelic drug research held back by UK rules and attitudes | The Guardian

Opinion | Jimi Hendrix – Great musician arguably a victim of scientism

Jimi Hendrix (Johnny Allen Hendrix, 1942-1970) was a legendary rock guitarist and songwriter whose innovative, haunting and almost voodoo-like technique has influenced music and musicians to this day, including the classical violinist Nigel Kennedy. Hendrix’s song lyrics often point to a kind of Gnosticism, “Have you ever been experienced? Well, I am.” Paradoxically, he also… Read More Opinion | Jimi Hendrix – Great musician arguably a victim of scientism

Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God – Scientific American | Opinion

By not making more of an effort to incorporate spirituality in treatment, we are doing a disservice to patients Source: Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God – Scientific American Opinion: I’ve been wanting to write an article about how, historically speaking, psychiatry evolved from a core of creepy guys who didn’t believe in and… Read More Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God – Scientific American | Opinion

Opinion | New Trends in Psychiatry – The Psychiatric “bible” is now a bestseller

Back as an undergrad at Trent University, several professors were quite influential to my academic growth. One taught psychology and English lit., another looked at the sociology of science, and a third lectured on Asian philosophy. There were other great professors but these three spoke most directly to these stories appearing so many years later,… Read More Opinion | New Trends in Psychiatry – The Psychiatric “bible” is now a bestseller

YouTube Roundup – Feeling stressed? Forget SAD… go into ORBIT!

I personally think that the psychiatric diagnosis of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is going a bit too far. It spooks me to think how some psychiatrists prescribe ‘medication’ (that is, drugs) when there are better ways to get out of a funk. Whenever I feel weighed down by the world or by hostile presences, one… Read More YouTube Roundup – Feeling stressed? Forget SAD… go into ORBIT!

Let’s Build Brains Better! Brain Science-Inspired Policies for the Future | Opinion

In order to face the rapidly changing, increasingly complex, and globally connected world, we need to focus on the importance of early brain and child development. Source: Let’s Build Brains Better! Brain Science-Inspired Policies for the Future Opinion: Psychiatry has been championed and criticized from diverse perspectives. Articles like this illustrate some of the reasons… Read More Let’s Build Brains Better! Brain Science-Inspired Policies for the Future | Opinion

What psychiatrists still don’t know about mental illness | CBC Radio | Opinion

How can it be that psychiatry still doesn’t know what causes major mental problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia? Historian Anne Harrington and writer Marya Hornbacher explore psychiatry’s messy medical past and surprisingly uncertain present. Source: What psychiatrists still don’t know about mental illness | CBC Radio Opinion: “A university is a place… Read More What psychiatrists still don’t know about mental illness | CBC Radio | Opinion