Blog des AK Psychiatriekritik der NFJ Berlin

Monat: April, 2013

Long-Term Benzos do not Help Schizophrenia

Researchers in Germany, China and Australia teamed up to find, through a meta-analysis of research pertaining to 1045 patients receiving antipsychotics, that augmentation with benzodiazepines did not improve outcomes. The authors recommend that benzodiazepines should be considered only for “ultra short-term sedation of acutely agitated patients but not for augmentation of antipsychotics in the medium- and long-term pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia and related disorders.”


Osteoporosis Associated with Antipsychotic Treatment

Chinese researchers find, in a literature review for the International Journal of Endocrinology find an increased rate of osteoporosis among people with a schizophrenia diagnosis, and conclude that that increased risk is secondary to hyperprolactinemia caused by antipsychotics.


Live From Sweden: the Care Homes Conference

This week Carina Håkansson’s Family Care Foundation in Sweden hosts an international conference titled “Presence and Participation: Arguments for the Humanistic and Sustainable Work We Do.” In partnership with the conference, we are experimenting with a new offering to our readership – live streaming video.

Psychology and Neuroscience Are a Misfit

Here’s the question:

To what extent are the findings of neuroscience useful to psychology?

Here are some of thoughts about that, triggered by the report of research that found an association between dopamine transmission and the ability to work hard.  The researchers assumed that it was the dopamine transmission that was the important variable.  People with “good” dopamine transmission were able to work hard.


Time for a new Understanding of Suicidal Feelings

Is it really best to force someone into the hospital when they are suicidal? Do suicidal feelings plus “risk factors” really mean professionals can predict whether someone might try to kill themselves? And are suicidal feelings the symptom of a treatable illness that should include medication prescription?

I was locked up at San Francisco General Hospital’s psychiatric emergency ward because confinement was considered necessary to protect me from suicide. But when I was forcibly tied down, locked in an isolation cell, threatened with being strip-searched, kept behind barred hospital windows for months and subjected to degrading treatment, it was the hospital that I needed protection from – not my own feelings.

While people are not always mistreated at inpatient units like I was in the United States, the harm done to me in the name of care is a too-common tragedy. Even if some patients feel grateful for being brought into treatment against their will, and even if we recognize a diversity of experience in hospitals, the question remains: Is the possibility of harming people like I was harmed worth the risk? Would society tolerate any other medical intervention with such clear possibility of devastating harm, with such a high record of iatrogenic trauma? Shouldn’t we be looking for other approaches, with less potential for harm, rather than just accepting routine institutional violence?