Notable Links - Dec 8, 2022
Curated recommendations from around the web
# I realized too late that the link to “Diagnosis as Self-Understanding & Self-Alienation” in the last post “Stories That Trap Us” was broken. It’s corrected now, and if you are yet to read it, you can read here.
To stay on antipsychotics or not to stay on antipsychotics? A longstanding question with an update — Joe Pierre for The Mental Elf discussing the Ostuzzi et al. (2022) meta-analysis that looked at whether continuing, reducing, switching, or stopping antipsychotic treatment is best at preventing relapse among clinically stable individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.
Identical twins aren't *that* identical — Stuart Ritchie at Science Fictions
Hooked on Hype? A Critical Examination of Recent Anti-Antidepressant Reporting — Alexander Lisinski for Psychiatric Times (pair it with: The Case for Antidepressants in 2022)
Responding to the Shrinking Scope of Psychiatrists’ Prescribing Practices — Balon, et al. in Academic Psychiatry. Psychiatric training needs to address the fact that “psychiatrists have been prescribing some psychotropic medications less frequently, even rarely or not at all, & probably losing (or never acquiring) expertise in prescribing them.”
Taking subjectivity seriously: towards a unification of phenomenology, psychiatry, and neuroscience — Kyzar & Denfield in Molecular Psychiatry. “the potential for phenomenological research and methods to generate productive hypotheses about the neurobiological basis of psychiatric diseases has thus far been underappreciated.”
Critical Mental Health and the Allure of Orientalism — “We invite contributions to expand upon and interrogate the dynamics of orientalism within mad liberation, mental health, and clinical research and practice.”
Individuality and community: The limits of social constructivism — Dan Zahavi. “By failing to distinguish different dimension of selfhood, many authors unwittingly advocate a form of radical social constructivism that is not only incapable of doing justice to first-person experience but which also fails to capture the heterogeneity of real communal life.”
National Institute of Mental Health — Researchers Map the Genetic Landscape of Schizophrenia in the Brain
Looking beyond values: The legitimacy of social perspectives, opinions and interests in science — Hannah Hilligardt. “it is often assumed that all relevant non-epistemic influences on scientific research can be described as values and, consequently, that science carries social legitimacy if the correct values play their proper role in research. I argue that values are not the only relevant non-epistemic influences on research: not unless our definition of values is so broad that it becomes unmanageable.”
The Grown-Up Art of Andor — The new Star Wars series Andor on Disney+ “is a show about the moral choices adults are forced to make in a world of adult consequences.” “One by one, we meet characters who are grappling with what it means either to rebel against or to conform to a fascist political order, from the top of society to the bottom.”