“Hallucinogens and Depression” AND More on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Hello everyone!

Here are today’s Best 5 Reads. I hope you will enjoy them.

1) Hallucinogens and Depression

Doctors in the 50s & 60s used lots psychedelics in clinical research until their use was banned and discredited. For some conditions, however, hallucinogens are staging a comeback.

2) Suicide Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S., Nearly Double for Women

Suicide rates in the United States have risen 30 percent over the past decade and a half, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The findings, which were released last month in two reports, coincided with the suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

“One of the issues that we are grappling with in this country and in many places all over the world is that not everyone who needs attention gets attention—or even knows that he or she needs psychiatric care,” said suicide expert Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., past president of APA and professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also chair of the Board of Scientific Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

3) Am I Addicted To Alcohol? Signs Of Alcohol Addiction

Fancy a drink after work?’ Go on, just the one…

But how often is it three, four – or more? Have you ever stopped and considered: ‘Am I addicted to alcohol?’ In this article we look at the signs of alcohol addiction.

Alcohol is all around us. And it’s nothing if not mainstream. Think about it – every day we see TV adverts and supermarkets pushing cheap booze, implying that drinking is the key to having a good time. It’s no wonder that so many people are addicted to alcohol.

4) Medical Euthanasia in Canada: Current Issues and Potential Future Expansion

In this podcast, Dr Mark Komrad explores the relatively new Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) law in Canada, and how it may be on the verge of opening medical euthanasia to certain qualified psychiatric patients.

5) Addressing Poverty and Mental Illness

To break the complex links between economic inequality, poverty, and poor mental health, providers need to take a multi-level, prevention-oriented approach that addresses upstream causes.

Thank you see you tomorrow for another edition of Best 5 Reads.

Best Regards,

Vikram


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