Saturday, August 18, 2012

8/18/12 - News Review

8/18/12 - News Review

via Crime on by Religion News Service on 8/17/12
(RNS/ENInews) A Moscow court on Friday (Aug. 17) found three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral in February. They were sentenced to two years in a penal colony.

The band performed a "punk prayer" against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I.

The case has divided Russia and the Orthodox Church and drawn worldwide protests on behalf of the band and free speech. Outside the courtroom, protesters clashed with police and well-known chess champion Garry Kasparov was arrested during the protests.

The charges against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich had carried up to seven years in prison, and the prosecutor had demanded at least three years for the women, who range in age from 22 to 30.

Judge Maria Syrova said that she did not accept the defendants' explanation that Christ the Savior Cathedral is not a church but a commercial enterprise because of businesses that operate there.

During the trial, which began last month, the defendants explained that they were opposed to Kirill's support of Putin, who returned to the Kremlin after winning the March 4 presidential elections in the face of protests claiming voting irregularities.

Kirill has been silent on the case for several months after leading a prayer service in April to pray for deliverance from persecution of the church.

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate, has said the church is ready to forgive members of Pussy Riot if they repent.

"If someone insults me personally, then of course I will forgive them," Chaplin told the RIA Novosti news agency last month. "But if someone insults my faith or my God, I wait until they change their position and admit that they acted wrongly."

In the performance, the musicians walked into the cathedral, donned brightly colored hoods and began to gesticulate and dance in front of the altar. Their actions were filmed as a video and set to music with the lyrics "O Birthgiver of God, Get Rid of Putin" and an expletive as a refrain.

The video went viral, shocking many Russians and infuriating the Kremlin and the Orthodox hierarchy, but also setting off a debate in the church about the role of forgiveness and mercy in Orthodoxy.


August 17, 2012
States are urged to aim for a temporary detention order period of 72 hours to allow a complete clinical evaluation after a patient’s mental health crisis.Abstract Teaser
August 17, 2012
Prisoners have the right to avoid punishment such as solitary confinement that can produce harmful psychological effects or exacerbate psychiatric conditions, APA tells Congress.Abstract Teaser
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via Psychiatric Times on 8/16/12
Our exchanges be marked by basic respect and civility—and by a willingness to take personal responsibility for what we say and how we say it. Physicians ought to be in the vanguard of such an Internet reformation.


via Psychiatric News Alert by (Psychiatric News Alert) on 8/17/12

“Attenuated psychosis syndrome” (APS)—a diagnostic category intended to describe individuals at very high risk for schizophrenia spectrum disorders but who have not yet had an acute psychotic break—will not be included as a diagnostic entity in the DSM-5. Instead it will be listed in a third section of the manual (following the introduction and the main text listing disorders) for proposed diagnostic criteria requiring “further study."

Inclusion of the diagnosis was favored by advocates of prevention who say individuals at very high risk of schizophrenia could be identified in the community. Others argued against inclusion, saying the field of prevention is not advanced enough to avoid diagnosing and possibly unnecessarily medicating adolescents with symptoms that may be transient and self-limiting.

Look for coverage of the decision in the September issue of Psychiatric News. For more information about the proposed category of attenuated psychosis syndrome, see Psychiatric News here.
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Advances in neuroscience research may bring tough questions
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The folly of modern psychological analysis and diagnosis - posted in 2 - Epistemology: About two months ago I was researching modern psychological analysis and diagnosis and I was astonished at how many symptoms were neutral terms like selfish. ... Gender:Male; Location:Westerville, Ohio; Interests:Architecture, Physics, Philosophy, Music (Lionel Yu/musicalbasics on youtube, Bogdan Alin Ota, Karl Jenkins, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Mozart, Rachmianoff, Chopin).

View PostMrBenjamatic, on 17 August 2012 - 11:19 AM, said:
About two months ago I was researching modern psychological analysis and diagnosis and I was astonished at how many symptoms were neutral terms like selfish. Anti-social personality disorder (or psychopathy) is a great example of this; symptoms of this folly disorder include selfishness, lack of guilt, grandeoise sense of self worth, the lack of acting on emotions (described as being emotionally shallow), lack of empathy and pity (lack of altruism). I'd like to highlight the 'grandeoise sense of self worth'. That is, essentially, arrogance. Arrogance pressuposes presumptuousness; an invalidly high opinion of oneself. But to call anyone with a high opinion of oneself arrogant is a wish to wipe out of existence all those whose high opinions of themselves are valid: Ayn Rand, Coco Chanel, Henry Bessemer, Frank Lloyd Wright. I could discuss the fallaciousness of the Anti-social personality disorder and other modern psychological diagnoses' for a while, but I won't. Does anyone know of any other follies in regards to modern psychological analysis (manic bipolar disorder is one of them I think)?


Feeding the illness industry machine thanks to DSM5 - National Post

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Feeding the illness industry machine thanks to DSM5
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Once again the armies of psychiatry are on the move, marching like imperial legions into unconquered territories of the human spirit. Psychiatrists do excellent work as individuals but when they join international bureaucracies they can cause trouble ...

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