Hot Topics: Psychiatric Ethics
By Jennifer L Young, PhD, Julia E H Brown, PhD, Nicole Martinez-Martin, JD, PhD
In a small but significant change of the tide, Britney Spears has been granted permission to have her own lawyer, to pursue her request to end her 13-year long conservatorship under the hands of her father.…Full Article
by Bandy X. Lee, MD, Mdiv
Mary Trump’s recent article pinpointed our problem with “the Goldwater rule”: “in March 2017, shortly after [Donald Trump] was inaugurated, the APA didn’t just reaffirm the rule—it expanded it past the point of coherence.” …Full Article
by Nicole Martinez-Martin, JD, PhD
Many organizations that are working to end police brutality (the #BlackBioethics Toolkit provides a list of many relevant resources) advise that just reforming police policy is insufficient to address police violence– there need to be sustained efforts for cities to restructure and reprioritize how social services and crime are addressed.…Full Article
by Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv
A novel coronavirus strain has rapidly spread around the world into a pandemic. Country responses over the past several weeks show that information dissemination is crucial for containing the disease.…Full Article
“Exploring ethical issues in TV medical dramas”
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The Resident (Seasons 3; Episode 18): Maintaining the Dead; The Resident (Season 3; Episode 19): Lies, Coverups, Crossing Boundaries; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 17): Required Criminal Reporting; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 18):Advance Directives and Alzheimer’s; Innovation v.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Reznick’s mother is dying of brain cancer.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.Full Article
by Suzanne van de Vathorst
In 2018, 6126 cases of physician aid in dying (PAD) (4.4% of all deaths) were reported in the Netherlands.…Full Article
by Bandy X. Lee M.D., M.Div., Edwin B. Fisher Ph.D., and Leonard L. Glass M.D., M.P.H.
In the spring, we assessed the Mueller report from a mental health perspective because of the wealth and quality of content that rendered it useful for a capacity evaluation of the president. …Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun” – President Trump, 4 August 2019
In 2019 (as of September 13), there have been 297 “mass shootings” (4 or more people killed or injured) in the United States resulting in 326 deaths and 1,229 injuries.…Full Article
Sorry I Didn’t Hear You.” The Ethics of Voice Computing and AI in High Risk Mental Health Populations
Recollections of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross at the University of Chicago (1965–70)
Reweighing the Ethical Tradeoffs in the Involuntary Hospitalization of Suicidal Patients
Ethical Issues to Consider Before Introducing Neurotechnological Thought Apprehension in Psychiatry
Moral distress in medical student reflective writing
Do Psychiatrists Hear Their Patients' Voices? The Importance of Qualitative Research on Brain-Related Technologies
Patients’ Beliefs About Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Transgender Children and the Right to Transition: Medical Ethics When Parents Mean Well but Cause Harm
Why Bioethics Should Be Concerned With Medically Unexplained Symptoms
“Acknowledging “appalling past actions” on the part of the profession, the A.P.A’s governing board committed the association to “identifying, understanding, and rectifying our past injustices,” and pledged to institute “anti-racist practices”Full Article
For years, California law required psychotherapists to report any patient who admitted developing, duplicating, printing or exchanging material depicting an obscene act involving a child. The therapists accepted that requirement. They regarded it as an obligation to report producers and distributors of child pornography. But when the Legislature amended the law in 2014 to reflect new technology, many therapists balked, complaining the new wording required them to inform on patients who posed no threat to others.Full Article
The research center, with $17 million from donors, aims to give “psychedelic medicine” a long-sought foothold in the scientific establishment.Full Article
Every year, the state of Illinois struggles to find a place for hundreds of children with serious mental-health issues—holding them in psychiatric hospitals for sometimes weeks or months even after they’re cleared for discharge.
For the past two decades, scientists have been exploring the genetics of schizophrenia, autism and other brain disorders, looking for a path toward causation. If the biological roots of such ailments could be identified, treatments might follow, or at least tests that could reveal a person’s risk level.Full Article
Service dog providers are seeing an influx of applications from veterans like Michel who have experienced sexual trauma while in the military. But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides veterinary benefits for service dogs assigned to people with physical disabilities, does not currently recognize psychiatric service dogs as a proven therapy for mental illness.Full Article
During a conversation, humans can grasp a friend’s mood or intent by relying on subtle vocal cues or word choice. Now, researchers at MIT say they have developed an algorithm that can detect if the friend is depressed, one of the most widely suffered — and often undiagnosed — conditions in the U.S.Full Article
The first digital pill will carry a price tag of $1,650 per month and soon be rolled out commercially to the first patients: people with mental illness covered by Medicaid, likely in regions including Florida and Virginia.Full Article
An estimated 12.8 percent of adolescents in the U.S. experience at least one episode of major depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. According to previous studies, many of those teens’ mental health is linked to depression in their parents. But new research suggests there’s a flipside to that parental effect: When teens are treated for depression, their parents’ mental health improves, too.Full Article
The American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., has decided to retain a policy banning military psychologists from working with detainees at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and other national security detention facilities. But the political machinations surrounding a decisive vote this week by APA’s governing body suggest the 115,000-member organization is still far from resolving a decadelong debate over the ethical rules of conduct for psychologists in the U.S. government’s ongoing war against terrorism.Full Article