Well, we were enjoying a beautiful, sunny Spring week up here in New England, but rain has come to help our flowers and bushes bloom. What would springtime be without a little rain to help everything out? And a little rain won’t stop me from bringing you another Friday Flashback!

10 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • Secrets Confessed: The Larry Froistad Case
    Can you believe it’s already been 10 years since The Larry Froistad Case? Larry Froistad was a guy who confessed to murder on a self-help online support group back in 1998. I took a look at the case and the issue of whether there was a duty to report the confession to the authorities (which was done), and what the case meant for privacy expectations in online self-help support groups (there should be no expectation of privacy in an online support group). On August 7, 1998, Froistad pled guilty to murdering his daughter and remains in prison in North Dakota. Subsequent appeals Mr. Froistad has filed have been denied.

5 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • Henry Saeman, a pioneer in psychology, passed away
    I noted the passing of Henry Saeman, a pioneer in setting the standards for a psychological state association and founder of the National Psychologist, a newspaper for therapists that is still publishing today by his son. I met and knew Henry back in the 1990s, and was saddened by his death.
  • Press from the American Psychiatric Association convention
    In August you get a plethora of press releases from the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting. In May, the same is true from the psychiatrists. In this entry, I ran down a bunch of the press releases and their primary findings, with very little analysis (mostly just commentary).

1 Year Ago on Psych Central

  • Withdrawal from Antidepressants
    A year ago, we mentioned the serious problems many people — up to 80% of those who take an antidepressant medication — have with getting off of the drug when they’re done with it. These sometimes-severe withdrawal symptoms are minimized by both the industry and doctors, and rarely mentioned to people when a doctor first begins prescribing the medication. Withdrawal from antidepressants remains a significant problem, and one still rarely addressed by doctors.
  • Violence and Mental Illness: Simplifying Complex Data Relationships
    Our take on the complex relationship between mental illness and violence, but which generally boils down to this soundbite — people who are mentally ill are no more likely to be violent than those who are not, unless they are also abusing alcohol or an illegal drug. Researchers have produced a decidedly mixed (and sometimes biased) data foundation in which to draw reliable conclusions. So while it’s convenient to think there is a relationship between these two things, there is not.