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Bleak Theology: Hopeful Science

Day: November 7, 2017

It is not the drugs fault?

A frequent commentator, jgarveyrose, asked me if there was an association between psychotropics and homicide. This is a very hard question to answer, because the rates of homicide are low, and mass murder lower. The addition of information to such a low baseline rate, according to Bayes’ theorem, means that the increased risk is of […]

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Yes, Tom Cruise, ECT is safe.

I have been asked about psychotropics and violence. I will look it up but got distracted. Because ECT is as controversial, though safe: in some safer than medications. From the December 2017 issue of Acta (which is online)[1] In a large population-based sample of almost 9000 individuals who were receiving an acute course of ECT […]

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Let us ignore Wil Wheaton.

One of the bleak parts of my job is that those who will kill lie. A person who is suicidal will look you straight in the eye and say they have improved: a sudden change is a warning sign, for they have decided to die, and are getting ready. A person who will kill will […]

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