Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk explores his field’s long, complex, and stubborn history with trauma. Dr. van der Kolk explains how psychiatry as a whole avoided progress, often misdiagnosing trauma as hysteria or, in the case of shell-shocked soldiers, malingering. …
I’ve previously written about the possible role of compassion focused therapy in helping people relate better to problematic voices, in my posts Could compassionate self talk replace hostile voices?, Feed Your Demons!, and A Paradox: Is Our System for Responding to Threats Itself a Threat? I’m happy to see more interest being taken in this kind of approach, and a video has just become available which, in 5 minutes, very coherently explains how a compassion focused approach can completely transform a person’s relationship with their voices and so transform the person’s life!
Earlier this year, I was invited to speak at TEDMED 2014 and John Kazanjian and I worked hard to come up with a 13-ish minute version of my play Sick. The video of the talk/performance got released today on TEDMED.com and YouTube. It’s been a wild ride sharing the big play with small audiences around the country these last couple of years, and I am excited and humbled by the potential audience this abbreviated version can have online. I hope you have a chance to watch it.
Though attention tends to be drawn to physical forms of violence, it may actually be the more invisible forms of violence – abuse and neglect – that cause long-term debility.
“Psychiatric Drugs are More Dangerous than You Ever Imagined” is the newest video in my series Simple Truths about Psychiatry. It provides a simple, direct and inescapable warning about this epidemic of harm induced by psychiatric drugs. The video sounds a necessary alarm about this growing tragedy, involving millions of people and their families, who never foresaw the disabling results of taking psychiatric drugs and giving them to their children.
Choosing Wisely – a parody of the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” – choose wisely when it comes to making health care decisions and if you choose wisely it will make you happy.
The search for animal analogues for mental illness continues to inadvertently show that much if not most of what is thought of as mental illness can readily be understood as the result of trauma. Here, a touching story of a …
I just made a new film, called PROTEST PSYCHIATRY, on the psychiatric survivor-lead protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York City. And I’m thrilled by how it turned out. For starters, I filmed it on no budget whatsoever, created the entire film in three days, and have uploaded it straight to Youtube, so it’s freeeeeee!
A conversation with Thomas Szasz, published on March 28, 2014. He discusses the question of whether mental illness exists and whether it is possible for coercion to help. "Many, many things can be done; the field is wide open, but it requires a repudiation of the medical approach."
Brattleboro, Vermont psychiatrist Nels Kloster and mental health counselor Robert Stack discuss the coming year in mental health, and the changing perceptions regarding mental health and medications. Brattleboro Community Television →
Jim Gottstein’s talk on the Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to Mental Health System Change at the annual rights conference of the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), September 27, 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The custody of Justina Pelletier, a Connecticut 15-year-old whose odyssey of diagnosis with "Somatoform Disorder" has trapped her in Boston Children's Hospital since last February, will be decided by a Boston judge tomorrow. (Video)
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