Susan Salasin created this video about the role of trauma in the lives of those who are labeled seriously mentally ill. She collaborated with Andy Blanch and Joan Gillece of NCTIC (National Center for Trauma Informed Care), and with Leah Harris of the NEC (National Empowerment Center).
In November 2012, Cardiff, Wales, more than two hundred and fifty people who hear voices, see visions and have other unusual and extreme experiences (referred to as “hearing voices” in the rest of this post), family members, friends, activists and allied experts by profession came together from around the world. The purpose of the three-day meeting was to celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of the formation of hearing voices movement, to consider the lessons learnt so far and to envisage what we should be doing over the next 25 years. The excellent film, “Voices Matter“, that you can now view on this site is a record of the event and I strongly recommend that you take a look. Full Article →
If you are supporting someone experiencing withdrawal syndrome due to benzodiazepine, Z-drug, or antidepressant use, you may find that the usual approaches are not effective. Withdrawal can cause bizarre behavior and uncommon physical and psychological. This can be overwhelming and so you may be feeling unsure about how to proceed. Here are a few tips which I hope you will find to be useful. Full Article →
In this interview at a conference a few weeks ago, Robert Whitaker speaks of the ways that ill-informed medication trends can become features of the cultural and economic landscape, and of his personal drive to address the problem.
A beautiful short film about turning pain and trauma in to triumph instead of psychiatry. The film’s concluding words: “Our lives will only ever continue to be a balancing act: It has less to do with pain, and more with beauty.”
Olga Runciman is Chair of the Danish Hearing Voices Network.
Originally a psychiatric nurse, she herself became a patient, and experienced the full force of psychiatric treatment before making a full recovery. This video was recorded on February 5, 2013.
Psychologist and activist Paula J. Caplan talks about the harm done to many people because they received a psychiatric diagnosis…and how the American Psychiatric Association summarily dismissed nine complaints about such harm. See more at psychdiagnosis.weebly.com
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at the roles of trauma and medication as a “common factor” in tragedies similar to the Sandy Hook shooting. SSRIs have been shown to carry a risk of increased impulsivity, says Dr. Gupta, and points out that “over a 7-year period, there were 11,000 incidences of violence” connected with SSRIs, many of them suicides.
Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming film about a psychiatrist who prescribes “Ablixa” (a fictional medication) to a patient who then commits murder. The PR campaign includes a fake website for the drug, which includes an opportunity to be diagnosed and prescribed the drug by (acting) psychiatrist, “Dr.” Jude Law.
Psychetruth Correspondent Corrina Rachel interviews psychiatrist Dr. Colin Ross about Psychiatry and if antidepressants work to cure depression. What are the facts we should know before taking psychiatric drugs? How do they work? Are they safe?
David Healy “likened psychiatry’s attitude toward its faltering legitimacy to the Vatican’s widely derided response to its child sex abuse scandal by priests — essentially that psychiatry is brushing off justifiable concerns as hype instead of dealing with the source of the problem,” according to Time.com‘s coverage of his talk at the APA’s second-largest annual meeting on Thursday. “My concern is not that you’ve been paid by industry,” Healy said, “but that you’ve been fooled by industry. The key conflict is whether people are hiding data from you.”