Sunday, April 5, 2020

A Peek Inside the Modern Asylum

The psychiatric hospital of today is a panopticon, a modern prison for the daring mind and for weird behavior. I was once inside and thus, am inviting you to have a look. I will take your hand, and encourage you to join me, on an exploration of the inside of the psychiatric institution. We'll have a small peek, but in reality, it is much more distressing for the one who is being observed.

A Peek Inside the Modern Asylum

The psychiatric hospital of today is a panopticon, a modern prison for the daring mind and for weird behavior. I was once inside and thus, am inviting you to have a look. I will take your hand, and encourage you to join me, on an exploration of the inside of the psychiatric institution. We'll have a small peek, but in reality, it is much more distressing for the one who is being observed.
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Social Determinants of Health and the Continued Individualization of Suffering

We need to stop believing that suffering people are genetically inferior or “diseased.” You, as sufferer, are not alone in having social determinants of health. They are universal. They are systemic. And they are not solvable or “addressable” at the individual level. The only way to alleviate negative social determinants of health is to create a more equitable, inclusive, and just society.
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Supreme Court Decides Case on Insanity Defense

The debate between the majority and dissent shows how distorted and destructive the stereotypes of madness are as they have passed down through the law. But there are also winds of change coming from tensions inherent in the insanity defense itself, and we should take this opportunity to develop some sensible policies.
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43 and Finding Wellness: Attending to the 4 Bodies

My personal and professional experiences have taught me that the only way to address mental health is holistically. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, I believe it is necessary to attend to all of your bodies—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—in order to achieve wellness.
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Making a Mad Community, from Attic to Attic: Part Two

Part Two: Jessica Lowell Mason describes founding a mad community, Madwomen in the Attic, the challenges faced during its first year, the importance of community, and projects and hope for the future. "This two-part piece outlines our struggle to build a mad community across locations, across differences, across challenges, across borders and barriers, across countries."
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Making a Mad Community, from Attic to Attic: Part One

Part One: Jessica Lowell Mason describes her personal experiences with involuntary commitment, the psychiatric system, and the courts—leading to her founding of a mad community, Madwomen in the Attic. "This two-part piece outlines our struggle to build a mad community across locations, across differences, across challenges, across borders and barriers, across countries."

Drug-Withdrawal Info On MIA

We are in the process of expanding our resources regarding withdrawal from psychiatric drugs. We have published a new home page for this section, and completed our expanded informational resources specifically related to withdrawal from antidepressants. This is a work in progress, and we will soon be publishing dedicated resources for withdrawing from antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, stimulants, mood stabilizers and “polypharmacy.”

ARTWORK AND POETRY

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“Social Distancing Blues,” by Nisha Gupta

Research Surveys

Ongoing studies seeking participants for surveys on mental health issues.

Latest:  Student researcher seeks adult participants with a bipolar diagnosis who have been off psychiatric medications for at least one year.

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Benzodiazepines Associated With 3.5x Greater Dementia Risk

Researchers in the U.K. find in a 22-year prospective study of 1134 men, 103 of whom took benzodiazepines regularly for one or more period...
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“Breakthrough” Treatment for Postpartum Depression: Game Changer or Misguided Magic Bullet?

Ultimately, the FDA Advisory Committee recommended approval of brexanolone by a 17-1 member vote. I was the only NO vote. I voted NO because as the sole Consumer Representative on the committee I didn’t believe the company had demonstrated that the potential benefits outweighed the potential for harm.

Mad in Brasil TV

Mad in Brasil launches MIB TV, an innovative communication space open to public participation. Every two weeks mental health professionals, researchers, users of psychiatry, family members and leaders of popular movements will discuss articles of interest on Mad in Brasil.

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