Monday, December 11, 2017
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My Daughter’s Story

I am now haunted by guilt that my daughter never really had a chance for anything like a normal life, because of the choices that were made for her. Choices made with the 'best' medical advice of the day, which I had never quite accepted as correct, but in the end largely complied with for lack of any clear alternative.
angel

My Daughter’s Story

I am now haunted by guilt that my daughter never really had a chance for anything like a normal life, because of the choices that were made for her. Choices made with the 'best' medical advice of the day, which I had never quite accepted as correct, but in the end largely complied with for lack of any clear alternative.
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APA: Drop the Stigmatizing Term “Schizophrenia”

I believe that the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization should follow the lead of several countries that have already retired the term "schizophrenia" from their vocabularies. The time is now to drop this stigmatizing, hope-disabling, scientifically controversial term.
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Reexamining Schizophrenia as a Brain Disease

Schizophrenia has occupied, and continues to occupy, a position of great import in psychiatry, and it is frequently used to assert the supposed biological nature of the field. What evidence is there to suggest that what we call schizophrenia is a disease of the brain? Surprisingly, very little.
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Psychotherapy is THE Biological Treatment

Psychotherapy addresses the brain in the way it actually develops, matures and operates. The process for brain change involves deactivation — disuse, not utilizing the old brain map; and then creating a new one. Psychotherapy can deactivate maladaptive brain mappings and foster new and constructive pathways.
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New Book Takes Aim at the Mental Health Industrial Complex

I’ve been around the block a few times, so I was not shocked by the revelations in Art Levine’s absorbing and well-researched new book, Mental Health, Inc.: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger Our Most Vulnerable Citizens. But I was certainly appalled.
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From “Recovery” to “Transformation and Recovery”

Just “recovering” one’s previous way of functioning is not so likely to work, because usually something wasn’t working prior to the psychosis. It was that which set off the psychosis, and if that isn’t changed, any “recovery” may not be worth much, as the problems, and so the need to transform, will likely still be present.

WEBINAR

The next webinar in our Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Series will take place on December 12th at 2:30pm Eastern. Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan will present on her clinical experience working with patients withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. Click here to register.

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by Kate DeWolfe

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Lancet Psychiatry Needs to Retract the ADHD-Enigma Study

Lancet Psychiatry, a UK-based medical journal, recently published a study that concluded brain scans showed that individuals diagnosed with ADHD had smaller brains. That conclusion is belied by the study data. The journal needs to retract this study. UPDATE: Lancet Psychiatry (online) has published letters critical of the study, and the authors' response, and a correction.

Can Clinical Care be Recovery Oriented?

Larry Davidson, PhD, explores how adopting a recovery-oriented model requires a different approach to clinical care. He illustrates his course with examples of people with lived experience in health care and mental health settings.

Heal for Life Foundation

The Heal For Life Foundation is a safe place for survivors of childhood trauma and abuse to find healing.

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