Monday, July 22, 2019
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The Chemical Imbalance Theory: Dr. Pies Returns, Again

Psychiatrist Ronald Pies published a recent piece in the Psychiatric Times titled "Debunking the Two Chemical Imbalance Myths, Again." The subtitle: "A little learning is a dangerous thing." And indeed it is. But not nearly as dangerous as a psychiatrist with a head full of spurious diagnoses and a ready prescription pad.
chemical imbalance theory

The Chemical Imbalance Theory: Dr. Pies Returns, Again

Psychiatrist Ronald Pies published a recent piece in the Psychiatric Times titled "Debunking the Two Chemical Imbalance Myths, Again." The subtitle: "A little learning is a dangerous thing." And indeed it is. But not nearly as dangerous as a psychiatrist with a head full of spurious diagnoses and a ready prescription pad.
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The Light in the Dark

Darkness began to consume my life, both literally and metaphorically. My surroundings and even my own thoughts would become distorted into something terrifying. As the nights droned on, shadows in my dorm room would contort themselves into threatening figures. The whispers continued to grow, overcoming the thoughts in my head.
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U.S. Politicians Now “Trauma Informed”—Should We Be Hopeful?

It is good that the general public is finally hearing about the ACE Study, but I do not count on U.S. politicians to address the core implications of the ACE findings—the need to re-make U.S. society so as to (1) prevent preventable adverse childhood experiences, and (2) create a society in which healing from trauma can more easily occur.
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An Open Letter to Howard Stern, the “Poster Boy for Psychotherapy”

Dear Howard Stern: What may come as a surprise to you is that the quality of talk therapy that was available to you—time-intensive, in-depth sharing of feelings, exploring childhood traumas, examining and changing difficult personality traits—is steadily becoming unavailable to the average American.
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End Kendra’s Law Now: Racist, Classist Practices in Involuntary Psychiatry Persist

In addition to involuntary outpatient commitment being an assault on and targeting people who are living in or near poverty, the statistics demonstrate racial disparities in the application of involuntary outpatient commitment.

Why I Take Drugs and Don’t Plan to Stop

If the drugs I am prescribed did not benefit me overall, believe me, I would no more take them willingly than I would swallow rat poison. I went through many attempts to wean myself, but invariably the loss of my ability to do art brought me to the place where I went back on them. I remain on them and I want to remain on them.

MIA'S NEW RESOURCE FOR MILITARY VETERANS

Mad in America has launched a new resource for military veterans, which will provide news, personal stories, and resources specific to veterans. The editor of this new section is Derek Blumke who, after 12 years of service in the United States Air Force and Michigan Air National Guard, co-founded Student Veterans of America. For his work, he was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

MIA Free Library

We are pleased to announce the opening of the MIA Free Library, which will provide a space for books written by psychiatric survivors and others that have not found a home with traditional book publishers. The first book in our library is by Don Weitz,  Resistance Matters: The Radical Vision of an Antipsychiatry Activist.

Research Surveys

Ongoing studies seeking participants for surveys on mental health issues. The newest survey is seeking input from doctors, therapists, nurses, social workers, etc. on their ideas about approaches to mental health care.

ARTWORK AND POETRY

Submit your artwork, poetry or humor to [email protected]

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U.S. Politicians Now “Trauma Informed”—Should We Be Hopeful?

It is good that the general public is finally hearing about the ACE Study, but I do not count on U.S. politicians to address the core implications of the ACE findings—the need to re-make U.S. society so as to (1) prevent preventable adverse childhood experiences, and (2) create a society in which healing from trauma can more easily occur.

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