Monday, February 17, 2020

Blogs

Essays by a diverse group of writers, in the United States and abroad, engaged in rethinking psychiatry. (The directory of personal stories can be found here, and initiatives here).

REsilience

  Resilience in Recovery   “There’s not a whole lot I can’t be”. – Bryan Anderson   I don’t know if you saw this story or not. I hope...

Guidelines for a Thoughtful Discussion

Back in December,  when I decided to turn madinamerica.com into a webzine, I envisioned it as serving several purposes. I wanted to create a...

Developing Policies and Practices for Medication Optimization

Southern Oregon physicians—from family practice specialists to psychiatrists—and nurse practitioners, social workers and other mental health professionals have been meeting for several months to...

Part 2: The Values and Ethics of WRAP

In Part 2: The Values and ethics of WRAP, I describe the Values and eThics that have evolved around the Wellness Recovery Action Plan.

Part 1: The Development of WRAP

I am deeply concerned that so many people reach out for help with mental health challenges and end up getting harsh treatment that is less than helpful and often harmful. I wish more of them knew about WRAP. And I wish that WRAP was a starting place for people on the journey to wellness, something they would be introduced to when they first reach out for help, rather than something they discover after they have experienced a lot of hardship and pain. In this article I have described the development process that we used to develop the Wellness Recovery Action Plan. In Part 2 I will describe the Values and eThics that have evolved around WRAP.

What is Recovery?

What does the term 'recovery' mean? I have seen with the psychiatric establishment, that if a person conforms, accepts their oppression, and agrees to...

What a new role for psychiatrists might look like

People have been wondering on this site lately if there is still a role for psychiatrists. The short answer is maybe, if they can...

Discipline, Not Drugs

This is how a child gets into the mental health system. At age 3 he pitches a fit in the grocery store because he...

Doctors Need Support

An old friend suggested to me that doctors need support after hearing the messages in Robert Whitaker’s book, “Anatomy of an Epidemic”. I agree....

The Mouse That Roared: CIAD & Friends vs. the State of New York

If you log onto the website of the New York State Office of Mental Health at www.omh.ny.gov, you’ll find out that less than three...

How entrepreneurial thinking can improve mental health advocacy

I've been working on starting a business that can use market forces to create benefit for our communities. This is called social entrepreneurship. Different models...

The Rotted Fruit

In the law if one falsehood is uncovered in sworn testimony, all of the statements made and the actions that follow are suspect. If...

Being With Those In Serious Distress: Empathy, Compassion, Dignity, and Relationship

I was contacted on one occasion to conduct an assessment and consult with a family in regards to their son who was in his...

An Opportunity to Walk the Talk — Occupy the American Psychiatric Association May 5th...

On May 5, 2012,  MindFreedom International is holding its Occupy the American Psychiatric Association protest at the APA's annual convention in Philadelphia.  Momentum is building for the...

Madness Radio: Toby Watson on Ethical Psychotherapy

It was a long haul from being a psychiatric patient in 1992 to graduating with a masters in counseling in 2011. I flunked out...

Chapter Twenty-Six: Reaching the End, and Making a Start

A deep blue blanketing of 1AM sky envelops my car as I sit in my parents’ driveway in February 2010, pondering my next, last...

How the “Brain Defect” Theory of Depression Stigmatizes Depression Sufferers

Viewing depression as a “brain defect” rather than a “character defect” is supposed to reduce the stigma of depression, according to the American Psychiatric...

Creating Places of Sanctuary For Those In Distress

A number of years ago, I encountered a young man whose father was drug addicted and abusive both emotionally and physically. The family dynamics were chaotic....

How drug companies continue to hide the true story of Tamiflu and other drugs...

I’ve been reading Dr. David Healy’s new book, Pharmageddon, and while some of it may seem like old news, I was struck by his...

Why We Still Need Psychiatrists!

“It is really quite incredible to me that some . . . are willing to denigrate the 8 years of training that it takes to become sophisticated about pathophysiology of the whole body, understand the intricate play of medical and mental problems and really master complex diagnosis, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy, as I feel I did in my training”. – A psychiatrist colleague, personal e-mail communication, 4/2/12 This blog, and many to follow, will try to analyze why we are in this “incredible” state of affairs and what to do about it.

When university attorneys play hardball with patients

Everyone knows that some attorneys have a reputation for playing hardball.  In fact, many of us even seek out attorneys who play hardball. But...

Should Children Have Consent Rights For Psychosurgery, ECT and Sterilization?

"Madness!" was the vehement one word response from my friend when I told her that the Mental Health Minister of Western Australia has proposed legislation to allow children as young as...

Letters from the Front Lines

Dear Bob-- Here's a story of stark contrasts. I saw a man for a physical recently, mid-50's.  He was the picture of health, on no medications...

New Study on a Non-Toxic Intervention for Those at High Risk of Psychosis

A new multi-centered study was released about using cognitive therapy for young people who were seen as being at high risk of psychosis. The article reporting the study is on the British Medical Journal website, available in full – http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e2233. It’s curious to see how it is being reported in the press.

Extreme States and the Power of Journeying with the Other

I recall working with a young man who had undergone sexual trauma at the age of 4. He lived in a chaotic family with...

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