Wednesday, July 15, 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).

Human Rights and Managed Care: Part 5, Conclusion

(As Memorial Day approaches, pause for a moment of memory, not only for our soldiers who have died in war, but those related to...

What You Can Do TODAY About Managed Care

Some other bloggers have been talking about managed care, and I wanted to share some action points for all of us. There are many...

Human Rights and Managed Care: Part 4

This leads us into discussing psychiatry per se, which managed care prioritized first. Unless you are early career psychiatrists, you are probably familiar with...

“You Can’t Go Home Again: New York’s Medicaid Health Homes”

Shortly after I posted a two-part blog on this site back in February about New York’s just-approved Medicaid Health Homes, I got this crazy,...

Our Recovery Community is One of the Richest in Our Country

I built my entire community in the last eight years.  Eight years ago I was recently divorced, unemployed, on six psych meds, and homeless....

Pharmed Out: An Interview with Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman

In June, I will be returning to Washington for the annual Pharmed Out conference, a project located at Georgetown University Medical Center.  It is...

The Sacred Space Between

When we do not understand or wish to dismiss the other, the tactic is to categorize first, and label the other, and put them...

Letters from the Front Lines

I saw a patient recently, a 35 year-old woman who needed a refill of her Zoloft.  She been started on it four years prior,...

State Trooper Awarded $1.5 Million for Being “Driven to a Nervous Breakdown”

A retired NH state trooper was awarded $1.5 million, in May 2012, in Conrad vs. New Hampshire, for being wrongfully confined by his supervisors,...

Human Rights and Managed Care: Part 3

Now, enough about me (and my life in managed care). Let’s look more into the two topics of our presentation, human rights and managed...

DSM5 Boycott: Growing Some Legs

Just had to share this with you. Was copied on an e-mail from Allen Frances yesterday, wherein he informed colleagues that two blogs had...

Madness Radio: Daniel Hazen On Abolishing Prisons

First Aired 5-1-2012 What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness? Should we have more mental health treatment in prison -- or...

How Many Deaths Will It Take Till We Know?

Each time I see the initials for Mad In America, MIA, I think of the Vietnam war and lost young men. I remember engraved...

Boycott DSM5? Why Not?

Captain Boycott was the British land agent for Lord Erne of County Mayo who, in 1880, was ostracized from the local community as part...

Risk Management vs. Dignity of Risk

What does “risk” really mean? Is it something to be afraid of and avoided at all costs, or something to be embraced?

Shanghai’d in Recovery

I am honored to share the story of one family that has learned about the power of language, hope and letting go with love so that every family member can grab on to a life worth living.

NH Sued for Mental Health Rights Violations

People with mental illness who could live in the community with supports are being confined in the Glencliffe Nursing Home in northern New Hampshire...

Human Rights and Managed Care: Part 2

Let me state from the outset that I didn’t suggest presenting on this topic. In fact, I was rather taken aback when Dr. Pumariega,...

CIAD & Community-Based Housing for Adult Home Residents in New York City: The Struggle...

Sixteen million dollars are sitting in Albany, waiting to be converted into fifteen hundred apartments for adult home residents presumed to have serious mental...

Coercion

I am a psychiatrist who believes that involuntary treatment is rarely effective in the long run but I am also a psychiatrist who sometimes forces people into hospitals against their will.

Fast-Moving Bill in Congress Would Weaken FDA Oversight of New Drugs and Devices

Congress is moving quickly to pass a bill that would authorize higher industry fees for the FDA in exchange for speeding up the approval...

E. Fuller Torrey’s Review of Anatomy of an Epidemic: What Does It Reveal About...

E. Fuller Torrey, through his Treatment Advocacy Center, is the country’s most prominent advocate for outpatient commitment laws, which typically force people with a...

Whose Recovery Is This?! Helping Families Heal

Last night I had the privilege of attending my first Family Den with other Mother Bears like myself—parents, spouses, siblings and adult children. All of us have family members who have experienced mental health challenges. All of us had a story to tell.

The Big Chill: Psychiatric Medications Now Are on Trial For Murder

The Canadian judge in the first North American criminal trial to find Prozac the sole cause of a murder ruled - "There is clear medical...

Is there Any Value In Psychiatric Diagnosis?

The medical model of diagnosis has become a dominant idea in the field of mental health, but it hasn't always been this way. As...

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