Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Remembering Kate

I first wrote this story of my mother back in 2000, six years after her death. I share it today as my first entry on this important blog, in the hope that people will see that there is another way. In future entries I want to share with you why I don't believe in mental illness and the use of psychotropic medications, and how I believe people who are experiencing emotional distress can get well, stay well, and live the lives they want to live.

Madness Radio: Sharna Olfman on Medicating Children Diagnosed Bipolar

Professor Sharna Olfman has researched and written extensively about children in society, including education and sexuality, and her perspective on so-called bipolar disorder is...

Environmental Factors Drive Mania

Harvard researchers investigated 6,214 cases of major depression for factors that would predict transition to bipolar disorder.  Clinical characteristics such as age of onset...

100% Of DSM Schizophrenia and Mood Disorder “Experts” Have Ties to Drug Companies

A 2006 study in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics finds that 100% of schizophrenia and mood disorder experts and over 80% of other experts advising...

First Aid for Emotional Trauma

Handout by Will Hall, offered on the Icarus Project website, on what emotional trauma is and how to work to heal it. Go to "First...

Recent Advances In Understanding Mental Illness and Psychotic Experiences

Report from June of 2000 by the British Psychological Society Recent Advances In Understanding Mental Illness and Psychotic Experiences              ...

Mental Illness Mortality is Climbing

Mortality rates in schizophrenia and bipolar patients in the year after hospitalization were about double the national average and rising, according to this study...

EEG Shows That Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Improves Brain Function in Bipolar Disorder

In a study of 12 patients with bipolar disorder and 9 controls, researchers found that after an 8-week training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy...

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is Effective in Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy increased mindfulness, lowered depressive mood symptoms, lessened attentional difficulties,...

Childhood Maltreatment Reduces Hippocampal Volume

Researchers at Harvard University, in the largest and most detailed study on the topic to date, found that childhood maltreatment is significantly associated with...

Antidepressants Have No Effect On Bipolar Depression

In a review of 68 articles published between 2005 and 2011, Israeli researchers found that most well-controlled studies failed to show a significant effect of...

Adverse Childhood Events Contribute Significantly to Most Mental Health Problems

John Read and Richard Bentall write in the British Journal of Psychiatry about the growing understanding and acceptance of the significant role adverse childhood...

Polypharmacy/Bipolar illness

  A. Bipolar Illness Before the Psychopharmacology Era Prior to 1955, bipolar illness was a rare disorder. There were only 12,750 people  hospitalized with that disorder...

”Broken Brains” and “Beautiful Minds”

When I first interviewed Brandon Banks, in the spring of 2008, while researching Anatomy of an Epidemic, he had recently entered Elizabethtown Community College...

Hypotheses, Scientific Evidence, and On Being Compared to an AIDS Denier

In today’s Boston Globe (April 14), Dr. Dennis Rosen, a pediatric lung and sleep specialist at Children’s Hospital in Boston, reviews my new book,...

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