Sunday, January 24, 2021

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Music Aids Mental Health: Science Shows Why

What can science tell us about music’s impact on our cognition and on our mood, on our capacity for empathy, and our sense of connection with others? How does it change the brain? How does it change us?

Attention! One Morning with a Roving Mind

The day was one long meditation—doing what the mind ordered with no effort to control it. This is the Zen state that monks seek but that physicians consider a mental disorder to be treated by amphetamines.

Dr. Pies and The Chemical Imbalance Deception

Dr. Pies claims that the "chemical imbalance" theory was never really professed by psychiatrists. Yet he himself wrote an essay in "Creative Nonfiction" in 1999 that purveyed it directly to the layperson.

Therapy Isn’t for Everyone

From Medium: For many of us, therapy is just another room where we are stared at and made to feel defective—and that’s if we can afford to go at all.

Grief and Its Potential Lessons

Within the current mental health paradigm, profound grief is often shoved into the universal category of depression and treated as a malfunction according to the biomedical model.

Tens of Thousands Relying on Social Media Support Groups to Withdraw From Antidepressants

From Sky News: Dr. Ed White discusses his recent report about the lack of medical support for people coming off antidepressants and the online support groups forming in their absence.

The Genesis of a New Approach to Mental Healthcare: 4Sight

David Straub describes his 4Sight Behavioral Model and CORE system for helping people work with their past and emotions.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 8: Treatment Traps and How to Get Out of Them (Part...

Sami Timimi provides a discussion of the ways medication may be helpful for some, and advice and information on discontinuing psychiatric drugs.

Facebook Groups Provide Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Help When Doctors Don’t

A new study looks at how online communities provide information and support for patients experiencing psychiatric drug withdrawal.

Eyewitness to Psychiatry Functioning as a Conspiracy Theory-Based Cult

The psychiatric cult uses its conspiracy theory of the cause of human suffering to let society off the hook while it enforces society’s oppression.

Can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Hurt You?

What I was able to learn about the injury inflicted by TMS and the culture surrounding it is an incredible insight into the treatment itself and the nature of the medical model in its current form.

What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs, with Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff

From Psychology Is: Millions of people are prescribed psychiatric drugs each year, but few understand how these drugs actually affect the brain.

The History of Madness Network News and the Early Anti-Psychiatry Movement

Madness Network News, founded in 1972 by two women inmates of Agnews State Hospital, was an anti-psychiatry journal that served as the focal point for organizing throughout North America, and even overseas.

Mental Health Act Reforms Aim to Tackle High Rate of Black People Sectioned

From The Guardian: Mental health advocates have described the proposed reforms as an important step forward to treating people with respect and dignity.

An American History of Addiction, Part 4: “Drugs Are Bad”

The disease theory of addiction had been ingrained in our culture for 200 years when Nixon signed this law. But had we ever actually checked to see if it was all true?

Now I See a Person: A New Model for Breaking Free of Mental Health...

NISAPI helps people achieve recovery by pairing the normalcy of a ranch and the nurturance of horses with a philosophy of postmodern collaborative practice.

Burning Down the House of Psychiatry During COVID

If there was ever a time to re-evaluate how society deals with human suffering, it is now. The pandemic’s mental health effects strain every false narrative and misguided practice of psychiatry.

Is Anti-Psychiatry Harmful?

The notion that one can help a despondent person by giving him or her mood-altering drugs, while systematically ignoring the reason for his/her despondency is a travesty of a helping profession.

Suicide: Shhhhhh

When we have a strong urge to live, it must be very difficult to understand another person’s wish to die. So far, no one has been willing or able to “go there” with me.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 8: Treatment Traps and How to Get Out of Them (Part...

Deconstructing diagnosis, the nature of psychological injury, and how identifying a problem can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Finding One’s Way Through Withdrawal

Prescribers are taught to prescribe psychiatric medication, but they are often not well-educated about the effects on patients of discontinuing these medications.

Looking Under the Lamppost: Confinements of the Prevailing Mental Health Paradigm

The mental health field's focus on the biomedical paradigm is like looking for your keys in only one spot, just because it's the most well-lit.

Reckless Psychiatric Treatment Spun Me Out of Control

The mental health treatment I received between 2016-2019 was like an unreliable car that various mechanics had tinkered with. Yet each time I careened into a ditch, nobody looked at the car, just at me.

Fascist Subjectivity and the Subhuman: An Interview with Critical Psychologist Thomas Teo

MIA's Tim Beck interviews critical psychologist Thomas Teo on how theory and research can do justice to the people it means to describe and explain.

15 Signs You’re Experiencing a Spiritual Emergency

From lonerwolf: There are two main types of spiritual emergency: mystical psychosis (hallucinations, mania, etc.) and the dark night of the soul (depression).

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