Friday, September 20, 2019

International Review of Psychiatry Focuses on Recovery

The February International Review of Psychiatry focuses on recovery, from mental health "Trialogues" in Austria, to social equality in Canada, to policy shifts from...

Peer-Led Education Improves Recovery and Hopefulness

In a study of 428 outpatients in Tennessee, researchers from the University of Chicago and the NIMH found that BRIDGES, an 8-week peer-run education...

Becoming Dialogical: Psychotherapy or a Way of Life?

"Becoming Dialogical" is a 2011 article by Jaakko Seikkula about the shifting focus in Open Dialogue from speech to the entire embodied human being...

Review of Evidence for Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Depressive Disorders

Researchers in Germany review and evaluate the evidence for non-pharmacological treatment of depressive disorders, finding an "adequate level of evidence" for psychotherapeutic intervention, marital/couples/family...

1 in 4 Adults With a Mental Illness Has Been A Victim of Violence...

In a meta-analysis funded by the World Health Organization and published in The Lancet, studies of 21,500 disabled individuals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand,...

Some Avoid Antipsychotics Because They Value Psychosis

Side effects, mistrust, stigma, forgetfulness and lack of insight have all been studied as reasons that up to 75% of people with a schizophrenia...

Responding to Madness With Loving Receptivity: a Practical Guide

In my last three blogs I posed the question- "If madness isn't what psychiatry says it is, then what is it?" Now I'm asking-...

Religion and Spirituality Protect Against Depression

In The American Journal of Psychiatry, a longitudinal study of 114 persons at high risk for depression found that those who reported more religiosity...

Legal Coercion, Recovery, and Human Rights

Mary O'Hagan, an international mental health leader with lived experience, writes on the paradox of increasing legal coercion of psychiatric patients, even as the...

SAMHSA, Alternatives, and the Story of an Opportunity Lost

In the last chapter of my book Anatomy of an Epidemic, I noted that if our society is going to stem the epidemic of...

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