Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Comments by Peggy

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  • Tricia, I am so glad to see this published for so many to see. I have heard Annie share her story and it always includes the support of her mother and the appreciation she has for your relationship. I think Annie is a gift to us; I see how when she “educates” a room full of people, they leave having a totally different understanding of how the “story” can be key to the understanding. She shares her story and her experiences in a manner that is frank, honest and heartfelt.
    We, in Montgomery County, have been very fortunate to have been exposed to so many people in the Hearing Voices Movement who have had such an influence in shifting our understanding and beliefs, and helping us understand what can truly be “helpful” to people. Many thanks to Berta Britz, who kick started this for us!

  • I had just finished Kim Mueser’s article when I saw your response. I too was very disappointed by the last comment and was glad to see your article. In fact, I have been disappointed by the lack of “forward thinking” on the part of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation world. I attended the World Hearing Voices Congress at BU a few years ago. I really expected a PsyR presence (we were at BU and there seemed to be some sponsorship from the PsyR folks) and an embrace of the HV Network Approach and discussion about how practitioners can support this work. From what I saw, there was one person attending representing the Center for PsyR. I did speak to her, but there seemed to be very little interest in any kind of partnering. I thought this might be a discipline that could see their role as embracing some new and creative ways of supporting people. This is a discipline that has the opportunity to move away from the “disease” model and help people accomplish their life goals!

  • Sera, I am glad you mentioned the MHA screening tools. They recently posted under MH screening tools – “tests” — one of them is a “youth test.” I assumed it is to be filled out by a young person. Here’s the heading, “Pediatric Symptom Checklist – Youth Report.” The child is then supposed to rate how often they have these “symptoms.” One of them is DAYDREAMING. Others are sad, angry, etc. When did normal childhood experiences become SYMPTOMS? This is so incredibly sad! Children’s normal behaviors continue to be pathologized. Sickening.