Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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  • Dickson,

    FYI!

    https://www.madinamerica.com/2012/07/the-triumph-of-bad-science/

    “”Most clients experience a sense of relief, they relish the “powerlessness” to which you refer.”

    And you are basing that on what? How many people did you talk to? And how many people expressed a negative opinion about their hospitalization?

    Or did you just discount that as symptoms of mental illness like most mental health professionals do?

  • “”From ABC News: According to the Transport Workers’ Union, one in five truck drivers report having experienced mental health issues due to the economic pressures and dangerousness of the industry.””

    How the f–k is this a mental health when they are reacting normally to an abnormal situation? And why does MIA continue to publish articles like this?

  • National Psychiatric Radio strikes again. And this exert from the article says everything.

    “”Whenever I see something that looks and smells and walks like an ad, I look at who’s paying. Much to my surprise and chagrin, I found that even NPR takes funding from drug companies. (Their list of supporters includes the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.)””

  • “”One of the signs “They’re sleeping too much or too little.”
    This is a joke right? Tell me this is a joke.””

    Sadly, it is not a joke. The issue of depression disgustingly comes up frequently regarding sleep issues. Easier to blame that than to search for the real cause.

  • Oldhead, that is an insane comment. The co-worker was not getting better which was due to having torn meniscus.

    Too bad someone else I know whose ankle was permanently damaged by a chiropractor didn’t have the same judgment. Thank to her going to this quack, she now has to take “evil meds” for pain.

  • Julie,

    Regarding your situation, it sounded definitely like you don’t have sleep apnea. But you keep making the claims it is due to weight and when someone does that, I have to correct the person even if someone may think that is too overbearing.

    Also, if someone has an anatomical throat structure that contributes to their sleep apnea, changing the pillow position is not going to solve the problem. And just because someone doesn’t snore does not mean they don’t have sleep apnea.

    I haven’t seen the statistics but many people who lose weight still have sleep apnea probably due to their anatomical structure. So obviously, losing weight is a good thing but don’t expect it to cure your apnea.

  • JC,

    As I mentioned before, would you consider being dependent on eyeglasses and hearing aids bad? What about someone who needs a wheelchair? Why would using a cpap machine be different?

    You might want to google batteries and pap therapy in case the electricity goes out.

  • LOL!

    All jokes aside, I would hope that he would know when to suggest to clients that they need to see doctors for certain issues.

    Several years ago, a former co-worker had great success with a chiropractor for back issues. But this professional knew her limits and told her she needed to see a doctor to get a knee evaluated. My co-worker had surgery on it and had a complete recovery.

  • Julie,

    It is actually a myth that only overweight people have sleep apnea. I am thin and have it. You may very well not have it based on what you are saying but please don’t think that being thin prevents you from being a candidate for sleep apnea. It doesn’t and I would hate to discourage thin people on this board from getting an evaluation for sleep apnea if they thought they needed one.

    As far as the machine being addicting, hmm, is wearing glasses addictive? What about wearing hearing aids?

    Ah, “bad sleep hygiene”, the boilerplate response for blaming the patient for their sleep issues. On a related note, a former sleep doctor thought that sleep restriction therapy was the answer to my problems.

    I responded by asking how that was going to happen if I fell asleep standing up against a wall trying to stay awake. She had no response.

    I hear your frustrations in dealing with sleep docs and the lung docs and am sorry you are experiencing that.

    JanCarol,

    Where are you getting the information that people need higher pressures the longer they are on pap therapy? Many people on the apnea boards have slept with one continuous pressure through the years and haven’t had to change anything.

    To make sure your husband’s therapy is completely optimized, he might want to download sleepyhead software which is free.

    https://sleep.tnet.com/resources/sleepyhead

    Hopefully, he has a machine that is compatible with it.

    If you have any questions, there are software experts on these boards that can help:

    http://www.cpaptalk.com
    http://www.apneaboard.com

    By the way, I would be very careful about raising the pressure without looking at data as that could cause central sleep apneas which you definitely don’t want.

    What is wrong with this model if it is improving his life? Just because it is a conventional medical treatment doesn’t mean it is evil particularly since it doesn’t involve a drug.

  • Oldhead,

    It is not overdiagnosed because there is data recorded under strict criteria for every time you have an apnea or a hypopnea. The reason why you may think it is overdiagnosed is that most people who are sent to a sleep center to be tested for sleep apnea do end up with the diagnosis. But again, there is recorded data that provides proof.

    No, apnea is not a psychological issue although as I mentioned before, it can turn into one if not treated such as causing depression. It can also cause anxiety because if you are gasping for breath with, of course, you are going to be anxious. But once treated, that usually goes away.

    Your right, the body does want to live and will start breathing again. But constantly doing that will destroy a person’s quality of sleep.

  • Oldhead,

    As someone with sleep apnea, I have to respectfully disagree that sleep apnea is a bogus diagnosis. See this link:

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20020286

    The only thing they are wrong about is your O2 level doesn’t have to seriously drop to have sleep apnea.

    And you do know that many people who turn out to have sleep apnea are misdiagnosed with the depression, right? If you stop breathing several times when you are sleeping, your quality of sleep is going to suck leading to being depressed.

    Untreated apnea can also cause many other conditions like vehicle motor accidents. Would you want your loved one or you to be the victim of a driver with untreated apnea?

    The skepticism you and Julie have is understandable though regarding many sleep doctors caring more about making a quick buck vs. helping their patients adjust to pap therapy. It doesn’t mean the diagnosis isn’t legitimate but the practices are pretty disgraceful.

    Many people have found help on the apnea boards optimizing their therapy and no longer rely on their doctors. I am sure that doesn’t surprise you.

    Finally, just you know, I have had a home study and two full-scale ones and they all came up with the diagnosis of moderate apnea. Pretty good odds this isn’t bogus.

  • Actually Julie, I do sleep but at the wrong times and it ends up very fragmented. My sleeping pattern resembles irregular sleep wake disorder although it isn’t quite the same thing.

    Instead of one block of sleep time, I have several. The hours of sleep are normal but the patterns are definitely not.

    Can you tell me more about your sleep issues? I am very curious.

    Hmm, I have never had any problem getting a direct appointment with a sleep doc. Unfortunately, the ones I have seen haven’t been helpful but that is another discussion.

    How do you encounter a shrink when trying to make an appointment with sleep specialist? Again, I am curious.

  • Thanks AntiP,

    Regarding sleep, it is not an issue of not sleeping. I have mysterious narcoleptic like sleep issues that I have been unable to resolve in spite of trying everything under the sun. Seeing a sleep doc out of my area in a few weeks who hopefully can help.

    I feel like I am not getting any type of restorative sleep on my bipap machine. I feel this is a crucial part of the problem that needs to be resolved because without good sleep, healing can’t take place.

    I am working on eliminating all sugar. I still have a weakness for low fat hot chocolate but use coconut oil in it to maintain some type of ketogenic effect. Otherwise, I don’t eat any carbs.

    Thanks for the examine.com site as that is very informative.

  • Thanks FD.

    I find your statement about many psych survivors getting cancer interesting. I will never be able to prove anything but I feel being on psych meds long caused mysterious sleep issues that never gave me a feeling of restorative sleep. That couldn’t have helped my immune system. So I do feel there was an indirect correlation but again, who knows?

  • AntiP,

    As one who has unfortunately recently received the “C” diagnosis, I greatly appreciate this post. Even though I normally have good BS radar detectors, I still know I need to be extremely cautious during an extremely vulnerable time.

    So I thank you for writing this and I thank Oldhead for his post about the cancer care center ads.

  • Fiachra,

    I am so sorry about your horrific experiences with neuroleptics.

    Regarding doctors accepting the fact that psych meds cause horrific side effects, heck, alot of them can’t accept the fact that nonpsych meds do. It is like they take it personally if their treatment doesn’t work and causes harm. Easier to blame the patient instead of empathizing with their situation.

  • And JanCarol, thank you for your great analysis of EmpowerPlus. Speaking of individual supplement plans, I need at least 2200IU of D to feel somewhat decent. I probably need more but am having an issue of tolerance.

    This particular supplement only has 384IU of D which for most people would be a horribly deficient amount. Of course, folks could supplement with D but for the price they charge, I would expect it to have alot more of the vitamin in it.

  • Wow Dr. Rodrigues,

    You sound like the conventional doctors who think their treatments never cause any harm. So if one your patients ends up complaining about a problem, you just blow them off and say it can’t happen? Wow!

    What happened to that person I mentioned is real and she has suffered a permanent injury. That doesn’t mind I think all chiropractors are bad as I had a former co-worker who greatly benefitted from one. And obviously, people on this site have also.

    But this attitude of thinking that all alternative remedies are harmless is just as bad as doctors who think depression is responsible for everything known to human kind.

    AA

  • Stephen,

    On a related note, this big local healthcare system keeps sending advertisements for expensive testing for strokes and related issues. So one day, I asked if it had ever occurred to them to promote screening for sleep apnea since studies have shown that the condition can lead to strokes. And if people were treated, it would be alot cheaper.

    It was like I was speaking a foreign language. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow up with the name of a person I was given for some reason.

  • Suzanne,

    I know someone whose baby was born with haemophilia who will be royally screwed if he loses his Obama Care Coverage. Please explain how your advice would be applicable to his situation. And by the way, he and his wife eat a great diet that is strictly organic in case you wanted to claim their lifestyle had something to do with his condition.

    There are also people who do everything right and still get sick. A perfect example are skinny type 2 diabetics who keep their blood sugar under control for years thanks to diet but still find it isn’t enough.

    People with type 1 diabetes can greatly lessen their need for insulin with a high fat, low carb diet. See, http://www.lowcarbrn.com. But unfortunately, they still need it and if they didn’t have insurance, they would be up shits creek with the skyrocketing causes of insulin.

    Suzanne, I understand your anger towards “conventional” medicine due to your father being killed. But is it really fair to make broad generalizations about people and their health that you would resent if the tables were reversed?

  • Suzanne,

    If my medical situation requires surgery or expensive tests, having Obamacare will be a big time life saver. I understand where you are coming from regarding your father but for people like me who are in similar situations, I would be up shits creek without it.

    I am actually more scared of losing my coverage or seeing it turn into something alot worse vs. the possibility of experiencing the worst possible outcome of my situation.

  • Oldhead,

    I thought the question was important because it seems that anyone who goes into a hospital who can’t advocate for themselves is vulnerable. I saw how that could happen when I was hospitalised after surgery in 2015.

    I am not sure what you mean about hospital care sucking under capitalism. All health care whether it be mainstream or alternative is practiced under it.

    The issue is that many conventional doctors think that drugs are the answer to everything and are incapable of thinking outside the box. The horrendous nightmare with Suzanne’s father started with a blood pressure med because of that attitude.

    Several years ago, when my mother was alive, she picked up a C-difficule infection and kept getting antibiotics that weren’t helping. No one thought to do some serious analysis of the situation a forward thinking infection disease specialist added probiotics to her regime. She finally recovered.

  • HB,

    I totally agree with you that Single Payer is the best option which unfortunately, is never going to see the light of day. But having Obama Care is better than not having any insurance at all.

    Well, saying the Government is conspiring with medicare to kill seniors is definitely a right wing talking point.

    Fortunately, my medical issue turned out not to be a crisis and it looks like I can wait until Tuesday to see my PCP. But if I had needed emergency care, as I said previously, I would have been in big trouble without health insurance.

  • Oldhead,

    Your right wing rhetoric is total bullshit and extremely harmful.

    Right now, I have a medical issue that is going to require seeing a doctor today. Without Obamacare, I would be up shit’s creek. God help me and everyone else who depends on this insurance if it is taken away by the Republicans whose solution to health care is that people die off quickly.

  • Sa,

    You nailed it precisely regarding Mickey regarding fighting for truth in psychiatry. Sadly, if I had had access to someone like him, I wouldn’t have wasted so many years of life taking useless psych meds.

    I also greatly appreciate the fact how much Mickey cared about the patients he was serving and how he wanted to do right by them. He greatly rebelled at anything that forced him away from his values.

    Abby, my deepest sympathy to you, your family, and all of Mickey’s loved ones for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

    AA

  • Liz,

    You sure you aren’t thinking of oral steroids? I haven’t seen anything that says steroid cream suppresses immune function.

    On a related note, my PCP gave me some steroid cream for a rash on my leg which did absolutely nothing. Increasing my vitamin C dose got rid of it which was totally unexpected. 🙂

  • Elsie,

    I definitely share your concerns about the alternative mental health movement. Pushing someone to take a “million” supplements seems no different than pushing meds.

    But having said that, I know when I don’t take enough vitamin D, I feel more depressed than usual. However, taking the right amount isn’t going to going to magically make all my problems disappear.

    I am also concerned that these authors promoted the Standard American diet of high carb, low fat that has not worked for many people, including folks with metabolic issues who have said this type of diet worsens their condition. They also don’t seem to realize that studies have shown that good fats like the ones Liz Sydney mentioned should not be avoided.

  • As an FYI, since many people develop metabolic issues from being on psych meds, eating grains (5–8 servings per day); and fruit (3 per day) would substantially spike blood sugar in alot of people even though it is considered to be “healthy” food. See http://www.lowcarbrn.com.

    Since extreme blood sugar spikes can cause depression, I would urge anyone who is concerned about metabolic issues to buy a glucometer and testing strips and take extensive measurements to see what foods affect you.

  • shaun,

    Once again, you are missing the point about psychiatry being demonized. The difference is with other medical professions, concerns are usually treated seriously although sadly, there are exceptions.

    But many people who complain to their psychiatrists about drug effects and other issues are treated as if all their complaints are due to mental illness. Many times, they increase the dose which makes things worse.

    And god help the person with a psych med history who goes to regular doctors for treatment. Many of us have found that we had to lie to doctors about our psych med history to make sure we received optimal care. Unfortunately, that is getting harder to do with electronic medical records.

  • Shaun,

    A common tactic you and mental health professionals deliberately engage in is to detract from psych meds having side effects by claiming others do also.

    Speaking for myself and no one else on this board, I have never doubted that people benefit from psych meds. I just think the percentage is significantly less than folks who have been harmed.

  • Shaun,

    Please stick to the topic as we are talking about whether taking psych meds long term are responsible for the increased disability rate.

    And thousands of people would say differently regarding their effectiveness and side effects. You don’t have a monopoly on the truth just because you are a mental health professional. In fact, I find that every condescending.

  • shaun f,

    You are right, causation doesn’t equal correlation. But if this situation was occurring with any other medical issue, it would be investigated pronto. Unfortunately, every adverse effect regarding psych meds is always blown off. I am really getting tired of this BS and seeing people’s lives destroyed.

    Funny you mentioned unhealthy diet since many people on psych meds have reported intense food cravings and the lack of motivation to engage in exercise. And of course, “lovely” antipsychotics like Zyprexa have cause diabetes.

  • AntiP,

    I already have a sleep apnea diagnosis. Unfortunately, it isn’t curable with the exception of some folks who lose weight and get rid of it. But I am already thin. Wish it were.:)

    No, I can’t guarantee I won’t have health troubles in 10 years taking sleep medications. But not sleeping will also lead to them. Kind of like picking gasoline or the fire.

    Unfortunately, melatonin has not worked but thanks for the suggestion.

    Oh, people definitely choose the easy way. But not always. And we have to remember that we don’t always know the whole story.

    No, your experience with Haldol doesn’t sound silly. I will bet psych meds cause sleep apnea although again, I admit I don’t have proof. And to be honest, in my case, I feel there were other issues that also may have led to it, including family history.

  • AntiP,

    Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, I have some very complex sleep issues that need professional help.

    I know in Ms. Steven’s book, she criticises that line of thinking and says no one is special. But that is arrogant in my opinion when she doesn’t know the situation as I also have had difficulty with my pap therapy for my sleep apnea.

    That is why I am a nut about making sure people get diagnosed correctly with sleep apnea vs. being put on psych meds as I have a suspicion (can’t prove it) that being on psych meds causes an extreme hypersensitivity that makes tolerating a pap machine extremely difficult. Unfortunately, I found tolerating a dental device even worse.

    It is very judgmental to say people are taking the easy way by going back to sleeping pills. My life has been hell with sleep issues and to be honest, if I had found a med that worked, I would be on it. Unfortunately, I have had a hard time finding anything that works, whether it is prescription or a supplement.

  • Dr. Wood,

    As one who is going through horrific sleep issues thanks to being on psych meds long term and who knows alot of people in similar situations, you might want to consider setting up a practice to help folks like us who have these and other issues. I will bet there would be a huge demand for your services as long as you didn’t engage in price gouging which sadly, many alternative folks seem to do.

    Kudos to you for realising psychiatry as it is currently practiced, is mostly a big time disaster. Good luck to you.

  • OMG BL, what a horrific situation regarding your elderly relative. I am glad she was able to discontinue Atenolol after going through a hellish experience with it.

    I was on the generic form of Coreg. I had no idea about beta blocker syndrome until I started this med and was reading about side effects. If god forbid, I need a high blood pressure med in the future, I will refuse any BB’s.

  • Great point Randall. They also cause diabetes which will cause most physicians to direct patients to certified diabetic educators who advise patients to go on a high carb diet that the American Diabetes Association supports because meds will cover it. Since diabetes is an issue of carbohydrate intolerance, it is like telling people with a gluten intolerance to eat alot of gluten.

    My guess is that people try to diligently follow this advice only to see themselves getting worse which can be quite depressing. And the extreme highs and lows this diet causes can also result in depression.

  • So Alex, what your professional qualifications regarding sleep disorders? Do you have experience working with people with these issues and if so, what did you do to get them to heal? Not just talking about garden variety insomnia.

    Serious questions since you claim anyone can heal.

  • Alex,

    I appreciate your response but unfortunately, as I have learned with my mysterious narcoleptic/circadian rhythm like sleep disorders, not everything is resolved with self-healing attempts. Believe me, I have tried many things.

    Unfortunately, I have to wait to see a doctor in the US who has been highly recommended as someone who can help with my issues. Hopefully, it will be worth it.

    I just think we have to be careful about assuming that if we were able to heal with self-help methods, that everyone should be able to. And if they don’t, it is because their attitude is poor. I am not saying you are doing this Alex but it is a vibe I am kind of picking up on when similar type issues are discussed.

  • I have very mixed emotions about this thread. I don’t want to say I have permanent damage but am still struggling with some issues nearly 7 years after taking my last pill. And just like several people struggling with damage have worked very hard to try to overcome their issues, so have I.

    So when I hear the message that everyone can recover from years of psych meds, there is a part of me that goes, “yeah but”. On the other hand, Breggin’s message sounds very hopeless and doesn’t seem like the solution either.

    Maybe if we had reputable medical providers to go to who could diagnose our issues and give us support with holistic measures to get ourselves in the best shape possible whatever that turned out to be. Unfortunately, many alternative folks are rip off artists also which I know will not be a popular statement on this board but to quote Alex, that is my truth.

    Meanwhile, we struggle on our own and do the best we can.

  • Before I went on psych meds, I had some horrible experiences with therapists. But the two I had when I suffered through horrible side effects were life savers.

    Another psychologist I saw for career counseling was very supportive regarding my tapering off of psych meds. There is no doubt in my mind that if I had seen her for counseling, I would have been happy with the match. Unfortunately, I quit seeing her because her office wasn’t convenient to get to.

    I just think we have to be careful about making generalizations although I do understand the concerns expressed in the thread.

  • Well, if people want to throw their money down the drain, by all means, do the testing, like the neurotransmitter test which is a total ripoff because it is based on the assumption that someone has a chemical imbalance. But yet, because the alternative folks are doing this, we accept what they say without question.

    By the way, one of the testing authorities listed wanted to charge me $4000 for an initial consultation when I was going through withdrawal issues. I didn’t accept the offer.

    And instead of spending $219 for a food sensitivities test, for free, one can eliminate foods for 30 days and then slowly introduce them to see if there is a problem.

  • What I was responding to was that you had provided a June 2016 link claiming there was a move to make buying OTC supplements illegal. I was wondering if there was a current article about that because I haven’t heard that there was.

    Even though there might not have been any deaths from supplements, people still need to be careful when taking them. They are not harmless and can cause adverse reactions, particularly in folks tapering off of psych meds who have very sensitive nervous systems.

    Even vitamin D isn’t harmless and if one is taking it, be sure to test your levels to make sure you are not above the optimum level.

  • Rebel, you said, “obesity” (another made up disorder)”

    I know you understandably distrust the medical system but this is simply inaccurate and in fact, is a dangerous claim. By the way, do you seriously think that my friend who is morbidly obese (thanks to long term psych med use) has a made up disorder, particularly when she needs a cane to walk due to the extreme excess weight on her body?

  • You and Oldhead are right, I made a mistake about threads. My apologies.

    Human Being, you made a few off topic remarks which I don’t have an objection to. But if you’re going to insist that comments stay on topic, you have to practice what you preach.

    Oldhead, ideally threads should be on topic 100% of the time. But that isn’t reality. It just seems that instead of acting as a de facto moderator, if you want to get something back on topic to simply post a new comment and ask for follow-up remarks to it.

  • Hmm, next thing you know, professionals will be making the claim that depression causes a hangnail. I am so bleeping tired of it being blamed for everything under the sun.

    Regarding integrative care that brings in psychiatry to a PCP’s office, it will mean more prescriptions for psych meds being written and less investigating by primary care doctors regarding the complaints of the patients. Why do any work when you can write a prescription for a psych med and send the patient on their merry way?

  • Oldhead,

    I greatly resent you trying to play moderator on this thread. If Noel hasn’t said anything about the comments, I am not sure why you feel the need to.

    And even if the comments weren’t even intrinsically related, there was still alot of valuable discussions such as deeeoo42 doing an excellent job of refuting Shook’s contentions that ECT has minimal risk. No, his/her mind isn’t going to be changed but it might save someone who is considering it from going down the tragic path which you should be applauding based on your previous statements about protecting people from misinformation.

  • Hi deeeo42,

    Thanks for letting me use your post. You are really killing it with all your points in refuting Shook’s claims about ECT.

    I am so sorry that you experienced the loss of your skills as an artist and writer and the loss of your memories and children. I can’t imagine what that must be like.

    Great examples of people in which ECT was a total disaster. Very tragic.

  • Stephen,

    Excellent response to Princess Aurora by the way. You nailed it precisely about these meds being motivation depleters. After I had been on them long term, that was a side effect I definitely noticed.

    On a related note, several years ago, I had a chance to interview for a peer support position working in a group home. When I asked what would happen if someone didn’t want to take meds, I got the strangest look from the person who told me about the job. That told me everything I needed to know and I never followed through with interviewing.

    I really admire your ability to work in the hospital. I would have such a hard time keeping my mouth shut.

  • Deeeo42,

    Great response to Shook. I was horrified at his/her posts claiming that ECT was safer than childbirth but just didn’t know how to respond.

    Can I share your post in the future on other internet boards if I run across similar posters to this person? If you don’t want me to, I will understand.

    I am so sorry for all your suffering, particularly in suffering a stroke as the result of ECT and not having it recognized by doctors until years later.

    Thanks again for this post.

  • Sean F,

    The chemical imbalance theory will never be supported by science. It was a big pharma creation.

    http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu:252733/datastream/PDF/view

    I am not going to argue with people who claim that meds are beneficial. I was also one of those folks who made the same claim while they were destroying my life. My mother begged me to get off of them as she could see I was deteriorating. I blew her off as clueless about mental health issues.

    I cringe big time when I think of that conversation. The only consolation is if I had tried to get off of them at the time, I would have been tapered too quickly which would have been a disaster. I didn’t yet have internet access so I wasn’t aware of slow tapers.

    So how do you determine if meds are benefitting your clients like they claim they are? Do you do functional life assessments or how do you measure the progress?

    What about neuropsych testing?

    What if your clients feel the meds aren’t effective? What do you advise them to do.?

    I don’t doubt that meds can benefit people but just like folks like you tell us that anecdotal experiences don’t prove anything, the same applies to your experiences.

  • Shook, you might have missed my previous post on this. You mentioned patients are screened for sleep apnea prior to ECT. In response, I asked if there are positive indications that they have it, do you suggest they hold off having shock therapy and get a sleep study to see if perhaps sleep apnea is an issue. My reasoning is that frequently when people don’t respond to depression treatments, it is because they have sleep apnea. Obviously, when one stops breathing several times while sleeping, that degrades the quality of sleep and can cause depression.

    Here are two links by a psychiatrist on this issue as an FYI.
    http://real-psychiatry.blogspot.com/2016/10/more-than-9-questions-about-sleep.html
    http://real-psychiatry.blogspot.com/2016/12/please-use-that-cpap-machine.html

    Sean F, I would also be interested in knowing if you take sleep histories of clients and refer them to sleep specialists when indicated.

  • Interestingly Shaun F, I think alot of pro psychiatry folks are quite arrogant. I guess it is all perspective, right?

    What really irked me is on another board, several of them thought it was wrong to speculate on Carrie Fisher’s death and actually took great offense to this. But these are the same folks who don’t have any problems speculating that someone killed in a shootout with police had untreated mental illness.

  • shaun,

    That is simply not true that people are not forced to take meds on an outpatient basis. Even ECT is forced.

    You might want to contact Sera Davidow, an MIA blogger, who has worked in alternative mental health in Massachusetts. I am sure she would be happy to give you the facts of what goes on.

    You also might want to contact Mind Freedom who has worked with people in this situation. And just you know, they are pro choice medication wise.

    With all due respect, I am finding that many mental health professionals like yourself are sadly misinformed about this issue and really need to educate yourself. And I fear with the Murphy bill that passed, that things will only get worse.

  • When I walk and start thinking out loud, I appear to be talking to myself. But that doesn’t make me mentally ill:) even though I think it looks that way to people walking by. They always say good morning:).

    All jokes aside, how you decide if someone is mentally ill? If you think it is because they are dressed poorly, there was a story about someone who assumed someone was homeless based on that premise and it turned out he wasn’t.