Interview with Prof. Dr. Manoel Olavo Loureiro Teixeira, psychiatrist, professor and researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Institute of Psychiatry of UFRJ.
I want so badly to convey how the honest and warm treatment I received made me experience some kind of meaning. How it contributed to my healing and how the courage to show emotions and trust in people's own resources can be life-changing for people in need of support.
Several thousand people are forcibly treated in mental health care every year, and unfortunately very few have the opportunity to have their case assessed by the court. Through these cases, the spotlight will be put on the state's responsibility for the concrete compliance with human rights in psychiatry.
Mutual support is a way of relating that is not intended to "help" but simply consists of giving and receiving support according to the possibilities of each person.
Here is the testimony of a wonderful and authentic experience of resilience and rebirth of a boy who goes from the “dark night of the soul”, made up of a routine of psychiatric admissions and personal dramas, to the improvement of his quality of life and well-being.
"In many communities in our territories, mental health was not discussed until they came to talk to us about mental health, and this implies defining itself through categories imposed by psychiatry."
The award for the freedom of expression in mental health care is intended to draw attention to, and help ensure the conditions for, free expression. The board has unanimously decided that Birgit Valla will be awarded the Prize for promoting freedom of expression in mental health care in 2021.
"My hope is that Mad Studies continues to develop analyses of the ways sanism and ableism intersect with transphobia, homophobia, white supremacy, colonialism, and other mutually constitutive systems of oppression."
"I can tell you in no uncertain terms, that I’m not disordered, and I most certainly am not addicted to grieving. And what’s more I’m even more certain that I don’t need or want a pill to help rid me of my memories of Olly nor to rid me of my yearning for, my craving for or my preoccupation with my beautiful son..."
Thornicroft points out that being the target of discriminatory behavior can bring greater harm than the mental health condition itself, with direct consequences in several domains: interpersonal relationships, education, work and housing.
In a short article by Gio Beppini, they relay their personal experience and their understanding regarding the problem of madness, and their ideology and philosophy about it. The brain can be more or less characterized by various malfunctions: if one does not take it too badly and learn to live with these malfunctions, it is easier to achieve a satisfactory, or even very satisfying, quality of life.
Loneliness is a social problem. To find appropriate solutions, it is important to know what causes loneliness. In this blog, an expert by experience talks about three forms of loneliness (existential, emotional and social) and how they can be dealt with in different ways by the government, social workers and people close to them.
The Freedom of Expression Award in Mental Health Care in Norway, honors a individual, organization, or institution that is promoting self expression and fundamental respect for human beings, their integrity and their right to expression, co-determination and participation in the treatment collaboration.
Markus J. Rantala and his research group presented a scientific model for the development of bipolar disorder based on existing evidence. According to it, bipolar disorder is due to low-grade inflammation and chronic stress caused by Western lifestyle which makes the internal clock asynchronous in those with a genetic predisposition to it. Rantala's article received a furious reception in the Finnish media from a few professors of psychiatry. They claimed that they were able to show that the mechanism of genetics had not been solved (which is said to be the most difficult problem for medicine to solve).
From Mad in Mexico: From 2015 to date, Greis Cárdenas has worked as a Social Psychologist, collaborating with different groups and associations from the...