Monthly Archives: May 2014

John Read blogs…

John reflects on the work he has done to advance the idea that for many, trauma is the primary source of their vulnerability to psychosis and linked disorders

20 years on: Finally our myopic brain obsession is on the wane.

COI- Condition or Iatrogenic?

Leonie's Blog

Conflict of InterestDoes anybody actually care about the conflict of interests which exist between the medical professionals and drug companies? Just suppose these inherent conflict of interests, particularly within the ‘mental health’ field, are actually causing many deaths, not curtailing them? Will it matter then?

Example:

Nessa Childers tweeted today “Call to action?: Mental illness can reduce life expectancy more than smoking” and added a link to this article. The article concerned the reduction of life expectancy in people suffering from ‘mental illness’. Excerpt below:

The researchers found the average reduction in life expectancy in people with bipolar disorder is between nine and 20 years. It is 10 to 20 years for schizophrenia, nine and 24 years for drug and alcohol abuse, and around seven to 11 years for recurrent depression. This was due to “high-risk behaviours” in psychiatric patients including drug abuse and suicide.” 

The article was published on the ‘BlackDogTribe’ website…

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QLD Homelessness Program Saves Healthcare Millions | Pro Bono Australia

Is this rocket science? Helping people as soon as possible saves millions! Let’s see if this can be adapted to mental health care, too. QLD Homelessness Program Saves Healthcare Millions

Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry

Interesting article on the iatrogenic effects of psychiatric diagnosis in children on the new journal Vol 1, No 1 (2014), which uses queer theory to deconstruct the power relationships with modern psychiatry, especially its blindness to the violence that underpins and sustains it.

Early Life Adversity Is Associated With Elevated Levels of Metablic enzymes

Early Life Adversity Is Associated With Elevated Levels of Circulating Leptin, Irisin, and Decreased Levels of Adiponectin in Midlife Adults

These are metabolic enzymes, disruption of which can lead to metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

We also know that many (most) patients diagnosed with psychosis have a history of abuse and/or neglect, but these are the most likely to be prescribed “antipsychotics”, which ALSO induce metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

How sensible is that?

Online Conference: Therapy on the Wild Side – Depathologizing and Working with “Psychosis” and Extreme States of Consciousness

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

dalConference: Therapy On The Wildside: Depathologizing and Working with “Psychosis” and Extreme States of Consciousness”  

This can be helpful for anyone who has dealt with difficult mental states and the professionals that help folks who deal with them.

Ron Unger shared this program with me and it’s a wonderful opportunity.

Thanks to the work of those who have recovered from extreme states of all sorts and also to those who have assisted them on their journeys, there now exists an ever growing resource of humane and humanizing strategies that can allow us to help folks who often have psych labels in ways that bring all of their uniqueness and personhood into the world – without stigma and without pathologizing.

It can often be difficult to make it to seminars where such strategies are taught.  Now you can access “Therapy On The Wildside: Depathologizing and Working with “Psychosis” and Extreme States of Consciousness

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Psychiatry’s scientific reboot gets under way

Psychiatry’s scientific reboot gets under way

“…her experience is not uncommon – people with mental health problems can receive different diagnoses from different doctors or at different times in their lives. Indeed, critics claim that psychiatrists frequently use diagnostic labels that do not correspond to distinct disorders”

From the psychiatrist who’d never take anti-depressants, to the heart doctor who steers clear of statins, we reveal the medical treatments the experts refuse to have themselves | Mail Online

From the psychiatrist who’d never take anti-depressants, to the heart doctor who steers clear of statins, we reveal the medical treatments the experts refuse to have themselves | Mail Online.

Reminds me of an expert-by-experience colleague (@jacquidillon) who challenged a group of skeptical doctors to reveal whether they would recommend antipsychotic medication for their own children. I think they closed the meeting.

Male rape in America: A new study reveals that men are sexually assaulted almost as often as women.

Male rape in America: A new study reveals that men are sexually assaulted almost as often as women.. Not just in America…