Monthly Archives: June 2014

Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities: Abuse could lead to permanent brain damage — ScienceDaily

Is this where social policy, social and criminal justice,  and neuro-psychiatry finally meet? And importantly, who is to blame for this continued abuse?

Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities: Abuse could lead to permanent brain damage — ScienceDaily.

First Dog tax and welfare wall chart

 

First Dog on the Moon explains the welfare system, with reference to the richest 9 Australians having more money than the poorest 45%, and how these poorest are trapped in poverty. Hmmm

dog tax.

Psychiatric nurse pledge for police stations | News | Law Society Gazette

Is there any more information about this available? Please let me know:

Psychiatric nurse pledge for police stations | News | Law Society Gazette.

PLOS ONE: Psychedelics and Mental Health: A Population Study

Results: “… in several cases psychedelic use was associated with lower rate of mental health problems.”

PLOS ONE: Psychedelics and Mental Health: A Population Study.

21,967 respondents (13.4% weighted) reported lifetime psychedelic use. There were no significant associations between lifetime use of any psychedelics, lifetime use of specific psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, peyote), or past year use of LSD and increased rate of any of the mental health outcomes.

END SECLUSION NOW – End Seclusion Now, in all NZ hospitals

We are absolutely certain that the inevitable abolition of seclusion is near upon us. Join us so we can once and for all eliminate seclusion… now!

END SECLUSION NOW – End Seclusion Now, in all NZ hospitals.

We need a similar campaign in Australia and the world over!

Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment and Brain Volumes… More medication means less white & gray matter

It’s official: Antipsychotics shrink the brain!

Ho, Andreasen and colleagues report that:

More antipsychotic treatment was associated with smaller gray matter volumes. Progressive decrement in white matter volume was most evident among patients who received more antipsychotic treatment. Illness severity had relatively modest correlations with tissue volume reduction, and alcohol/illicit drug misuse had no significant associations when effects of the other variables were adjusted

JAMA Network | JAMA Psychiatry | Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment and Brain Volumes:  A Longitudinal Study of First-Episode Schizophrenia.

National Mental Health Clearinghouse – Technical Assistance Guides

Here you’ll find the latest information on mental health and consumer/survivor issues. The Alternatives conference will be in Orlando, Florida, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, through Sunday, October 26, 2014

National Mental Health Clearinghouse – Technical Assistance Guides.

19th ISPS International Congress in New York City | ISPS NY 2015

Abstract submission now open

March 18 – 22, 2015 at The Cooper Union in New York City

19th ISPS International Congress in New York City | ISPS NY 2015.

Welfare cuts may leave 500,000 young people in need of emergency aid: Department of Social Services – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This approach (withdraw support so the destitute need to come begging for the basics) seems to be an ideal formula for self-stigmatisation and alientation and the perfect approach storm for the developmental illness – perhaps we need a new term for this effect, perhaps “imperiogenic disorder” would fit…

Welfare cuts may leave 500,000 young people in need of emergency aid: Department of Social Services – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

voices: symptom of illness – or creative, ingenious survival strategy? Eleanor Longden

recovery network: Toronto


Eleanor 1Eleanor Longden’s TED talk has been viewed by more than three million times in the ten months since it was published. [2.5 million views at TED.com site alone]

If you’ve missed out you can see and hear it here.

Eleanor tells her story of how she started to hear voices when she went away to college, found it wierd but un-troubling and “oddly companionate”,  “mundane”, until she told friends and they told her she must see a doctor – and the doctors and told her she was ill, and :

“you’d be better off if you had cancer , it’s easier to cure”

[odd eh? how doctors make something they don’t understand all about what they can’t do for you?]

Eleanor  goes on to tell of how she found others who supported her and helped her make sense of her world and to find her way. One doctor, when they met…

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