Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mad Studies at Lancaster Disability Conference 2014 | A blog bringing together material from the first Mad Studies stream at Lancaster Disability Conference 2014

"But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here."
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PLOS ONE: The Relationship between Therapeutic Alliance and Service User Satisfaction in Mental Health Inpatient Wards and Crisis House Alternatives: A Cross-Sectional Study

“We found that service users experience better therapeutic relationships and higher satisfaction in crisis houses compared to acute wards, although we cannot exclude the possibility that differences in service user characteristics contribute to this. This finding provides some support for the expansion of crisis house provision. Further research is needed to investigate why acute ward service users experience a lack of compassion and humanity from ward staff and how this could be changed.”

PLOS ONE: The Relationship between Therapeutic Alliance and Service User Satisfaction in Mental Health Inpatient Wards and Crisis House Alternatives: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Family-based therapies can treat anorexia in teens, study finds | News Center | Stanford Medicine

…a family-based approach was twice as effective as individual therapy for treating adolescent anorexia patients.

“The take-away message for parents is that, first, there is good treatment available for their child who is struggling with anorexia,”…“Second, the preferred treatment is family-based therapy in which parents help their child regain weight.”

Family-based therapies can treat anorexia in teens, study finds | News Center | Stanford Medicine.

Trauma-informed judges take gentler approach, administer problem-solving justice to stop cycle of ACEs « ACEs Too High

“It was like flipping a switch.

I suddenly had this trauma-informed lens, as we call it. I see it everywhere,” she says, giving an example of someone in front of her on child abuse charges for whom she might recommend counseling and/or anger management. “I have discovered the reality is that when I start asking a few questions, that parent or partner has experienced ACEs,” [the judge] says.

Trauma-informed judges take gentler approach, administer problem-solving justice to stop cycle of ACEs « ACEs Too High.

Single dose of antidepressant changes the brain | Science Codex

Their whole-brain network analysis shows that one dose of the SSRI reduces the level of intrinsic connectivity in most parts of the brain. However, Sacher and her colleagues observed an increase in connectivity within two brain regions, specifically the cerebellum and thalamus.

Single dose of antidepressant changes the brain | Science Codex.

Name Calling by Psychiatrists: Is it Time to Put a Stop to it?

Name Calling, Insults and Teasing

central parkOn one fine spring day, I was sitting on a Central Park bench and two women were sitting one bench just to my right reading their newspapers.  Suddenly, one of them cried out, “Sophie, can you believe this!  The story I’m reading here, oh my God!  This young boy, seventeen years old mind you, the same age as my Jonathan, he’s struggling with ideas about suicide.  Seventeen years old, his whole life before him and he wants to kill himself.  What would lead a boy to this?”

“Such a young boy, Bessie?”

“Yes.  My God.”

“He must have some type of mental illness.”

“Oh, you’re right, Sophie.  I just glanced at the next paragraph, and a psychiatrist explains that the boy has a mental illness called major depressive disorder.”

HamletWith that explanation, the two women nodded to one another, and continued on to another story, seemingly satisfied that they now…

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Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds | Books | The Guardian

Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds | Books | The Guardian. “The novelist said he did not invent, but merely recorded what he heard and saw. This prompts questions about the act of writing.”

those voices in your head that say “You’re Shit!” – Nick Cave

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Nick Cave -creative processInterview with songwriter, playwright, novelist and cool icon Nick Cave on his creative process and how, for him, “those voices in your head that keep saying: ‘you’re shit’ you know, and ‘it’s no good‘,” are a part that process.

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“I have an office that I go to everyday, I get in about 7:30 stay there til about 5:00, 5:30, every day, except Sundays. For about the last five, six years.

I don’t think creatively with other people around, I just need to be on my own.

It’d be wrong to think I’m in this process where I go into the office and sit there writing, writing away and all that stuff is coming . No, it’s not like that.

There are very grim periods at times when really nothing comes and times where a lot comes…

Times where I get really on a roll and…

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‘Physician heal thyself’ may be impossible task for a psychiatry profession in crisis

‘Physician heal thyself’ may be impossible task for a psychiatry profession in crisis. “In Britain, where eugenics started, the main focus was on social class, but this shifted to a racial emphasis elsewhere. Today’s psychiatry has strong eugenic roots in this 19th-century political philosophy. Its current obsession with genetics maintains that tradition.”