Monthly Archives: November 2014

http://thestringer.com.au/deconstructing-schizophrenia-in-australian-aborigines-9049#.VHQ3_YE_7qB.
In places where an increase in the incidence of schizophrenia has been reported, these can be attributed mainly to substance abuse (eg Drug Induced Psychosis). However, there are additional explanations for psychosis differential diagnoses. The most important of these is stress, and especially complex or traumatic stress – presenting as depressive psychosis in both its unipolar and bipolar forms.

Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’ | Society | The Guardian

Proving the good economics of supporting vulnerable kids (never mind the morality of this…)
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/08/happiness-childhood-emotional-health-richard-layard

INTERVOICE Networks and Groups

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Hearing Voices groups are places for people to explore the meaning of their voices not as products of a diseased brain.  http://v.gd/304XlC

Fish oil shows promise in preventing psychosis

Schizophenia Is Not What It Used to Be | Psychology Today

Does schizophrenia have genetic roots? …the best that geneticists have done is to identify 128 gene alleles (variants) that are “associated” with schizophrenia. This means that these gene variants might be “risk factors” for schizophrenia at most, but they scarcely can be thought of as causes.

Schizophenia Is Not What It Used to Be | Psychology Today.

Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?

 – Beyond Meds

Generally, prolonged withdrawal syndrome is not recognized by medicine. You will find very few doctors to diagnose it and still fewer to treat it. This is a collection of links that might help you educate yourself so that you can find more appropriate care when the time comes as well as hopefully avoiding falling ill at all.

Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?

 – Beyond Meds.

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Renaming schizophrenia … PSS

“Psychosis Susceptibility Syndrome”… It is certainly a better term than ‘schizophrenia’, but does it allow for the idea of recovery as a core issue?

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We thank Anoiksis, the Dutch patients association of and for people who are vulnerable to psychosis (Anoiksis is Greek for the opening out in spring), for this contribution 

Since its adoption, the name schizophrenia has acquired a degree of stigma, which has recently been further heightened as a result of a number of isolated incidents involving patients attacking innocent bystanders. This stigma is acknowledged by many to be a hindrance to the acceptance, understanding, and thereby, treatment of the actual condition.

In recognition of this we held a national competition in 2009 to find a new name, and informed the American Psychiatric Association (Goliath to our David). Several alternatives were considered, including “dysfunctional perception syndrome” and “Bleuler syndrome”, before the final proposal “psychosis susceptibility syndrome (PSS)”, was accepted.

In the summer of 2014 we wrote a letter about it to The Lancet which was published in the correspondence columns of The…

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The Voice-Hearer

Thanks Angela Woods for this great summary of progress normalising  the experience of hearing voices. Asking if the voices are real is like asking if dreams are real…

The Voice-Hearer.

Afternoons: What causes auditory hallucinations? by 612 ABC Brisbane on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds

Asking if ‘voices’ are real is like asking if dreams are real… So don’t call them auditory hallucinations. We need to validate and normalise these experiences. So talk about Voices, please!

Afternoons: What causes auditory hallucinations? by 612 ABC Brisbane on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

I am amazed by the strength of the human spirit and never give up hope | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian

It’s often quite easy to see why someone might be low in mood, or panicky, or hearing voices telling them they are worthless. Sometimes the reasons are less obvious, and we arrange to meet again once we know the client better…

A typical person might have been bullied, neglected or abused as a child; subjected to domestic violence as an adult; and now be on benefits and struggling to feed and clothe their children.

I am amazed by the strength of the human spirit and never give up hope | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian.