“The “therapeutic alliance” between clinician and client is a key ingredient in successful treatment, responsible for better clinical outcomes and lower rates of dropout. Biogenetic explanations held by clinicians can impair the therapeutic relationship and those held by clients can impede their recovery.” Nick Haslam
Blame it on biology: how explanations of mental illness influence treatment
Posted in Australia, Biological Psychiatry, Chemical Imbalance, Critical Psychiatry, ethics, Genetics, Paradigm, Real world, Recovery, Stigma, Symptoms, Viewpoint
“Our work suggests that specific brain structures tied to processes critical for learning and educational functioning (eg, sustained attention, planning, and cognitive flexibility) are vulnerable to the environmental circumstances of poverty, such as stress, limited stimulation, and nutrition.” Freely available….
Posted in ethics, Guidelines, Human rights, New Psychiatry, Phenomenolgy, Philosophy, Precipitants, Prenatal, Prospective, Research, Stress
Respite centers offer a way to avoid mental health crisis and the hospital – The Washington Post.
Many guests have full-time jobs and continue working and seeing friends during their stay. They can come and go any time of day or night. Unlike a hospital, Coe stressed, respite centers allow people to maintain their lives and relationships instead of putting everything on hold.
BBC Radio 4 – Today, 11/03/2015, Woman with schizophrenia hears 13 voices in her head.
Rachel Waddingham is a training consultant and a trustee of the National Hearing Voices network – she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and lives with hearing 13 voices, without medication.
Voices in people’s heads are more varied and complex than previously thought, according to research by Durham and Stanford universities, published in The Lancet Psychiatry on 11 March.
Inner City Cadre Project (Sydney, Australia)
Funded by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust
A Community Project of St Vincent’s Inner City Health Service
The intention [here] is to provide a structured learning resource which will assist people to understand the requirements and skills for effective peer work.
Recovery from mental ill health is an individual experience which takes place in a broader social, political and historical context.
We are uniquely placed as peers to support people’s recovery in many different working environments. Peer workers support clients’ recovery not only through utilising their lived experience of mental ill health but drawing on the strategies they employed and skills they learned in the pursuit of health and wellbeing.
Peer workers bring their experience and skills not only to support and advocate for clients, but to collaborate and partner with clients and colleagues.
Posted in Australia, Formulation, Guidelines, Human rights, New Psychiatry, Paradigm, Peer support, Post-Psychiatry, Real world, Recovery, Reform, Resources
Tagged Peer, Peer Support