“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
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
The Island Where People Forget to Die – NYTimes.com.
“…their daily routine unfolded much the way Leriadis had described it: Wake naturally, work in the garden, have a late lunch, take a nap. At sunset, they either visited neighbors or neighbors visited them. Their diet was also typical: a breakfast of goat’s milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread. Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos), potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat’s milk. At Christmas and Easter, they would slaughter the family pig and enjoy small portions of larded pork for the next several months… “
Posted in Chemical Imbalance, Clinician recomendation, Cortisol, crisis house, Formulation, Inheritance, Paradigm, Phenomenolgy, Real world, Reproducibility, web page
What’s normal? The politics of psychiatric labeling
Being labeled ‘mentally ill’ can be an enormous burden: on individuals, their families, and their friends. It’s a label that can hang like an albatross around someone’s neck, instead of serving as a guide to the most appropriate support.The evolution of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” – the ‘bible’ of American psychiatry – is a classic illustration of this process at work…
Concepts of suffering and anguish have always varied across historical and cultural contexts, and they manifest in the body in many different ways. For example, the autism spectrum has variously positioned people as being intertwined with the spirit world and deserving of elevated status, or disabled to the point of requiring highly-specialized treatment for remediation…
Psychiatric concepts, methods of research and even data are not ‘givens.’ They are all embedded in social systems, and shaped by cultural, political and economic forces…
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.
Posted in Biological Psychiatry, Clinician recomendation, Critical Psychiatry, Drug myths, Guidelines, neuroleptics, Paradigm, Pharma, Recovery, Reform, SSRI
Help for people who understand that one key to recovery is understanding the meaning voices have in the context of lived experience, and that as suppressing voices with medication only works for some, other ways, more ethical of working are crucial in modern mental health work.
Home – Hearing Voices Network USA.
Posted in Critical Psychiatry, ethics, Guidelines, Hearing Voices, Human rights, loss and grief, Paradigm, Paranoia, Peer support, Post-Psychiatry, Recovery, Reform, trauma, USA, web page