Category Archives: Stigma

Blame it on biology: how explanations of mental illness influence treatment

“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

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.

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.

‘The outlook for schizophrenia is better than we think – but is being sabotaged by Assembly-line Psychiatry’ Dr Robin Murray @RCPsych

Presentation by Dr Robin Murray at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry

‘The outlook for schizophrenia is better than we think – but is being sabotaged by Assembly-line Psychiatry’ Dr Robin Murray @RCPsych.

Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations | OPA | Department of Justice

“to resolve criminal and civil liability” for “promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective… and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy provider.” This is the “largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, including criminal fines and forfeiture totaling $485 million and civil settlements with the federal government and states totaling $1.72 billion.”

Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations | OPA | Department of Justice.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are – YouTube

Here are practical steps to self empowerment – simple lessons from the neuro-science of posture. Amy’s self disclosure and empathy around 16 minutes in make this a real gem! (Show this to your clients!!!)

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are – YouTube.

I cry as deeply as my body will allow

“… isolating and wallowing in depression and crying my heart out for no reason. There is movement in crying! There is healing. I cry as deeply as my body will allow, and the exhaustion that follows is the most healing experience of all.” Thank you Jayme, for sharing you wisdom.

the PRACTICE of embracing what is… – Beyond Meds.

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.

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.

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!