Monthly Archives: May 2012

a pschyiatrist’s double bind


A nice insight from Gilli Adler Nevo a psychiatrist who’s experienced it from both sides into living with the challenges and limitations of working as a psychiatrist – and how the system we have created defaults  automatically to  diagnosis/ medication. … Continue reading

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chemical imbalance my ass…


What started as an honest hypothesis is, and has for some time been known to be mere hypothesis,  entirely false. Indeed,  drug companies are  careful in their literature  to claim it as no more than  a “belief”: take a moment … Continue reading

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A rare success in the battle against homelessness


Article in Toronro Star by Carol Goar Sun 20 May, 2012  Isn’t it time we stopped farting about sitting around tables arguing who has the best model for affordable housing and just get it done? None will be perfect but there are likely  a handful … Continue reading

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Childhood Trauma Linked to Schizophrenia


More research data showing the connection between early trauma and psychosis from an international study based in Liverpool and Maastricht. Researchers found that those who … had experienced any type of trauma before the age of 16 were three times more likely to … Continue reading

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diagnosis for dummies


The increasing usefulness of DSM with every revision is clearly illustrated here in this ‘ere photo. DSM-III  clearly represented a great leap forward over previous versions… – it can hold open a much bigger, heavier door on a bright, breezy spring day. This … Continue reading

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Mental Health Monster?


Commentary from Psychiatric times extract: Poor Practice, Managed Care, and Magic Pills: Have We Created a Mental Health Monster? By Leo Bastiaens, MD |April 29, 2011 Dr Bastiaens is clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Anyone … Continue reading

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The Brain That Changes Itself – the movies


Many people I meet ask me for a list of books I recommend – anyone who knows me knows that the only thing I recommend is to not recommend anything… Some persist and say “ok can you suggest one book I … Continue reading

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a change is gonna come – Sam Cooke


…. . Sam Cooke I was born by the river In a little tent And just like the river I’ve been running ever since It’s been a long, long time coming But I know a change gonna come Oh, yes … Continue reading

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manic depression – Jimi Hendrix


Ever tried listening to Jimi Hendrix here and substituting the words “bipolar mood disorder”? – it just doesn’t have a soul. Manic depression is touching my soul I know what I want but I just don’t know How to, go … Continue reading

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Disturbed minds or manuals?


From TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin Part of series: Mental Health Matters This is an excellent panel conversation with: Dr Allen J Frances, Dr Donna Stewart , Dr Kwame McKenzie, and Historian Edward Shorter. the pool of normal has … Continue reading

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