Monthly Archives: May 2014

can’t stop -Red Hot Chilli Peppers


Can’t stop the spirits when they need you This life is more than just a read through Can’t stop addicted to the shindig Chop top, it says, I’m gonna win big Choose not a life of imitation Distant cousin to … Continue reading

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restraint and seclusion: torture, not “treatment”


  We ran a series of posts the last few days on the effects of isolating people , and depriving them of sensory stimulation. We propose that anyone – without exception would be tested by being forcibly kept in a … Continue reading

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Brian Keenan – Music


Brian Keenan wrote an account of his own experience of being kidnapped and held in confinement  – “An Evil Cradling”. Here he is reading from chapter seven  “Music”, accompanied by animations by Kavaleer productions. The result is a brief but … Continue reading

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Total Isolation


Five excerpts from the BBC Horizon documentary:  Total Isolation. The story is told around a recreation of a psychological experiement in which volunteers enter total isolation for a period. This was the first time that original experiment  was repeated – … Continue reading

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rock lobster – B52’s


Put on your noseguardPut on the LifeguardPass the tanning butter Here comes a stingrayThere goes a manta-rayIn walked a jelly fish   We were at a partyHis ear lobe fell in the deepSomeone reached in and grabbed itIt was a rock … Continue reading

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How isolation warps the mind


“the results were very unsettling to us… It is one thing to hear that the Chinese are brainwashing their prisoners on the other side of the world; it is another to find, in your own laboratory, that merely taking away … Continue reading

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Suicide Stories


Slowly waking from a science and dugs-induced slumber, clinical and academic practice is awakening to the importance of story in a human life. There is much talk these days of the importance of “narrative”. Narrative is just a fancy word … Continue reading

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Love will tear us apart again – Joy Division


. Love Will Tear Us Apart When routine bites hard, And ambitions are low, And resentment rides high, But emotions won’t grow, And we’re changing our ways, Taking different roads. Then love, love will tear us apart again. Love, love … Continue reading

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International Mental Health Conference – Toronto, June 2014


June 2014 in Toronto offers you the opportunity to build your own conference experiencefrom these events… This post includes brief descriptions, links to more information and links to registration. Please note each event requires separate registration.   Fri 13th June       |  Psychosis … Continue reading

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kiss my flat plastic butt, reality! Homer Simpson


From: The Simpsons, Episode 550 – Brick Like MeIn which Homer has trouble distinguishing between his dream of living in little Springfield made of Lego- a world where everything fits and nothing hurts, and the “real” Simpsons Springfield. The two … Continue reading

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