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A long, complex and stubborn history with trauma


Bessel van der Kolk  at bigthink.org offers  a potted history of psychiatry and society’s difficult relationship with trauma. Psychiatry started as study of what were then deemed bizarre behaviours, but discovered they were understandable when considered in context with extraordinary … Continue reading

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Because we fear we don’t listen…


“Because we fear them we don’t listen, and because we don’t listen we tend to hurt them. What we’re treating is our own desire to feel safe.”
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I’m the Map!


If there’s a place you gotta get… I’m the map. -The Map   Maps are useful – they can help us making sense of our world and for navigating our way round. A  map is not the territory it represents. … Continue reading

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‘They’re waking up’: Reducing drugs for dementia patients yields dramatic results


Sounds like a lot like a plot for a movie based on a true story based on an older  movie based on a true story. Maybe someone’s been watching “Awakenings” and getting ideas. Whilst care in Ontario care homes increasingly looks … Continue reading

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drugging seniors in “long term care” – Ontario


Toronto Star again, this time shining a light on the prevalence of using potentially deadly drugs to restrain  seniors in care homes. “Ontario nursing homes are drugging helpless seniors at an alarming rate with powerful antipsychotic drugs, despite warnings that … Continue reading

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papering over the cracks in a fractured society


Sort of disclaimer for talk about Psych Meds Here at recoverynet.ca we believe that medications are not a moral issue. Taking meds is not a moral issue – no more than not taking meds is a moral issue. For each … Continue reading

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knowledge and power and lifecrap – Michel Foucault


Michel Foucault rocked the world with his ideas and his efforts to reveal and question the relationships between claims to knowledge, claims to power and authority over others. No claim to authority, no matter how banal, comes without a corresponding … Continue reading

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Is The Chemical Imbalance theory a myth?


This is the question question posed in a  Toronto Star article by Joseph Hall. The answer is of course, a resounding  “D’oh!”…. or, if  you need a  translation: “yes, of course”. The real question would be: is psychiatry beginning to … Continue reading

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how unequal is your society?


How society makes us mad. “Mental illness” is more prevalent in unequal societies – and  the more unequal a society is, then the more people in that society will be  given a diagnosis of “mental illness”, including and especially “serious … Continue reading

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Psychiatry: the Drug Pushers – Will Self


Writer Will Self knows a thing or two about drugs – he was once [in]famously sacked for admitting he had snorted heroine on the [UK] Prime Minister’s plane – so he likely  also knows how to spot a drug pusher: … Continue reading

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