Category Archives: family

Open letter from a mother in recovery


The thing we call “Mental Health” system so often clamps its iron jaws around us – disabling not just the person given the diagnosis but also their entire family. The effect can be devastating, and it often takes a decade or … Continue reading

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Toronto doctors say no to free samples from drug firms


Sing it loud! Article in Saturday’s Toronto Star about a group of twelve Doctors in a city centre family practice who are taking a stand for their beliefs in how medicine can be practised – and saying no to the … Continue reading

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CDCC 2013 – From Chaos To Calm: Reaching Youth


Chaos to Calm-Reaching Youth 2013 Child Development and Community Conference The 2013 Child Development & Community Conference (CDCC) is expected to address areas surrounding relationship building and attachments with children from birth through to adolescence.  This year’s conference will foster … Continue reading

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is marriage a leading cause of serious “mental illness” ?


Still think people hear voices because they have a broken brain/ serious “mental illness”? Maybe they’re just married and their spouse has died. Try this… From research … Almost half of married people experience some form of seeing, hearing or … Continue reading

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Bingo! part 2. Psychosis: Six Steps rule out medical causes in kids


Part two in a series, sharing information you can use to empower yourself when dealing with health professionals who seem more interested in the speed of their diagnosis than on figuring out what’s really going on, today a differential diagnosis algorithm devised … Continue reading

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The Importance of Friends


Article in Psychiatric Times by Karen Dineen Wagner about the importance of friends…. Includes commentary and description of two “scientific studies” that show that having friends is a good thing. Researchers concluded … “the presence of a  best friend… buffered … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophic failings’ in schizophrenia care


Important day today: sees the publication of the report by UK Schizophrenia commission The Abandoned Illness “What we found was a broken and demoralised system that does not deliver the quality of treatment that is needed for people to recover. … Continue reading

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Vitamin B deficiency linked to troubled teens


Report from Western Australia on research showing link between insufficient vitamin B in diet and what researchers call “externalisation of problems “, which appears as agitation and aggression, “acting out” and results in them being called delinquent; and “internalisation of problems” … Continue reading

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Physical Punishment and Mental Disorders


Article from Pediatrics – the official journal of the American Academy of Paediatricians on the link between harsh punishment of children and “mental disorders”. “…harsh physical punishment independent of child maltreatment is related to mental disorders” Adds more to the evidence … Continue reading

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Study links spanking to later mental disorders


Study links spanking to later mental disorders TAMARA BALUJA The Globe and Mail PublishedMonday, Jul. 02 2012, 12:01 AM EDT Using harsh physical punishment to discipline children – including smacking, spanking and shoving – has a strong association with increased … Continue reading

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