Category Archives: mania & depression

Psychosis 2.0 – Toronto, Friday 13th June 2014


Mark Your Calendars Announcing… Friday 13th June 2014 Toronto Hart House, U of T Psychosis 2.0 shares evolving perspectives on recovery from extreme mental states and follows on from the ground breaking Nov 2011 conference: Challenging our Understanding of Psychosis … Continue reading

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Recovery From Schizophrenia – An International Perspective


“In the late 1960s, the World Health Organization initiated a series of international studies of the incidence, characteristics, course, and consequences of schizophrenia.     Those studies – the largest ever in the history of psychiatry – provided important data … Continue reading

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how mad are you?


BBC Horizon’s version of the 21st century’s most popular parlour game …Guess My Diagnosis! Staged like a “reality” TV show, ten volunteers are whisked away to Hever castle in south of England, to participate in a series of “tests” supervised … Continue reading

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“schizophrenia” or poor sleep?


A study from Bristol University, UK exploring the impact of poor sleep on brain development. Researchers conclude that poor sleep may be a cause, not a result, of symptoms of “schizophrenia”, or indeed many other problems. The original article in … 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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The Red Book – Carl Jung – on CBC Ideas


Arrived home late last night to catch the tail end of part two of this excellent CBC Radio broadcast about Carl Jung and his big  Red Book. Jung lived with his own psychosis by immersing himself in it – his … 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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Mental health: The challenges of having a mentally ill parent


Article from Saturday’s Toronto Star, by Joanna Smith, part of a series. Mental health: The challenges of having a mentally ill parent Published on Friday October 12, 2012 Peter McCabe/For the Toronto Star Mike Santoro, 44, who has schizo-affective disorder, and … Continue reading

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Holistic Recovery from Schizophrenia – Rossa Forbes


Here’s an excellent article by  Rossa Forbes on MadInAmerica telling of her experience after her son began to struggle and was diagnosed. Rossa tells of her frustrations with the institutionalised limitations of support provided by healthcare system, the kind of well-meaning care that, at best, typically turns people … Continue reading

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