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Drama Club: What I Learned About Creativity and Aging
And as evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day–Longfellow We admire the arts and those who share their creative expression for the  entertainment, insight, reflection, shared humanity and genius of imagination. But in the realm of health, medicine, and aging, there may be more practical reasons to be an artist or an art-lover: an artist—Creativity is good for you (and better than broccoli). The arts enhance not only experience, but health. During the first-ever international conference of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), I  enjoyed an array of cross-disciplinary pr...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

I was training my French language by reading La Putain Respectueuse, and Morts sans Sepulture, in French since I have also the Arabic translation by Suhail Idriss. Both are pieces of theatre written by Sartre. La Putain Respectueuse talks about a prostitute which came down to one of the southern states from New York. She was asked to give false testimony against a black man. She was bribed to do so. The man who was trying to bribe her chose first to sleep with her that night, then the next morning he offered to bribe her so that she give a false testimony. The black man visits her and asks her to give the right testimony. ...
Source: psychiatry for all - June 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Maitham Rathie Caricatures in Al-Mada
Since some time I noticed a new cartoonist publishing clever caricatures in Al Made paper. His name is Matham Rathie. I chose for you these four cartoons that I like the most, if we can use the word "like" in this context !! (Source: psychiatry for all)
Source: psychiatry for all - June 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Dear Mr Alward, Cardy, Coon, Gallant: New Brunswick Still Needs A Permanent Residential Care and Treatment Centre For Severely Autistic Adults
Photo of my son Conor from a few years ago submitted to the Aquinian for an article by then Aquinian journalism student Karissa Donkin. No progress in residential care and treatment for severely autistic adults in New Brunswick has been made since that article or since Conor's autism diagnosis 16 years ago at age 2June 18, 2014Dear Mr Alward, Mr Cardy, Mr Coon and Mr Gallant:A provincial election will soon be held and one of you will be premier, once again if it is Mr Alward, for the first time if it is Mr Cardy, Mr Coon or Mr Gallant.  I respectfully ask each of you to consider this request for adult a...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - June 18, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Update Satellite — 06-17-2014
Read more healthcare-related news from around the web on my other blog at Oklahoma University Medical Center joins the growing ranks of hospitals that are requiring patients to pay a fee of $200 to be treated for non-emergency complaints. That amounts to an estimated 40% of OU’s emergency department visits. If patients do not want to pay for non-emergent care, they will be referred to nearby urgent care clinics. This “triage out” protocol will eventually become a standard throughout US emergency departments. Count on it. Emergency physician writes about how she almost diagnosed Lou Gehrig&...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - June 17, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs

More on gun violence
Lawrence Gostin, writing for the JAMA forum, makes many of the same points I did recently about the framing of gun violence as a mental health issue. Sure, most mass shooters have diagnosable mental illness but a) most mentally ill people are not violent, b) most gun violence is not mass murder (in fact it's only a tiny fraction), and c) the only good predictor of future violence is past violence. To remind us:Although most mass killers are mentally ill, only a small minority of persons with mental illness is violent. Overall, only about 4% to 5% of overall violent crime can be attributed to persons with mental illness. At...
Source: Stayin' Alive - June 17, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Have ADHD diagnoses reached a tipping point?
I have been blogging and tweeting about ADHD a lot lately because I believe that change is in the air. This is the worst of times for ADHD diagnosis because statistics show it is wildly overdiagnosed and overtreated. This is possibly the best of times for ADHD diagnosis because I think we have reached the tipping point and feel hopeful that the ADHD fad will soon begin to fade. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 13, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions ADHD Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Psychiatry's contract with society
Mental Health Foundation (MHF) - This survey is part of a larger piece of research looking at the unwritten but implicit ‘contract’ that exists between psychiatrists and patients, carers, fellow professionals, service managers and commissioners and wider society. Views are being sought from patients, carers, family and staff until 27th June 2014. Survey MHF news (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - June 12, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: The King's Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Consultations Mental Health Regulation, governance and accountability Workforce and employment Source Type: blogs

Isn't there anything we can do about this shit?
I'm guessing you're probably like me, and you're starting to get a little bit tired of wackos committing random acts of mass murder. Yeah, it's a bad thing.So everybody's got a diagnosis and a prescription. Better mental health services. Rooting out misogyny and delusional extremism from the culture. Making it harder for nutcases to get guns. All that sounds good, if not necessarily evidently possible, but . . .Here's the problem, looking at this from a public health perspective. We really don't know how to predict that somebody is going to be violent. Well, that's not quite true -- past violent behavior is a useful predic...
Source: Stayin' Alive - June 9, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Is it Ok to Shrink your Sister in an Emergency?
I'd like to bend your ear with a hypothetical situation and see what you think.  This one is for the docs, and I'm going to start and end it with a simple question: is it okay to prescribe for a family member?  Is it okay to prescribe a psychotropic medication for oneself or a family member?  Before you jump on me, let me tell you that to the best that I am aware, docs have always written prescriptions for themselves and for their family members.  An antibiotic, an allergy medication, I think this has been par for the course for straightforward things.  When I was an intern, one of the nurses ...
Source: Shrink Rap - June 9, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Popular art in Dallas
Marc Ramirez recently reported on salvaged elements of Dallas history, appealing decorative sculpture. When I moved here many years ago, I realized in the summer heat I wasn't in Chicago, mostly a loss, but the gigantic tableaux picture of the Mexican woman in the land at the El Chico on a large open wall was intriguing and reassuring. This I believe still is at the Lovers lane location now near the Tollway. One author has called the regional culture El Norte, and for me this picture better represents the ongoing issues of adaptation that the imposing Amercan culture faces than did the hitching stake did at the DMA. (Sourc...
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - June 8, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Bad financial management at Kings College London means VC Rick Trainor is firing 120 scientists
This article, by Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus, should be read by everyone. They observe that ” . . . little has been done to reform the system, primarily because it continues to benefit more established and hence more influential scientists”. I’d be more impressed by the senior people at Kings if they spent time trying to improve the system rather than firing people because their research is not sufficiently expensive. 10 June 2014 Progress on the cull, according to an anonymous correspondent “The omnishambles that is KCL management 1) We were told we would ...
Source: DC's goodscience - June 7, 2014 Category: Science Authors: David Colquhoun Tags: Academia assessment HEFCE management bollocks managerialism metrics Rick Trainor science UUK Anne Greenough bibliometrics Karen O’Brien Robert Lechler Shitij Kapur Simon Howell Universities UK vice-chancellors Source Type: blogs

In the Works, "Committed: The Battle Over Forced Psychiatric Care."
Good morning, I've missed you.  Blogging has not been the same lately and I've let some great topics go by.  Let me tell you what I've been up to.There have been so many things to write about lately, and I will tell you that my brain is just bursting with all the work Clink and I are doing on our new book: Committed: The Battle Over Forced Psychiatric Care.  ClinkShrink is doing some of the background stuff, she's being (as always) the forensic expert, she's sweeping up after my grammatical carelessness, and correcting the forensically idiotic things I say.  She's focusing on legal cases and a chap...
Source: Shrink Rap - June 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Help! My Patient Got Arrested. What Do I Do?
Today over on Clinical Psychiatry News I give advice to mental health practitioners about what to do when you need to make sure your patient is taken care of when he ends up in jail. This is never the kind of stuff they teach you in residency, so I end up fielding phone calls from friends and colleagues about it sometimes.Hopefully you'll never have to deal with this, but if you do you'll know where to begin. Read the column here.----- Listen to our latest podcast at or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - June 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs

The military is off-track when dealing with mental health problems
The headline reads, “Study: Mental illness rate higher in soldiers.” The article goes on to offer alarming statistics: The rate of major depression is five times as high among soldiers as civilians; intermittent explosive disorder, which results in episodes of extreme anger, is six times as high; and post-traumatic stress disorder was nearly 15 times higher than among civilians, the study found. This would be pretty scary if true — but it isn’t. Psychiatric epidemiology is done in a way that leads to systematic bias and inflated rates of reported psychiatric disorder. And there has also been systema...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 4, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Pfizer Publicly Undermines and Refutes Black Box Warning for Chantix; Should Face Penalties or Removal of Drug from Market
The black box warning for Chantix, which is required by the FDA to be placed on this smoking cessation drug made by Pfizer, notes the following:"All patients being treated with CHANTIX should be observed for neuropsychiatric symptoms including changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicide-related events, including ideation, behavior, and attempted suicide. These symptoms, as well as worsening of pre-existing psychiatric illness and completed suicide, have been reported in some patients attempting to quit smoking while taking CHANTIX in the postmarketing experience. ... Advise patients and caregiver...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - June 2, 2014 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Service models in adult psychiatry
This report discusses the separation of care between in-patient and community and within the community. It argues that decisions about the best model of service delivery should be based on evidence that it will deliver better care for patients. It also highlights the need for more responsive crisis services and more access to necessary resources. Report RCP news (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - June 2, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: The King's Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Changing configuration of health services Integrated care Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Feeling Mighty Unreal: Derealization in Kleine-Levin Syndrome
I went on this trip once, back to my hometown after a long absence. Have you ever felt that your surroundings seem odd and distant, and that you're completely detached from them? That the things and places around you aren't real? This can happen to me, on occasion.It did on this trip, perhaps because I've dreamed about those places so many times that the real places and the dream places are blurred in memory.Of course time marches on. The stores in the strip mall have changed, and you go to Starbucks with your father. But sometimes new and surprising things appear in the landscape.Or maybe old and unexpected things pop up ...
Source: The Neurocritic - June 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

And now for something warm and fuzzy!
Psychiatry these days --- I could do link after link and commentary after commentary about guns and violence and mass shootings and can we prevent all this?  But why?  Let's go for something sweet and warm and fuzzy and ducky today.  I hope you enjoy the video above.----- Listen to our latest podcast at or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - May 31, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Lessons from the VA – bad performance measures and insufficient primary care
This article delineates the problem beautifully. As a former VA physician (part time for 20 years and only inpatient the last 10 years) I can tell you that the patients who frequent the VA require intense primary care. They often have multiple medical problems and often psychiatric problems. Now the electronic medical record is the best I have seen, but it still takes time to type notes, and review the charts. The VA has great benefits, and often reasonable hours, but the salaries are not great from primary care. And the US has a shortage of primary care physicians, especially internists (who the VA seems to favor). Primar...
Source: DB's Medical Rants - May 30, 2014 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: rcentor Tags: Medical Rants Source Type: blogs

Cases: Legacy Projects at the End of Life
Discussion:Suffering, both physical, psychological and existential, is an important topic for seriously ill patients (1). The 2005 National Consensus Project on Quality Palliative Care highlighted the importance of understanding and addressing patients’ emotional and spiritual needs (2). Emotional and spiritual suffering are important factors that can contribute to the development of patients’ and caregivers’ depression and anxiety (3,6).  Various interventions are available to address emotional and spiritual distress.  One example is legacy project. These projects provide meaning-based coping through the c...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - May 30, 2014 Category: Palliative Carer Workers Authors: Christian Sinclair Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, May 27, 2014
From MedPage Today: Temporary Fee on Big Business Funds Obamacare. The world of healthcare, like any, is full of haves and have nots. Grassroots Group Aims to Renew Primary Care. “Change is HERE. The future of primary care has arrived.” The motto of Primary Care Progress, a 4-year-old grassroots organization advocating for interprofessional teamwork and a brighter landscape for primary care in the U.S., is echoed throughout the organization’s rhetoric, blog posts, leadership summits, and the voices of its members. War Wounds: Hearing Loss Tracks Gulf War Vets. Do you routinely ask your patients if they ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 27, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Primary care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Just a Phase?
Today's Shrink Rap post is located over on Clinical Psychiatry News.  "Distinguishing the killers among us" is a story I've written about before here on Shrink Rap, about a situation I dealt with in high school.  The timing seemed right to tell the story again.  ----- Listen to our latest podcast at or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - May 27, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Rejection of Life-Sustaining Emergency Treatment in a Hospital Emergency Room
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Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - May 26, 2014 Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: blogs

Let's Face It: Publishing Weak Data on Face Processing in Pedophiles Is Pointless
Modified from Fig. 2 (Ponseti et al., 2014). Brain areas that selectively respond to faces of the sexually preferred age. Just when we thought it was safe to bury the dead salmon of uncorrected statistical thresholds in neuroimaging studies, a new and incendiary study on face processing in pedophiles emerges (Ponseti et al., 2014). Even if it were surprising and informative that “Human face processing is tuned to sexual age preferences” (Ponseti et al., 2014), the fMRI data analyses failed to correct for multiple statistical comparisons, which is standard in the field. Therefore, by using a very liberal statistical thr...
Source: The Neurocritic - May 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Turtles Can Fly in Kerbala
Days were separating us from the elections. Politicians were doing their propaganda. Streets were filled with pictures of them. The Minster of Higher Education, who was also a nominee in the coming elections, was on his way to our university in Kerbala. He was to raise one of the biggest Iraqi flags, in a monument that was built lately in the university. We were working that day and the orders come to us to leave or job and go to welcome him. My colleague told me that we are supposed to dress formally. I felt nauseated. I told him that I will not go. I went to the market to kill the time till Hana’a Edward would reach Ke...
Source: psychiatry for all - May 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Maryland work group on legislation regarding involuntary care needs PATIENT input!
On May 20th, I attended the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)'s first Outpatient Services Programs Workgroup, designated by Senate Bill 882/ House Bill 1267.  These were bills proposing legislation to bring outpatient commitment ("assisted" outpatient treatment - AOT) to Maryland and to look at the use of ACT (assertive community treatment) and other outpatient services in Maryland.  The meeting was the first of 8, and they are open to the public.Since involuntary outpatient treatment is a controversial topic, it's no surprise that the room was full and all the stakeholders were represented....
Source: Shrink Rap - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Can Medication Prevent Crime?
Ah, not here, not now, but over on Clinical Psychiatry News, ClinkShrink looks at the question of whether medications can prevent crime and she talks about a study in Sweden that was recently published in Lancet.  Let me redirect you over there: Can Medication Reduce Crime?----- Listen to our latest podcast at or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - May 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

The HIgh Cost of Forced Outpatient Care
I'm going to refer you to a long article in The Herald News,  Focus: Safety concerns prompt states to revisit involuntary commitment laws that address the mentally ill.   Now I'd like to bring you to the end of the article where there is mention of the fact that President Obama has authorized $60 million to fund these programs.  If we divide that evenly between the states, it's about $1.2 million per state.  New York already has a program for involuntary outpatient commitment called Kendra's law.  The studies have shown that it has been successful in decreasing hospitalizations and incarceration.&n...
Source: Shrink Rap - May 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Copycat suicides
From Science Daily  Heightened newspaper coverage after a suicide might have a significant impact on the initiation of some teenage suicide clusters, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study reveals that the content of media reports is also important, with more prominent stories (ie, published on the front page) and those that describe the suicide in considerable detail more likely to be associated with so-called copycat suicides. "Our findings indicate that the more sensational the coverage of the suicides, and the more details the story provides, then the more likely there are...
Source: Markham's Behavioral Health - May 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: David Markham Source Type: blogs

Study examines back pain and depression in seniors - Senior's Health - Press of Atlantic City
Researchers at the Univ-ersity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are studying the most effective means of treating chronic low back pain and symptoms of depression - together - in those 60 or older.The ADAPT (Addressing Depression And Pain Together) study has been going on for four years. Seventy-five men and 123 women, ranging in age from 60 to 94, have taken part.About a third of seniors suffer from low back pain. Nearly 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older have clinically significant symptoms of depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.Up to 25 percent of seniors may suffer from both, said Dr....
Source: Psychology of Pain - May 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Slate has a couple of great articles: One on the development that made Paris stand out really as an international city, one on Trey Gowdy R-S.C., the appointed chairman of the House Select Committee looking into the Benghazi issue. Reading the Volokh Conspiracy has left me really impressed with the skill in law in organizing an argument or logical proof and Gowdy, in a video clip there, really shows that skill. Speaking of satisfying a social need, which is the accomplishment in Paris, Dallas would make an advancement in shifting the time of school break for kids to a time other than summer, the heat being so restrictive h...
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - May 9, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Tell Me About Sweden
I've been delving into a recently published study from Sweden that was mentioned here in the Wall Street Journal. The study looked at the effects of psychiatric medication compliance on violent crime. It's interesting and intriguing but I have to say I'm struggling to see how or if this may be applicable to people in the United States. Thus, this blog post. I know from Google analytics that we've had almost 5000 page views from readers in Sweden this month alone. I know that many of our blog readers are patients. Please, tell me about your mental health care system. From the paper I know that your legal system is very diff...
Source: Shrink Rap - May 9, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs

Medications reduced violent crime in people taking the medications, Depakote and 'antipsychotic' medications, a study published in Lancet found. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - May 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Privacy versus Necessary Communications
Greetings from New York.  All the Shrink Rappers have been enjoying the APA meetings these past few days.  Today's post is located over on the Clinical Psychiatry News website: Legislation's privacy exceptions of psychiatric patients are concerning.  Do surf over and read the post there.  ----- Listen to our latest podcast at or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - May 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Who Bullies The Bullies?
but they're welcome to buy an iphone (Source: The Last Psychiatrist)
Source: The Last Psychiatrist - May 3, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Labor Day
Like the tree that grows so tallLeaves turn gold and then they fall That same kind of music. That same kind of pictures. American movie direction. American music. American county side. Huge trees.  Mountain streams may run and flowClean the sands on which they go Yesterday was the first of May. Before yesterday was the day of Iraqi parliamentary elections. I went and chose the “Civil and Democratic Coalition”. That coalition contains some secular and liberal forces, some individuals, and the Iraqi communist party. Yesterday I started watching a DVD of a movie named “Labour Day”.The summary of the back c...
Source: psychiatry for all - May 2, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

The Maintenance Of Certification Exam As Fetish
no need to wait for the receipt (Source: The Last Psychiatrist)
Source: The Last Psychiatrist - April 29, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Reading Pain in a Human Face -
How well can computers interact with humans? Certainly computers play a mean game of chess, which requires strategy and logic, and "Jeopardy!," in which they must process language to understand the clues read by Alex Trebek (and buzz in with the correct question).But in recent years, scientists have striven for an even more complex goal: programming computers to read human facial expressions.We all know what it's like to experience pain that makes our faces twist into a grimace. But can you tell if someone else's face of pain is real or feigned?The practical applications could be profound...
Source: Psychology of Pain - April 29, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Stellet Licht
When the film started I remembered Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life”. Those scenes from a silent rural area. You can hear the sounds of wild animals crying the song of liberty. Man, on the other side, is bound by traditions he invented to imprison himself. Johan is the father of the family in the film “Stellet Licht” and he is leading the praying. His wife Esther is following the prayer so religiously. Their children are obeying the rules. The younger the children are, the freer they are. The youngest was yawning. Yawning was the most realistic reaction to that Mennonite tradition. Sooner in the film we got the no...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 28, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

The problem with the way occupational therapists address mental health issues
This report also states that mental health expenditures may not be keeping pace with the growth of health care spending in general, and that proportionally there has been a shift over time where more money is being spent on pharmaceuticals and less is being spent on inpatient care.  As a final point,"Three out of every ten dollars spent on MH treatment are expected to go for retail purchases of prescription drugs in 2014, up from 23 percent in 2003. Specialty and general hospitals are forecasted to account for 22 percent of total MH expenditures (down from 28 percent in 2003), physicians and other professionals for 16...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - April 26, 2014 Category: Occupational Therapists Tags: OT Education OT practice school-based practice Source Type: blogs

Tom Maguire really brings a review to the Picketty Inequality thesis, justifying the title of his blog, JustOneMinute. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - April 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

On Finding My Tribe, and Thinking for Myself
This week for Throwback Thursday I'm digging up a classic piece by Leah Harris, who now works for the National Empowerment Center and just wrote this piece, Defeating Goliath: Mental Health is a Social Justice Issue, for Mad in America about defeating the Murphy Bill. Here she is, in the younger days of Icarus, 2004, when we were to carve space for language that didn't just define us in opposition to psychiatry, but allowed us to express our beauty and solidarity. I recently slept on Leah's couch and it was awesome to catch up with her after a bunch of years. She's doing great work these days, just like she...
Source: The Icarus Project - Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness - April 24, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: sascha Tags: Articles Source Type: blogs

I took 89/100 in DELF A2. I want to continue studying French. I headed to the Institue Francais en Irak and inscribed for the courses that will help me prepare for the B1 examination. They were kind enough to photocopy for me the pages I need for the coming lesson, till they bring new books that I can use. I went home glad. I looked at the photo of the lesson and it was little strange. Somebody, a female body?, playing flute? in a forest, nearby a river, and there are snakes. I googled the name of the painter Henry Rousseau and see other paintings by him. I went to sleep.  Today I woke up early refreshed. Yesterday I ...
Source: psychiatry for all - April 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Developmental disabilities and sheltered workshops: "free" to starve?
This April 2014 announcement portrays the end of supported employment for the cognitively impaired as a victory similar to the ADA’s benefit for the physically disabled … (excerpts and emphases mine):Rhode Island Settles Case on Jobs for the Disabled - NYTimes.comThe Justice Department on Tuesday announced a “landmark” agreement with the State of Rhode Island to free people with developmental disabilities from a decades-old system that kept them unjustly segregated in sheltered workshops and adult day programs, removed from the competitive workplace and the broader community.The settlement, which addresses the civi...
Source: Be the Best You can Be - April 20, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: disability law employment Source Type: blogs

Interesting reading around the web
Happy Easter!  ClinkShrink has become obsessed with photographing birds, and I've suggested that for today, she give us a rabbit or two. First, I'll send you to Clinical Psychiatry News where Clink discusses the latest report from the Treatment Advocacy Center on how there are 10 times more people with mental illness in jails than in psychiatric hospitals.  See Report suggests reform for mentally ill in prison.Next, I'll send you to the New York Times for a very thoughtful article on the use of antidepressants.  See Doris Irovici's article on The Antidepressant Generation.Then I'm going to send you to Pete E...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Ken White provides comic relief. And a sobering review, in passing, on Putin and his treatment of the opposition in Russia. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - April 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: a review
This is a web version of a review of Peter Gotzsche’s book. It appeared in the April 2014 Healthwatch Newsletter. Read the whole newsletter. It has lots of good stuff. Their newsletters are here. Healthwatch has been exposing quackery since 1989. Their very first newsletter is still relevant. Most new drugs and vaccines are developed by the pharmaceutical industry. The industry has produced huge benefits for mankind. But since the Thatcherite era it has come to be dominated by marketing people who appear to lack any conscience. That’s what gave rise to the Alltrials movement. It was founded in January 2013...
Source: DC's goodscience - April 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: David Colquhoun Tags: Academia badscience Big Pharma blogosphere Martin Keller Peter Gotzsche Pharmaceutical Industry Richard Eastell Source Type: blogs

Does bad parenting cause mental illness?
Over on our Facebook page, a reader posted: Supporters of families should protest SAMHSA's distribution of its new "Family Therapy Can Help" booklet. It's full of statements that imply that faulty family dynamics are the underlying problem in the development and persistence of mental illnesses. At the same time, SAMHSA does nothing to educate the public or clinicians or people with severe illnesses on what is known about psychotic disorders from a science based perspective. Here's a link to this free document: the same time, a Shrink Rap reader wrot...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Guest Article: Secure message exchange using the Direct Protocol is not a myth, there really are people using it
I recently chaired a couple of conferences and my next HealthIMPACT event is coming up later this month in NYC. At each one of the events and many times a year via twitter and e-mail I am asked whether the Direct Project is successful, worth implementing in health IT projects, and if there are many people sending secure messages using Direct. To help answer these questions, I reached out to Rachel A. Lunsford, Director of Product Management at Amida Technologies. Amida has amassed an impressive team of engineers to focus on health IT for patient-centered care so their answer will be well grounded in facts. Here’s what Ra...
Source: The Healthcare IT Guy - April 14, 2014 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Shahid N. Shah Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs