A Message from ISPS-US:
Thank you everyone for attending our webinar with Dr Joanna Moncrieff! We appreciated all your interaction through questions and chat, which enriched the event.
For those of you who were unable to attend live, or who want to watch Dr Moncrieff's presentation again, you may now view the recording here: https://youtu.be/PRX2-QurjxI
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And a copy of the chat is available here
Talk Therapies Take On a Vital Role in Treating Schizophrenia By Matthew M. Kurtz on February 14, 2023 Scientific American February 2023 Issue
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that, at its worst, ravages the totality of everyday life. It is hard to imagine what people with the severest forms of the ailment experience as anything but biologically driven, a direct consequence of aberrant chemical and electrical activity occurring deep within the brain.
As a neuropsychologist, I have often seen convincing evidence of schizophrenia's biological underpinnings in my dealings with patients. To illustrate what I mean, I will describe “Billy”—a composite profile derived from various patients I encountered in my work at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn. Billy exhibits the detachment from reality and emotional agony brought on by a psychotic episode, symptoms experienced by many people with schizophrenia.
Read full article here.
Dr. Moncrieff is a psychiatrist who made international headlines recently when the systematic umbrella review she lead authored was widely recognized as having debunked the serotonin theory of depression. One journalist even decried "the chemical imbalance theory of depression is dead!"
Dr. Moncrieff will be presenting a webinar on Thursday February 23rd at 1pm Eastern Time, to similarly bust some biomedical myths associated with psychosis.
For full information click here
Register here: https://bit.ly/ISPSMoncrieff
The pattern for most diseases is clear: the richer and more developed the country, the better the patient outcome. Schizophrenia appears to be different.
This paradox first came to light 40 years ago. Studies from Mauritius and Sri Lanka appeared to show better outcomes than developed countries: patients experienced fewer delusions and hallucinations, less disorganized speech, and improved social functioning. But these studies lacked standardized diagnostic criteria and assessment methods, and had varying attrition rates.
Read the full article here.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
This is a presentation on the Hearing Voices Movement. Topics covered will be the history, philosophy, and worldview of the Hearing Voices Network (HVN) and taking charge of your wellness and intentionality.
1. Participants will learn about the history of the Hearing Voices Network
2. Participants will learn the values of the Hearing Voices Network
3. Participants will learn coping strategies for how to deal with distressing voices, including the value of hearing voices groups
Full post here
Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope
BeyondHomeless.org invites you to a private screening of its new documentary Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope. This hard-hitting, challenging film explores the root causes of street homelessness—and presents transformational, proven solutions.
Read the report: Beyond Homeless: Policy Solutions for the Bay Area and Beyond
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AVAILABLE TO STREAM: FEB 16TH - JUL 31ST
Link to video here.
Information about the homeless shelter in Grass Valley and information about their Hospitality House project.
Grass Valley is northeast of Sacramento.
Read the full information here.
Caroline Mazel-Carlton began hearing voices when she was in day care. Mornings, by the time she was in middle school, a bowl of oatmeal awaited her for breakfast next to a white saucer of colorful pills. Her voices remained vibrant. They weren’t within her head; they spoke and screamed from outside her skull. They belonged to beings she could not see.
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Meta-Analysis IDs Best Psychotherapy Interventions for Schizophrenia Relapse Prevention by Jolynn Tumolo
Family interventions, family psychoeducation, and cognitive behavioral therapy provide clear, robust benefits for relapse prevention in people with schizophrenia, according to findings from a systematic review and network meta-analysis published in The Lancet Psychiatry.
“These treatments should be the first psychosocial interventions to be considered in the long-term treatment for patients with schizophrenia,” researchers advised.
Read full article here.
Breaking the Silence (2021)(YouTube)