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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Mary Duhig (2005) described the role of supporter in mental health as an experience that encounters common humanity. She notes, ‘Psychotherapy is an ethical enterprise… a work of love, for it must be open to the value of any other person … someone with whom we share a common humanity’. Mary goes on to suggest the goal of our work is to ‘discover what is a good life within the parameters of a person’s life’. She is inviting us to be deeply connected to the human within ourselves and the other with whom we are seeking to be in a human-to-human relationship.
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On 4/22/21, award winning author Robert Whitaker will lead an ISPS-US webinar on “The Rising Non-Pharmaceutical Paradigm for "Psychosis" -12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT (New York time)
In the U.S., one third to one half of people in state prisons and local jails have mental illness. Despite this fact, funding for prison mental health care has been historically inadequate, which limits access to and quality of treatment.
It is illegal to discriminate against prisoners with mental illness, and that includes failing to provide accommodations and reasonable treatment for serious mental health conditions. Yet, “the U.S. prison system often falls short of meeting acceptable standards of care.”
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THIRTY years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness. I would work at menial jobs when my symptoms were quiet. Following my last psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 28, I was encouraged by a doctor to work as a cashier making change. If I could handle that, I was told, we would reassess my ability to hold a more demanding position, perhaps even something full-time.
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Having spent 13 years in and out of the psychiatric system, Ron’s own route to recovery has given him many insights into the difficult issues facing today’s mental health services.
Ron Coleman was been active in the field of mental health since 1991. When undergoing his ow recovery from mental illness, Ron used his experiences to develop his ideas for recovery-centred treatment of others. Since then, he has gone on to write numerous books and papers on the subject, he was influential in the development of the Hearing Voices Network in the UK and was the first national co-ordinator.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Informed Care for Psychosis for Families and Caregivers:Workshop Materials
This is a 5 hour video series (five 45-60 minute segments) put together by Doug Turkington MD from England on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Informed Care for Psychosis for Families and Caregivers. This program was created by Dr. Turkington at the request of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in Marin County, California.
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Phenomenology, Power, Polarization, and the Discourse on Psychosis: Nev Jones, PhD. By Awais Aftab, MD
Having experienced psychosis herself, a psychologist wants us to rethink how we understand and treat this complex condition.
Conversations in Critical Psychiatry is an interview series that explores critical and philosophical perspectives in psychiatry and engages with prominent commentators within and outside the profession who have made meaningful criticisms of the status quo.
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