Monday, January 23, 2017

Brain Scans Cannot Differentiate Between Mental Health Conditions

A new study analyzing over 21,000 participants found that differences in activation of brain regions in different psychological “disorders” may have been overestimated, and confirms that there is still no brain scan capable of diagnosing a mental health concern.

Mental Health First Aid: Another Psychiatric Expansionist Tool

Mental health literacy doesn't just mean the acquisition of some information and skills; it also means accepting the psychiatric hoax: "attitudes that promote recognition and appropriate help-seeking."  The goal is not just the dissemination of psychiatry-friendly information, but also the active conversion of skeptics to the psychiatric cause.

Surviving and Thriving After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

I have wanted to go public with my story ever since I started getting so dramatically better via holistic means, but I consistently chickened out. It wasn’t until I hopped on a plane to Boston to meet other psychiatric survivors at the Mad in America Film Festival in 2014 that I found the community and forum to do so.

Soteria Shelter Program in Hungary: Crisis as Danger and Opportunity

We believe that if we do no harm, crisis is not only danger but opportunity. We do not “treat” anybody or force anyone to do anything. We are together in order to help the people in crisis by means of our presence. Our ethical motto is: “It can happen to you, too.”

Peer-run Organizations Help People with Criminal Justice Involvement Return to the Community

Because of the enormous obstacles confronting individuals with behavioral health conditions who have been incarcerated, many peer-run organizations have risen to the challenge and have created programs to help these people rejoin the community.

Allen Frances and the “Overdiagnosing” of Children

What Dr. Frances calls "massive mislabeling" is not the assignment of psychiatry's spurious labels as such, but rather what he calls the overuse of these labels. This notion of conservative, careful and accurate diagnosis is a common theme in Dr. Frances's writing, but in fact, it's an empty exhortation, because the criteria are inherently vague and ill-defined.

The DSM and the Medical Model: New Video

Since mainstream “mental health” care directly affects the public, the public deserves an overview of the issues raised by the critics of these practices. For this reason, I have created a short video lecture titled The DSM and the Medical Model, summarizing criticism of the medical model of mental distress and offering a sharp rebuke of psychiatry and its narrative.

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Provider Directory

A listing of individual practitioners, peer organizations, mutual support groups, and residential and outpatient programs that provide support for those looking to taper from psychiatric medications.

How Vermont Discovered the Possibility of Recovery

Courtenay Harding lays out the empirical base for the recovery movement with this first module on the Vermont Long-Term Outcome Study. She explains how a combination of social support, hope, and modest use of medications produce far better outcomes than have generally understand to be possible in the field.

Mental Health Europe (MHE)

MHE advocates for a human rights-based approach to health and disability and, as underlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the importance of the participation of persons with psychosocial disabilities and persons with mental health problems in decisions which affect their lives.
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