Kids mental health in the news: Friday news and blogs

The kind of "treatment" I like to see. Education and work on family dynamics...we can all benefit from learning how to interact better with our fellow human beings...starting at home with our kids makes the most sense, doesn't it? Don't imagine it's just poor families that would benefit from parents learning how to better interact... Continue Reading →

Is shyness a disease? A good show to revisit as the DSM marches toward pathologizing more and more normal

From the archives of Madness Radio: Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? British-American literary critic and historian Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, including the way politics and profits drive the bible of... Continue Reading →

Electronic tagging of mental health patients: the UK, ahead of us on this one

Good lord, read about it here, the NHS government website. Cut and pasted below in full as this is news that belongs in the public domain. If you don't automatically think "civil and human right violation" there is something wrong with you. South London and Maudsley Hospital is trialling tracking of mental health patients. The... Continue Reading →

My communication limitations

I continue to not be able to read much, nor correspond, except lightly with those who understand how impaired I am.  I communicate mostly with close friends and very occasionally with people who publish on the blog. If people are unable to understand my severe impairments I cannot continue communication and this seems to confuse... Continue Reading →

Broad Review of FDA Trials Suggests Antidepressants Only Marginally Better than Placebo: the official literature finally starts to say what we’ve known for many years

Except if you read the details it's pretty obvious that most often people would be better off with placebo, considering how many people end up with long-term withdrawal issues if they remain on these drugs. Robert Whitaker busted this story a while ago in two parts.. The medical field is slowly following with admissions of... Continue Reading →

Foodstuff, what’s good for you, food as medicine: news and blogs

A couple of good foods to eat... Cinnamon Extracts May Reduce Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, Study Suggests -- Science Daily A study led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist Richard Anderson suggests that a water soluble extract of cinnamon, which contains antioxidative compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and... Continue Reading →

Finding refuge (even, perhaps) in chaos

The Edge of the Wild Buddhist practice is not about forcing ourselves to be natural. It is about being ourselves. When we take the vows of refuge, we are also pledging to find the refuge that exists within our own lives. This taking of refuge is not some kind of evasion or escape, but is... Continue Reading →

Making a killing, Carl Elliot’s piece in Mother Jones — a death at the hands of a pharmaceutical drug trial

Here are excerpts of two of the many articles covering the Mother Jones piece by Carl Elliot. You can get access to it here. I found it very hard to view and so I've not read the whole thing. I've been familiar with this story about Mary Weiss and her son for a long time... Continue Reading →

Positives About Withdrawal

This is an excerpt from Benzo-Wise: A recovery companion -- by Baylissa Frederick who operates the website Recovery Road that has many resources for successful withdrawal and recovery from benzos. Baylissa is one of my greatest inspirations and has written other inspiring and healing posts on this blog too. It is good to keep remembering... Continue Reading →

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