As the mother of a beautiful young man who struggles with schizophrenia every day of his life, I am always tempted by magical thinking. What if Ben’s symptoms could be brought under his control without medication? What is he could somehow manage the hallucinations himself, if he only “understood” their origin?
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Here is the latest radio conversation about mental health, family support, the tragic (and possibly preventable) Newtown shootings, and more. So many issues.
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I think the psychiatry career of Dr. Lynne Fenton may be over.
Worse than that, she must be questioning whether she could have done anything to prevent the “Batman shootings” in Aurora that killed 12, and wounded many others.
James Holmes: Schizophrenia?
So it leaks out that shooter James Holmes has been in “treatment” for [...]
This post is for you if you need some clear, practical advice on how to be prepared for a mental illness emergency. The possibility always lurks in the corner, while we try to keep on eye on gratitude for the good days. The Treatment Advocacy Center has an excellent page on this topic, with step-by-step [...]
Ben’s recent setback (and, fingers crossed, re-recovery) has cemented, in my mind, the “Four Cornerstones of Recovery” in Mental Health. Here I share them in in a short video for HealthyPlace.com’s YouTube Channel.
Attention must be paid to the human being, while making sure the physical balance is maintained by supervising medications.
And for [...]
We have, at last, the official publication date for Ben Behind His Voices: September 15, 2011. It’s on Amazon right now for a peek, and my thanks to those of you who’ve told me you’re eagerly awaiting the chance to read more. My hope is that the book will help others by sharing our story, [...]
Recovery in mental illness is possible, yes – but is often a tightrope walk for all involved: consumers, family, friends, providers. To paraphrase Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, “Respect must be paid.”
This is an excerpt from today’s radio interview with Ray Andrewsen of WQUN AM in Hamden, CT, where he asks [...]
How does schizophrenia develop in the brain? What happens? Dr. Ralph Hoffman creates “hyperlearning” in computers, which then recalled stories as a schizophrenic patient might.
Hear the interview here.
“Reporting in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers write of modeling schizophrenia in a computerized simulation of the brain’s connections, called a “neural network.” Yale psychiatrist [...]
Schizophrenia Awareness Association
The Schizophrenia Awareness Assocation (SAA) in India has declared this day Schizophrenia Awareness Day. Schizophrenia affects one percent of the world’s population. Not just in the United States; this is an international statistic. The Times of India has a wonderful article today, talking about recovery and the need for [...]
Another great resource, especially if you’re looking to contribute your experience professionally, and want to get your Masters’ Degree online : Masters in Health Care . This latest blog post also lists the 20 Greatest Memoirs in Mental Illness. Whether you have been diagnosed yourself, are providing services professionally, or as a family member (lots [...]