What Happened After a Nation Methodically Murdered Its Schizophrenics? Rethinking Mental Illness and Genetics.
Very interesting article, by a well rspected psychologist/comentator, which seems to systematically and successfully de-bunk the idea that psychotic illnesses are heritable…
“Schizophrenia Bulletin in 2010 (“Psychiatric Genocide: Nazi Attempts to Eradicate Schizophrenia“) reported that an estimated 73 percent to 100 percent of individuals with schizophrenia living in Nazi Germany were sterilized or killed. This psychiatric genocide obviously resulted in a lower prevalence of schizophrenia in Germany immediately after 1945, but not for long….”
Posted in Critical Psychiatry, Paradigm, Post-Psychiatry, Psychosis risk
Tagged eugenics, genetics, heritablity, prevalence of schizophrenia, psychosis, psychotic illnesses, research, schizophrenia
An interesting prospective study from Holland has been published in the journal Addiction, which seems to show that the simple idea that cannabis causes psychosis (schizophrenia) is not supported by their results.
This prospective study (looking at adolescents who later develop psychosis) indicated that there are bi-directional actions at work, so that some cannabis use can be seen as attempts at self-medication.
As many people with psychosis have told me, they see cannabis as their medication of choice.
You can download this report here
Three recent issues of The American Psychoanalyst are devoted to the treatment of psychosis, and are freely downloadable. They include topics such as:
Psychotic Disorders: From DNA to Neighborhood
Establishing Empathy by Analyzing Psychosis
Working at the Limits of Human Experience
Jacqui Dillon is chair of the Hearing Voices Network in the UK, teacher, advocate, voice hearer, and a survivor of childhood abuse and the psychiatric system.
She is an inspirational speaker and a great friend.
This is her first post on the Mad in America web site.
She also sent this email update, which outlines some of her plans for this year:
I am feeling very optimistic about positive changes in mental health in 2013. My 2012 ended with a bang with a talk at Critical Perspectives and Creative Responses to Experiences of Trauma and Distress Conference at University College Cork, Ireland. Here is a link to my presentation which was filmed:http://panopto.ucc.ie/Panopto/Pages/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=45a4bb2c-6001-4a66-b5f1-bdec5e120f0e.
I also gave talks at the Institute of Psychiatry about the work of the Hearing Voices Movement which was very well received and at the Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference at University of Oxford with Professor Mary Boyle, Eleanor Longden and Dr Lucy Johnstone on Beyond DSM: What are the Alternatives. This work part of an on-going collaboration.
I also have a number of upcoming events. I will be delivering training on Hearing Voices Group Facilitation & Network Development at Durham University in February. This training is free and supported by:http://hearingthevoice.org/ Applications close this Friday, 18th February 2013.
I will also be speaking at conferences in Nottingham,London, Sweden and Dundee. Due to high demand, Eleanor Longden and I will running our training course, Abuse, Trauma & Dissociation: Understanding & Working Towards Recovery, in London. We regularly deliver this highly successful course in-house; if this is something you would like to discuss in more detail, please do get in touch.
Posted in Conferences and Events, Hearing Voices, Recovery, Trauma, video
Tagged Eleanor Longden, Hearing Voices Movement, Hearing Voices Network, Institute of Psychiatry, Jacqui Dillon, London, Nottingham, University College Cork
This report from a French group looked at relapse data for more than 1000 people in three countries, and found that quality of life measures correlate with relapse (53% in the 24 month period they followed) better than other factors – like age, functioning or compliance.
The authors conclude that:
“QoL, as assessed by the SF36, is an independent predictor of relapse at a 24-month follow-up in schizophrenia. This finding may have implications for future use of the QoL in psychiatry. Moreover, our findings may support the development and monitoring of complementary therapeutic approaches, such as ‘recovery-oriented’ combined with traditional mental health cares to prevent relapse.”
This article is freely available from Biomed Central – BMC Psychiatry at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/13/15/abstract
Schizophrenia and Psychosis
Posted in Audio, Guidelines, Paradigm, Print, Recovery, Resources, video
Tagged audio, print, psychosis, Resources, schizophrenia, video
A new book has been added to the the ISPS book series (published by Routledge) late in 2012
Edited by Professor Marius Romme and Dr Sandra Escher, “Psychosis as a Personal Crisis” describes an approach which is fundamentally about the person, and finding traditional medical approaches at best providing band-aid treatment for these crises, this book seems to provide a framework for this personalised response to distressing symptoms, like voices (auditory hallucinations) and beliefs (delusions).
A sample chapter, “Psychiatry at the crossroads: The limitations of contemporary psychiatry in validating subjective experiences “, by Dr Brain Martindale, is available for download here.
Dr Martindale has written extensively on psychosis – two of his freely available papers are here:
Psychodynamic contributions to early intervention in psychosis
The rehabilitation of psychanalysis and the family in psychosis: Recovering from blaming
Posted in Hearing Voices, Open Dialogue, Paradigm, Phenomenolgy, Psychodynamic, Recovery, Reform
Tagged Auditory hallucination, Australia, delusions, Health, hearing voices, Marius Romme, Psychiatry, psychosis, Routledge, Sandra Escher
Vol 6, No 1 (2012): The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care
Guest Editors: Jijian Voronka and Alison Howell
Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care
|Jijian Voronka, Alison Howell
|Review of Global Child Poverty and Well-Being: Measurement, Concepts, Policy and Action
|Review of Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies, Systems, Technologies
Posted in Critical Psychiatry, Paradigm, Phenomenolgy, Policy, Recovery
Tagged Health, homelessness, Ireland, Mental disorder, mental-health, Policy and Advocacy, poverty, power, recovery, resilience, resistance, service-user