Why do we Talk about Recovery in Severe Mental Illness?
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by mross109
48m ago
By Marvin Ross There are some medical conditions where recovery is not only possible but expected. Break a bone, get the flu come to mind easily but there are far more medical conditions that are chronic. You don’t, for example, recover from asthma or diabetes. What you can expect is that the symptoms will be well controlled with inhalers or diet, insulin and other strategies for types I and II diabetes. But, for some reason, many talk about a recovery from schizophrenia, bipolar and other serious mental illnesses. When people talk about recovery, they usually mean the restoration of a state o ..read more
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Resources for Families – Part One
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by mross109
5d ago
My apologies if this seems like shameful self promotion but a number of Bridgeross books on schizophrenia are still in print and still selling regularly. I am only going to list those titles that still sell regularly. After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman was first published in 2010 and rapidly became a hit and, 14 years later, is still popular. Accolades for this book include: A Must have book on Schizophrenia (Healthy Place) Susan Inman’s memoir describes her family’s nine year journey to help her younger daughter recover from a catastrophic schiz ..read more
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Introducing Family Alliance on Severe Mental Illnesses or FASMI
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by mross109
2w ago
By Marvin Ross The goal of this new national organization is to strengthen the family voice advocating for those with psychotic illnesses in Canada. Family involvement and support are an integral part of better clinical outcomes when it comes to the recovery and stability of those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and related illnesses. We want to make sure that families can access education and support they need to help their loved ones – and that the family voice is heard. FASMI is a nationally incorporated organization, certified under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and plan ..read more
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In Memoriam – A Pioneer in Women’s Mental Health
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by mross109
2w ago
By Marvin Ross On April 23, Dr Mary V Seeman died at the age of 89. She was a professor emerita at the University of Toronto and first Tapscott chair in schizophrenia studies at the University. In that role “she led research that revealed the biological mechanisms underlying anti-psychotic drugs, informing drug development and guiding treatment. Her research into gender differences in schizophrenia shaped treatment guidelines and opened new avenues for clinical research.” She also established the first outpatient clinic for women affected by schizophrenia at the Centre for Addiction and mental ..read more
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An Obituary for Mental Health Week
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by mross109
2w ago
Here we go again. Another mental health week that talks in platitudes about having good mental health and does not mention severe mental illness and its impact on the sufferer and the sufferers family. I was planning to write about an article in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience that talked about how we ignore the serious for the worried well but then, I saw this very brave obituary in the Hamilton Spectator. It needs to be read and I am posting it with permission of the family. In April 2024, John died peacefully, in his home at the age of 76. John was the second child of Caesar (“Ja ..read more
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Insanity Abounds
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by mross109
3w ago
By Dr David Laing Dawson At the beginning of my journey into medicine and then psychiatry, I struggled, as all students of neurology, philosophy, and psychology do, with the concept of delusion, at least delusion as the product of mental illness. What is the difference between a true belief, a lie, and a delusion? Or the difference between a harmless and shared religious delusion, and those religious delusions seen in bipolar and schizophrenia? Well, I think I sorted it out for myself over the years, and became quite comfortable with the distinctions, while maybe getting it wrong a couple of n ..read more
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We Have Become Ridiculous – Drugs in BC
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by mross109
3w ago
By Dr David Laing Dawson A school board allows a male teacher to come to class wearing outlandishly large prosthetic breasts with prominent nipples. And now an Island Health Memo (BC) to acute care hospital staff instructs nurses not to stop open use of illicit drugs in hospital rooms, but, instead, to teach patients how to inject drugs into their IV lines, provide safe equipment such as crack pipes and burner kits, and instruct in the techniques of safe needle disposal. Not to mention instructions to staff to teach “chest feeding” rather than “breast feeding” to new parents. The first idiocy ..read more
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Guest Blog -Exploring the Latest Mental Health Sham Funding Announcement From the Canadian Government: The Youth Mental Health Fund
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by mross109
1M ago
By Kathleen Mochnacki On April 9th, I watched on CBC’s Power and Politics the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Ya’ara Saks announce a 2024 Budget proposal of $500 million dollars for a Youth Mental Health Fund to help younger Canadians. Here is the Press Release:   Does this mental health fund include funding for “younger Canadians” who are experiencing their first psychotic break?  Will it ensure access to a psychiatrist, and an adequate hospital stay and supportive housing upon discharge? The Press Release reads “And, because many of them are still in school or just starti ..read more
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
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by mross109
1M ago
By Dr David Laing Dawson Recently the NIMH announced that in the U.S. the prevalence of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders is between 0.25% and 0.64%. This implies that our assumption of a 1% and higher risk (and prevalence) has been wrong, or that, miraculously, progress has been made in the USA in the prevention of schizophrenia. Unfortunately, this also implies that we need not spend as much money or attention on this serious illness. But, of course, it turns out those figures arose from something called household surveys: phone calls to a representative sample of American Househ ..read more
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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
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by mross109
1M ago
By Dr. David Laing Dawson This clever little book was published in 1989 and is still going strong. And I was reminded of it last night while watching commentary on the Israel Hamas Gaza war, and the overnight missile and drone attacks by Iran, as I listened to pundits, commentators, military historians, retired generals, and politicians weigh in. All men of course. And what struck me from their interpretations, conclusions, advice and prognostications, was that they too learned all they need to know in kindergarten, or perhaps between JK and grade 4. But unlike the author of the original book ..read more
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