Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mad in America, a review

On the heels of my review of ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic’, here is a review of ‘Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill’ by medical journalist Robert Whitaker. Mad in America by … Continue reading

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Great Whites and New Planets

I check out Surfpulse blog for local goings-on and discovered this fantastic footage of a beautiful adolescent great white shark. The footage was taken recently by a water sports man by the name of Chuck Patterson. Chuck was Stand Up … Continue reading

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New study reveals link between depression and being alive

New study reveals strong links between depression and being alive. A recent meta analysis of thousands of cases of people with depression spanning decades has concluded that life causes depression. It appears that humans are susceptible to varying states of … Continue reading

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The myth of the bipolar child

Everything about the current politics of child and pediatric bipolar disorder. The bipolar child. Bipolar child psych docs at war. Bipolar child researcher says BP doesn’t exist in children. The doping of America’s foster kids. Eli Lilly Co behind the … Continue reading

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Truehope or Truehype? An analysis of EMpower

This is a long article, so fair warning. I had never heard of Truehope until the last couple of years. I learned of it from videos and comments on Youtube. I’ve never tried it either. The window of opportunity when … Continue reading

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Cure is worse than the disease?

Girl Normal has a very entertaining and spot-on criticism post this week about Big Pharma, complete with witty satirical images. Here is a snippet: “I know I’m not the first to discuss this particular quirk of our modern society…but I … Continue reading

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I, Ship

The Hybrid is an organic consciousness that inhabits a bio-mechanical transport vessel. She receives thousands of data stream flows and trivial sensory downloads per minute. She is connected physically, electrically, hormonally to every part of her bioship. Hybrid must balance … Continue reading

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Meditation as a cure for mental illness

In 1989, when I went inpatient for the first time, I thought there was going to be a line-up of hippy psychologists with beards and geeky glasses and long hair who talked about Jung as easily as Freud. I believed in the notion of counseling and as yet, did not know what psychiatry was or that their idea of ‘treatment’ was not at all the same as humanistic psychology. I soon discovered that being inpatient and receiving psychiatric treatment wasn’t anything like I had fantasized. Continue reading

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