Category Archives: psychiatry

Ontology for Beginners: How to Reality Check Your Existence

When I studied with Peter Ralson in the late ’90s, he introduced me to an idea that I had never heard of before: Ontology, the study of Being. He recommended learning and internalizing ontological concepts by developing and using your … Continue reading

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Taoist Canon: Don’t Do Anything You Don’t Have To

The simplest, easiest Taoist advice ever imagined: “Don’t do things you don’t have to do.” Seems easy right? Not that easy apparently, for some. Allow me to share some insights on this ‘Verse I have absorbed during my time here. … Continue reading

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Crabs in the Bucket, a message for the naysayers

I remember talking to a friend of mine who encouraged me to write a book about my journey from fear, anger, and depression, to happiness after I had a fairly rough start to my life. He said, “That’s a great … Continue reading

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Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals by Christopher Payne, is not a book of words as much as it is a book of images. A photo-essay, others have called it. And the pictures definitely tell a story. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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