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    Descriptive info: .. Featured post: iMoodJournal from Inexika.. April 25th, 2013.. Keeping a ‘mood diary’ is a common method used to help people understand how their emotions are affected by their day-to-day lives.. Psychologists and therapists use them to help monitor serious mental disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.. They are also useful for people who want to learn more about themselves and what distinguishes their ‘good’ from their ‘bad’ days.. iMoodJournal is a mood diary phone app available for.. Android.. and.. iPhone.. Like a pen and paper mood diary it helps you to record your moods, but has many other extra features too.. It’s easy to use with cheery graphics and a well thought out, intuitive interface.. Throughout the day the app reminds you to record how you’re feeling.. You can make a more detailed note at the same time, or take a picture of your expression instead, or both.. Hashtags (like in Twitter) let you associate moods and experiences, and you can spot triggers of mood changes by looking at top hashtag charts.. The results are available to view over time as animated charts and graphs.. iMoodJournal can be locked so you can keep your mood diary to yourself.. If you want to share your moods with friends or professionals you can print off your moods as a pdf.. You can also share how you’ve been feeling with via facebook.. iMoodJournal is available from.. iTunes App Store.. Google Play.. Screen shots.. Select your mood state.. Using hashtags.. Animated mood chart.. iTunes reviews.. Android reviews.. Tags:.. tech.. Posted in.. Advertisement post.. |.. Comments Off.. Mood induction procedures.. As a teenager I spent hours in my room listening to arch-miserabilist pop band.. the Smiths.. I felt they really understood my teenage angst, and my love for them withstands even.. David Cameron’s unrepentant fandom.. and Morrissey’s regular and.. unsavory announcements.. We spend a lot of time and money trying to feel good, but there is also a pleasure in the melancholy that listening to every Smiths’ song played back to back can engender.. Alongside teenagers, researchers use various experimental methods for inducing mood states.. These are often used in studies which aim to investigate the correlation between mood and neurological function.. Self referential statements.. One of the first mood induction procedures was the.. Velten Mood Induction Procedure.. Subjects read aloud self-referent statements, which progress from the relatively neutral to those associated with either a negative or positive mood.. Example of questions.. – this site suggests that the Velten mood induction procedure should be used as a form of “guided meditation”.. Music.. Music can arouse deep emotions in the listener.. The majority of studies use classical music, but a wide variety of musical pieces is used to experimentally induce mood states.. This paper.. lists music used in forty-one music mood induction procedure studies.. The authors find that most musical pieces are used in one study only, but find twelve studies that use Delibes.. Coppélia.. to induce happy or elated moods.. No mention of.. It’s probably best to ban your teenage children from listening to Stravinski’s.. Firebird suite.. Played at 80 dB, as.. one study.. used this to provoke anger.. Movie clips.. Habitual cinema-blubbers will not be surprised that requesting participants to watch movie clips is a common way to manipulate moods experimentally.. In a.. 2008 study.. positive mood was induced by participants watching a 10 minute excerpt from a British comedy series (the actual series itself is not identified alas – Monty Python?).. Neutral mood induction involved an excerpt from a nature documentary, and negative mood was brought about by an excerpt from a film about dying from cancer.. According the many authors.. film and music based mood induction is the most effective.. Critical feedback.. Another technique is to use verbal feedback.. This 2008.. study asked participants to complete a series of anagrams and then report their answers through an intercom system.. To induce a negative mood state they received insults in return.. After the 4th anagram, the experimenter said: “Look, I can barely hear you.. I need you to speak louder please.. ” After the 8th anagram, the experimenter said in a louder and more frustrated voice: “Hey, I still need you to speak louder.. ” After the 12th anagram, the experimenter said in a very frustrated voice: “Look, this is the third time I’ve had to say this! Can’t you follow directions? Speak louder!.. Forming mental images/autobiographical recall.. This approach can use emotionally charged sentences, with subjects asked to try and experience the affective state they would feel if the situation were real.. “Imagine that you just won the lottery and you will have all the money you could ever want” (.. paper.. ).. (.. These lottery winners.. are in the lucky situation of not having to use their imagination).. similar approach.. participants were instructed to write a short essay about an event they experienced that provoked specific feelings such as anger or sadness.. Combining methods and effectiveness.. The most effective mood induction procedures may combine two procedures in the belief that multiple interactions contribute additively to mood.. One type of induction occupies the foreground attention, whilst the other forms the background atmosphere.. So, for example the Velten mood induction procedure has been combined with music mood induction.. The effectiveness of mood induction procedures is questioned by some authors, who dispute whether they can produce moods of sufficient intensity.. Another debate concerns whether the results of experiments using mood induction result from the expectations that the protocol induces in participants, rather than because of the induced mood per se (.. demand characteristics.. Sponsored by.. Inexika.. , creator of.. iMoodJournal.. mood tracking application for.. Photo credit.. Misc.. ,.. Sponsored post.. Uncategorized.. 1 Comment.. Detoxification.. April 7th, 2013.. “Detoxification” or “detox” is a word that is put to many (related) uses.. When used in a psychiatric sense its use refers to “the process of withdrawing a person from an addictive substance in a safe and effective manner” (.. Cambell’s Psychiatric Dictionary.. Detoxification can also refer to the treatment of poisoning.. When referring to the treatment of addictive substances detox is used variously to mean the treatment of a withdrawal syndrome, the experiencing of a withdrawal syndrome or the treatment of an acute drug overdose.. Talk of “detoxing” is also beloved of alternative practitioners, the idea being that because of modern lifestyles or diets the body accumulates various toxins.. With the aim of attaining health and equanimity these require periodic purging by (say) yoga, cold showers, or holding crystals etc.. As the liver and kidneys work full time removing toxins from the human body, neither the mechanisms by which these interventions work nor their efficacy is established.. (This is not to say that eating healthily and exercise are not noble pursuits).. Detoxification of addictive substances involves cessation of drug intake cross tapered with medication to address withdrawal effects.. In this sense “detoxification” is a misleading term as – beyond stopping taking a toxic substance the process does not include the removal of body toxins.. Depending on factors like the drug of misuse, habitual daily intake and the severity of the withdrawal syndrome, medical detoxification can take place either in the community, or in a.. rehabilitation.. clinic.. Withdrawal from alcohol is probably the most common detoxification requiring medical intervention.. Prolonged periods of heavy alcohol use can lead to physiological dependence and abrupt withdrawal from alcohol can be fatal.. Alcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant.. Because of this, chronic heavy use leads to.. GABA.. A.. receptor.. desensitization and a reduction in receptor numbers.. If alcohol is abruptly stopped then the nervous system suffers from uncontrolled synapse firing, which can result in anxiety, life threatening seizures, and.. delirium tremens.. Benzodiazapines.. are the most commonly used drugs to reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms.. Severe withdrawal is.. also seen with GHB.. and sedative-hypnotics also produce a withdrawal syndrome similar to that of alcohol.. Other withdrawal syndromes can be less severe, but nevertheless act as a barrier to cessation.. Opiates withdrawals resemble a flu-like illness, and directly life-threatening symptoms are not caused.. Methadone acts on the same receptors as heroin and is used to reduce withdrawals.. Stimulant (cocaine, amphetamine) withdrawal following heavy use can resemble a severe depressive illness and a number of medications such as dopamine agonists can be administered.. Further information.. Drug detoxification Wikipedia.. Alcohol detoxification wikipedia.. The Treatment network.. UK drug and alcohol treatment services locator.. Dictionary "d".. Schizophrenically.. December 7th, 2012.. The term “schizophrenia” was coined by Swiss psychiatrist.. Eugen Bleuler.. in 1908.. With the term’s introduction, Bleuer ultimately replaced.. dementia praecox.. , a term first used by.. Arnold Pick.. (of Pick’s disease) to categorize a similar disorder (or group of disorders).. The essence of schizophrenia as described by Bleuler is the ‘loosening of the associations’ between personality, thinking, memory and perception.. Dementia praecox has a different focus, describing patients having a global disruption of perceptual and cognitive processes (dementia) together with early onset (praecox).. I’ve written about different conceptions of schizophrenia.. in the past.. The word “schizophrenia” derives from Greek roots and translates approximately as “splitting of the mind”.. It is often written that, because of this, schizophrenia is misconstrued to mean having a split or multiple personality.. Otherwise known as.. dissociative identity disorder.. a split personality is where a person has two or more distinct identities or personalities alternatively in control of his or her behaviour.. I’m not absolutely convinced this disorder exists in a straightforward sense but anyway, our current understanding of schizophrenia is that it’s nothing like that at all.. “Starbucks is a schizophrenic brand”.. This brings me to the point I wish to make.. For effected people, and their families, schizophrenia can be pretty devastating.. But rather than simply used to refer to this, “schizophrenic” is also used quite commonly to mean “inconsistent and contradictory”.. Here’s.. an example from Radio 4’s Today programme.. and another.. from the Guardian.. Today’s presenter, Evan Davies, doesn’t hesitate at talk of Starbucks as a “schizophrenic brand”.. “Irish” used to be used in quite a similar way, but I doubt Davies could have let talk of Starbucks as an “Irish brand” pass without reproof.. “Schizophrenic” used in this way is a misappropriation, and one which perpetuates misunderstanding and disparages a vulnerable group of people.. I don’t know why it remains so acceptable.. * I’ve yet to actually meet anyone who thinks this, but this is perhaps because all my friends are psychiatrists.. ***.. Inquiry into the schizophrenia label.. is looking into whether we should use the term ‘schizophrenia’ at all.. I haven t read it, but this book.. American Madness: the rise and fall of dementia praecox.. looks v.. interesting.. It charts how DP lost out to schizophrenia in the nosology arms race.. Thinking about psychiatry.. 5 Comments.. Science Tales review.. May 30th, 2012.. I’ve just read.. Science Tales.. ,.. Darryl Cunningham s.. second book.. Cunningham was interviewed on this blog.. in August 2010.. I’m a big fan of his work, so this isn’t an entirely unbiased review.. Cunningham’s first book,.. Psychiatric Tales.. , was about his time working on psychiatric in-patient wards: the experiences he had and the people he met.. The tales are arranged as black and white strips, with a striking and unembellished drawing style.. Words accompany the pictures only sparingly, but are thoughtful and often quite wise.. Science Tales adopts much the same approach.. Cunningham’s artistic technique is recognizably similar, although here strips are in colour and Cunningham liberally uses photographs alongside his line drawings.. The focus is upon scientific ‘lies, hoaxes and scams’ – a broad remit – in one chapter Cunningham patient debunks.. moon landing conspiracies.. , another addresses climate change deniers.. The claims of homeopaths, chiropractors and champions of intelligent design are also patiently dismantled.. The chapter about Andrew Wakefield and MMR is particularly good.. ‘Science denial’ – the book’s final chapter is about some people’s willingness to dismiss scientific theory.. This can be a dangerous position, as Thabo Mbeki demonstrated when his denial that HIV causes AIDS prevented thousands of HIV-positive mothers receiving anti-retroviral drugs.. I have a sense that Cunningham really doesn’t get such people; I don’t either, although I’m rather more sympathetic.. I suspect that Cunningham is more of a.. positivist.. than me.. From looking at Cunningham’s blog, he’s moving onto.. history.. for his next ‘Tales’ book.. I hope he’ll return to science in the future.. Having now dispatched some of the most prominent science hoaxes, I’d like to see where a more esoteric selection might take him.. Books Films Television.. Interview: substance misuse and addiction psychiatrist Henrietta Bowden-Jones.. May 25th, 2012.. This was.. first published in the Student BMJ.. Biography.. A consultant psychiatrist working in the field of substance misuse and addiction, Dr Bowden-Jones was born and grew up in Italy where she studied medicine at Pavia University.. She went on to train as a psychiatrist on the Charing Cross and Imperial College rotation in London.. After her psychiatric training, she obtained a doctorate of medicine in neurosciences at Imperial.. She is the founder and director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the first and only NHS clinic for problem gamblers.. Until recently she also ran an inpatient ward for alcohol and drug detoxification.. She is an honorary senior lecturer in the division of neurosciences at Imperial College and is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ spokeswoman on problem gambling.. What attracted you to psychiatry?.. I first decided to become a psychiatrist when I was seven.. Everyone laughs at the reason.. I was an avid reader of the Peanuts cartoons; a character called Lucy has a stall with a sign that says “The psychiatrist is in” and the other characters go and ask for advice on how to sort out their problems.. She was my role model, as she was energetic and optimistic.. During my childhood in Italy there was an epidemic of heroin addiction among the middle class population.. The question of what would drive someone to destroy their life with drugs or alcohol was one of the early drivers for my interest in addiction psychiatry.. How did you become interested in problem gambling?.. This began while I was studying for a medical doctorate at Imperial.. I was undertaking research on the ventromedial prefrontal cortex of the brain of alcohol dependent subjects.. I was using computerised neuropsychological tests, one of these was the Cambridge Gamble Task.. I noticed that some of the subjects performed extremely badly and this led me to read up about the neuronal pathways involved in pathological gambling.. The more I read, the more fascinating the topic became to me.. I’m not a gambler and never have been.. But from an intellectual, and then later, a human perspective, gambling really grabbed my attention.. What evidence is there that gambling is a disease?.. Pathological gambling is recognised in both the ICD-10 (.. International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.. , 10th Revision) and in the DSM-IV (.. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.. , Fourth Edition) manuals.. It has a prevalence of 0.. 9% in the 2010 British Gambling Prevalence Survey.. There are hundreds of thousands of people out there in need of treatment.. Research is still in its early stages compared with that of other addictions and we still need to clarify the neurobiological basis of the disease.. What is the natural history of a gambling problem? How does it progress?.. There isn’t really a “typical” patient, but many of our patients start gambling when they are very young; they often report starting around the age of eight or nine.. This could be playing cards with grandparents or being taken to the races.. By their early teens, some patients are spending their lunch and bus money on gambling and return from school on foot without having eaten.. Some give up university or lose their home because they have spent their money on gambling.. Relationships also suffer because a person spends so much time thinking about or actually gambling that he neglects others.. What sort of symptoms do people with problem gambling display?.. By the time people seek help they’re usually quite desperate.. Their mood can be extremely low.. They can also be gambling on a daily basis with a compulsion to seek out places to gamble.. Patients often gamble excessively to the exclusion of other activities.. Some don’t show up for work after a night gambling.. Others become suicidal after incurring debts.. Pathological gambling mirrors the presentation of other addictions and will be moved to  ...   and together we worked, initially, the two of us, on the idea of the film, the background research for it, the seeking of funding and the working on several screenplays to completion, and I brought in my colleagues, including my husband, Clive Robinson, a Consultant in general psychiatry, and I prepared the questions with Simon for them to answer on screen.. I am described as developing the concept of the film with Simon its director.. We really enjoyed filming the interviews on screen with Simon and his crew—and then Simon shot the narrative with his actors, developed the animation and the art installation and the film went to the Venice Film Festival and the London Film Festival (2011) and the Rotterdam Film Festival (2012) and it continues its festival tour to the Czech Republic and Australia and then the UK this autumn.. I, and my husband and our colleagues have really enjoyed working in quite a different way on this film project, learning slowly what was wanted, and I have felt privileged to be asked to be involved.. Psychoanalysts, despite Freud’s (among others) case study of Schreber which is part of our training and development, do not usually work with the floridly mentally ill, and they certainly do not (usually) become part of the creation of a film process—certainly not one as complex and, in my view, as original as this one!.. How is the Schreber case relevant today?.. Probably very few young trainee psychiatrists will read a first hand account of being as unwell mentally as DP Schreber is.. Many psychoanalysts will only have read Freud’s commentary on Schreber, not his own memoirs, which this film is about.. Sociologists, philosophers, professors of cultural studies, and others with political motives have focused on Schreber’s document, to make the case for a given aspect of interest to them, which Schreber’s story allows for—lends itself to one could say.. Artists and writers, also, and those studying the religious aspects of Schreber’s delusional system, have something to say about this multi faceted document of madness—because there is so much first hand graphic detailed writing about an incomprehensibly mad experience that has very little apparent connection to our so called reality.. To be with Schreber and try to follow him in his labyrinthine world is to submit to a very disturbing process.. Yet Schreber makes his highly controlled vision available, powerful and immediate, even if, largely, ‘deadly’ to be in.. For most psychiatrists, and others in mental health services who spend time with seriously unwell people in their clinics or on the wards, many aspects of DP Schreber’s experience and behaviour will seem familiar.. However, this kind of protracted and persistent monologue of madness is much less likely to occur nowadays, and his ability to represent his world in such an organized albeit complex fashion is far more unusual.. In the twenty first century it would be extremely rare for someone to have Schreber’s type of experience without receiving very active interventions and treatment; at the very least the reasoning world would be much more likely to interrupt the experience continually and therefore dilute and diminish its power.. Schreber’s story—in his memoirs—is unadulterated and horrifying, yet he is able to present it, and explain it, and account for it, on his own unquestioned terms.. It allows all of us to try to imagine what it is like to be continually in the grip of something we usually have no access to whatever.. This in itself is educative.. But it also highlights the richness of our own less mad world and the riches of a different kind that of Schreber’s.. Should we not try to see such a different ‘other’ reality and discuss and debate and try to understand what we can from it?.. In a sense independent of the actual content of his experience, once Schreber becomes unwell, the impact of the change in his behaviour on those around him, his changed position in the wider society, the question as to whether society has any right to interfere, where to treat him, whether to force treatment upon him, and when to allow him his liberty are as pertinent now as at the end of the nineteenth century.. Which is most important, Schreber’s memoirs or Freud’s interpretation?.. As the film, SHS, points out all of us engaging with this subject of Schreber, are engaging with a text, not with a person and his experiences in situ, and we have no access to the actual events Schreber writes of—we have only his account.. And Freud when he came to study the published Memoirs of Schreber, was doing so under the influence of Jung who was exploring the psychoses, and with a remit to further develop psychoanalytic ideas in relation to the psychoses, and to continue to refine his theories of psychic structures, to go on building his metapsychology.. For Freud, without Schreber in the room to discuss all this with, in the give and take of an analytic process, as he states, his study is a severely limited kind of exploration—a nonclinical one—a theoretical one at a particular point in his own, that is, Freud’s, growth.. As to whose document, Schreber’s or Freud’s is most important, one can only answer from the perspective of the model of mind one is currently using to look at either.. For psychoanalysts, like myself (HTR), we are reading and learning about a stage in psychoanalytic development—learning about the workings of paranoia, of grandiosity, of narcissism, of projection and repression, and Freud is an eloquent teacher, even if these ideas do not fit Schreber perhaps so well today, when we psychoanalysts have taken our discipline further.. But the Schreber case by Freud is a piece of the history of psychoanalytic development, and, as such, is important reading for us.. Inflected by reading Schreber’s memoirs themselves I would say—as John Steiner in his paper on Schreber does—(he uses Schreber’s writings AND Freud’s to go forward with his ideas drawn from psychoanalytic thinking of today) the student psychoanalyst of the present, or indeed any other serious student of the mind, may judge and evaluate Freud’s work and that of Schreber’s together.. For those interested in other models of the mind, in literary, philosophical, political, social or indeed psychiatric frames of reference, Schreber’s memoirs are primary, Freud’s secondary.. Overall Schreber’s testament as a statement about what it is to be human and suffer in this way is highly and disturbingly original—in that sense it has import beyond Freud’s case study.. For psychiatrists the text of DP Schreber provides the working document of someone struggling with all his intellectual powers, with all the structure provided by his legal training and with his very considerable personal strength, to make sense of his experience and the meaning of his life.. How was the film’s title decided on?.. One of the features of this film was the interest in Schreber’s father, Moritz Schreber who was an educationalist who developed ideas and practical equipment for the controlling and rearing of children in Germany—he was held in very high esteem and his methods and equipment were tried out on his son and were very popular indeed throughout the land.. They may appear barbaric in conception and application to our eyes—and yet at the time were acceptable ways of trying to manage the impulses and primitive behaviours of young children.. As well as attempts to control the body, the control of conduct and morality was disseminated by such very popular children’s illustrative books like.. Strewwelpete.. r.. ,(by Dr.. Heinrich Hoffmann.. ) which means ‘shock headed peter’ in which a boy is denigrated for leaving his hair and his nails to grow long and dirty—these are cautionary tales with vivid words and pictures to frighten or shame a child into obedience, cleanliness, tidiness, and more.. Although one of the views of Schreber is that a lot of the content of his delusions may owe something to his father’s physical treatment of him, for his own good as it were, the question of its arising directly from this environmental impingement is another matter.. Did Schreber senior bring about Schreber junior’s psychotic breakdown? This is speculation as we now know more of the likely organic sources of the psychoses rather than as a result of external forces.. But ofcourse those external forces come into play in the psyche’s use of them as the illness develops.. So it was thought that the popular children’s book (quoted directly in SHS where a child’s thumbs are cut off for thumbsucking—and this rhyme Schreber repeats to himself in his padded cell –with a reference to his castration there in isolation and further withdrawal from others) could have its title adapted and that Schreber could be seen as the outcast or naughty boy, Strewwelpeter, with not just his body or his conduct treated with unenlightened methods, but also his soul itself—subjected to physical and intellectual methods of care within German psychiatry and its institutions.. The use of this widely known text,.. Strewwelpeter,.. thus adapted, is an intended symbol—one of many compressed poetic references the film uses to tell its’ tale.. In addition,, the term ‘soul murder’ is coined by Schreber (Chap 2 of the Memoirs) to refer at length to the means by which, in Schreber’s view, his soul, and that of others, at different times and for different purposes, was procured and possessed by ‘another’ in order, among other things, to prolong life for that soul at the expense of the ‘stolen’ one—to which terrible things were also required to be done.. What has been the reaction to your film?.. I think we have been pleased that the unusual subject matter and its complex treatment has won attention, raised questions, moved and saddened audiences and overall held and engaged them.. At the Venice Film Festival the question was put as to whether we feared this film would actively make people feel mad.. It seems to me a question to ask—but it has not been the usual response.. We hope it reflects on madness rather than engendering it—but of course it depends on the viewers and film is a very powerful medium—it is a powerful.. introject.. , to use a technical term, and it needs working on and shaping after the experience, but it is also a powerful provoker of projections—and things are attributed to it that come from the viewers rather than the film itself necessarily.. Usually people have said, in question and answer sessions after the screenings, how serious and dignified a picture it is of mental illness, those with a serious mental illness have said it felt like the most authentic account of what it is like to be ill in this way, others have been perplexed and have felt the film gives no clear or straightforward answers, and yet as those behind its creation would argue, this is a good not a bad thing—the film certainly bears viewing several times.. It may be that paradoxes rather than simple yes or no answers are there to be found in the film if it can be digested slowly.. And people have also said how surprising it is that such an amalgam of forms and structures and methods of film making have come together successfully into one.. We do hope that with screenings and discussions and dissemination of the ideas around Schreber, —whose work is such a complex one in its own right that Shock Head Soul a kind of testament to the art (skill) of the insane will take off for the viewers, get challenged, debated, questioned and hopefully enjoyed also, and come to have a life of its own and a proper place in the genre of truly experimental film.. Institute of Psychoanalysis event.. May 9th, 2012.. Oedipus Through the Life Cycle: Childhood.. Location:.. The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 112a Shirland Road, off Elgin Avenue, London, W9 2EQ.. (tube: Maida Vale or Warrick Avenue).. Saturday, 19 May 2013.. Time: 9.. 30am 1.. 00pm.. Tickets: £45 (trainees £40, students £35).. Web Site:.. http://www.. beyondthecouch.. org.. uk/.. The story of Oedipus can be used to explore significant aspects of emotional development from many perspectives.. The myth was the foundation for Freud s theory of the Oedipus complex, mainly unconscious feelings of wanting to posses the parent of the opposite sex.. Melanie Klein, through her understanding of object relations, opened the door to the exploration of the oscillations of positive and negative unconscious fantasies.. Further theoretical contributions, in spite of their differences, acknowledge its importance.. This fundamental stage in a child s development will be discussed by speakers from different theoretical perspectives.. Beata Shumacher will consider the Oedipal development of the daughter of a single mother, while Viviane Green will talk about a reconstruction of childhood as seen through the eyes of an adult male with persisting omnipotent wishes.. The event will be chaired by Jenny Stoker.. Beate Schumacher.. :.. How Can You Remember the Name of the Father? On the oedipal development of a single mother s daughter.. A case history following the analytic treatment of a 6-year-old girl brought up by a single mother, making use of Lacan s concept of the name of the father to conceptualise her difficulties.. Viviane Green: Oedipus: Cirumvention, Conflic and Compromised Development.. Reconstruction of childhood as seen through the eyes of an adult male with persisting omnipotent wishes.. Chair: Jenny Stoker.. To book:.. , or contact Ann Glynn,.. ann.. glynn@iopa.. or 020 7563 5017.. Beate Shumacher.. is a BPAS Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst in private practice.. In the NHS, she was a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist on the Cassel Hospital’s Family Unit from 1995 2011.. 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    Descriptive info: Archive for the Misc.. Category.. Occupy LSX report.. Monday, November 21st, 2011.. This was originally published on.. Established on 15 October outside St Paul s and watched over by a statue of Queen Victoria, the.. Occupy London Stock Exchange.. (LSX) camp continues its controversial settlement in central London.. Paul, a doctor whose day job is as a sexual health specialist in South London, shows me around.. For a movement with no apparent leadership, lurking somewhere must nevertheless be an effective organising team.. The camp is clean and alongside the accommodation are larger tents with information, welfare, first-aid, and university roles.. Paul tells me of the chaotic establishment of the camp: The police were stopping us from going into Paternoster Square, he says.. Corralled, the protestors current spot was chosen by default.. There were a lot of police, he continues.. When I woke up in the morning, I was really surprised we were still here.. The police eventually withdrew the following morning.. We drop into the university tent where.. Professor Ted Honderich.. , UCL professor emeritus of the philosophy of mind and logic, is hosting a discussion; an erudite debate is underway concerning the nature of capitalism.. Immediately outside the disparate aims of the Occupy movement are clear from the posters that now adorn the pillars facing M S on the north side of the camp.. More to life than money, reads one, whilst others variously call for defence of public services,.. Julian Assange s.. release, as well as more niche concerns.. Defending the NHS is a motivating factor for some protestors for whom the.. recent takeover of Hinchingbrooke hospital by Circle.. augurs future unacceptable developments.. David stays in the camp, doing his job remotely via a laptop from the nearby Starbucks.. He s also first aid trained and works shifts in the camp s first aid tent.. I m here to put pressure on the government to look seriously at the.. Robin Hood (aka Tobin) tax.. , he says.. I m concerned about the cuts in public services and especially the NHS.. He sees the Tobin tax as avoiding cuts that would otherwise be inevitable.. A large sign outside the mediation tent reads No drugs and suggests concern that some camp visitors might mistake Occupy LSX for the Glastonbury Festival.. There s a problem about having a thing like this in the centre of a city, explains Paul.. It attracts people who are homeless or have addiction problems.. As a consequence, a welfare tent was established with the involvement of two consultant psychiatrists.. Paul says this required some consideration.. There was part of me that said we are not about caring for people, we re here for a political purpose, he says.. The welfare tent s presence is not entirely altruistic to my mind.. The camp s continued existence remains precarious, and a responsible, civic-minded community is harder to demonise and evict.. Asides medical involvement in the welfare tent, a medical team also wrote a report on site safety, hygiene, and sanitation.. In Starbucks I meet Simon, a part time nurse also involved with the first aid tent.. A target at past protests, Starbucks is in fact warmly regarded by all I meet at Occupy LSX.. As well as Occupy s de facto common room, early on the café allowed the protestors use their toilet before alternative portable ones were sourced.. We do have two facets to the organisation.. There s the progressive widespread attempt to verbalise certain issues and get them fed into the media, and then there s the occupation and the collaboration of people living together and trying to maintain a site, says Simon.. By chance at an Arab Spring protest earlier in the year, Simon had been impressed by the protestor s medical facilities and sought to bring similar facilities to Occupy LSX.. These from scratch facilities may be laudable, but what is the actual message of the camp? It s pro-activism here says Simon.. There are very few groups that are excluded.. I ve yet to meet anyone down here who thinks that we shouldn t make our corporations pay more tax or that services should be cut over sourcing additional sources of income.. What I hear the loudest from the protestors is that Occupy LSX is about creating a space for people to articulate arguments about the government s economic policy and its consequences: unemployment, increasingly expensive education, and the privatisation of the NHS.. The vague sense of unease many of us feel is here, amplified and expressed.. The criticisms are obvious.. The camp has no manifesto and articulates no alternative.. In focussing on bankers it victimises a small part of society, when the true causes of the current crisis are less straightforward.. Contrary to their claims, the activists have no mandate to represent the 99%.. But I m inclined to be generous.. Expecting protestors to have a fully developed alternative before they raise their voices represents an unrealistically high expectation.. But whatever I think, they have no inclination to pack up their tents yet.. At the time of writing.. a third camp is forming in an abandoned UBS building in the City.. Paternoster Square remains closed indefinitely.. When I stood by the security barrier peering in, armed only with an iPhone, a security guard approaches menacingly.. Curiously,.. here s a press release.. from Mitsubishi Estate Paternoster Square s owners describing the square as a public space.. Some names and identifying details in this post are changed by request.. Metaphors in medicine.. Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011.. Illness as metaphor on Amazon.. com.. Metaphors are widely used by both healthcare professionals and lay people when talking about matters of health.. Despite this their role is largely unrecognised.. This is a shame, I feel, as they can have a powerful effect on the practice of medicine and the experience of illness.. A.. metaphor is a way.. of understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another.. Many complex concepts are understood in this way and they are integral to the way we understand things.. The essayist Susan Sontag was one of the first to identify the widespread use of metaphor in relation to certain diseases.. She wrote.. Illness as Metaphor.. whilst being treated for breast cancer and visited the topic again in 1988 with.. AIDS and its metaphors.. Sontag argued that metaphors attach themselves to certain diseases and these metaphors exert influence on patient and public attitudes.. With both HIV and cancer Sontag argued that metaphors introduced an unhelpful emotional dimension when a more detached scientific approach was required.. Two main sorts of metaphors.. have been suggested.. Biomilitary metaphors represent disease and the body s response to it in terms of attack and defence.. By contrast with bioinformationist metaphors the body, in both health and disease, is seen as a communication system with receptors, transmitters etc.. Particular diseases attract metaphorical description more readily than others.. Biomilitary metaphors are pervasive in discussions of cancer.. By contrast heart disease is discussed almost exclusively in terms of the mechanical metaphor of plumbing.. Arguably.. metaphors don t merely describe similarities; they create them.. As well as illuminating they can also conceal.. It can be hard to think of cancer in a way that is not biomilitary, but wars honour battles which can make the transition to hospice care problematic.. Mechanical metaphors for heart disease are also limited as they hold no place for lifestyle modification.. I don t agree with Sontag that metaphor should be eliminated from the discussion of medical illness.. In fact I don t actually believe that it would be possible to talk about disease without them.. But they have a hidden power that should be understood.. If you choose a metaphor, choose it wisely.. Also published on.. BMJ blogs.. Whither the riots? A theory digest.. Thursday, August 18th, 2011.. Also published on BMJ blogs.. Last week s riots took place across different nights in multiple cities and involved no one ethnic group.. The reasons behind them are complex and a unifying theory is likely to be evasive.. Many of the explanations for the riots have been made to fit around already established political agendas.. The left has focused on deprivation and an excessively greedy society, while the right has blamed police numbers and a lack of discipline and boundaries.. With such widespread disturbance, it s more than likely that any explanation will have some merit.. The explanations favoured by our political elite will have very real consequences.. Criminal?.. According to some on the right the riots were largely.. criminal acts of opportunistic looting and vandalism.. This cannot be discounted, not least as there are reports of the looting being highly.. organised.. However it does not have sufficient explanatory power to be the complete story behind the disturbances.. Political?.. The night of the riots involved widespread looting of consumer goods, with institutions of the state left largely untouched.. On this basis, they could be described as apolitical.. However simply because the riots were not purposeful does not immediately disqualify them from being political.. Alongside their ostensibly consumerist goals, the riots challenged the police for control of the streets, flouting law and social convention.. This is.. arguably.. a political act.. Naomi Klein.. writes.. of the riots as a nighttime robbery following the daylight robbery of recent massive banking bailouts and subsequent austerity programme.. When you rob people of what little they have, in order to protect the interests of those who have more than anyone deserves, you should expect resistance whether organised protests or spontaneous looting.. Driven by consumerism?.. The looting during the riots was mostly of consumer goods, leading them to be.. described as.. aspirational.. This explanation for the riots centres on what we value in society and the ability of some people to afford this.. In a consumerist society, like that in the UK, the idea of social identity through consumerism is promoted.. Yet economic hardship has left many people unable to afford consumer goods.. This article.. argues that Far from disregarding the values of society the young people who were involved in property theft were enacting the very values that are communicated to them every day through advertisements and public culture.. Failure of the criminal justice system? Poor relations with police?.. It was striking how many of the rioters didn t cover their faces.. Why did they think that they wouldn t go to prison?.. There may be genuine tensions between some communities and the police, and this has been the trigger to previous serious UK rioting.. In October 2010 for instance it was.. reported.. that black people are 26 times more likely than whites to face stop and search.. A breakdown in society?.. This is an argument favoured by the left.. Its proponents feel that a large section our society has no stake in it and that the riots were an.. understandable.. response to the brutality of the poverty they experience.. Put another way, society relies on collaborative behaviour.. The majority of us are pro-social, at least in part, as we are convinced that it is in our best interests.. If people feel themselves to be disenfranchised, by a society that offers little educational or employment opportunities, this does not apply.. In the absence of mainstream ways of gaining self worth, some look inwards and create their own self esteem through their involvement in gangs, with violent consequences.. The Prime Minister David Cameron has also.. talked about.. societal breakdown, and blamed in part the bad example set by our elites.. links budget cuts to social unrest.. Parenting/lack of respect?.. This is a related argument to that of the broken society.. Some of the.. rioters were minors.. , suggesting both inadequate supervision and a failure to introduce pro-social values.. A judge was critical of a family.. who did not turn up to the court appearance of their 14 year old daughter.. Are the riots symptomatic of breakdown elsewhere? Some people.. have written that.. , due to the intervention of the state, parents are no longer able to adequately discipline their children.. As a result children are growing up with a dangerous sense of entitlement and lack of responsibility.. In times of economic downturn some family units can become fragmented.. The father of the 14 year old mentioned above said that he was unable to attend court as he has two jobs.. The power of the crowd?.. Other explanations floated for the riots have touched on crowd psychology.. This might seem to explain the.. relative normality.. of some of participants.. One psychologist.. was quoted.. as likening the riots to those seen in jails where there is no higher purpose, you just have a high volume of people with a history of impulsive behaviour, having a giant adventure.. Deindividuation.. , where social norms are compromised when people are in groups, has also been mooted.. That violence is an epidemic is not a metaphor; it is a scientific fact,.. Gary Sultkin who likens violence to that of disease spread.. Some sociologists.. write here.. that crowds are irrational (but then offer to explain them).. Professor Stephen Reitcher.. , professor of social psychology and expert on crowd psychology.. is unimpressed.. Architecture?.. Anna Minton writes in her book.. Ground Control.. about how current trends in city planning have led to a transformation of public space.. Designed with the objectives of profit and safety paramount, physical environments in the city are being created which reflects the stark division of the city creating homogenous enclaves which undermine trust between people.. The gentrification of large parts of previously disadvantaged areas has led to different communities between whom communication is almost non-existent living in close proximity as discussed in this.. London Review of Books blog.. Historically writes architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout.. , there is a correlation between large-scale urban projects and upsurges in urban violence.. But, it is much too soon to say anything, he says, about the relationship between the gentrification of Brixton, or the coming of the Olympics to London, and the current explosion of violent alienation.. A unified theory?.. The number of people involved in the riots is in the thousands, in cities of several million.. As of 17 August the Met had charged 1005 people and made 1773 arrests.. Therefore we should be wary of making generalisations about communities based on a relatively small number of their members.. All of the above explanations hold some truth, and the discourse is about which we afford the greatest weight.. At a structural level The UK s knowledge economy benefits some people but excludes many others.. Many people are able to accumulate the skills and qualifications necessary to thrive.. However for reasons of upbringing and opportunities, others are unable to benefit.. Social mobility remains poor.. Inner cities are particularly disadvantaged.. In some communities single parent families are common, and role models are lacking.. Family life is difficult if family members are obliged to take multiple low paid jobs.. There are few activities available for young people and unemployment is high.. In addition, the example set by UK elites has been poor and low income groups have disproportionately suffered from austerity cuts.. The money spent on the Olympics has had little effect on surrounding areas.. Expensive consumer goods are available for sale to the affluent middle class for whom city living is now fashionable and more affordable in previously run down areas.. Did something have to give?.. BMJ:.. Riots on the streets.. A public health perspective would help if politicians would listen.. Guest post: The Art of Psychiatry.. Tuesday, December 21st, 2010.. It all started with a bomb scare Outside the conference venue (The Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch).. I was a lead organiser for this year s Annual London Psychiatry Trainee Conference.. Dr Penny Brown who was one of the team has written this report.. You can download two of the conference s sessions.. from here.. Darian Leader s afternoon keynote speech is well worth a listen.. This report initially featured in the.. London Division December newsletter.. On an overcast autumnal day in central London, three hundred and fifty psychiatry trainees defied tube strikes and bomb scares to attend the third Annual London Psychiatry Trainee Conference.. Joined by a host of names from literature, art, stage and screen, the trainees enjoyed a wide variety of entertaining and thought-provoking sessions on The Art of Psychiatry.. The conference has become an annual fixture since 2008 and Dr Stephen Ginn, East London ST4 in General Adult Psychiatry, took on the challenge of organising the 2010 meeting.. He chose to focus the theme on psychiatry and the arts, explaining his motivation as follows:.. Many psychiatrists, including trainees, have a strong interest in the creative arts and this informs their practice.. Both psychiatrists and creative artists  ...   Pleasance.. This film s popularity was such that it spawned seven sequels and a.. recent remake.. This stereotype of the dangerousness and unpredictability is also seen in printed media as one of its most consistent features of reports about patients with psychiatric disorders.. Journalists like stories about violence and mental health as they are inherently newsworthy and tap into our fears and anxieties.. Many newspaper articles leave the unquestioned impression that there is a link between all people with mental health problems and crime or violence.. The Health Education Authority s.. Making Headlines.. report found that negative coverage of acts of violence by people with mental health problems outnumbers more balanced reporting by 3:1, with stories about harm and crime accounting for the biggest quantity of all mental health pieces in broadsheets and tabloids.. Here are three recent headlines from the Daily Mail.. Note that these headlines compound their insult by combining this corrosive stereotype with pejorative language.. 28 October 2010:.. Schizophrenic mother who stabbed three-year-old daughter and doused body in acid to stay in secure hospital.. 11th October 2010:.. Why was a drug-abusing schizophrenic left free to kill my son? And why will no one take the blame?.. 5th October 2010:.. Schizophrenic man hooked on cannabis stabbed stranger 81 times after NHS said he posed no danger.. There is an increased risk of someone with psychosis being involved in an act of violence, but such headlines leave all people with mental health problems under a cloud of suspicion.. Such treatment would not be tolerated if it were applied to other vulnerable groups.. I put it to you this is unfair.. Psychiatry is treated unfairly in the media.. So psychiatric patients get a raw deal.. But it goes wider than that.. The Psychiatric Bulletin.. has reported.. that psychiatry in general gets a bad press when compared to medicine.. Balanced discussion of psychiatry s controversies is of course to be welcomed but what has emerged in the media is rarely sober and considered.. This is unfair.. Our treatments are often under fire:.. Our antidepressants are addictive.. We reach too quickly for a prescribing pad.. The draft of the new fifth edition of the.. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders.. was met by a hailstorm of criticism about how psychiatrists wishing to medicalize normality.. Psychiatrists are not well represented by the media either.. Who do you think is the best know psychiatrist in popular culture?.. I d say.. Hannibal Lecter.. Off the back of this grimly compelling character.. The Silence of the Lambs.. has sold over 10m copies in book form and the Oscar winning film grossed $300m.. Who is Hannibal Lecter?.. Not a learned clinician or venerated academic, but a murderous serial killer with a curious lack of insight into his own condition and a penchant for torture and cannibalism.. Dr Lecter is hardly a good role model for aspiring psychiatrists.. Another TV psychiatrist is.. Fraiser Crane.. from the long running American TV show.. He is uptight and pompous and has great troubles sustaining romantic relationships.. That doesn t sound like anyone I know.. This is an improvement on Dr Lecter, but not exactly complementary figureheads for a profession soberly striving to treat humankind s most difficult of diseases.. Worst of all is.. Dr Silberman.. , who in.. Terminator 2.. is responsible for incarcerating Sarah Connor who we know but Dr Silberman cannot see is trying to save the world.. I put it to you that it is truly unfair to accuse psychiatrists of trying to stop planetary salvation.. It s a shame that the media has proved so unbalanced in its portrayal of our work.. Not least because we are all interested in the same thing: attempting to explain human behaviour and motivations.. The media do not cope well the subtleties of meaning that psychiatry regards as commonplace and instead dehumanisation, inaccuracy and sensationalism are their stock-in-trade.. Their portrayal of psychiatry is demonstrably unfair.. Please join with me in supporting this motion.. Thank you.. Resources.. Health Education Authority.. Making Headines: Mental Health and the National Press.. The Psychiatric Bulletin (2000).. Newspaper coverage of psychiatric and physical illness.. The Guardian 22 July 2010.. Hollywood s mental block.. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.. Psychiatry and the media.. The Psychiatric Bulletin.. Terminator 2: Judgement Day.. Politics of Health Group.. The media: agents of social exclusion for people with mental illness?.. The stigma of mental illness: how you can use the media to reduce it.. 7 Comments.. Exchanges at the Frontier: Gwen Adshead.. Thursday, October 28th, 2010.. I can t go but there s an interesting event coming up which readers of this blog may be interested in attending.. Exchanges at the Frontier returns to Wellcome Collection this autumn with a second series in partnership with the BBC World Service, hosting some of the biggest names in world science.. Join A C Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, to test them on the social impact of their discoveries and explore the frontiers of scientific knowledge.. Gwen Adshead is a consultant forensic psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, a high-security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire.. Here she oversees some of society s most problematic personalities, attempting to understand psychotic behaviour and find ways of treating it.. She also has a degree in ethics and an interest in the relationship between doctors and their patients.. Join her in conversation with A C Grayling to explore what medicine can do for people with personality disorders, and whether hospital is the right place to hold them.. There s also a tour of Broadmoor Hospital.. Link for details.. Gwen Adshead was.. on Desert Island Discs recently.. - well worth a listen.. If you go please leave a comment to let me know what I missed.. Update 25 November 2010.. Here s.. the programme.. Letter to The Guardian (unpublished).. Sunday, September 26th, 2010.. I sent this letter to the Guardian last week, but alas not chosen for publication.. I was trying to advance the idea that prejudice does not flow simply in one direction.. I haven t looked at it for two weeks, and I don t think I d make the last sentence so categorical if I was to submit it again.. Comments welcome as always.. Dear Sir,.. Re: :.. Oxbridge s class divide raises food for thought.. Given the high prevalence of an Oxbridge education amongst prominent people in our society, few would argue that striving for a situation where access to these institutions is available to students from a broad variety of backgrounds is not desirable.. Your article Oxbridge s class divide raises food for thought examines the difficulties faced by students from lower income families who seek to study in these universities.. Although the start of a university experience is anxiety producing for most, starting out at an Oxbridge college may be more difficult for some than for others.. For example many students from fee paying schools are awarded places alongside a large proportion of their existing social circle, whereas on day one a new student from an average comprehensive might well know no one.. Yet fitting in is a skill that is worth mastering at an early opportunity.. It s a shame then that rather than focus on positive Oxbridge experiences of those from deprived background your article choose to feature students who were as prejudicial towards more privileged students as they expect those students are towards them.. Although their parents do probably listen to Radio 4 (and read the Guardian), I find it difficult to believe that the white posh boys described by one student in the article, were really disgusted when the television was tuned to MTV.. In reality whilst there will always be people who refuse to see beyond the narrow confines of class the majority of Oxbridge students are friendly and welcoming.. For all but the deliberately anti-social, marginalisation based on background is available only for those that seek it.. Yours etc.. 6 Comments.. Guest post: Psychiatry – an Industry of Death.. Friday, September 3rd, 2010.. When I heard one of my acquaintances was heading to Los Angles, I sent him to spy on the.. Psychiatry an Industry of Death Museum.. in Los Angeles.. Here is his report:.. Visit to Psychiatry an industry of death.. It s official; Psychiatrists are all murderers, rapists, extortionists, fraudsters and the scum of the Earth so say the.. Citizens Commission on Human Rights.. I am not a Psychiatrist and have no medical training.. My interest in the Museum came about as a result of a very close relative having had the following treatments (not necessarily in this order) for depression about fifty years ago: insulin induced coma, LSD treatment, ECT with and without aesthetic, and a frontal lobotomy procedure (not transorbital).. Fortunately today my relative is alive, well and active and has no depression apart from that caused by England s performance in the recent World Cup!.. The Museum is situated along Sunset Boulevard but not in the best area of this long road.. It s actually a rather run down white painted single story building which could be mistaken for a shop.. Next door is parking lot and there was a discarded sofa on the sidewalk opposite.. Inside, the entrance was smart with a large curved reception desk with low level glass.. I was warmly greeted by an English lady who asked me to sign the visitor register and state my profession.. Along side the register book was a sign stating that they had the right to refuse entry I decided not to ask if this would apply to psychiatrists!.. I was invited to enter through the door to the left, which turned out to be a padded cell with bench seats, to watch an introductory video.. My greeter then mentioned, by way of casual conversation, that twenty million children are prescribed mind altering drugs each year and then asked if I knew how ECT came about.. Actually, following a very informative visit to an abattoir, I did know this.. In 1938 Dr.. Ugo Cerletti became interested that pigs were prepared for slaughter by being electrically shocked through the temples.. This rendered them unconscious but did not kill them, and they could survive the shock if allowed to recover.. Since this was the days before ethics committees, he was then able to try this out on his patients.. This introductory films were called Psychiatry s Destructive Agenda and Psychiatry s Path of Destruction.. Each was hard hitting and very compelling watching with a fast talking commentator who had a voice was just right for the CCHR s apocalyptic message.. Following the padded cell, the museum tour consisted of 14 different areas each with an on-demand video.. Here they are together with their CCHR summary:.. 1.. An Industry of Death.. Governments, insurance companies and private individuals pay billions of dollars each year to psychiatrists in pursuit of cures that psychiatrists admit do not exist.. Psychiatry s therapies have caused millions of deaths.. 2.. Origins of Psychiatry.. From its beginnings in the 1700s, using the practices of confining, restraining and isolating people with mental problems in institutions, psychiatrists have cashed in on human misery.. 3.. Man Redefined.. Redefining man as an animal without a soul, psychologists and psychiatrists thought man could be manipulated as easily as a dog could be trained to salivate at the sound of a bell.. 4.. Psychiatry: The Men Behind the Holocaust.. The Nazis killed millions.. Their justification was psychiatry and psychology s theory of eugenics that certain people were inferior and should be exterminated and their kind bred out of the race.. These architects of the Holocaust were never brought to justice.. 5.. Psychiatry: Creating Racism.. From apartheid in South Africa to the Ku Klux Klan and experiments on minorities in the United States, the most brutal racists were inspired by eugenics which justified injustice, inhumanity and denial of human dignity to millions.. 6.. Soviet Psychiatry.. Men fight and die for the right to speak and act freely.. Psychiatry conspired with those in power in Communist Russia to strip the rights of political dissidents and to define their search for justice as a mental disorder to justify their imprisonment.. 7.. Brain Damage: Psychiatry s Miracle Cure.. If an ice pick were accidently shoved behinds someone s eyeballs, or they were jolted by 120 or 240 volts, leaving them convulsing and barely breathing, they would be rushed to hospital.. To a psychiatrist, these acts are treatment.. 8.. Drugging for Profit.. Psychiatric drugs are not designed to cure, but to suppress symptoms and physically damage the person taking them.. Claims of safety and efficacy are made with each new miracle pill ; its dangers only later exposed.. Psychiatric drugs kill.. 9.. Psychiatric Coercion and Restraint.. Today, psychiatrists use of physical and chemical restraints in mental institutions is a very lucrative procedure.. Admitting that death is often inevitable from such procedures, psychiatrists literally get away with murder.. 10.. Psychiatric Criminality.. Working in a profession made up of people who commit rape, extortion and fraud, many psychiatrists have received prison sentences and civil fines.. Minimally, ten percent of psychiatrists sexually assault their patients, with one out of 20 victims a minor.. 11.. Inventing Mental Illness.. Psychiatrists charge huge sums of money to insurance companies, governments and anyone else who will pay to treat made-up mental disorders.. 12.. Kids in Psychiatry s Cross Hairs.. Millions of children are given psychiatric labels for normal childhood behaviour and prescribed psychiatric drugs that drive them to commit violent acts and suicide.. 13.. Psychiatry: Hidden Influence.. Psychiatry has pushed its agenda of control, power and domination onto an unsuspecting society for over 60 years, infesting the fields of law enforcement, education, medicine, politics and many others.. 14.. CCHR: Restoring Human Rights and Dignity to Mental Health.. Psychiatrists act above the law locking people up with no trial, stripping them of their human rights while enforcing unwanted treatments.. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has exposed, fought and won against psychiatry s violations for over 36 years.. I need hardly write that these videos were less than complementary about psychiatrists.. They are available from CCHR for about $16 or free from the CCHR site if you register (why would you do this?).. You can also view the complete series.. online.. Each area had artefacts and photo images related to the video theme.. There were loads of photographs as well as examples of whips, torture boxes, and ECT equipment.. Drugs samples were displayed next to reports of their gross sales.. I now know that Marilyn Monroe had seen a psychiatrist the day before she died.. But was that relevant to her death? we will never know.. I spent three hours at the museum and watched all the videos and exhibits.. During my afternoon visit I was aware of one other visitor who didn t seem to activate any video panels.. I imagine that the visit would be less interesting if several people were activating adjacent videos simultaneously due to the noise generated.. When I left the exhibition area I was asked for my thoughts.. I complimented the quality of the exhibits and video.. I then explained that I was disappointed that CCHR had decided to present the information without any attempt at a balance view.. It might be true that Psychiatrists in the United States have the ability to milk medical insurance via the DSM and disbursements but this must also be true of other areas of their medical system (I recently was charged $400 for a week s course of antibiotic pills which in the United Kingdom are available for 0.. 28 each).. Other countries have different reimbursement systems.. Was it not obfuscation to point out that using X-rays it was not possible to see any evidence in the brain of a so called mental condition but a broken bone shows up clearly? And to describe a person with Bipolar Disorder as having normal ups-and-downs is surely a misrepresentation?.. During my three hour stay I was bombarded with negatives statements and images about psychiatrists.. It would seem reasonable to suppose that at least a percentage of the profession provide a valuable service to patients, allowing them to live useful lives but no such information was presented which I found off-putting in the extreme.. I was also concerned about the use of video chips, such as those from the 2006 American Psychiatric Association Convention, where interviewees stated that they had not been able to cure any of their patients.. I have a suspicion that these remarks were taken out of context.. Finally, as the CCHR has a close relationship with the Church of Scientology, I was surprised that there was no obvious mention of this organisation during my visit.. 17 Comments..

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    Descriptive info: Archive for the Sponsored post Category.. Bupa partners with Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk 2011.. Friday, September 9th, 2011.. Bupa partners with Alzheimer s Society s Memory Walk 2011.. Facebook competition.. win comprehensive health check worth 150.. Bupa Care Services is excited to be working in partnership with.. Alzheimer s Society.. on their flagship fundraising event,.. Memory Walk 2011.. During September, thousands of people will participate in walks across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money for Alzheimer s Society s and help to improve public understanding of dementia.. By taking part in Alzheimer s Society s Memory Walk friends and families will be joining together to remember and celebrate loved ones.. They will benefit from being together and sharing memories as well as uniting to fight against dementia.. Bupa.. is committed to providing specialist dementia care under an ethos of Person First, Dementia Second , training its people to focus on the individual needs of people living with dementia.. The aim is to create a unique approach to care so people can enjoy as much independence and mental and physical stimulation as possible.. This person-centred approach allows carers  ...   with loved ones can have on people living with dementia.. Encouraging people whose lives have been touched by dementia to talk to each other and share memories can have a significant impact on their emotional wellbeing.. This is particularly important in decreasing the proportion of people who are likely to develop memory impairment in the future.. Bupa are initiating a campaign to get people actively involved in Alzheimer s Society s Memory Walk 2011 under the banner of what memories mean to you.. By inviting people to engage with how memories can significantly impact the lives of those living with dementia, you can help raise awareness of a condition which is due to affect more than a million people by 2021.. You can sign up free for the walks and a there s also a.. to win one of five free comprehensive health checks worth 150 each.. Bupa would like to invite readers of.. frontierpsychiatrist.. co.. to get involved with this fantastic cause by signing up for the walks and visiting the.. Bupa memories Facebook page.. to tell us exactly what memories mean to you.. This is a sponsored post..

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    Descriptive info: Archive for the Uncategorized Category.. Wednesday, May 9th, 2012.. Xmas manifesto.. Monday, December 21st, 2009.. It’s easy to assume that things are as they’ve always been.. This of course is not the case and recently I discovered that the rate of economic growth during the UK’s industrial revolution, one of my native land’s most significant upheavals, rarely exceeded 1%.. Nowadays, for a country’s economy to be admired, economic growth needs to be at least double this number, which is to say that a growth rate of what was once a time of enormous upheaval has now become commonplace and mediocre.. This has a significant upside.. From a state where it would take two generations or more for what was once simply imagination to become reality we are now in situation where what is unthinkable in our early lives is realized well before the reaper calls.. I remember with fondness when I was young and my father brought a laser home from his work and we invited all the children in the neighbourhood around to see it in action.. Some were so excited that they made repeat visits; readers can try to imagine the depth of their indifference should a similar offer be made today.. I am less enamored with my recollection with my first experience of accessing the internet as where others saw opportunity I saw a page that crashed immediately and instinctively knew that it would come to nothing.. Change in modern life is nowhere more prominent than that brought by information technology.. So significant are the transformations visited that it often feels as if we’re involved in a project no less important than that of redefining what it is to be human.. I exaggerate, and (at the risk of looking foolish a second time) some technologies.. twitter.. for instance are.. over-hyped.. but someone cryogenically frozen in 1995 and thawed in 2009 would need to be equipped with a mobile phone and a broadband connection or would swiftly find themselves unable to use the maps application on their iPhone to guide themselves to any Xmas parties.. But the benefits of new technologies should also be viewed in the context of what is lost.. The demise of some things, say camera film, troubles none but aficionados, the rigid or sentimental of outlook, but other changes are more significant.. There is.. concern.. that, with an email arriving every three minutes, the modern workforce is permanently distracted and their days fragmented.. Universal mobile phone usage means that silence, always a precious commodity, is.. all but extinct.. and with this a chance for reflection and self awareness.. The Blackberry’s email technology, universal Wi-Fi coverage means that the boundary between work and recreation is blurred as never before.. Our population feels if it is constantly behind, but yet never deserving of a rest.. This situation is I suspect only going to get worse, or better depending on your point of view.. Whilst this technology is undoubtedly transformational, a skill we have yet to learn is when to switch it off.. But with many of us getting four days off at Xmas, this holiday season would be a good time to start.. Power down your television, mobile phone, mp3 player, laptop computer find a comfortable chair, preferably in the sunlight and nowhere near your recently purchased ebook of “.. 1001 Places to visit before you die.. ”.. Close your eyes.. Then when you open them again send me an email, twitter or text and let me know how you got on.. Links:.. Distracted: The erosion of attention and the coming dark age.. Maggie Jackson.. Information overload: Switch off your mobile, iPod, and emails technology is turning our brains to mush.. Daily Mail July 2008.. Can I have your attention please?.. Guardian CiF January 2008.. Stress of modern life cuts attention spans to five minutes.. Telegraph November 2008.. Psychiatry in the news 7 April 2009.. Tuesday, April 7th, 2009.. Guardian reports that.. Legalisation of drugs could save UK £14bn, says study.. but it s hard to imagine that this will do anything to change Jacqui Smith s position.. Transform discuss further.. The Today Programme.. reported today.. that care home children whose behaviour during the 1970s/80s was controlled using large doses of medication have subsequently given birth to children with birth defects.. The drugs in question included Haloperidol, Droleptan and Depixol.. The BBC have Professor Jeffrey Aronson, professor of clinical pharmacology at Oxford University who says that high doses of such drugs can cause genetic damage.. Presumably he s suggesting that the drugs cause damage to unfertilized eggs rather than being teratogenic.. These drugs can currently be given to women of child bearing age.. It s obviously concerning that large doses  ...   to you.. 9 Comments.. Miscellaneous.. Thursday, July 24th, 2008.. BBC From our own correspondent.. A shoulder to cry on in Baghdad.. Psychiatrists in Baghdad 31 May 2008.. (From our own correspondent.. homepage).. How Britons get high drug users tell their stories.. Observer 20 July 2008.. The Perfect Penis and body dysmorphic disorder.. Tuesday, June 10th, 2008.. I got home from the pub the other night and was casually scanning through the TV channels, when I happened across the second half of a curiously compelling documentary.. The Perfect Penis.. was about an American psychology student who was paying $4000 to have his penis lengthened.. This is not my area of expertise, but apparently this involves cutting a ligament located in the pubis.. A lot of the penis is actually in the body and cutting this lets a bit more of it protrude.. The next bit sounds worse: to complete the job, the gentleman must then hang a weight off his member for no less than eight hours a day for several weeks after the op.. As well as sounding painful and unbelievably tedious, the results appear barely worth the trouble, with Wikipedia.. quoting.. an increase in penis length of 2-3cm and netdoctor.. stating.. that the only study available suggested that average increase in length was 0.. 5cm.. The chap who was having it done actually seemed pretty normal, although my suspicions of obsessive/narcissistic personality traits were raised by his buff physique.. I didn t catch all the programme so I didn t see if he had a psychiatric evaluation.. I suspect not, as it might have spoilt things and there was a bit where he was talking to this psychology supervisor, who said sensible things which were completely ignored.. We got to have a look at the inadequate equipment towards the end of the show and it looked perfectly fine to me.. We were also told at the end of the show that the penis surgeon had recently bought a new house in which to keep his four rollers; I couldn t help thinking our poor boy had been done.. Leaving no grotesque stone unturned, the documentary makers included an interview with Mister Mark.. Mark is a gentleman who has injected enough silicon in his testicles and penis to make his scrotum 1ft in circumference.. He was appeared pleased as punch about this, and even has a website called extremecock.. org dedicated to his enlarged genitals (full admission: in the spirit of frontier psychiatry I did visit this website, but I really wouldn t recommend it to anyone of an even slightly queasy disposition).. If I was trying to drum up business for myself, I d be concerned if the psychology student was suffering from body dysmorphic disorder; Mister Mark is a subject for another day.. At the end of the show it was revealed that he was unwell and that he may be suffering from a silicon.. embolis.. Body dysmorphic disorder (Also known as dymorphophobia) was first described by.. Morselli.. in 1886:.. A subjective description of ugliness and physical defect which the patient feels is noticable to others, although the appearance is within normal limits.. The dysmorphophobic patient is really miserable in the middle of his daily routines, everywhere and at any time, he is caught by the doubt of deformity.. Typically the patient is convinced that some part of his/her body is too large, too small or misshapen.. This is usually a part of the face, but can be any body part.. To other people the appearance is normal or there may be some slight abnormality.. The patient may be constantly preoccupied and tormented by his/her mistaken belief; he/she may blame all his other difficulties on it.. For instance they may think that if only their nose were a better shape then they might have a better life or job.. There may be time consuming behaviours.. I once had a patient who was constantly late for work as he used to spend hours examining his nose in the mirror.. There is substantial overlap with other psychiatric disorders, especially depression and social phobia.. At its extreme the BDD may be very disabling and may leave the patient housebound and unemployed.. In the absence of corrective operations, people have been known to take matters into their own hands, for instance using a clothes iron to remove wrinkles on their face.. The prevalence.. is 1%.. in the community.. The treatment is often difficult and surgery is usually contraindicated.. Patients usually will have unrealistic expectations and once the operation is complete their concern may transfer to another part of the body.. Dr David Veale s.. site.. has a.. BDD reference page.. which is worth a look.. 10 Comments..

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  • Title: Detoxification «
    Descriptive info: This entry was posted on Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 10:27 pm and is filed under.. One Response to Detoxification.. April 12, 2013 at 10:45 am.. Had to start smoking fags again when I was withdrawing from nicorette gum..

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    Descriptive info: Archive for the Dictionary d Category.. Sunday, April 7th, 2013..

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  • Title: ‘Schizophrenically’ «
    Descriptive info: This entry was posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 9:36 pm and is filed under.. 5 Responses to Schizophrenically.. George Dawson.. December 8, 2012 at 4:11 am.. Good observation.. I have had similar concerns about the use of this term in the media and frequently by reporters who should know better.. In many situations I think you are being very charitable by saying they are using it as a term that means inconsistent and contradictory , although that certainly seem to be the context in this story.. The majority of people who ask me about the meaning of the word think it means either split personality or multiple personalities and are quite surprised by the practical and useful definition.. I don t think we can minimize the well documented effect of negative press coverage of everything psychiatric.. December 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm.. Schizophrenia is an idea, not a medical condition.. Therefore you cannot blame the layman (or journalist)  ...   is no scientific evidence for global warming or evolution.. They are both first rate ideas.. Am J Psychiatry (1974) 131: p 961.. Grande Poobah.. December 9, 2012 at 6:30 am.. The Guardian style guide, I believe, counsels against using schizophrenic in this sense, so it s disappointing if they ve started slipping into this lazy, inaccurate usage.. @George Dawson no scientific evidence for global warming eh? I m not sure where you re getting your info from, but from my reading it s a set of hypotheses with an increasingly strong data set to support, sadly, some of the more catastrophic predictions.. Minneapolis psychiatrist.. April 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm.. The AP Stylebook has issued new guidelines for how to write about mental illness in general, with schizophrenia mentioned as one to watch with care.. Perhaps journalists will be more sensitive from here on.. I agree that as a descriptor, schizophrenic has become far too commonly applied, and often erroneously..

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