Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Stop Saying This, Part 6: It Takes Two, Life’s Not Fair, and More

It’s common that both people are contributing to the issue in one way or another. However, there is at least one instance that renders “it takes two” unavailable for blanket-statement use, and that is abuse.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 3: The Manufacture of ADHD (Part 2)

Sami Timimi discusses the lack of findings for a genetic or neurobiological basis for ADHD, and explores the short- and long-term effects of stimulant drugs.

Kids on Psychiatric Drugs: Where Are They Now?

Once, for a brief time, there was an outrage over child drugging, in particular the use of child protective services and the schools in forcing or coercing this drugging on children. Today, instead of continuing to sound an alarm, most of society considers this normal.

Understanding Mental Illnesses, and Ourselves

I trained in psychiatry in the 1950s. I saw psychiatry switch from trying to help patients to understand themselves better to trying to find a drug that would relieve their symptoms.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 3: The Manufacture of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Part 1)

Both the idea that there are some characteristic brain-based abnormalities for those diagnosed with ADHD, and that the medications used have specific properties that target a disease process—like a chemical imbalance—are false.

Navigating the Mind: What Medication Cannot Address

I believe there's no harm in giving meds a try—it worked for me. Just be aware that they can only do so much. The rest of the journey requires some navigation and self-direction.

OPEN DIALOGUE TOWN HALL

Watch the recording of our latest Open Dialogue Town Hall, you can read about the panelists here.

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