This is All Related

Arianna HuffingtonJust over two years ago, at the 25th anniversary of DotCom in Washington D.C., I was asked to predict what the game-changing inventions would be in the next 25 years of the Internet. Mine was less of a prediction than a hope — that one day someone would create an app that would gauge the state of our mind, body, and spirit, and then offer us the exact steps we would need to take to realign all three aspects of our beings. At the time, I was just thinking out loud. But today, I’m delighted to announce that HuffPost is at work on an app we call “GPS for the Soul.” I hope it will be just the beginning of our journey to reconnect with ourselves, our creativity, our intuition, and our wisdom.

That says that Harvard feels confident that the disclosure of Pharmaceutical involvement in creating the DSM-5 is legitimate.  

This is what I have to say about that…

And then someone asked a question:

“We don’t know enough to force. What do you think about delusionary schizophrenics who are suicidal due to hallucinations, would you force medication? Or let them kill themselves. Or if they have that diagnosis and they are homicidal, do you let them kill others?”
Faith Rhyne answered it.
For the sake of acknowledgment, there are some medications that can be “helpful” in making someone feel nothing so that
they do not want to die quite so much or elevating our serotonin so that we can bear the unbearable and, true, there are medications that can be “helpful” in sedating people who are in an agitated state of crisis, shutting them down.
However, it should be recognized that events surrounding crises often
exacerbate the situation and that crisis can be navigated without
medication and without traumatic involvement with systems of
care/authority. By developing well-structured self-management practice,
such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning people can learn to diminish distressing symptoms and minimize crisis states, while actively reinforcing strengths and increasing quality of life. True crisis – as in the case of severe “psychotic breaks” – typically does not happen overnight, although
acute trauma can create immediate crises.
As for the unmedicated “schizophrenics” I am, first and foremost, inclined
to point out that referring to people as their “illness” is generally diminishing of the many positive attributes and potential that their lives
may hold. A person is not a Bipolar or a Schizophrenic. We are not our
Labels. Further, there are very few conditions that carry quite as much
stigma as schizophrenia. The myth of the raving murderous schizophrenic is
a powerful one and it wrecks people’s lives.
Considering the number of people who are killed each year by those who do
not have clear mental health diagnoses, it seems odd that we find
schizophrenia to be such a threatening disorder. There is no clinical
evidence that people who carry the diagnosis of schizophrenia are any more likely to kill people. Quite the contrary actually, the life expectancy
for people diagnosed with schizophrenia is typically 12-15 years less than
the general population, and among some sub-groups (such as those with
compounded trauma and severe challenges to their basic human needs, such as homelessness, the life span for people living with significant disorder can
be cut even shorter.

Forceful intervention into crisis, such as involuntary commitment,
restraints, and forced medication, is absolutely terrifying and further reinforces the trauma state which underlies the vast majority of disorders.
There is significant evidence that trauma creates mental health disorder
and we are learning more and more about how to heal trauma. By helping
people to understand how their brainsheartsmindsbodies work together in
creating our conscious experience, we can begin to recognize our disordered associations and interpretations. We become active participants in our experience, rather passive victims of a phantom “chemical imbalance.”
People do experience distressing disordered states, that is very true. Sometimes these states result in crisis. However, crisis is not inevitable and can be
managed without invasive and coercive measures.
As for the drugs, the drugs most commonly used in the “treatment” of
psychosis are, predictably enough, called anti-psychotics. The new ones
are called atypicals – Risperdal, Geodon, Zyprexa, Abilify…etc. etc. <>They work primarily by blocking/mitigating dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter that enables us
to feel believably alive. These drugs are approved for use in children and
are being prescribed at an increasing rate, particularly to children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and those who are in foster care systems. Did
you know that Risperdal/risperidone causes increased risk of pituitary
tumors *and* can stimulate breast development in boys? It’s true. <>

Be well and I’ll likely get in touch to talk about how students of
psychology can help to forge the future of mental health in a way that celebrates our dynamic humanity and respects our human right to self-define
in our experience.

“The statement about calling people by their diagnosis is not just elementary to me it’s insulting… Ill chalk it up to just not knowing me though”

It was intended to be unpleasant – (i’m just as weary of the obvious as you are, believe me) and I know you know the score. 
Disease language is pervasive in our culture, and I know you you know this, too. 
Hopefully, by the time this thread is over, 

the word ‘schizophrenic’ will be dead in your mind. 

By evoking an indignant, slightly nauseous “well, duh” my intent was to give you a somewhat uncomfortable feeling to refer to next time one of your classmates starts talking about schizophrenic-this and schizophrenic-that, with the hope that maybe you’ll keep speaking up in class


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