By Phil Wolfson - Znet
At the heart of the matter is MD psychiatry’s prolonged attempt at legitimation and recognition in parallel with disease based medicine. The evolving [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual's] have served well to psychologize its practitioners and the public into believing there are known mental diseases that resemble diabetes or heart disease and a visit to the shrink, the prescription of a pill or two will alleviate that malady, which must be a brain disorder.
By Andrew Cohen - Znet
It has been an extraordinary three weeks in the history of the American penal system, perhaps one of the darkest periods on record...[T]he systemic abuse and neglect of inmates, and especially mentally ill inmates, has been investigated, chronicled and disclosed in grim detail...The conclusions are inescapable: In our zeal to dehumanize criminals we have allowed our prisons to become medieval places of unspeakable cruelty so far beyond constitutional norms that they are barely recognizable.
By Ethan Watters - June 4, 2013
Psychiatry tends not to learn from its past. With each new generation, psychiatric healers dismiss the enthusiasms of their predecessors by pointing out the unscientific biases and cultural trends on which their theories were based...The resounding lesson of the history of mental illness is that psychiatric theories and diagnostic categories shape the symptoms of patients. “As doctors’ own ideas about what constitutes ‘real’ dis-ease change from time to time...the symptoms that patients present will change as well.”
By Alexandra McAnarney - Friday, 31 May 2013
Along the Mexico-Guatemala border, AIDS-prevention initiatives are part of broader health and human rights activism that stresses a sense of national and international responsibility. However they may stumble, these organizations, advocates, and healthcare professionals are interweaving a unified response to guarantee individual safety and universal healthcare as a human right for all people regardless of their migratory status.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva - 4 June 2013
Scenes of [Accident and Emergency] units with patients waiting to be seen lying on trolleys in corridors for hours have become commonplace in UK hospitals...“It became obvious...that we were all suffering with the same unrelenting, unremitting pressures in our emergency units and we felt we were bordering on it becoming unsafe…. What we’re seeing in our emergency units reflects a problem throughout the whole system.”
By William Dotinga - May 29, 2013
A California sheriff's deputy needlessly Tasered and then shot a man to death after his father called 911 seeking help for his son's depression, the family claims in court..."We called law enforcement to see if we could get help for him and we didn't get it...Instead, he shot him."
America's being increasingly third-worldized. Growing numbers face dystopian harshness. Bipartisan complicity force-feeds it. Race to the bottom cruelty assures denying millions vital services when most needed.
By John Pilger - Znet Commentary
Iraq is no longer news. Last week, the killing of 57 Iraqis in one day was a non-event compared with the murder of a British soldier in London. Yet the two atrocities are connected. Their emblem might be a lavish new movie of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Two of the main characters, as Fitzgerald wrote, “smashed up things and creatures and retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness … and let other people clean up the mess”.
What Monsanto wants it gets. Washington works that way.
Predators must have knowledge about their prey if they are going to be successful hunters. It is clear that we have been studied and our weaknesses have been exploited in an effort to exhaust us economically, physically and spiritually. Renowned researcher, Alan Watt goes so far as to state that the perpetrators responsible for this ultimately want to destroy any sense of individuality in us whatsoever.
By BRUCE E. LEVINE - Counterpunch
In what has become a “psychiatric-pharmaceutical industrial complex,” giant drug companies have corrupted mental health institutions, research, and practice. Most major mental health organizations and institutions from which the general public and doctors receive information are financially interconnected with Big Pharma. This practice needs to be abolished by law.
By Sue Sturgis - Monday, May 13, 2013
Amount the sequester will cut from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC: $333 million.
The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) increased the SNAP benefit by 13.6 percent beginning April 2009. It was always something of a shock absorber, a measure to make sure the disaffected poor would be able to have something in their belly. But as human vulnerability is treated as weakness by the budget hawks of the GOP, the scheme was always going to come under criticism and eventual savaging.
By Irit Shimrat - The Networker
Kids on Ritalin and similar drugs have been found to be 10 times more likely to perform below age level in school. Apart from increased [Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] symptoms, they suffered from elevated blood pressure, motor abnormalities, liver disorder, tics, mania, [Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder] and paranoia and psychosis...Moreover, treating kids with stimulants sets them up for mood swings...["]He is diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder (BAD) and given a drug cocktail. He has begun a career as a mental patient."
By Greg Macdougall - May 7, 2013
Mental health awareness is gradually gaining ground, and so are radical alternatives to mainstream approaches. Community-based initiatives by and for the so-called crazies amongst us tend to be kept under the radar in Canada, challenging discrimination, providing peer support and advocating for a diversity of perspectives on mental health, its treatment and justice.