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The Abandonment of the Mentally Ill

We see them all over, sleeping on benches, hiding in the reeds of river flood plains, mumbling quietly and sometimes not so quietly.  They load their life’s possessions into shopping carts and, despite their number, they are invisible. The worst … Continue reading

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Gato Vadio: Films About Mental Illness

A cycle of films about mental illness to be shown at: Todas as quintas de setembro, Noé Alves apresenta… Ciclo de Filmes sobre Distúrbios Mentais: Porque Gato Vadio como um foro com um grau de fama tem um público cada … Continue reading

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Mental Illness: Who Do You Believe?

There is a crisis of faith in the mental health community.  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental  Disorders” (DSM) which is a book of rules for diagnosing whether someone is schizophrenic, depressed, or … Continue reading

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DSM-V: Disquiet in the Ivory Tower

For all of us who seek a rock on which to base our beliefs the new DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)  has all the solidity of a sponge in a storm.  The DSM is used or relied upon by clinicians, … Continue reading

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Toxoplasmosis, Schizophrenia, Autism, Criminality, PTSD

Madness and toxoplasmosis http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/8873/ Probably because of early kitten training my cats will only eat tuna, some cat foods with gravy, dry cat food, won’t get excited by a saucer of milk or table scraps.  I keep trying to get … Continue reading

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DSM-5: Redefining Who and What is Crazy

People like to think there is some finality in psychological assessments.  After all, saying that someone is nuts, schizo, retarded, loner, lame, or has a borderline personality disorder can solve a lot of problems when relating to people.  It has … Continue reading

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Mental Illness,..er,..er

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been around for some time.  There are some similarities between TMS and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), a treatment for depression, and other disorders. When the human mind, in all its complexity, malfunctions to a greater or … Continue reading

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