When one makes a hopeless investment, one sometimes reasons: I can’t stop now, otherwise what I’ve invested so far will be lost. This is true, of course, but irrelevant to whether one should continue to invest in the project. Everything one has invested is lost regardless.
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Psych burnout
Is Our Profession Breaking Our Hearts? A Valentine’s Day Concern http://t.co/J6GSDdZLb2 #Blogs

All challenging behaviour is a communication http://t.co/8t7RwfeyCz (by @patriciaohara)

Connecting to Madness | Jim van Os | TEDxMaastricht:l


Communicating Effectively to Improve Your Self-Esteem
COMMENT: Ask yourself in a mental help situation:  Is it possible to communicate effectively with this mental helper?

Placebo versus medication for psychosis

Psychotherapy Works, But Not for Everyone February 13, 2015 | Couch in Crisis, PsychotherapyBy Allen Frances, MD - See more at: http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/couch-crisis/psychotherapy-works-not-everyone#sthash.Ktqria5I.dpuf

Efficacy and Safety of Pharmacological and Psychological Interventions for the Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Conclusions: For children, adolescents and young adults, the balance of risk and benefit of antipsychotics appears less favourable than in adults. Research is needed to establish the potential for psychological treatments, alone and in combination with antipsychotics, in this population.



The real problem in the sciences:




A Psychological Vision of Life Beyond the Disease Model

 2014 Jan-Feb;37(1):99-108. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2013.10.003. Epub 2013 Dec 6.
Sexual assault, irresistible impulses, and forensic psychiatry in Sweden.


After forensic psychiatry was firmly established in Sweden in the 1930s, many rapists and individuals charged with assaulting children underwent a forensic psychiatric examination. The physicians found that most of them had not been "in control" of their senses or not "in complete control" of their senses at the time of the crime. If the court ordered a forensic psychiatric examination, the defendant had a very good chance of either being discharged or having his sentence reduced considerably. By the 1950s psychological perspectives began to dominate in forensic psychiatry. In the forensic records of the 1950s we can notice a shift from a biomedical to a socio-psychological perspective, and crime was increasingly related to conditions that were not seen as mental derangement from a legal point of view. As a result, it became less and less common, from the 1950s onwards, for sentences to be commuted or defendants discharged


Jerome Bruner and the process of education


Malevolent war:

Diagnosis: Human


CJ Werleman : Why Atheist Libertarians Are Part of America's 1 Percent Problem

How Can We Talk About Difficult Experiences Non-Violently?

 Shared by
 Dr. Brent Potter

"Can any religious person who owns a company refuse to pay for insurance that would cover any health-care procedure or device that he or she doesn’t believe in? "

Dear Joss Whedon: STFU

from the blog of foz meadows
Posted: November 8, 2013 in Critical Hit
 Tags: Feminism, Gender, Intersectionality, Joss Whedon, Language, Much Ado About Nothing, Race, Racefail, Sexism


Patrick Stewart: the legacy of domestic violence

As a child, the actor regularly saw his father hit his mother. Here he describes how the horrors of his childhood remained with him in his adult life


 Everything You Know About Your Personal Hygiene Is Wrong 

The Huffington Post  |  By Todd Van Luling


Hana's Story

An adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again.
 By Kathryn Joyce


Living in One of R. D. Laing’s Post-Kingsley Hall Households

Michael Guy Thompson


Catherine Malabou’s The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

 By Raad Fadaak

CHILDREN: protective factors against mental health problems 

Speaker: Head of Research Anne Inger Helmen Borge, Department of Psychology 


When “psychiatric survivors” think they know it all…

October 28, 2013 by Monica Cassani


Allen Frances, M.D. 

Does It Make Sense To Scrap Psychiatric Diagnosis?



via @sigrun_

Nick Brown Smelled Bull: by Vinnie Rotondaro

debunking positive psychology

Top of the heap: Angela Woods

 By Ekaterina Anderson and Maria Cecilia Dedios

This week we feature two clusters of books, one on depression, the other on voice-hearing, which are at the top of the reading list for Angela Woods, Lecturer in Medical Humanities at Durham University and Co-Director of the Hearing the Voice project.  Also, check back next week for Woods’ review of Anne Cvetkovich’s Depression: A Public Feeling.


Joar Ø. Halvorsen @joarhalvorsen 1m 

The psychology literature is unquestionably distorted http://www.biomedcentral.com/2050-7283/1/2  by @Keith_Laws. Ought to be curriculum for all psychologists

The Dangers of DSM-5
by Patrick Landman


A solution to the ossification of community psychiatry. Peter Tyrer

Ferrett Steinmetz @ferretthimself:


"Despite what the world would tell you, “meaning well” is a virtue, because if someone means well then you at least have the opportunity to convince them that your course is the right one."

Another Sexual Harassment Case in Science: The Deafening Silence That Surrounds It Condones It

Priya Shetty, Science journalist

Marshall Helmberger on 

"Don't Think of an Elephant! 

Know Your Values and Frame the Debate" 

by George Lakoff 


Esther Inglis-Arkell, psychology today :

The Backfire Effect shows why you can't use facts to win an argument


What's it like to be Held Down and Injected?

Katy Gray @SchizophrenicGB


Recovering From Psychiatry

Laura Delano

When Psychiatry Retraumatizes

By Laura K. Kerr

Finding Normal

by Tim Carey

Is Therapeutic Alliance Over Rated?


The Subtle Violence of Nonviolent Language 

By Flack, Chapman
Magazine article from Cross Currents, Vol. 56, No. 3


It is perfectly fine to be emotional in front of patients

Brené Brown: Are You Judging Those Who Ask For Help?


When Virtue Becomes Vice

The nature of a virtue is that a vice is almost always hidden inside.
 By Mary Loftus, published on September 02, 2013 - last reviewed on September 05, 2013


Are “Mental Disorders” Bad?
   by Jeffrey Rubin


Most of the quotes about writing are 
via a daily email from http://www.advicetowriters.com/

Try to Be Alive 
The most solid advice . . . for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.

You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don’t want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who’s the bore of all time. A lot of the people whose work they’ve taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can’t understand why people read them and why they are taught.

We're Looking for Hope 
In conversations over the years with other writers and artists, about what we're actually supposed to be doing, I've been struck by how often, deep down, the talk becomes a quest for the same mysterious thing. Underneath the particular image in question, the particular short story or musical composition, we're looking for a source of hope. When a conversation about each other's work doesn't pivot on professional jargon or drift toward the logistics of career management, when it's instead deferential and accommodating, we're sometimes able to locate a kind of Rosetta stone, a key to living well with the vexing and intractable nature of human life. If any wisdom emerges in these conversations, it offers sudden clarification. It's the Grail shimmer. You feel it, and you can't wait to get to work.

No One is Ever Going to See Your First Draft 
For me, it’s always been a process of trying to convince myself that what I’m doing in a first draft isn’t important. One way you get through the wall is by convincing yourself that it doesn’t matter. No one is ever going to see your first draft. Nobody cares about your first draft. And that’s the thing that you may be agonizing over, but honestly, whatever you’re doing can be fixed.

The Important Thing in Writing is the Capacity to Astonish 
The important thing in writing is the capacity to astonish. Not shock—shock is a worn-out word—but astonish. The world has no grounds whatever for complacency. The Titanic couldn’t sink, but it did. Where you find smugness, you find something worth blasting. I want to blast it.

Writing Is An Act of Revolutionary Guerrilla Warfare 
I don't know how you perceive my mission as a writer, but for me it is not a responsibility to reaffirm your concretized myths and provincial prejudices. It is not my job to lull you with a false sense of the rightness of the universe. This wonderful and terrible occupation of recreating the world in a different way, each time fresh and strange, is an act of revolutionary guerrilla warfare. I stir the soup. I inconvenience you. I make your nose run and your eyeballs water.

When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice. When you’re in town stand outside the theatre and see how the people differ in the way they get out of taxis or motor cars. There are a thousand ways to practice. And always think of other people.

 “peach cobbler”: dump two cans of peaches in heavy syrup into a 9x13 pan, sprinkle a box of cake  mix on top, and slice up a stick of butter and put that on top, then bake until brown-ish. This monstrosity is surprisingly good and has actually won several local baking contests!
Truncated Huxley: 

from http://freudfri.blogspot.no/2013/09/thomas-scheff-s-word-shame-as-key-to.html :

Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.
- Aldous Huxley

from http://mindbodypolitic.com/2011/09/19/ : 

Zahir Ebrahim:

“Virtually one hundred percent of what is deemed respectable Western dissent espouses this foundational axiom. It works well because it draws upon selective empiricism couched in omissions to demonstrate its veracity. But a half-truth is still only a full lie. That full lie works like this:

‘The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects, by lowering what Mr. Churchill calls an “iron curtain” between the masses and such facts or arguments as the local political bosses regard as undesirable, totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have done by the most eloquent denunciations, the most compelling of logical rebuttals. But silence is not enough. If persecution, liquidation and the other symptoms of social friction are to be avoided, the positive sides of propaganda must be made as effective as the negative.’

— Aldous Huxley, Preface (circa 1946) to Brave New World, 1931, Harper, pg. 11

"What's done to children they will do to society" Karl Menninger

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way it treats its children" Nelson Mandela

Writing a first draft is like groping one's way into a dark room, or overhearing a faint conversation, or telling a joke whose punchline you've forgotten. As someone said, one writes mainly to rewrite, for rewriting and revising are how one's mind comes to inhabit the material fully.


An Adjunct Reference or Replacement for DSM

by John LaMuth  


Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

Never look at a reference book while doing a first draft. You want to write a story? Fine. Put away your dictionary, your encyclopedias, your World Almanac, and your thesaurus. Better yet, throw your thesaurus into the wastebasket. The only things creepier than a thesaurus are those little paperbacks college students too lazy to read the assigned novels buy around exam time. Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. You think you might have misspelled a word? O.K., so here is your choice: either look it up in the dictionary, thereby making sure you have it right - and breaking your train of thought and the writer's trance in the bargain - or just spell it phonetically and correct it later. Why not? Did you think it was going to go somewhere? And if you need to know the largest city in Brazil and you find you don't have it in your head, why not write in Miami, or Cleveland? You can check it ... but later. When you sit down to write, write. Don't do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.


You begin with a subject, gather material, and work your way to structure from there. You pile up volumes of notes and then figure out what you are going to do with them, not the other way around.


Our power is patience. We have discovered that writing allows even a stupid person to seem halfway intelligent, if only that person will write the same thought over and over again, improving it just a little bit each time. It is a lot like inflating a blimp with a bicycle pump. Anybody can do it. All it takes is time.


Are the only good ex-patients those who stuff deep inside themselves the ways the system hurt them?


If you have to find devices to coax yourself to stay focused on writing, perhaps you should not be writing what you're writing. And if this lack of motivation is a constant problem, perhaps writing is not your forte. I mean, what is the problem? If writing bores you, that is pretty fatal. If that is not the case, but you find that it is hard going and it just doesn't flow, well, what did you expect? It is work; art is work.

Mark Twain once said, "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."


The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it's definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

Lucy Johnstone (@ClinpsychLucy): 

#MHchat My translation of 'borderline' dx: 'I don't like you, don't understand you and don't know what to do with you.'

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings. -Alice Miller, psychologist and author (1923-2010)

Amanda Marcotte @AmandaMarcotte:

It's fascinating to me how much the right seems to believe that "religious freedom" means "freedom to control others".

It Takes Great Courage

Writers spend all their time preoccupied with just the things that their fellow men and women spend their time trying to avoid thinking about. ... It takes great courage to look where you have to look, which is in yourself, in your experience, in your relationship with fellow beings, your relationship to the earth, to the spirit or to the first cause—to look at them and make something of them.


What we call fiction is the ancient way of knowing, the total discourse that antedates all the special vocabularies.... Fiction is democratic, it reasserts the authority of the single mind to make and remake the world.

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