Category Archives: Mental Health

Recovery-Based Therapy: What Helps, What Hurts
Mental Health

Recovery-Based Therapy: What Helps, What Hurts

Many clinicians already practice recovery-based therapy. Others think it is just a new vocabulary for what they’ve always done. And some, with the best of intentions, hold back their clients’ recoveries. Here’s how therapy can be made more recovery-based.

Personal Transformation and System Change
Mental Health

Personal Transformation and System Change

I had life-threatening mental illness, got well, and stayed well. Here’s how I did it, and how we can turn our mental health system into one that helps people get well, instead of keeping them sick, hopeless, and dependent all their lives.

We’re Killing Britney Spears and Enjoying the Show
Mental Health

We’re Killing Britney Spears and Enjoying the Show

Britney Spears was dying from two deadly diseases: substance abuse and mental illness. People watcher her self-destruction with ghoulish curiosity. In 2011, after three years’ absence from public view, she emerged to announce she would soon release a new CD

Did a Pulitzer Prize Help Kill One of Its Winners?
Mental Health

Did a Pulitzer Prize Help Kill One of Its Winners?

Reporter Susan Forrest won the Pulitzer Prize for a story that became an issue in the 1988 Presidential campaign. After that, she kept trying to match that success. It might have led to her death at 44.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Tips for Sufferers and Families
Mental Health

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Tips for Sufferers and Families

Traumatic experiences become post-traumatic stress disorder when the feelings surrounding them invade the involuntary centers of the brain, such as the “fight or flight” response. Returning war veterans are making it a social issue as well as an individual and family issue. The best intervention is support from peers.

Survivings Suicidal Sieges and Despair
Mental Health

Survivings Suicidal Sieges and Despair

Suicidal feelings, and strong impulses to attempt, always pass if you live long enough. So do whatever helps you postpone the attempt. Here are some suggestions that work for others.

When Is Shock Therapy OK?
Mental Health

When Is Shock Therapy OK?

Involuntary electro-convulsive (shock) therapy should be outlawed, but ECT should not be banned altogether. Doctors should be more honest about the risk of brain damage and memory loss, but as a treatment of last resort, it can help people who don’t respond to less invasive treatments.

How Our State Mental Health System Fell So Far So Fast
Mental Health

How Our State Mental Health System Fell So Far So Fast

Years of underfunding, and change-averse mental health chief executives brought the NH mental health system from 2nd best in the nation to a grade of D-plus in only 10 years.

People with Mental Illness Get Well and Stay Well
Mental Health

People with Mental Illness Get Well and Stay Well

New Hampshire’s recovery-friendly public mental health services helped me get well and stay well. The system is less recovery-based than it used to be.

We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care
Mental Health

We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care

We need to ask people what happened to them, and stop telling them what’s wrong with them.

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