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This article discusses the reasons for, and effects of, the huge and enduring power differential between those deemed to be mentally ill and the psychiatric professionals employed to help them.
Stigma and mental health problems: 3 elements to maximize the effectiveness of anti-stigma campaigns
The three crucial elements of effective anti-stigma campaigns for people with mental health problems are outlined, together with references to the relevant research.
The stigma suffered by users of psychiatric services can be more disabling than the actual mental health problems. This hub discusses how professional staff unintentionally stigmatize their patients.
An overview of Loren Mosher's Soteria approach to acute psychosis is provided, suggesting it is at least as effectiveness as traditional psychiatry's, drug-and-inpatient hospital approach.
Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) as a psychiatric treatment often evokes strong and polarized opinions. This brief overview considers the effectiveness, side-effects and ethics of the ECT procedure.
Many myths are associated with suicide. What follows are 9 snippets of information about suicide, all supported by research, that are intended to promote a better understanding of the subject.
The general public often perceive people with psychosis as highly dangerous, a misconception fueled by sensationalist media reporting and psychiatry’s claim that they perform an important community-protection...
Benzodiazepine is the term given to a group of widely used sedative drugs of which diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) are the most well-known. Ten key pieces of information about these drugs are provided covering...
This article reviews some of the research literature about mood stabilizers in general, and lithium in particular. It is concluded that mood stabilizers do not (as their name would suggest) maintain mood within certain...
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that has been shown to be effective for a wide range of mental health problems. However, some people are more likely to benefit from this form of psychological...
Surveys of the prevalence of voice-hearing (auditory hallucinations) in the general population are reviewed. It has been estimated that around 13% of people have heard voices at some point in their lives, the large...
Anti-psychotic drugs are widely used within psychiatric services as a first-line treatment of schizophrenia. A review is presented of the short-term and long-term effectiveness of anti-psychotics in reducing the...
Has psychiatry brought benefits to people suffering from schizophrenia? Evidence is presented from studies 1.comparing recovery rates in the under-developed world with those in the west; 2.comparing progress over the...
Over the last 200 years, the psychiatric profession has been guilty of inflicting interventions on the mentally ill that have ranged from the eccentric to the sadistic. Although packaged as being for the good of the...
Anti-depressants are less effective than commonly claimed by doctors and drug-companies. Despite this, anti-depressant drugs are prescribed for millions of people across the developed world. Twelve snippets of...
Viewing psychotic experiences as evidence of a biological illness of the mind typically results in several negative consequences for users of psychiatric services. These unwanted legacies of biological psychiatry are...