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Old 17-04-2018, 10:44 PM
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It's a brain condition - it's psychological / spiritual crisis - it's sociological / traumagenic.


What is it?

Here's some other good ones - schizophrenia is a very serious no fault illness / brain condition - schizophrenia is lack of self responsibility, a problem in living & moral failing - schizophrenia is a made up social construct, doesn't exist & mental illness is a myth created by biomedical psychiatry - psychiatric medication is vital & theraputic - psychiatric medication is unnecessary & a poison. You can be sure that any opinion you could ever conceive of around it all will have already been thought up & written about.
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:08 PM
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The independent review of
the Mental Health Act
Interim report


Thanks to pressure from campaigners, last autumn the Government set up an Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

The Review has now published its interim report. It confirms what we have long known: that there are serious problems with the Mental Health Act. People who have been detained under the Act tell us that the law fails to protect their rights or dignity and excludes them from decisions about their care. The Review team has clearly heard the same message.

This is a landmark moment. We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to improve the Act, for those detained under it and those who care about them.

We need an Act that puts the person front and centre, ensuring they are listened to, informed and able to a have a real say.

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Old 02-05-2018, 10:32 AM
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Petition to the World Health Organization and American Psychiatric Association to drop the highly stigmatizing, scientifically-challenged term "schizophrenia"

Please Share and Consider Signing the Petition

Supported by the International Society for Psychological and Social
Approaches to Psychosis
The term "schizophrenia" has become synonymous with dangerousness even though it is a very small minority of persons with this diagnosis who violently hurt others and this may be explained better by the following factors: male gender, young adulthood, misuse of substances, homelessness, having been exposed to violence, sense of powerlessness, helplessness, stigma, etc. There is research showing social and communication disorganization if a person believes the person she or he is speaking to knows their diagnosis.The term is also associated with non-recoverability. Dangerousness and non-recoverability seem to be hard-wired into the diagnosis. The term encompasses a heterogeneous group of people with different symptoms, etiologies, course and outcomes. It is a static, traumatizing and stigmatizing term for those persons given it. It often takes away hope and a sense of agency because people are told that they have a genetic brain disease. Hope, ongoing social and peer support, and a sense of agency and self-efficacy are needed to facilitate reovery. Nine world outcome studies and the World Health Organization studies on "schizophrenia" demonstrate substantial recoveries. People have a better chance of recovery when given good care that is acceptable to them. Genes, epigenetics, neurobiology, body, mind and environment (including the environment of our ancestors), and the meanings given to our experiences all interact to contribute to a particular syndrome, whether it is "schizophrenia" or major depressive disorder. The brain is a biological organ embedded in and altered by a continuum of causes and effects.

Perhaps, many of the neurobiological findings in "schizophrenia," which are often non-specific and can not be used for diagnosis, could be better explained to be the result of chronic stress, relational and social traumas, social isolation/exclusion, social defeat, economic adversities, low self-esteem/shame, stigma, prenatal stress, migration (particularly from a non-white to a white environment), urban birth/living, low impact SNPs & CNVs (single nucleotide polymorphisms and copy number variants), epigenetic changes to gene expression, the effects of first and second generation antipsychotics (e.g., the Iowa Longitudinal Study), etc. African Americans are about 3-fold more likely than whites to be diagnosed with "schizophrenia." Social adversity can become biologically embedded and result in epigenetic changes to gene expression, which may be potentially transmitted across generations. Japan (integration disorder), Hong Kong and Taiwan (cognitive-perceptual dysregulation/dysfunction) and South Korea (attunement disorder) have dropped the term "schizophrenia" from their psychiatric nosology. Surveys in Japan have shown that service recipients and professionals alike are pleased with the change. Prominent psychiatrists such as Robin Murray in the UK and Jim van Os in The Netherlands have presented strong and convincing arguments as to why this term should be dropped. The editor of the prestigious journal Schizophrenia Bulletin has also recently wondered whether the term should be replaced. I believe the time is now to drop this stigmatizing, hope-disabling, scientifically controversial term which is saturated with various myths about non-recoverability and dangerousness.

Please consider signing my petition to the World Health Organization and American Psychiatric Association to drop the highly stigmatizing, scientifically-challenged term "schizophrenia."

Thank you,
Brian Koehler

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