In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is autonomy. While autonomy falls more under the umbrella of philosophy than psychology, it also has significant implications when it comes to mental health and mental health care. The philosopher Immanuel Kant identified several key elements of autonomy,… Continue reading What Is… Autonomy
geralt on Pixabay From abuses in asylums to horrific "experiments" in Nazi Germany, the anti-psychiatry movement arose in response to what were seen as abuses within the mainstream psychiatric establishment. Yet has the movement actually brought about any sort of positive change for those people living with mental illness? Or has it generated more of an… Continue reading Is the Anti-Psychiatry Movement Helping Us?
The disturbing documentary God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, and her death after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. The film includes readings from Linda's journal, and commentary from people who knew her, including her sister and her daughter. Their words powerfully captured the pain and frustration of a… Continue reading God Knows Where I Am: Death By Mental Illness
No One Cares About Crazy People is Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers’ exploration of his two sons' journeys with schizophrenia, combined with a sweeping social history of mental health care and attitudes towards those with mental illness. He skillfully interweaves these separate threads, drawing the reader along from the early… Continue reading Book review: No One Cares About Crazy People
How do issues like paternalism vs. autonomy affect the experience of being hospitalized on the psych ward?