The downside of institutionalization - graphic of an asylum
MH@H Mental Health

The Downside of Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization

Now is a far better time to be mentally ill than it was a few hundred years ago. Institutions like the infamous Bedlam were not happy places, and you might just find yourself chained to the wall for years on end. James Norris at Bedlam, circa 1814 In the 1800s, you may have ended up… Continue reading The Downside of Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization

Britney Spears performing in 2016
MH@H Mental Health

The Strangeness of the Britney Spears Conservatorship

Britney Spears, Roundhouse, London (Apple Music Festival 2016)Drew de F Fawkes, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Britney Spears has been in the news recently after the New York Times released its documentary Framing Britney Spears. It's on Hulu and FX, which I don't have access to, so I haven't watched it. Still, I wanted… Continue reading The Strangeness of the Britney Spears Conservatorship

Just Say No poster with two marijuana joints
Social Issues

The Failure of the War on Drugs

National Library of Medicine If you were around in the 80's, you are probably very familiar with the message to "just say no" that was part of the overall war on drugs.  In 1991, Saved By The Bell got on board with an episode that told viewers "there's no hope with dope."  There was also… Continue reading The Failure of the War on Drugs

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social Issues

Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?

Source: SUNO When it comes to sexual interactions, it seems like the notion of consent should be pretty simple. Yes means yes, no means no, easy peasy, right? Except obviously, it's not that simple for a disturbingly large number of people. That begs the question, how have we gotten it so wrong as a society… Continue reading Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Insanity in the Criminal Justice System

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is insanity. Wikipedia is always the first place I turn for this series, but I think this particular Wikipedia page could use some work. It opens with: "Insanity, madness, and craziness are terms that describe a spectrum of… Continue reading What Is… Insanity in the Criminal Justice System