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When There’s Inaccurate Information on Your Psych Medical Record

An unfortunate reality of having a mental illness is that it’s fairly likely that inaccurate information will make it into your medical record at some point along the way. That might take the form of a misdiagnosis, inaccurate descriptions of how you were presenting, or inaccurate accounts of things you said. You might only learn …

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Recovery-oriented practice and mental illness stigma

Recovery-Oriented Practice and Mental Illness Stigma

Unfortunately, mental health professionals are a major source of stigma towards people with mental illness. Recovery-oriented practice is one possibility for transforming mental health care into a less stigmatizing place, so let’s talk about what that might look like. What recovery is Personal recovery, also known as psychosocial recovery, is a different can of tuna …

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book cover: Reading Our Minds by Daniel Barron

Book Review: Reading Our Minds

Reading Our Minds by Daniel Barron, a psychiatrist and pain management fellow, explores the incorporation of Big Data to improve the practice of psychiatry. The idea of supporting psychiatric assessment with solid data is an appealing one, but many questions come to mind. I was surprised by an apparent blind spot of the author’s that …

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Understanding mental health credentials: different professional qualifications

Understanding Mental Health Credentials

Sadly, there are plenty of incompetent mental health professionals and other helpers out there. A degree, a professional designation, and other mental health credentials are indicators of a certain level of knowledge and skill; however, that doesn’t stop someone from having a bad attitude, having their head too far up their ass to do anything …

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The attention-seeking label and the stigma it represents - image of a child having a tantrum

The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Stigma It Represents

The idea of labelling people as attention-seeking is not unique to mental illness, but it’s certainly something that seems to come up an awful lot. The labellers might be friends and family, but unfortunately, they may also be health care providers. One of the labels that comes up regularly is “attention-seeking.” Physical manifestations of mental …

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Therapist-Speak Pet Peeves

When any mental health professional is first getting started in their career, one of the things they need to do is find their therapeutic voice.  That therapeutic voice can vary a lot from one professional to another, and there’s a tendency to settle into and get very comfortable with it.  Some people will use more …

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Cell phones on psych wards: yea or nay?

Cell Phones on Psych Wards—Yea or Nay?

I recently saw a tweet about the issue of cell phones on psych wards, and it stirred up a strong reaction for me. A man was writing about how he’d been advocating for his child to be able to have their cell phone on the psych ward, but this was flatly denied due to their …

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Big Pharma and psychiatry: Dancing too close?

Pharma & Psychiatry: Dancing too Close?

This is a follow-up to a recent post on why I think direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs is wrong This post is going to look specifically at marketing by drug companies aimed at health care professionals. Primarily this relationship between Big Pharma and psychiatry involves targeting physicians, since they’re doing the majority of the prescribing. …

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MH@H book review: An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Book Review: An Unquiet Mind

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison is an intimate look into the havoc that bipolar disorder can wreak. The book captures her journey with bipolar, from its emergence in her late teens to its effects on her accomplished career as a clinical psychologist and university professor. The book contains rich descriptions, and it’s searingly …

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