Look twice at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) runs awareness campaigns just like this every year, with financial support from Big Pharma. The educational message of both is that depression, schizophrenica, and bipolar are treatable medical conditions — brain diseases –and getting “help” is a good thing. The public seems to believe, almost unanimously, thanks to “awareness” campaigns like these, that “mental illnesses” are brain diseases. The Brain Disease Theory Ruins Lives
Laura Delano: Damaged by Diagnosis of a Brain Disease
Listen to this speech by Laura
Continue reading By Hannah – The Brain Disease Theory of Mental Illness is a Human Rights Issue
One way to talk to people who are comfortable with the disease model of mental illness about how limiting it is, is to point out that there are many missing links in the relationship between current psychiatric medications and science’s understanding of human emotions. Just because a model suggests a course of treatment doesn’t mean it is a completely scientific account of what’s going on with the person who is suffering.
Incomplete Understanding of A Disease Kills People
Will some future science of human emotions ever make psych meds look as primitive as bloodletting?
The medical profession has often had
Continue reading David Dodd – Healing Crises Requires Understanding of Human Emotion
Ken Braiterman, Board Chair of Wellness Wordworks, a proponent of emotional distress vs. disease
My experience of learning how to handle emotional distress vs. disease
Welcome to Wellness Wordworks’ site. My name is Ken Braiterman, Wellness Wordworks board chair. I’ll be blogging at this site about overcoming emotional distress vs. disease. Our business is changing the mental health system from a “disease model” to a “distress model.”
I will also write about my personal recovery from being a homeless, psychotic, traumatized cab driver in New York City. I journey through being a mental patient, to a recovery advocate, and
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