In trying to bring you up-to-date, relevant and cutting edge information in mental health care, I draw on a vast number of resources along with my practice experience. This month I have chosen to bring some of this media to you for you to realize the plethora of information available in the emerging field of integrative mental health care. (I contend that we are not where we could be, but that certainly the discussion is underway (thanks in large part to Robert Whitaker’s seminal work in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic 1.) Please also avail yourself of my Resource list on the ‘Resources’ page of my website too…it is continually evolving!
So here are some highlights of Mental Health in the Media this month:
- Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Women’s Mental Health is a Center for Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry and has an excellent blog on this topic. This month’s posting “Children of Depressed Mothers Exposed to Multiple Risk Factors for Psychopathology” captures not only some important findings regarding Children of Depressed Mothers and their risk factors for later-life psychopathology, but also speaks to the dramatic increase in research in (Reproductive) Psychiatry. http://www.womensmentalhealth.org/posts/cwmh-briefs-a-sampling-of-what%E2%80%99s-new/ 2
- Charlie Rose, of the Charlie Rose Show, continues the ‘Brain Watch Series’ interview s the authors of The Emotional Life of the Brain by Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley who examine 6 proposed emotional styles and traits and what these may explain about one’s susceptibility to mental illness. They also discuss how knowledge of these styles can improve one’s outlook and life. You can watch the interview in its entirety at: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12227 3
- Christopher Lane, the author of several books including Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness and author of Psychology Today’s “Side Effects” Blog, is interviewed in the March issue of Sun Magazine. The interview is entitled Side Effects May Include. Christopher Lane On What’s Wrong with Modern Psychiatry. This interview is an in-depth conversation on the origins and evolution of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM) and the state of affairs of psychiatry today. You can read an excerpt of this article at: http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/435/side_effects_may_include 4
- eyes & ears is a Mental Health Survivor/Consumer Newsletter supported by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and the Mental Health Association of Portland. Each month there are news and highlights about mental health resources and events locally and beyond. The March issue can be found at: http://www.mentalhealthportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ee1203March2012online.pdf 5
There are so many more resources out there… more to come in time…
If there are resources that you have found particularly interesting or helpful that you would like me to share with others, please email me and I will review them for my Resources page and future educational materials. Thanks for reading!
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1Whitaker, R. (2010). The Anatomy of an Epidemic. Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.
2 Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Women’s Mental Health. (2012, Mar.). CWMH Briefs: A Sampling of What’s New. Retrieved from http://www.womensmentalhealth.org/posts/cwmh-briefs-a-sampling-of-what%E2%80%99s-new/
3 Rose, Charlie. (2012, Mar. 12).The Emotional Life of Your Brain. [Interview of Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. and Sharon Begley on the Charlie Rose Show]. Retrieved from http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12227
4 Cooper, A. (2012, Mar.). Side Effects May Include. Christopher Lane On What’s Wrong with Modern Psychiatry. The Sun. Retrieved from http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/435/side_effects_may_include
5 Green, D. & Haataja, D. (2012, Mar.). eyes & ears. A Mental Health Survivor/Consumer Newsletter Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ee1203March2012online.pdf 5