Monthly Archives: August 2011

New Tab Added: “Imagine…” (…How To Navigate The Maelstrom Better)

When embroiled in the maelstrom of mental illness, the needs of those with psychiatric disabilities and their families can be enormous. This is often because The System of services and supports, while well intended and led by so many dedicated … Continue reading

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New Blog: Mad in America, by Robert Whitaker

PsychOdyssey is pleased to add Robert Whitaker to its list of recommended bloggers. Whitaker is a journalist who has specialized in covering medicine and science. His articles on psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry have won a George Polk Award for … Continue reading

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Want A Better Chance For Recovery? Get Off The Psych Meds (!)

Haven’t all families in the maelstrom heard the mental illness maxim? For those with schizophrenia, the foundation of recovery rests first on the cornerstone of… “medications compliance.” Or maybe we’ve heard that other mental illness manta: Like diabetes, schizophrenia requires … Continue reading

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Psych Meds Shrink Brains: Interview with Dr. Nancy Andreasen

Dr. Nancy Andreasen, Eminent Neurologist and Psychiatrist Ever since reading Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic, PsychOdyssey has been pondering the worrisome contradictions that antipsychotic medications pose for those who take them and their families. If antipsychotic medications are supposed to … Continue reading

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New Editorial: As NJ Cuts Services, Time To Rethink Partial Care?

While New Jersey families will appreciate the Department of Human Service’s short-term effort to maintain the current level of services for their loved ones in partial care programs, none can be pleased with the implications of a 25% evisceration of … Continue reading

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News Flash: New Jersey Proposes Funding Cut For Partial Care Services

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has announced a proposal to reduce partial care program costs by over $4 million. The cost reductions will be achieved by a regulation revision to increase staffing ratios. The Department proposes now to … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Surviving Schizophrenia

When families must navigate the maelstrom of mental illness, they need so much yet know so little. This is especially true of the world’s most devastating mental illness, schizophrenia. The burdens it imposes on families and society are enormous—to say … Continue reading

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New Video: Dr. Xavier Amador’s Presentation at Nordic 2011 Psychiatric Academy

In July 2011 PsychOdyssey had the pleasure of attending Dr. Xavier Amador’s presentation at the national NAMI convention in Chicago. An internationally renowned clinical psychologist and family member (whose late brother Henry had schizophrenia), Dr. Amador speaks frequently around the … Continue reading

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New Book Review: I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help!

How can family members cope with a loved one lacking insight? How can they get a loved one needed help if the loved one doesn’t acknowledge the need for help? Many family members in the maelstrom know the frustration of … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Multifamily Groups

How can families in the maelstrom regroup, reconnect, and rebuild? How can they best work with their loved ones to stabilize their family circumstances and support the loved one’s recovery? They can engage in a modality called Family Psychoeducation, one … Continue reading

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