Monthly Archives: January 2011

New Report: HSRI’s Study of Milwaukee’s “System”

Long-time visitors to PsychOdyssey.net know our fixation about “The System” that serves–and stymies–families navigating the maelstrom of mental illness. What if we could start from scratch and redesign it? That is essentially what the County of Milwaukee in Wisconsin recently … Continue reading

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New Book Review: Will I Ever Be The Same Again?

A key facet of the new recovery model is learning to understand the “lived experience” of individuals. This is even truer for understanding individuals who endure the maelstrom of mental illness. We are lucky to have such a one in … Continue reading

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New Video Link: OC87

Through video diaries, Bud Clayman of Philadelphia reveals eye-opening glimpses of his inner world, including OC87, an altered state of mind named by Bud and his therapist. “My mind becomes filled with intrusive thoughts that over-analyze every action and idea,” … Continue reading

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New Webinar Link: Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid was created by Professor Anthony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education. The program is begun at the ORYGEN Research Center at the University of Melbourne, Australia. … Continue reading

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New Article: A Retrovirus Cause of Schizophrenia?

New research suggests that the cause of schizophrenia may be a retrovirus transmitted 60 million ago that became entwined in human DNA, a dormant virus which may be set off by events like infections, pollution, smoking, and infections around the … Continue reading

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Educational Aspect of Need: Family Psychoeducation

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program Video presents the details and impact of NAMI’s free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free … Continue reading

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Editorial: Insanity Offense in Tucson

All family members of loved ones with severe mental illness are cringing today.  From the beginning of the news tsunami about the Tucson tragedy, we have suspected what is now emerging as the true story. After the posting everywhere of … Continue reading

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New Links to Residential Treatment Facilities

Many families of loved ones with psychiatric disabilities sooner or later consider the possibility of so-called supportive therapeutic communities as a modality within recovery. Residential treatment can be a costly option, but it can also be cost-effective especially for loved … Continue reading

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Enter Laughing!… Happy New Year!

We cannot allow mental illness to vanquish our spirits. Join us at the barricades! Fight back, with one of the most effective weapons we have: humor! For such a serious subject, we propose to launch the New Year on the … Continue reading

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