Category Archives: Psychiatric

On Capital Hill, VA State Sen. Craig Deeds Vocalizes Family Frustrations Felt Everywhere

In a powerful testimony before Congress, Virginia State Representative Craig Deeds laments the desperate state of the public mental health system and its deleterious effects on families of loved ones in the maelstrom. Senator Deeds is the father of Gus … Continue reading

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New at “Watch…”: Mental Illness On Trial

Mental health care? For too many, what actually occurs is mental illness criminalization. How could this be? A new video from The Treatment Advocacy Center, called Mental Illness on Trial, explains how. In 1963, President Kennedy signed  The Community Mental … Continue reading

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Telepsychiatry: The New Wave for the Underserved

Two weeks ago PsychOdyssey attended a talk at NAMI New York Metro about telepsychiatry, a new and fast developing field in psychiatry. The presenter was Mr. Samir Malik, Co-Founder and CEO of 1DocWay, a fascinating start-up telepsychiatry technology company. Lack … Continue reading

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Will Medicaid’s Changes in New Jersey Improve Outcomes? PsychOdyssey presents at PRA Recovery Workforce Summit

Implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is bringing big changes to the nation’s Medicaid system. In many states, the changes include a) moving Medicaid funded behavioral health to managed care, b) expanding Medicaid’s roles by 25%, … Continue reading

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Ethics: Is DSM-5 Compromised by Conflict of Interest?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition, aka “DSM-5”, was recently published to update the diagnostic descriptions and codes of psychiatry last put forth in DSM-IV. DSM-5’s new descriptions and codes will now measure symptoms more on a kind of … Continue reading

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To This Day: Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan on the trauma of bullying

There is increasing interest and evidence in the possibility of trauma as a cause of psychiatric disability, or, more correctly stated, different mental states. Such an explanation seems logical, even as Organized Psychiatry clings to reductionist biogenetic notions of insufficient … Continue reading

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New Video: Dr. Kellner of Mt. Sinai describes ECT as “much safer, more tolerable”

ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), formerly known as “shock treatment”, has a fearsome reputation. Many recall the dramatic scene from the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest where patient McMurphy winds up stupefied and dull after being forcibly administered ECT. While … Continue reading

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New Book Review: The Anatomy of Evil

Reading a book called The Anatomy of Evil would be a challenge in any normal time. It is especially trying just now in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre. But read it we should, so better to think … Continue reading

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New Editorial: The Sandy Hook Slaughter: What Needs Studying?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the nation is frenzied about this heinous slaughter of innocents. Everyone is demanding answers. “More gun control!”  “More background checks!”  “More screening of the mentally ill!” If the media’s response is a … Continue reading

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Value: A Better Measure for Health Care and Mental Health Services

With public mental health budgets under fire everywhere, the debate over funding is intensifying. Definitely more support is needed for mental health in all respects. But it is also true that so much public funding is wasted by entities that … Continue reading

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