Category Archives: stigma of mental illness

We Miss You, Robin. And You, Too, Will Be Missed.

I was talking to a client about her depression and she said, almost sheepishly, that the death of Robin Williams had made it worse. It made sense to me. I miss Robin too, not least because I knew he had … Continue reading

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co-occurring disorders

Not so long ago, (and still today in some places) if you sought help for life problems and had both a mental illness and a substance addiction, you might be caught up in what one of my colleagues called “dueling disorders,” … Continue reading

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Mental illness can drive you crazy

 Recent news is that Aaron Alexis was delusional– i.e., paranoid, as discussed in a previous post.  The sad thing is, he apparently never got any help. But the other sad thing is, there were apparently several incidents– a whole pattern … Continue reading

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“Real” Hallucinations

Colored positron emission tomography scan (PET scan) of the brain of a patient with schizophrenia who is experiencing a hallucination. Highlighted areas show brain activity. The patient’s hallucination consisted of heads that spoke to him. The active areas of the … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia

It’s fascinating to me that the director of NIMH should post on his blog that getting people off anti-psychotic medication may actually help them: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2013/antipsychotics-taking-the-long-view.shtml Especially right as the news is filled with the story of someone who was schizophrenic– … Continue reading

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NAMI and Co-occurring disorders

I’m back from my last chance to go to the High Sierra before summer’s over.  Backpacking is, for me, a very relaxing form of recreation because it involves three things: walking, eating, and sleeping. Not too much else. Oh, right– looking … Continue reading

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Does My Therapist Think I’m Crazy?

If you’re in therapy, what are you in therapy for? Are you crazy? These are reasonable questions. I’ve had clients ask me the exact question: “Doc, am I crazy?” Aside from my not being a doctor, there are other things … Continue reading

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