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August 21, 2023

Choosing The Right Psychiatrist

Choosing the right psychiatrist for mental health care can be likened to selecting a life partner, particularly within the mental health field, where nuances and individualized approaches are crucial. The field itself is complex and multifaceted, requiring careful consideration.

If you have a family member grappling with psychosis, it's vital to pause before hastily resorting to medication or immediate admission to a mental hospital.

Take the time to educate yourself about the array of treatment options that are available.

Patient's Rights

“When a doctor’s decision to prescribe medication or admit a patient to a hospital is driven primarily by their own financial gain, it blurs the line between medical care and financial self-interest, casting a shadow of unethical conduct in the realm of healthcare.”

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How Big Pharma Makes Healthy People Sick | ENDEVR Documentary

Opioid Tragedy: Inside the Fentanyl C... Millions of people worldwide are physically dependent on commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs. While these drugs can provide effective short-term relief, pharmaceutical companies have hidden -from both doctors and patients - their dangerous side effects, addictive nature, and long-term harm. Combining cinema verité and investigative journalism, Medicating Normal follows the stories of those whose lives have been torn apart by the very medications they believed would help them. Expert testimony and undercover footage reveal a systemically corrupt industry. Medicating Normal is the untold story of the disastrous consequences that can occur when profit-driven medicine intersects with human beings in distress.

Psychotherapy Based on Depth Psychology is a Superior Approach

Psychotherapists who are interested in Depth Psychology are living in a professional world that is dominated by cognitive behavioral approaches—Lionel Corbett, M.D., explains why psychotherapy based on Depth Psychology is often the superior approach

Schizophrenia - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & pathology

Psychotherapists who are interested in Depth Psychology are living in a professional world that is dominated by cognitive behavioral approaches—Lionel Corbett, M.D., explains why psychotherapy based on Depth Psychology is often the superior approach

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Dr Lionel Corbett discusses Jung's approach to treatment of psychosis, which involves understanding the deep level of the psyche and the use of mythic imagery to express suffering. He also highlights alternative approaches to treating psychosis, such as humanizing the treatment through empathy, understanding, and expressive modalities, and recognizing the symbolic meaning of delusional language. Lastly, he touches on the importance of acknowledging and affirming the validity of an individual's unique perception of reality.

what antipsychotic drugs are useful for is reducing Terror psychotic states are. 1:07:20 terrifying an antipsychotic medication can help with extreme Terror but obviously it has to be used in the lowest possible levels.

Summary Key Points

Dr. Lionel Corbett explains Jung’s model of the psyche, which includes the collective unconscious as the source of religious and mythic imagery that can flood the conscious personality in extreme states of psychological fragmentation.

Jung’s model of the psyche includes the collective unconscious, which is the source of religious and mythic imagery.
This deep level of the psyche is the spiritual dimension of the psyche and can flood the conscious personality in extreme states of psychological fragmentation.
All religions and mythological systems have common themes, such as gods and goddesses, heavens and Hells, messiahs, and saviors, that arise from this deep level.
Jung believed that psychotic symptoms are symbolic expressions of a person’s situation and can be treated and cured by psychological means.
Psychotic symptoms are symbolically expressing the person’s situation using imagery that sounds delusional to us but is actually Mythic.
The therapist has to ask where this process is leading and what the Mythic imagery is trying to express.
Jung believed that schizophrenic disturbances can be treated and cured by psychological means.
Nisa de Salvira founded Casa Das Palmeros in Rio de Janeiro, which humanized the treatment of psychosis in Brazil and focused on empathy, understanding, and expressive modalities.
Casa Das Palmeros uses art, sculpture, music, sewing, and animals as co-therapists.
Delusions have symbolic or metaphoric meaning that can be decoded through understanding the person’s language.
The Open Dialogue research group in Finland uses minimal amounts of neuroleptics and defines psychosis as a meaningful life crisis, resulting in remarkable first episode results and a decrease in schizophrenia relapse rates.
Unusual states of mind can be crises of personal transformation with positive potential, according to the work of Stan and Christina Groff on spiritual emergency.
Psychotic experiences involve mythic and ritual themes that overwhelm consciousness.
Perry recognized the prominence of mythic themes in psychotic material.
The experience of becoming very special or chosen compensates for a one-sided conscious idea of inferiority or inadequacy.
Mythic figures can be projected onto the environment, leading to feelings of being threatened by demonic forces or being followed by the FBI or the CIA.
The theme of return to the origins of the universe is fundamental to the reorganization process.
Example of a psychotic young woman’s Mythic themes in a cosmic struggle of Good and Evil
She had an alcoholic father and a paranoid critical devaluing mother who envied her and resented her
She craved acceptance but felt there was something deeply wrong with her and she could never be loved
She experienced a tremendous range of Mythic themes including a cosmic struggle between the devil and Christ, masculine and feminine conflict, and separation of the Holy Trinity
She had to crawl through a skeleton from bottom to top and repeat creation from the beginning
Visionary experiences are not psychotic, but rather the result of contact with the deep level of the psyche.
It’s difficult to distinguish delusional beliefs from non-pathological anomalous experiences.
Anomalous experiences can produce positive life changes and are often ignored or dismissed by mainstream psychiatry and psychology.
Some societies understand and support non-ordinary states of consciousness as shamanic initiatory crises, not mental illnesses.
Visionary experiences can lead to cultural changes, as seen in the case of Handsome Lake and the Iroquois culture.
Dr. Lionel Corbett explains Jung’s idealist philosophy and the relationship between psyche and matter.
Jung believed that psyche and matter are two aspects of the same reality.
He was a monistic idealist who believed that the psyche is the primary reality.
According to idealist philosophy, physical reality might simply be the activity of consciousness.
Psyche and matter are two sides of the same coin.
Feeling of unreality is common in states of mind of people with psychosis, often resulting from having their perception of reality discounted; Validity of their own perceptions must be reaffirmed to help them finish the process.
The feeling of unreality is a result of having their perception of reality discounted by their family.
The validity of their own perceptions must be reaffirmed to help them finish the process.
Criticism exists for this approach, as mainstream psychology and psychotherapy call it parent blaming. 

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Choosing the proper Medical Path for your Mental Illness


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Robert Whitaker: The Rising Non-Pharmaceutical Paradigm for "Psychosis"

In this talk, Robert Whitaker reviews the science that calls for a radical change or evidence-based paradigm shift in psychiatric care, and describes pilot projects that tell of a new way.

Unraveling Psychosis: Psychodynamic Treatment of Psychosis - Danielle Knafo, PhD

Dr. Knafo is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She has chaired a concentration on Serious Mental Illness at LIU’s PsyD program for 22 years, and she has treated persons diagnosed with psychosis for 40 years. She is completing a book (with Michael Selzer) titled From Breakdown to Breakthrough: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Psychosis.

Session Description In this presentation, I will discuss my psychoanalytic approach to meeting the challenges of working with psychotic individuals or individuals experiencing extreme states. This approach focuses primarily on providing safety, forging a working alliance by meeting the patient where they are and allotting them maximum personal agency, understanding their symptoms as attempts at adaptation and restoration of the self, and working with the transference and countertransference.

Being Bipolar | Full Documentary

Diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder have risen dramatically in recent years. Around 5% of people in the UK are now estimated to live with some form of bipolarity, compared to less than 1% just twenty years ago

This is an issue that affects people from all backgrounds and ways of life. In this one-off documentary our qualified psychotherapist, Philippa Perry, wants to find out just what it’s like to live with Bipolar Disorder by working with people in the UK who have a Bipolar diagnosis. She’ll spend time with them, exploring their life histories and witnessing the impact that the Disorder is having on them, their friends and family today. Philippa will examine various explanations for the disorder and the possible reasons for the recent increase in people being diagnosed. She’ll ask whether drugs really are effective in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder and explore what the alternatives might be.

Positive and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

In this video, we’ll learn about schizophrenia, including the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia as well as the disorder’s etiology (i.e., its causes). Schizophrenia: A severe pattern of disturbed thinking, emotion, perception, and behavior that most often develops in adolescence or early adulthood. Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia: An addition or excess of atypical behaviors, emotions, or drives. Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia: An absence or decrease of typical behaviors, emotions, or drives. Hallucinations: Subjectively compelling but false perceptions. Delusions: Subjectively compelling but false beliefs. Paranoid Delusions: Delusions that involve the false belief that other people or agencies are plotting to harm the person. Grandiose Delusions: Beliefs that one holds special power, unique knowledge, or is extremely important. Somatic Delusions: Beliefs that something highly abnormal is happening to one’s body. Disorganized Behavior: Unusual behaviors such as repeated useless movements or excessive giggling. Disorganized Speech: Rambling, exhibiting loose associations, making illogical statements that reflect disorganized thought. Loose Associations: Rapidly shifting from talking about one topic to talking about another, which reflects disorganized cognition. Flat Affect: Lack of emotion. Alogia: Lack of speech. Avolition: Lack of motivation or goals. Asociality: Lack of social interest. Anhedonia: Inability to experience pleasure. Catatonic Behavior: Minimal reactivity to environmental stimuli, for example holding a rigid posture for long periods of time. Paranoid Schizophrenia: An unofficial subtype of schizophrenia in which the primary symptoms exhibited are hallucinations and delusions. Disorganized Schizophrenia: An unofficial subtype of schizophrenia in which the primary symptoms exhibited are disorganized thoughts, behaviors, and speech. Catatonic Schizophrenia: An unofficial subtype of schizophrenia in which the primary symptoms exhibited are catatonic behaviors; very rare and typically the result of a progression of untreated schizophrenia. Dopamine Hypothesis: Proposes that schizophrenia is caused by an overabundance of dopamine or too many dopamine receptors.

Novel Strategies Addressing Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia Being Bipolar | Full Documentary

Novel Strategies Addressing Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

This CME Outfitters Snack features expert faculty examining the impact on negative symptoms in remission and recovery, evaluating clinical trial updates on novel therapies with unique MOAs, and integrating pharmacologic knowledge of D3 receptor function as it pertains to treatment selection for the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Participate and earn credit today:

Stefano Pallanti, Negative Symptoms, Patient Functioning, Schizophrenia Outcomes Being Bipolar | Full Documentary

Negative symptoms of schizophrenia are the most debilitating for patients, and can be misdiagnosed. While positive symptoms can generally be well controlled, negative symptoms are more challenging to target via pharmacological intervention, and have a severe impact on quality of life. Dr. Pallanti emphasizes the importance of treating negative symptoms and provides an overview of current and future treatments available for functional recovery in patients with schizophrenia.

Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia - How To Tell The Difference

n this video, I go over the difference between the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression with psychosis. I also define negative vs. positive symptoms. Eugen Bleuler expanded our understanding of schizophrenia by introducing the 4 A’s: Alogia, Autism, Affective blunting and Ambivalence. These 4 A’s are now called negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Positive symptoms refer to delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thinking or behavior. WANT TO START IN THERAPY? Here’s a convenient and affordable option For a monthly fee, you get a REAL licensed therapist with whom you can meet weekly by phone, video or chat. You can also send daily messages. For a full review of the service, watch this video    • BetterHelp Review: An In Depth Look   If you use this link you will get a 10% discount on your first month. This is an option I’ve researched. I get a referral commission if you sign up. References Cerveri G, Gesi C, Mencacci C. Pharmacological treatment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia: update and proposal of a clinical algorithm. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2019;15:1525-1535 Krynicki, C. R., Upthegrove, R., Deakin, J., & Barnes, T. (2018). The relationship between negative symptoms and depression in schizophrenia: a systematic review. Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica, 137(5), 380–390. Arantes-Gonçalves, F., Gama Marques, J., & Telles-Correia, D. (2018). Bleuler’s Psychopathological Perspective on Schizophrenia Delusions: Towards New Tools in Psychotherapy Treatment. Frontiers in psychiatry, 9, 306. Want to know more about mental health and self-improvement? On this channel I discuss topics such as bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), relationships and personal development/self-improvement. I upload weekly. If you don’t want to miss a video, click here to subscribe. Disclaimer: All of the information on this channel is for educational purposes and not intended to be specific/personal medical advice from me to you. Watching the videos or getting answers to comments/question, does not establish a doctor-patient relationship. If you have your own doctor, perhaps these videos can help prepare you for your discussion with your doctor.

Pharmaceutical companies have been fined for a variety of illegal activities, including but not limited to:

1. Fraudulent marketing and promotion of drugs for off-label uses[1][4]
2. Kickbacks and bribes to healthcare providers[2][5]
3. Price gouging and overpricing of drugs[5]
4. Medicare and Medicaid fraud[3][5]
5. Inadequate manufacturing practices[3][6]
6. Drug or medical equipment safety violations[6]

These illegal activities have resulted in significant financial penalties for pharmaceutical companies, with some companies paying billions of dollars in fines. The total amount of fines imposed on pharmaceutical companies for illegal activities is over $114 billion since 2000[6].