I think I’ll start doing more of this sort of round up, beginning with a new blog, Eliminate the Stigma, “an open project for those passionate about mental health.” My first comment (in moderation) is a response to this wrong-headed post, which maintains that explanations of mental illness contribute to social stigma, so helpful folks will stop talking about causes. What they don’t seem to recognize is that we are countering explanations, and that we need to, like it or not.
AHRP has a blistering piece on Big Pharma’s green light to take over the lives of another captive population:
Massachusetts has embarked on a mandatory mental health screening policy targeting disadvantaged, poor children whose medical care is paid by Medicaid. …People on Medicaid have no resources for making informed choices or for obtaining second opinions–these children are trapped into a system whereby Bad Medicine is shielded from accountability.
Philip at Furious Seasons is thankfully posting diaries at DKOS, he is of course opposed to the mandate:
One of the symptom checklists on the paper’s website contains a stunning array of non-symptom symptoms: teases others, refuses to share, is fidgety, acts younger than others, daydreams too much, is afraid of new situations. And so on.
The scientology strawman begins with comment number five. Good times, this work.
The Buffalo Beast posted their annual list of the 50 Most Loathsome People In America. Number 4 is Seung-Hui Cho, delivered with proper snark:
Charges: A useless fucking nerd who shot a bunch of better people because he couldn’t get laid. Take note, all you pent-up losers out there: If you think you’re about to go on a murderous rampage, either take up a drug habit, find a hooker, or just kill yourself. Your inability to cope with a comfortable life in a developed nation is nobody else’s fault, except maybe your parents. Nothing says “I have a tiny penis” like a douchebag taking pictures of himself with a gun.
Exhibit A: Cho’s infamous “disturbing” stories are only disturbing in how completely terrible they are, but now every kid with an imagination is going to be hauled off to the nuthouse if he expresses himself.
Sentence: Used as kindling at bonfire kegger for rich, popular kids.
And our very approachable Candid Psychiatrist has an enervating post up this week, psychiatrist as cop, I so totally hope others will join that conversation. Or, if you have an opinion and elect not to share it, will tell me what stops you, and how you can live with that. If nothing else I might learn how to keep my mouth shut.