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Alternative Facts: AASECT and the Anti Sex Addiction Rant

In November of 2016 the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) issued a politically motivated, painfully biased, and clinically unsound policy statement saying their organization “does not find sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder,” and that sex addiction treatment is not “adequately informed by accurate human sexuality knowledge.” Certain segments of the media then misinterpreted this as AASECT saying sex addiction does not exist, when all they...
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Taking Psychiatric Medication: How To Help Your Loved One

The introduction of Thorazine, an antipsychotic medication, in the mid 1950s led to multiple changes in mental health including positive (increased levels of independence, reduced psychiatric stay, and control of symptoms) and negative (terrible side effects, over-medicating, prescription drug abuse, and de-institutionalization) outcomes. Leeriness of psychotropic drugs has continued into 2013 and many supporters of medication usage are being met with resistance.

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Adult Mental Health

Facts On ECT: Concerns With Shock Treatment

Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT), termed shock therapy in the 1940s and 1950s, is a type of treatment used in cases of resistant or severe depression. It is often the last resort following a line of treatments (medication, talk therapy, etc.).

ECT is the induction (or encouragement) of a seizure using an electrical stimulus (or electrode) applied to the scalp to create shock-like waves to the brain. Anesthesia or a muscle relaxant is used and a device is placed between...
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Driving While Bipolar

There was a demo of a video car racing game at the mall the other day and I became fascinated by the reactions of the people who were trying it out. I stayed around for a couple of hours and did an informal study of the phenomenon.

I watched almost 100 people drive into walls and other cars and asked 25 of them what they thought was the reason for so many crashes....
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Mood vs Behavior Disorder

Another notion that needs to be challenged is that depression and bipolar are "mood disorders," while hallucinations and delusions are "thought disorders." There is nothing wrong with having moods, thoughts, feelings, visions, delusions, or any other experiences. The problem is our behavior.

Mood is "a...
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