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Archives for January, 2012

Patient Rights

The Global Fight Against Stigma Of Mental Illness Continues

In truth, the fight against the stigma attached to mental illness has been global for awhile, but in many places, serious stigma remains.

Here in the we have NAMI's Stigma Busters, NKM2 (No Kidding, Me Too), and numerous other organizations, grass-root and otherwise, educating the public about mental illness in order to fight stigma.

Although I could find no major studies showing that there was a high level of effectiveness...
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God in Therapy

I Feel Like A Robot

writes: Lisa's long journey from cult-member to authentic, autonomous self wasn't easy. She explains that leaving the cult (she knew she had no other choice for the survival of her psyche), felt like a painful divorce.

"There was tons of real stuff I had to deal with. The cult wasn't only my social and spiritual life, but my job and home too. My roommates were cult members so I was for all intents and...
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God in Therapy

Betraying A Cult


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I caught up with *Lisa again recently. She told me some of the ways in which she moved deeper and deeper into the cult's "spell" and how she felt when her relationship with the cult began to crumble.

"Basically I gave up my identity little by little which is how cults brainwash you. Of course because my core identity wasn't so strong to begin with I was an easier target. I think cults often attract people...
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Depression

Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Deborah Jiang Stein’s Story

writes: As a girl, Deborah Jiang Stein (soon-to-be heroin addict, bank robber, and self-destructive, gun-toting rebel), couldn't understand why she felt so alienated from her professorial Jewish family. Sure, she knew she was adopted; she understood that her features and skin color marked her as different on the outside. But why did she feel so different on the inside?

At the age of twelve, Deborah found a letter, buried in her mother's sachet-scented lingerie...
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God in Therapy

The Nicotine Patch Or Spiritual Solution?

In a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control, researchers from Harvard University's Center for Global Tobacco Control, say that unfortunately, the nicotine patch and gum, don't work. In contrast to positive medical studies, this study surveyed over 1000 participants who used over-the-counter tobacco control products in real-life settings and the results were dismal.

Even when smokers used the patch or gum with support groups or quit-smoking programs, they still smoked!

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General

Problem Gambling: You Got To Know When To Fold ‘Em

Recently, I completed an eye-opening program. I'd like to share with you some of the information from the New York Council On Problem Gambling, especially since there is discussion about increasing the number of casinos in NY State in order to raise revenues which supporters hope will refresh our rotten economy.

I've heard that other states are also considering legalizing or expanding various forms of gambling.

While I agree the economy in general stinks,...
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Goals and Objectives

5 Mental Health Pro Trends We Hope To See For 2012

More or Less? Here's our take on a few mental health professional trends we'd like to see in 2012:

1. MORE mental health and addiction treatment programs will incorporate nutrition education and other nutritional programs in their treatment of mental illness and addiction.
It's really frustrating. Very few mental health programs, in-patient or out-patient, allocate resources to nutrition education (or improved food/diet programs).
Every few months scientists tell us that diet isn't only...
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Depression

Cult Seduction

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The building where the cult was housed became a second (and much nicer) home for Lisa. She told me that "the inside of the building was much nicer than my home or school. I was told that the founders had their own, cult-related feng shui which was why the building was so embracing and comfortable. I can't emphasize enough the importance of the design and decor.

"When you walked into the entrance you...
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