MARY O'HAGAN

Browsing Archive: September, 2010

Psychiatric Drugs: The two stories

Posted by Mary O Hagan on Saturday, September 25, 2010, In : Treatments 

Psychiatric drugs are controversial. There’s the good story and the bad story. In his book ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic’, Robert Whitaker puts it like this: ‘There is a famous optical illusion, and depending how you look at it, you either see a beautiful young woman picture which tells of a revolutionary advance in the treatment of mental disorders. Or you see an old hag picture which tells of a form of care that has led to an epidemic of disabling mental illness.’

When I used mental he...


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Is the mental health system crazy?

Posted by Mary O Hagan on Saturday, September 18, 2010, In : Employment 

People with major mental distress often suffer multiple personal, social and economic losses. Our personal loss of power and self-esteem does not so much derive from the condition itself, but the attitudes we and others have towards it. We may feel shame. Those around us may feel pity and fear. Our paid helpers often reinforce these responses by pathologising our experience. Once our personal losses have taken hold, a cascade of social and economic losses tends to follow, such as isolation, u...


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Thinking about suicide

Posted by Mary O Hagan on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Suicide 
Welcome to my first blog.

David Webb is a friend and colleague as well as a survivor of many suicide attempts. He has recently written 'Thinking About Suicide: Contemplating and comprehending the urge to die.' 

The book is based loosely on David's PhD, the world's first PhD on suicide written by someone who has survived it. It is not an academic book, though David does have a cerebral approach to the issue. He writes of the absence of interest in first person accounts in the suicidology literat...

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Watch this space...

Posted by Mary O Hagan on Sunday, September 12, 2010,
Regular blogs coming very soon.
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