Freedive Ireland wrote: »
I wonder who did the studies?
Most I think would say listening to music is being mindful, as is praying at home or in a church etc. There have definitely been fmri scans to show increases in density of the pre-frontal cortex and benefits from, which lapse off over time, and a difference between experienced and novice.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6778831/https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322892752_Brain_Activity_in_Mindfulness_Depends_on_Experience_a_Meta-Analysis_of_fMRI_Studieshttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-47470-4
I think the tweet is really pushing the fact that these are being used as a cheaper panacea instead of solving the base psycho/social problems. The same argument can be made for medication.
My personal experience of mindfulness has been broadly beneficial but I definitely went down a dark hole of apathy which is (imho) it's logical end point. I think it has it's place, as in being still for a while, but whether that takes place via music, fishing, praying or meditating isn't the issue for me.
SuperRabbit wrote: »
Must start tonguing myself when I meditate
the important point to note is there are no excess deaths.... no excess respiratory deaths. And so if you accept that and if anyone listening checks that (statistics) they must know that the rest of what I'm telling you is true... because... blah blah blah
Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2021 — The American Psychiatric Association today apologized to Black, Indigenous and People of Color for its support of structural racism in psychiatry. Written and issued by the organization’s Board of Trustees, the apology acknowledges past practices and events in psychiatry that contributed to racial inequality, and expresses the organization’s commitment to developing anti-racist policies that promote equity in mental health for all. The apology is available to the public on APA’s website with an accompanying document covering some historical instances of racism in organized psychiatry.
“We apologize for our role in perpetrating structural racism in this country, and we hope to begin to make amends for APA’s and psychiatry’s history of actions, intentional and not, that hurt Black, Indigenous, and People of Color,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “This apology is one important step we needed to take to move forward to a more equitable future. The Board is issuing this document on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, because we hope that it honors his life’s work of reconciliation and equality. We do not take that legacy or his call to action lightly and will continue our important work.”
“The Board of Trustees of APA has taken an important step in issuing this apology,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “The APA administration is committed to working toward inclusion, health equity, and fairness that everyone deserves.”
The APA Board of Trustees began to draft the apology late in 2020 after it concluded that events and persistent inequities in health care and psychiatry had highlighted an organizational need for action. It commits the APA to moving forward in this important area. It is issued at the same time as APA’s Presidential Task Force on Structural Racism continues its work to educate and engage members on the issue and implement changes within the organization.PR statement.
The Black Oil wrote: »
The American Psychiatric Association apologises for supporting racism in psychiatry.Main apology
Fitting that it was Martin Luther King Jr Day when they apologised.
Freedive Ireland wrote: »
Was there anything in the Mother and Baby report about the role, if any, of psychiatry and/or the wider medical society?
Just a few months before that incident, he was the first responder to a fatal crash that killed five young men in Ravensdale, Dundalk. “I could hear one of them moaning from within the car. That stayed with me too.”
The Black Oil wrote: »
Elsewhere, been reading this.
Impact of trauma on Gardai - quite raw in parts.https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/garda-trauma-sean-was-a-garda-for-six-weeks-when-he-saw-his-first-body-1.4462432
Given what we know about police interactions with those with mental health issues, this set up should be more so the norm.
A New York City pilot program that dispatches mental health specialists and paramedics instead of police for certain nonviolent emergency calls has resulted in more people accepting assistance and fewer people sent to the hospital, early data shows.
It's one of a number of programs underway around the country trying to address police violence and systemic racism following George Floyd's murder by providing alternatives to sending law enforcement to respond to emergency calls involving issues such as mental health or drug and alcohol crises. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/23/1019704823/police-mental-health-crisis-calls-new-york-city
This popped up ages ago and I meant to post it. Norway's non-medication based approach to psychosis.
Most people with psychosis take powerful drugs to keep delusions and hallucinations at bay - but the side-effects can be severe. In Norway, a radical approach is now on offer via the national health system for patients who want to live drug-free.
In relation to the last two posts Drop the Disorder had their online conference yesterday. If you are interested in this topic I would suggest joining the Drop the Disorder Facebook group. Recently read, James Davies new book Sedated: How Modern Capitalism Created our Mental Health Crisis.
The Critical Voices Network Ireland will be hosting their annual conference online and or from UCC. Last year they had John Read speaking which was very interesting and last year Robert Whitaker gave two presentations.
Currently reading Undressing by James O' Neill.