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September 2010 Blog Posts (7)

"America's Hidden Welfare Program-- Social Security's disability insurance is expensive, destructive, and out of control."

Important article in Slate on the Social Security Disability Insurance

program that is "a somewhat obscure federal program that nonetheless

eats up nearly $200 billion a year" according to the author. Many folks

are on this program for psychiatric issues--one former patient reports

she was signed up for this program when in a psychiatric hospital. This

program pays for the forced drugging "outpatient commitment" meds that

patients are court ordered to receive. This… Continue

Added by Ginger Breggin on September 17, 2010 at 6:55pm — 9 Comments

A Woman With More Backbone Than You Can Shake a Stick At!

Harper Lee, one-hit-wonder author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning “To Kill A Mockingbird” displayed the kind of gusty, gritty fearlessness which makes me proud of my gender (stick those fingers in your suspenders, jut your chin out and throw those shoulders back!!) and all those who share it.

Early in the 1960’s, Virginia area school board attempted to ban “To Kill A Mockingbird” from their school, calling it “immoral literature”. My first reaction when I read that was, WTF?????…


Added by Pamela Glasner on September 15, 2010 at 10:21pm — 3 Comments

'Empathic Civilization' in an Age of Trauma

Link to Huffington Post blog:

Robert D. Stolorow: 'Empathic Civilization' in an Age of Trauma

Added by Robert D. Stolorow on September 11, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Broad Review of FDA Trials Suggests Antidepressants Only Marginally Better than Placebo

This meta-analysis quietly surfaced recently. In an article published by Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics August 2010 a new review of 4 meta-analyses of efficacy trials submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that antidepressants are only "marginally efficacious" compared with placebo and "document profound publication bias that inflates their apparent efficacy."

Here is a link to the Medscape article explaining the findings:…

Added by Angela Peters on September 8, 2010 at 2:53pm — 1 Comment

Talking About Empathy -- And How It Scares The Dickens Out of People

Sandra and Russ Wells of Para Explorers Radio focus on paranormal & historical research. On September 7th 2010 they spoke with author Pamela S.K. Glasner about her writing in general, “Finding Emmaus” in particular, her research methods, her commitment to historical and factual accuracy, and her characters’ roles as social advocates.…


Added by Pamela Glasner on September 8, 2010 at 9:13am — No Comments

My book on emotional trauma

Bravo to this organization for helping psychiatry and the mental health

disciplines in general refind their fading commitment to providing an

understanding context for deep human suffering. Members might be

interested in my book, Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections (Routledge, 2007).

Link:… Continue

Added by Robert D. Stolorow on September 7, 2010 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Dr Healy “The Toronto Affair” Prof

I wondered in light of Healy's findings whether an assessment of individual psychological types could be undertaken to assertain how aggressive, passive or assertive a person is before prescription of SSRI's.

Healy observes that SSRI's are causeing Suicides are they also causeing Murder ?

Would someone prescribed SSRI's with an overly passive disposition and suicidal ideation be more prone to suicide as opposed to an assertive individual ?

Would an individual…


Added by Mark Beddow on September 1, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

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