The History and Future of Psychedelic Psychotherapy

Psychedelics such as LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, and Mescaline has been shown to be very powerful psychoactive tools that reach places psychotherapy and current pharmaceuticals don’t touch. Psychedelics are highly effective in reducing anxiety in terminal cancer patients, those with highly resistant PTSD, alcoholics, and new clinical research is exploring ways that psychedelics can have a positive impact on people with eating disorders, and there are many other studies researching how psychedelics work.

DO ACTION GAMES ENCOURAGE SUICIDE?

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst young people in Canada; the statistic is the same over in the United States. While there are a multitude of factors that can contribute to suicide, an American study released in January found that action category videogames can play a significant role in suicide ideation and attempt.

Missing in Action: Mental Health Community Fails Fraud Victims

Major fraud cases grab the headlines for a few days or weeks then forgotten until the next one comes along. We never have to wait long. Media typically focuses on following the money, the colourful perpetrator and occasionally on the victims. Because no violence is used, there is some sort of collusion, and sometimes insurance, […]

A coffee company chief recovers from ‘CEO’s disease’

Bipolar disorder, he continues, “makes you completely incapable of understanding how your actions affect other people. You have great ideas and you just dump them on other people and move to the next thing.”

14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go to Therapy

from Huffington Post… No one ever hears a friend say “I have a doctor’s appointment” and immediately thinks that they must be rich or weak or crazy. It’s generally the right and less stubborn thing to see a professional when our body is injured or feels “atypical.” But if someone wants to see a therapist for their mental health, […]

‘I Don’t Believe in God, but I Believe in Lithium’ My 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder.

from the new york times… The manila folder is full of faded faxes. The top sheet contains a brief description of my first medically confirmed manic episode, more than 20 years ago, when I was admitted as a teenager to U.C.L.A.’s Neuropsychiatric Institute: “Increased psychomotor rate, decreased need for sleep (about two to three hours […]

10 Tips to Stay in Balance

There is no such thing as living life in a state of perfect balance. We are either going toward balance or away from it, much as a child does balancing her weight standing on a teeter-totter. When our lives tip away from balance we are less able to deal with stress and we become dissatisfied.

My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward

This is a wonderful story about a man, madly in love with his wife, who has gone mad. He talks about madness, psychiatry, trying to help without getting in the way, and about the dilemmas he has faced. It’s really worth the read if you have about twenty minutes to spare. Read the full post […]

Harnessing depression: One Ars writer’s journey

This is a beautiful piece of writing about a father’s and son’s struggle with depression. I think it’s an optimistic piece, showing that you can live with depression, or at least make adjustments for it… In his final piece for Ars, Dave Girard talks about life with depression. by Dave Girard – Oct 19 2014, 3:00pm EDT 333 Aurich […]