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Marvin Ross

Writer, publisher

Marvin Ross is a Dundas, Ontario writer and publisher with a particular interest in mental health. Dr E Fuller Torrey, in his latest edition of the classic Understanding Schizophrenia A Manual For Families, called Mr Ross "one of the leading Canadian advocates for individuals with serious psychiatric disorders".

He listed 3 Bridgeross titles as among the top books on schizophrenia. These are Schizophrenia, Medicine's Mystery Society's Shame by Marvin Ross along with After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman, and Dr. Carolyn Dobbins' What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizoaffective Disorder. .

His company, Bridgeross, publishes a number of other books on schizophrenia that have been recommended by NAMI in the US, EUFAMI in Europe, The Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and the World Federation for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders.

Three of the top 10 must read books on schizophrenia listed by, are Bridgeross Titles.

He is also the producer of two documentary films on schizophrenia

For Some With Mental Illness, There is No Recovery

Those involved in the mental health "Recovery Movement" believe the patient is the expert on treatment rather than the doctor and that there is no need for clinical evaluation or evidence-based treatment. This model does not accommodate the needs of individuals with severe mental illness who may lack insight into their illness and are unable to make appropriate treatment choices.
11/21/2012 11:27 EST

"Undesirables" Face City Stigma

A residence for eight teenage girls with mental illnesses is caught in the middle of an upcoming fight at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) between the City of Hamilton Ontario and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). And the OHRC deserves credit for stepping into the fray to protect the rights of the young ladies. Would any of this be happening if we were talking about a hospice for cancer patients? I rather doubt it.
10/24/2012 09:24 EDT

Debunking Two Myths About Schizophrenia

The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness week in Canada. I would like to dispel two of the myths of mental illness that are frequently mentioned -- that schizophrenia is not a disease and that medications make schizophrenia worse and/or are not needed. Proper treatment for people with serious mental illnesses can do wonders and it is cruel to deny that these illnesses exist.
10/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Before Weighing In On Mental Illness, Know Your Stuff

A recently released report on human rights, mental health and addictions from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) ventures into areas that they have no expertise with: actual treatment for serious mental illness. By doing so without proper understanding, they confound the topic.
09/20/2012 05:14 EDT

Why Can't Prime Time Understand Schizophrenia?

When I first heard that the U.S. cable channel, TNT, was producing a series about a neuroscientist with paranoid schizophrenia called Perception, I was ecstatic. After recently watching it on the Bravo network in Canada and I was even more appalled. The writers seemingly got halfway through "Psych 101" in college, dropped out and went on to write for television.
09/07/2012 11:49 EDT

How We Can Prevent Another James Holmes

It is regrettable that almost all the information that people get about schizophrenia occurs when someone with this disease commits a violent act. And most perpetrators, if not all, are untreated. It is now coming out that James Holmes, the alleged Colorado shooter, had been seeing a psychiatrist who specializes in schizophrenia. No one knows his diagnosis, if there is one, but he seems to have all the hallmarks of someone with active psychosis.
08/02/2012 05:40 EDT

Did "Alternative Medicine" Lead to Murder?

On Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that 27-year-old Jordan Ramsay, who suffers from schizophrenia and who killed his father and severely injured his mother, is not criminally responsible to stand trial. Jordan had switched from his prescribed medication to a vitamin product that has been aggressively marketed for over a dozen years as a cure for most mental illnesses.
07/08/2012 11:06 EDT

Do Schizophrenics Deserve Organ Transplants? Some Docs Say No

The medical system's treatment of schizophrenic patients is akin to how our society treats people who are afflicted with the most serious of mental illnesses. Something must be done for those with schizophrenia so that they do not continue to die 15-20 years before everyone else as is the case now because they do not get the same level of medical care that the rest of us enjoy.
06/26/2012 07:55 EDT

Antipsychotics Aren't the Anti-Hero

In Robert Whitaker's book, The Anatomy of an Epidemic, his main conclusion is that antipsychotic medications are bad. He argues that the outcomes for schizophrenia recovery rates have worsened with the introduction of medication. But a very recent study done by the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, just concluded that the benefit of these drugs has been proven.
06/12/2012 07:43 EDT

Our Deadly "Commitment Issues" With the Mentally Ill

Vincent Li is the infamous Greyhound bus beheader who has been sent to a mental health facility in Manitoba after being found not criminally responsible for his actions because of an untreated mental illness. There are a significant number of people with serious mental illness who, because of their illness like Li, are incapable of recognizing that they are ill.
05/22/2012 05:51 EDT

Does a Mental Health Strategy Even Work?

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is to be congratulated on its newly introduced mental health strategy as Canada was, until this document, the only member of the G8 without one. But does having a strategy make a difference? The U.S. has a strategy and its mental health system is no better than ours.
05/11/2012 11:33 EDT

Your Police Officer is not Your Therapist

The Ontario Government has announced they will review how the police respond to the mentally ill. This latest concern about an age-old problem has resulted from a number of fatal shootings involving the police and people with mental illness in Toronto. The police are not mental health professionals and they should not be expected to spend as much time as they do dealing with sick people.
05/03/2012 03:59 EDT

Don't Believe This Research, Antidepressants Work

A research report on anti-depressant use out of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario strikes me as a denial of mental illness and a denial of the need to relieve suffering from mental illness when we can. For those with a severe clinical depression, anti-depressants are needed.
04/27/2012 05:23 EDT

Will Canada's Mental Health Improve with Fresh Blood?

Former Senator Michael Kirby, who helped bring mental illness out of the shadows with his Senate report, is turning over the chairmanship of the Mental Health Commission of Canada to his vice-chair, Toronto psychiatrist David Goldbloom. Many of us with interest in the well-being of people with serious mental illnesses have found the commission to be lacking.
03/30/2012 07:06 EDT

It's No Wonder Untreated Mental Illness Has a Stigma

Who wants to be friends with and get to know someone who is totally psychotic? If they are properly treated fine, but otherwise, no. Maybe what we should do instead is to spend that anti-stigma money to ensure that they are treated and restored to sanity. Then most of us would want to befriend them and they would live longer with more fulfilling lives.
03/15/2012 12:06 EDT

Has Our Mental Health System Gone Mad?

The Canadian Psychiatric Association just released a position paper with recommendations to improve the system. Psychiatrists are so fed up with the regressive way our society treats those with serious mental illness that they are speaking up and making demands on behalf of some of the most vulnerable in our society.
03/02/2012 04:19 EST

One in Five Suffer from Mental Illness? Baloney!

This statistic does not, in my opinion, tell us anything. It is of as much value as saying that four out of five people have stomach problems, which could range from over indulging at the all-you-can-eat buffet and being bloated for days, to having incurable stomach cancer.
02/21/2012 04:56 EST