Canada Schizophrenia

People With Mental Illness Have Rights Too

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

No doctor (or anybody for that reason) should have the power to lock somebody up and take away their freedom without allowing the patient's voice to be heard. A tribunal such as the Consent and Capacity Board protects us all.

I Am Ashamed to Speak of My Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I am fortunate enough to have doctors who are acknowledging my mental illness and treating it. The problem, however, is mine. My issue. I am ashamed of my disorders.

Why Canadians Can't Rely on Current Mental Health Treatment Programs

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
Paul Kurdyak

Mental illness is one of the biggest predictors of inequitable access to care in this country. We know that having a mental illness means that you are far less likely to get the healthcare you need than someone without a mental illness and that mental illness is a bigger predictor of poor access to care than low income.

What Not to Say to Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To really nail the concept of what mental illness is and how it affects both those who live with it and those who live with us, here are a few tips to guide in what I hope will be an ever-growing trend to encourage communication and break down the stereotypes. So without further ado, here are things to refrain from saying to someone with mental illness.

Why Canadians Should Care About the Battle Over U.S. Mental Health Laws

Susan Inman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Inman

During the new session of the U.S. Congress, legislators will be considering the proposed "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The decisions they make can have a big impact on mental health care in Canada.

Caregivers for People With Schizophrenia Are at the Breaking Point

Susan Inman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

A landmark international survey has concluded that families caring for people with schizophrenia are at a breaking point. The ongoing survey is being conducted by EUFAMI, a European-based association of organizations supporting families coping with severe mental illnesses.

Hey CAMH, What Applies to Marijuana Should Apply to Tobacco

Marvin Ross | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Here is where I have a problem with CAMH itself. Earlier this year, they put a total tobacco ban in place. And, tobacco is a legal substance. Not only could patients not smoke on the property but they could not even have tobacco products in their lockers or rooms.

How We Can Cure Our Mental Illness Illiteracy

Susan Inman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Despite the good intentions of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5 - 11), it's pretty hard to learn some of the most basic information we need to know about mental illnesses. Many organizations, including the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) encourage us to take this week to discuss mental illness, but there seems to be a puzzling assumption that we don't actually have to know much about mental illnesses in order to have meaningful discussions. I'm still looking at the website for links to the early signs of psychosis or any information about schizophrenia.

What the History of Schizophrenia Can Teach Us About the Present

Marvin Ross | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates October 10 as World Mental Health Day to raise awareness. This year, they are focusing on schizophrenia. To add my little bit to awareness, I would like to explore the history and the controversy of this malady.

The Consequences of Mental Illness That Nobody Talks About

Susan Inman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Psychotic disorders are frequently accompanied by significant and disabling cognitive losses. Why don't people learn about these cognitive losses? This lack of information has enormous negative consequences. For instance, families who have not been told about these cognitive losses, may have very different interpretations of a family member's difficulties in keeping a room clean or in not relaying phone messages. Parents will respond differently to these kinds of situations if they learn that this behaviour isn't willful, but is symptomatic of an ongoing brain disorder.

Developments on the Biology Underlying Schizophrenia

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia.

CBC, Stop Telling People With Mental Illness They Don't Need Medication

Susan Inman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Since Canada, like the U.S., has almost no science based public education about psychotic disorders, people with these illnesses are especially vulnerable to messages that they don't need medications and are better off avoiding them. As well, both countries lack adequate psycho-education programs for people with these illnesses.

How Nancy Pelosi Broke My Heart

Susan Inman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Susan Inman

This might come as quite a shock to the many American families I know who can't get treatment for their very ill sons and daughters whose psychotic states aren't 'passing.' These are families whose children have joined the millions of Americans living with untreated severe mental illnesses. They are homeless, victimized, and cycling in and out of jails and prisons.

Researchers Should Seek Families' Input on Mental Illness

Susan Inman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

People trying to help their family members struggling with severe mental illnesses don't have access to researchers. It's no surprise, then, that researchers ignore topics that reflect their perspectives on how to improve the mental health system. I hope they will consider the five areas discussed below.

I Coped With My Father's Schizophrenia Through Photography

Amanda Tetrault | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Living
Amanda Tetrault

I knew that what was happening for me at home was so different from my peers that I kept it secret, wanting to be "normal" at all costs. I felt alone and scared of absolutely everything. I was scared of Phil and the condition, scared of people finding out what was happening and scared of becoming ill like he was. This is where photography saved me.

Ontario Can Be a Mean Place if You Have a Mental Illness

Marvin Ross | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Ontario's record in improving services for those with mental illness and, in particular, those with the most serious of illnesses is totally reprehensible. And no amount of government committees can change any of that if all they do is meet, listen and ignore.

You Can Change Schizophrenia's Name, But the Stigma Will Be the Same

Marvin Ross | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

In the Western Hemisphere, the term salience syndrome has been suggested as an alternative to the term schizophrenia. But a study that attempted to see if changing the name would make any difference in people's responses to the mental illness found that it would not.

Finding the Confidence to Find Love

Ken Rabow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

You can't just give up because you haven't found love or met people who live their lives based on appearances or fear. You know that. Tell yourself: "I deserve to be loved. I deserve happiness and I will be patient and relentless in my pursuit of both." Say it again.

A Portrait of Schizophrenia: From Daughter to Dad

Marilyn Linton | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Amanda Tetrault found more than that in a series of photos the 36-year-old Montreal photographer took of her dad, Phil, a talented and intelligent man who has suffered from schizophrenia since he was 21.

Why Smoking Can Be Good For You

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

If e-cigarettes were approved, they could be allowed for use by those suffering with serious psychiatric disorders in hospital. Those devices might help alleviate some of the deficits associated with schizophrenia, reduce the health risks of cigarette smoking, and allow for patients to smoke in hospital without the need to be allowed off the ward.

The Future of People with Severe Mental Illnesses is in the Wrong Hands

Susan Inman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada
Susan Inman

Planning for the future presents serious problems for parents of people with significant disabilities; when those families are dealing with psychotic illnesses, the future is especially frightening. While it is impossible to deny that progress is being made, the simple fact is that our world, as it stands, has little desire to label people with mental illness as anything but crazy and dangerous.

Rob Ford Shows That 'Mental Health First Aid' is Expensive and Ineffective

Marvin Ross | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

With traditional first aid, those who are trained would give CPR to someone in cardiac arrest until the paramedics arrived or staunch bleeding or do mouth to mouth. The ill individual would be helped and then handed over to the professionals. Does MHFA accomplish the same? Do those they counsel end with professional help? The answer from the evaluations that have been done is no.

Don't Be Too Quick to Praise This New Treatment

Marvin Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

There are no other evaluations of the program that I can find searching the medical literature and the number of participants they evaluated was very small. My suggestion to the psychiatric contrarians is to can the hype on Open Dialogue until independent studies do confirm your views that it is vastly better than what currently exists.

Attacker 'Not Criminally Responsible'

CBC | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A man suffering from schizophrenia who brutally assaulted three women in Vancouver, only hours after being discharged from St Paul's Hospital ...

Journalists Are Not Medical Experts

Marvin Ross | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Marvin Ross

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) finds itself embroiled in controversy for its decision to invite medical journalist, Robert Whitaker to...