New genetic research just announced is being seen as a major breakthrough in understanding the cause of schizophrenia. However, in my opinion, this research should go a long way to improving how those with this disease and their families are perceived, in silencing the anti-psychiatry crowd and in convincing health systems to do more.
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". <br> <br> He listed 3 Bridgeross titles as among the top books on schizophrenia. These are <em>Schizophrenia, Medicine's Mystery Society's Shame</em> 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. . <br> <br> His company, <a href="http://bridgeross.com/" rel="nofollow"> Bridgeross</a>, 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. <br> <br> Three of the top 10 must read books on schizophrenia listed by <a href="http://www.healthyplace.com/thought-disorders/books/books-on-schizophrenia/#.T5bNuvZmXvw.twitter" rel="nofollow">Healthyplace.com</a>, are Bridgeross Titles. <br> <br> He is also the producer of <a href="http://bridgeross.com/videos.html" rel="nofollow"> two documentary films</a> on schizophrenia
Thanks to political correctness, we often talk about mental health problems and issues rather than illnesses. Issues are something that policy wonks write papers about (which is what happens now) whereas illnesses are much more serious and require the intrusion of medicine and science.
12/02/2015 12:12 EST
One of the biggest complaints that families of the mentally ill have is the failure of the health system to provide them with information. Families provide ongoing care, support and housing,and yet the privacy legislation in most jurisdictions in both Canada and the U.S. prohibit staff from talking to them.
11/26/2015 01:33 EST
Thanks to the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario had the opportunity to revise its entire Mental Health Act (MHA) as so many
11/03/2015 04:23 EST
One issue that needs to be discussed in this long election period is Canada's abysmal record dealing with mental illness. Despite Prime Minister Harper having established a Mental Health Commission in 2007 in order to act as "a catalyst for improving the mental health system," our record is abysmal.
08/18/2015 05:27 EDT
Allowing someone with schizophrenia to remain in a psychotic state is cruel and harmful to the person, but that is what happened in a recent drug trial. But that is what happened in a trial conducted by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Lundbeck Pharmaceutical to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. earlier this year.
07/21/2015 04:59 EDT
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) announced in April that the Hon. Michael Wilson was taking over as chair. He knows the pain of being a family member and of advocating for improvements which are ignored. What troubles me is the press release which says the MHCC will continue in its role of "advancing the promotion of mental health -- and the prevention of mental illness."
05/04/2015 12:50 EDT
Science may not be as well advanced in the treatment of the most serious of mental illnesses as they are in other areas but, hopefully, we will get there sooner than later. But that goal will be achieved by scientists some of whom work at CAMH and not by those suggesting we convene a group of people with lived experience to solve these puzzles.
04/28/2015 07:38 EDT
Not only was Harper's change to the Criminal Code of no value but the real problem is one that he and many provincial governments refuse to acknowledge or rectify. Far too much mental health care in this country is left to the prison system rather than to the health care system.
03/31/2015 05:51 EDT
If you listen to Eric Hoskins in the Global TV interview, you will hear him state that you cannot compel a person to accept a Community Treatment Order (CTO). Well, with all due respect Dr. Hoskins, not only can you but that is the entire purpose of that order.
03/11/2015 05:17 EDT
One of my pet peeves is the use of the term "mental health problems and issues" to reflect mental illness. But, someone recently pointed out to me that the reason we use the vague term "mental health problems and issues" is that what we are seeing is a turf war amongst professionals. And I think that person is right.
03/09/2015 01:04 EDT
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has just released the first of two reports on indicators showing how poorly we treat those with mental illness in Canada. I really have to ask why, as this is something we already know.
01/25/2015 10:59 EST
Mental illness patients who smoke are discriminated against by having separate smoking rooms in hospitals closed. As a result, they are being forced to leave the hospital grounds to smoke if they are not in locked units. This is unsafe for patients and others.
12/15/2014 06:15 EST
Freelance writer, Patricia Jane Teskey, commented on my last blog post that this advisory council was first suggested in 2011. She wrote to the former Health Minister, Deb Matthews, and asked if the committee would "include family caregivers of people with serious psychotic illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder? And if not, when will that gaping problem be corrected?"
12/02/2014 05:27 EST
In his first foray into the policy world of mental illness, Dr. Eric Hoskins, the new Ontario Minister of Health, has just announced that he is "promoting resiliency and well being for all Ontarians by expanding proven programs" and that he wants "the right care at the right time and in the right place" for all. A good effort Dr. Hoskins but you really can and should do better.
11/30/2014 11:43 EST
While we Canadians look smugly at the U.S. with its lack of proper universal health coverage, it turns out that for mental illness reform, they are doing so much better than we are. They are actively debating the issues and the solutions while we spout platitudes. They put us to shame.
10/30/2014 12:53 EDT
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.
10/10/2014 06:07 EDT
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.
09/22/2014 12:16 EDT
Mental health exists on a continuum from existential angst of the worried well to the serious illness of schizophrenia -- a disease of the brain. There is a concept in medicine of triage -- the one who is sickest and in most danger gets treated first and with the most resources. In mental health, that should be those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and the other serious and debilitating illnesses and not those with existential angst.
08/22/2014 05:12 EDT
The Mental Health Commission of Canada got $110 million from Health Canada for a homelessness study conducted in five cities. While I am all in favour of research, I have to wonder if this project was necessary. This research has already been done in other countries. How many times do you have to replicate a study before you accept the results? This is more money spent on research and not on housing and treating the most vulnerable in our society.
08/05/2014 08:11 EDT
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