Hopefully, the horrors of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting will lead to a more sensible attitude to violence and mental illness and to improved treatment for the hardest to treat. Whenever a tragedy like this occurs, mental health bureaucrats repeat their mantra that violence is not typical for the mentally ill who are more often the victims rather than the perpetrators.
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
Events like this would never happen if accessing mental health services was as easy as getting guns. Canadians should not feel sanctimonious about this tragedy. The problem is not only guns. What we do share with our grieving cousins south of the border is a lack of access to appropriate mental health services.
12/17/2012 12:14 EST
Selective quotes taken out of context do not benefit our understanding of serious and persistent mental illness. It is important for all (consumers, family and professionals) to have a shared understanding of all the facts.
12/03/2012 05:12 EST
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
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
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
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
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
Alternative medicine may have led to death in the case of Jordan Ramsey in Vancouver. Ramsay murdered his father, Donald Ramsay, and severely injured his mother while in a schizophrenic psychotic state. He had stopped his prescription medication at that time in favour of a vitamin product, Empowerplus ® (EMP). We need to know why it is still for sale now.
08/21/2012 07:52 EDT
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
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
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
In Robert Whitaker's book, <em>The Anatomy of an Epidemic</em>, 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, <em>The Lancet</em>, just concluded that the benefit of these drugs has been proven.
06/12/2012 07:43 EDT
All physicians are supposed to treat their patients based on the best evidence of what is scientifically proven to work. But when it comes to mental health, a lot of them are ignoring patients, and not giving them the care they require.
06/01/2012 03:08 EDT
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
<img alt="2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpg" width="90" height="81" style="float: left; margin:10px" >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
<img alt="2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpg" width="90" height="81" style="float: left; margin:10px" >Why is it acceptable to make fun of people with a severe disease of the brain? When was the last time you saw someone demeaning those with cerebral palsy, or those with who are intellectually challenged.
05/08/2012 07:36 EDT
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
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
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
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