Monday, December 29, 2008

DSM 5 is a Giant Hoax and Who is running the Peep Show

Dr. Darrel A. Regier - This Dr. needs to be Fired
DSM 5 is a Giant Hoax and Who's running the Peep Show!

Thank You Stephany for the New Award. I used it in this post as a symbol of what we have to be careful and watching out for as Psychiatry tries to sell us all on another crock of nonsense and bullshit!


With the DSM 5 Psychiatry is selling us more Tainted Cool Aid without our input (WHAT A SURPRISE)!

The Kind Folks over at MINDFREEDOM having been working hard to gain some patient input for the new and unimproved label maker and drug pimp loved DSM-5.

I give MindFreedom full credit and acknowledgement for the content in this article:

BELOW, the main weekly newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, USA -- home of MindFreedom International -- published a brief article about how psychiatrist Darrel A. Regier is a link between revising the "label bible" of psychiatry and the drug industry.
Dr. Regier is in charge of preparing the new, fifth version of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) powerful "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" (DSM). Dr. Regier has forced psychiatrists participating in the DSM process sign a secrecy agreement, and he has refused to respond to contacts from organizations such as MindFreedom, despite encouragement from World Health Organization.

Dr. Regier is also head of the APA's "APIRE," their research arm that collects millions of dollars in psychiatric drug company donations to psychiatry.

In the article, MindFreedom's director David W. Oaks says that democracy needs to get hands on with psychiatry in order to "green"the mental health system.
AT BOTTOM is more info, including a web page of links to how Dr.Regier connects the dots between the DSM and psychiatric drug industry corruption.
Eugene Weekly, Oregon, USA - 24 December 2008
Greening of Mental Health?
by Ted Taylor, Editor
Psychiatrists are wrestling with changes in definitions and diagnoses that will be included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The final edition will have consequences for insurance reimbursement, research and individuals' psychological identity for years to come, according to a Dec. 18 story by Benedict Carey in The New York Times. But will the content reflect any input from millions of mental health patients?

"We definitely tried to have input and dialogue, and there was none allowed. Period," says David Oaks, executive director of MindFreedom International, based in Eugene.
MindFreedom was founded [in 1986] to advocate against forced medication, physical restraints and involuntary electro convulsive therapy, says Oaks. Members worldwide identify themselves as survivors of human rights violations in a mental health system heavily influenced by outdated practices and pharmaceutical interests.

[Oaks] says Dr. Darrel A. Regier, a key figure in the new DSM, is also head of the special "research" wing of the American Psychiatric Association. APIRE, an independent component of the APA, [led initial planning for] the DSM and "tends to get millions upon millions of drug company dollars."
"Even though Dr. Regier got federal money to hold international seminars on the 'future of psychiatric diagnosis,' he has absolutely refused to even respond to civil inquiries from anyone outside his closed-door process," says Oaks.

Oaks says a prominent official with the World Health Organization's mental health section, "has twice personally asked Dr. Regier to respond to requests from MindFreedom about having mental health consumer input in the re-writing of the DSM," and was told "no." "So these few hundred unelected mainly rich, mainly white males are cooking up behavioral guidelines for us all, with zero input from the public who is impacted by these rules."
MindFreedom is working to break the undemocratic domination of mental health care by the medical establishment, says Oaks. "Our issue is kind of like where energy policy was in the 1950s, totally dominated by the system. Now we're pushing for 'greening of mental health,' to allow for more holistic, empowering, non-chemical approaches, and especially direct involvement by citizens in helping to plan mental and emotional well-being programs."
The revised DSM, due out in about three years, is expected to reflect some public pressures. Early editions of the book defined homosexuality as a mental disorder. Protests by gay activists provoked a scientific review, and the diagnosis was dropped in 1973,replaced by "sexual orientation disturbance," and then "ego-dystonichomosexuality." Homosexuality as a disorder was dropped from the book in 1987. Some GLBTQ activists are now lobbying for similar changes regarding gender identity issues, but others are wanting to keep transgender identity as a formal diagnosis so that treatment or surgery can be covered by insurance.
The story can be found by a web search for "NYTimes DSM," and MindFreedom International's website is -- Ted Taylor, Editor, Eugene Weekly
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original article [corrections bracketed]
APIRE is the repository for much of the millions of dollars that the psychiatric drug industry pours into the American Psychiatric Association and its related organizations. As director of APIRE, Dr.Regier also is in charge of the new DSM.
For a version of above with links at bottom to more info about APA,DSM, Dr. Regier and APIRE:
** Ask your Congressperson to investigate the links between Dr.Regier, APIRE, APA, psychiatric drug industry, and DSM.
** Mark your calendar: MindFreedom plans another protest of APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, May 2009! Attend, or plan actions where ever you are from May to July.
** Join MindFreedom! For information about joining MindFreedom today,click here:
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MindFreedom International is a 100 percent independent nonprofit united to win activist campaigns for human rights and alternatives in mental health.
Open to the public, most members identify themselves as individuals who have personally experienced human rights violations in the mental health system.
Support voices for choices in mental health. Mind your freedom!
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Friday, December 5, 2008

Ray Sandford Alert

Ray's Next Scheduled Involuntary Outpatient Electroshock is: 10 December -- International Human Rights Day!
The Voice from the people has gone unanswered? WHY?

This Wednesday, 10 December 2008, human rights activists all over the world will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
10 December is the UN's official International Human Rights Day.

10 December is also the day that Ray Sandford is scheduled to receive his 35th involuntary outpatient electroshock.

Unless action is taken swiftly, then this Wednesday morning, as he has been for most mornings in the last few months, Ray will be awakened early by staff in his room at the group residence VictoryHouse near Minneapolis.

Once more an escort will bring him against his will the 15 miles to Mercy Hospital, where once more -- under court order -- doctors will place electrodes on his head for another electroconvulsive therapy(ECT), or electroshock, that can and has wiped out precious memories and cognitive abilities from Ray.

The Good News About Ray Campaign:

Because of MindFreedom's campaign to support Ray Sandford:

* The Minnesota Governor's office reports receiving "hundreds" of complaints. Thank you everyone!
* Three agencies are now working to replace Ray's non-responsive court-appointed attorney with a new attorney.
* National media has finally interviewed Ray for an upcoming broadcast.

The Bad News: It is Not Enough! Speak Out Now!
It is time to take the Ray Campaign up a notch, peacefully but strongly!

Let this become a top issue in the Governor's office.
Telephone Governor Pawlenty's office *NOW*:
Call any day, but especially call *before* Ray's scheduledelectroshock next Wednesday, 10 December 2008.
Call from anywhere in the world phone (651) 296-3391.
From inside Minnesota phone toll free (800) 657-3717.
You have the best chance of reaching staff from 8:00 am to 4:30 pmCentral Time weekdays.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has completely stone-walled!

* His office refuses to issue any statement on the policy of forcedelectroshock.
* He claims he can do nothing, that the courts are in charge, when hecould at least make sure Ray gets better legal representation for a stay or appeal.
* His office operators have been instructed to immediately redirect calls about Ray into a voice mail. No one we know of has ever heardback. Some operators have hung up on callers.
* Meanwhile, the Governor is sponsoring a $200-a-head luxury hotelconference about International Human Rights Day!
It is time to get creative!
* Ray will not give up!
* We will not give up!
* Don't you give up!
Please be peaceful, but be CREATIVELY MALADJUSTED in your next phone calls to Governor Pawlenty's office.
First, get the name of the operator and write it down. Then start by asking polite but firm questions about advocacy...
* about citizen input...
* about who to talk to about mental health policy...
* about the names and phone numbers of the Ombudsman office
* about mental health policy and the mental health division...
* about how poor people can have adequate legal representation...

And only then ask about why the Governor is refusing to speak outabout Involuntary Outpatient Electroshock (IOE)?
Insist on speaking to a live real person about this issue.
If you do not get a real person with a real reply, CALL BACK.
If an operator hangs up on you, call back and ask to speak to a manager and complain.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another of the Big Names in Psychiatry Doctor Goodwin just went down Who is next

Another of the Big Names in Psychiatry "Doctor Goodwin" just went down the tubes for his corruption and greed! Who is next on the list?

Has psychiatry become so corrupt and filled with greed that Big Pharmaceutical has everyone bought and paid for now? From the FDA, to All the Major University research programs and clinical trials, and then you add in almost every well known and influential psychiatrist in the business!

We can look at a long list of the people Dr. Fredrick K. Goodwin has provided intros, endorsed, and wrote books with!

Manic-Depressive Illness: Frederick K. Goodwin and Kay Redfield Jamison: Minkoff and Robert E. Drake, Jossey Boss, 1991

Manic-Depressive Illness - Fredrick K. Goodwin, M.D., & Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Oxford; 1990

Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know by John McManamy endorsed on the cover by Fredrick K. Goodwin

This barely even touches the surface of his endorsements, influence, and the power he wielded within the psychiatric community.

We read almost every week about about Harvard's Baderman, Emory's Dr. Nemornuts, the FDA's psychiatry products chief Thomas Laughren, and the list just goes on and on, one bad apple after another dropping from the same tree of greed and influence by Huge Multi-Billion Dollar Mega Corporations called the Pharmaceutical Industry!

So that puts everything in Question now doesn't it!

The whole medical model and drug treatments are put into question? Since other options that were never explored because of people like Goodwin were in the pocket of Good Old Big Pharmaceutical! Isn't this unfolding stacked deck of cards just wonderful! NOT!

Now you can understand why I say you cannot trust any mental health professional in psychiatry in these times, because they have all scratched each others backs to get to where they are. They have had it driven into their heads and bank accounts that drugs are the way and only way to treat mental health issues; and if they had their way we would be handing out more and more drugs all the time with Fantasy Diagnosis like Childhood Bipolar and a slew of other fallacies waiting in the pipeline for Corrupt Doctors and Big Pharmaceutical to jump all over.

The Mental Health Nightmare Puzzle is starting to come together and it's looks extremely ugly and scary for the mental health community as a whole; but especially for the millions upon millions of patients that have fallen victim to this giant hoax!

Dr. Goodwin perhaps the most influential researcher and writer in the world of bipolar disorder--and the well-known radio show "The Infinite Mind."

The New York Times just reported that National Public Radio will finally kick psychiatrist Fred Goodwin off the air after more than a decade of his shows promoting the mental health system.


Because Congress discovered that Dr. Goodwin was one of many well known psychiatrists who took huge pay offs from psychiatric drug companies without disclosing it.

By coincidence, Dr. Goodwin was reassuring radio listeners of low side effects of a drug on the very same day he received one of his pay-offs from the drug's manufacturer.

Thank you MindFreedom, Senator Grassley, and Congress for finally stepping forward and actually doing something for the American people and those with Mental Health issues.

Tell Congress: Stop Prescription Drug Ads

Yes we are getting screwed; this art may be in bad taste, but true unfortunately all the same!

Tell Congress: Stop Prescription Drug Ads

Each year, drug executives spend $4 billion on prescription drug ads for pills they say will make you feel happier, sleep better, and improve your sex life.

The ads are not educational, and do not promote public health.

They can be extremely dangerous, as the Vioxx tragedy shows.

The Public Health Protection Act will stop all direct-to-consumer drug ads. Thirty-nine organizations have endorsed this legislation.

Now we need your help.Tell your Members of Congress to support the Public Health Protection Act. Take action now.
Thank you Ana over at justana Blog for this heads up!

Pharmaceutical Companies and The FDA are destroying are Kids

Thank you Fox News and Philip at Furious Seasons for the heads up on this Video and information! Philip's blog link is located on my side bar as always.

Pharmaceutical Companies and the FDA are destroying are Kids

Let's get this out there as clear as it can possibly be!

Anti psychotics drugs do not help Kids in the vast majority of cases; if ever! They just put huge amounts of $$$$$Dollars$$$$$$$ in Big Pharmaceuticals basket, The FDA stands by and watches with their hands tied be hide their backs, while taking no action what so ever!



Today's New York Times has news that Sen. Charles Grassley has caught yet another researcher in his conflict of interest probe. This time out, it's Fred Goodwin--perhaps the most influential researcher and writer in the world of bipolar disorder--and the well-known radio show "The Infinite Mind." As a result of these new revelations, the show is going off the air.

More News:

FDA psychiatry products chief Thomas Laughren is accused of in the past ghost-authoring studies for pharmaceutical companies and of working hand-in-hand with his "friends" at pharmaceutical companies.

FDA goes with and recognizes the fantasy and dreamed up Child Bipolar diagnosis without any evidence or DSM criteria?

FDA refuses to respond to criticism and questions from the Public! Isn't that who they are supposed to represent?

FDA is allowing off label use of anti psychotic drugs in children with no studies or substantial data to back up such a gross health hazard to the public and our children's safety.

FDA allows Pharmaceutical companies TV, Radio, and print ads to run unabated with misinformation, and advertising anti psychotics as anti depressants?

I hope your starting to get angry! I know I am!

It's time to be calling your Senator, Congress Person, the FDA, and the President, both Bush and Obama on a daily basis; and ask why this is happening to our Kids?

Please take the time to make your voice heard!

Here's the link:

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Real ECT Ray Sandford stop his forced ECT "A survivor speaks out"

--Watch this video, I believe it speaks for itself!

Thanks to Bob Fiddaman posting this @ Furious Seasons

Ray Sandford is regularly given involuntary outpatient electroshock in Minnesota.

Read more here at MindFreedom

Correction: Mark author of psych survivor 2.0 actually left the link to this video over at Furious Seasons

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ray Sandford & MindFreedom: Call to Action: Telephone Governor Pawlenty

Ray Sandford & MindFreedom: Call to Action: Telephone Governor Pawlenty on Wednesdays

MindFreedom has a call to action to telephone Minnesota Governor Pawlenty every day and ask these questions regarding the forced ECT treatment of outpatient Ray Sandford:

"Action: Telephone Governor Pawlenty's office now: From anywhere in the world phone (651) 296-3391. From inside Minnesota phone toll free: (800) 657-3717.You can leave a message at any time. You can reach staff any non-holiday weekday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time.Call any day, but especially call on Wednesdays.

Be polite but be firm and persistent. Ask one or more of these questions:

1. Does the Governor support Minnesota laws allowing involuntary outpatient electroshock?

2. Is the Governor aware that some Minnesota citizens are being escorted from their homes using court orders to receive involuntary electroshock?

3. How many Minnesota residents receive electroshock against their wishes, as either an inpatient our outpatient?

4. Who collects this data?

5. How is this data reported to the public?

And if you have any doubts about this campaign, go ahead and ask,

6. "Are reports on the Internet true that some Minnesota residents receive electroshock involuntarily on an outpatient basis?"

You may be directed to another department such as Human Rights. Do not give up. Keep asking. If you do not get a return call soon, call back to complain.If you do receive any helpful information, e-mail it to

UPDATE 10:43 am Pacific Time: Staff in several offices is definitely aware of this campaign.

Phone calls to Governor now mainly seem to be re-directed to a voice mail. Please leave a clear message and ASK FOR A CALL BACK. If you do NOT get a call back in a day or two, please phone again asking for a call back.

I urge every Mental Health Blogger that believes forced ECT is Wrong and Inhumane to copy and paste this article to their site.

Thank you,


Monday, November 10, 2008

ALERT - call to action

Shock treatment & Ray Sandford: Forced ECT is not humane psychiatric care!

Mind Freedom has an alert out for awareness regarding outpatient Ray Sandford's forced ECT treatment.

This is a call to action.

We all have rights, civil liberties and basic dignity.

it's completely unimaginable to me is that ECT is being forced on patients at all, yet PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS ARE ON A DAILY BASIS. There is little difference, in my opinion. Forced is forced.

Please Write letters and make phone calls, speak up and be a voice and advocate for Ray Sandford.

~Ray's Story"
The past Wednesday morning after the historic USA election what were you doing?

I know what Ray Sandford, 54, was doing. Each and every Wednesday, early in the morning, staff shows up at Ray's sheltered living home called Victory House in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, adjacent to Minneapolis.

Staff escorts Ray the 15 miles to Mercy Hospital. There, Ray is given another of his weekly electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments, also known as electroshock. All against his will. On an outpatient basis. And it's been going on for months. Ray says the weekly forced electroshock "scary as hell." He absolutely opposes having the procedure. He says it's causing poor memory for names such as of friends and his favorite niece. "What am I supposed to do, run away?"

Instead, Ray phoned his local library's reference desk to ask about human rights groups, and the librarian referred him to MindFreedom International."

Thank you Stephany at soulful sepulcher for the content of this post!

Has PsychCentral jumped on the bipolar child band wagon?

Read this article for yourself, and you be the judge!

PsychCentral with all those flashy ads for drugs now has to weigh in on the bipolar child. Let us clearly define what they are saying here!

All the criteria in their so called signs of Child Bipolar could and are found in everyday normal kids, just being a kid.

So is this diagnosis a myth or real? We know the so called leading psychiatrist in this field of study at Harvard has taken millions of dollars from Big Pharmaceutical to come up with this so called diagnosis and has been outed throughout the psychiatric community and press for his greed and corruption. He is now under investigation and the magnifying glass of Senator Grassley. There is absolutely nothing in the questionable and limited diagnostic tool called DSM referring to childhood bipolar or a criteria for it's diagnosis or treatment.

Yet across America kids are being drugged into insanity with medications that in many cases will not just treat these suspicious symptoms, contrived and questionable protocols, but can and will alter their developing brains for the rest of their lives. I happen to believe that this a pretty important issue that needs a ton of public debate before we start shoving dangerous pills down our kids throats.
"If we are to error, let us pray we error on the side of caution" Our children deserve at least this much!

Should we be relying on tainted science, bad diagnostics, Guns for hire Doctors, and the greed of Pharmaceutical Companies to be looking out for the best interest of our youth?

I say they can not be trusted (as they and the FDA have shown us time and time again), as this appears to be just another dubious ploy at profiteering at our children's expense and health.

PsychCentral should be ashamed of itself for jumping on this band wagon without the science or proper diagnostic tools to back up this mythological disorder. I challenge everyone to read their article and all those little disclaimers they slip into it; and judge for yourself whether this is good mental health advice, or just them feeding themselves fantasies, their paid advertisers, and maybe just a few of their insiders club friend Psychiatrist?

I am clearly not a huge fan of PsychCentral, since they continue to walk the same old failed line and skewed logic on mental health issues and treatment. If they are going to jump on every opportunity to please their advertising friends and pad their wallets; I have to question the validity of their site and any information contained within it.

It appears to me that they are just another web dinosaur waiting to go extinct.

Let me call this article and site what it is without the quivering censorship others do when referring to PsychCentral "IT'S COMPLETE BULLSHIT".

Of course I'm not gunning for one of their worthless awards! I know who's pocket they are in! I know where they make their money. Bias is a nice way to put it; corrupt and tainted advice is another.

The article:

Your Comments are always welcome here! Many may disagree with me, which is absolutely OK.

I know many out there are big fans of PsychCentral; but I don't write this blog to please them or anyone else for that matter; I write to show it as it is through my experience, view, eyes, concerns, and thoughts.

I see the dice coming up sevens this time around!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

More about Abilify - and the makers Bristol-Myers Squibb

Let's take a look at the the official site brought to you by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Now we have this conflicting data to decipher and make some sense of as a potential consumer? Those slick fancy commercials tell us this is the greatest thing to come along since sliced bread; but only a 11% success rate showed for some improvement as an add on to an Antidepressant for depressive symptoms. They don't even market the drug for what it is "Anti psychotic"; but as an add on treatment for depression.


The adverse side effects: "In the first study of Abilify, 362 patients were randomly assigned to Abilify or placebo for six weeks after a failed trial of antidepressants. There was a -8.8 v -5.8 change on the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), a difference of 11.5%. 23% of patients on Abilify versus 5% on placebo had akathisia, a potentially very disturbing side effect where you feel like you are jumping out of your skin or cannot sit still. Restlessness was seen in 14% v 3%. Fatigue was also more common.

"In the second study
of Abilify, 381 patients who had failed at least one antidepressant medication trial were treated for eight weeks with an antidepressant followed by the addition of Abilify or a placebo for six weeks. Abilify showed an -8.5 change on the 26 item Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) versus -5.7 for placebo, a difference of 2.8 points, a difference of 11%. 26% of patients on Abilify versus 4% on placebo had akathisia, and 10% versus 1% had restlessness.

Now here comes the fun part of this whole clinical trial and data collection business for profit nightmare.

This is what they don't tell you!

Who are the people they are using as test subjects? I have seen over many years working and observing in various institutions, hospitals, and with varied populations that many of these so called "Test Subjects" used in many if not the majority of these so called scientific studies are actually people pulled off the streets; as in homeless, and/or indigent populations, starving students hurting for some extra or much needed income (we have all read about those horror stories and deaths in the news and elsewhere), or prisoners, some have institutionalized extremely mentally ill patients involved; most study subjects are paid cold hard cash to do these trials (some get other benefits as in institutional brownie points, and there is even a population of professional Ginny pigs that do these trials to make a living!).
They have built in incentives not to complain, and complete the studies no matter what the side effects are; (thus the low dropout rates reported in the data) since they are making money, being provided food, shelter, and other goodies such as cigarettes in many cases.

This is only one of the many reasons why these clinical trials and studies should be strictly regulated and overseen with standardized protocols with not only with the drug in question itself; but also factoring in the backgrounds and status of the test subjects involved by completely independent bodies with no stake in the outcome, or are part of the huge windfall pie so to speak.
This is why I personally consider these trials/studies voodoo medicine, invalid, bad science, as well as very skewed statistically.
Maybe you'll get lucky and be part of that 11%, but I must ask can that justify the FDA approval and advertising an anti psychotic to the general population with so much at stake in adverse results and consequences?
How does that make you feel about your friendly neighborhood Pharmaceutical Company?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Psych Central 2008 awards for Best Bipolar Blogs Commentary and Opposing View Point

Thought I would dress up for the occasion

The PsychCentral 2008 awards for Best Bipolar Blogs; commentary and opposing view point:

Disclaimer: some of the materials here in this post are taken from their site. I credit all cut and paste materials below to PsychCentral and their site, as all links are included and this is written as a news story for the blog world from a well established site within the public domain, all copy written text and materials are credited and only used as examples for the news worthy topic being reported and commented upon. If PsychCentral is offended or upset by this honest review of their work; they can write me personally and ask that it be removed from my site.

Top Ten Bipolar Blogs 2008

by Sandra Kiume October 22, 2008
Blogs tend to have a short life cycle, with most lasting under two years before fading into archival heaven. Last year Psych Central compiled a list of the top ten bipolar blogs, written by people who have a bipolar spectrum disorder. We’re glad that some of our faves are still active, sad to see a few gone, and pleased to discover great new writers too. We’re pleased to present you Psych Central’s Top Ten Bipolar Blogs of 2008.

1. Furious Seasons
There simply could not be a top bipolar blogs list without Philip Dawdy. He’s an excellent journalist whose blog has become synonymous with unrestrained investigative writing on bipolar disorder, mental health treatments and the pharma industry. He does not hesitate to call out BS when he finds it, and he digs for it harder than any other popular writer. Furious Seasons is an invaluable service to the mental health community.

My commentary: Though Philip and “Furious Seasons” should be rated #1, it’s not because he has been labeled bipolar, which he personally questions. It’s because he has done such incredible work reporting on mental health issues and has such great talent.

2. - Pole to Polar: The Secret Life of a Manic-Depressive
Seaneen, a woman in the UK with characteristic wit and a gift for metaphors, keeps a blog that is much like the disorder: it ranges from hilarious to melancholy to very serious. Even the serious bits are wry, though, e.g. “The crappiest thing about [her recent suicide attempt] is that I lost the eBay auction for the camera that broke on me.” It’s personal without TMI, and conveys pathos without being pitiful. She’s someone you can’t help but feel affection for (unless perhaps you’re her accountant). While compiling this list I was sidetracked into reading her archives for hours, and a blog that compelling to my distractable eyes is unquestionably tops. Please stay alive and keep writing, Seaneen, we all need you.

My commentary: It’s an OK blog with some good stuff, no major problems here for me!

3. Coming Out Crazy
Sandy Naiman is a skilful storyteller and hers is a highly readable pro blog. She uses an intimate style to share anecdotes and opinions as well as current issues. It’s like chatting with your friendly next-door neighbor — who happens to be an award-winning career journalist and prominent mental health advocate. Her posts are engrossing, sometimes tragic, and quite inspiring.

My Commentary: self promoted and not much of a blog, an old reporter that was given a paid blog to keep her busy! Not much good information here. She’s on my hit bad blog list for her obtrusive behavior toward others in the blog world, and her ignorance involving real issues pertaining to mental health today.

4. Bipolar Wellness Writer
If you believe that eschewing negativity and training yourself to be reflexively positive is important to recovery, this blog is for you. If you are interested in the constructs of wellness and positive psychology, this blog is for you. If you like to learn practical day-to-day tips for improving your life, this blog is for you. If you enjoy well-crafted, thoughtful and focused writing with regular updates, this blog is for everyone.

No commentary on this blog, only because I have not read it. So I will just say it belongs here for the sake of further argument.

5. The Trouble with Spikol
Liz Lemon* Spikol was number one on the list last year and the only reason I’ve bumped her down is that her blog now tends to deviate from mental health into politics and cute photos (although I like puppies as much as anyone). Affable, honest and entertaining even on slow days.
My Commentary: I think this should be called Liz’s liberal political blog for Obama, with a little mental health thrown in to keep getting awards. Also on my avoid at all cost list.

6. Bipolar Beat
I didn’t add this newcomer blog to the list just because Psych Central hosts it. It’s here because it’s a super informative blog written by a doctor with clinical experience and a non-medical expert writing partner. Candida Fink and Joe Kraynak have an “ask a question” feature to prompt some of their posts, but also have no problem generating posts on hot topics like overdiagnosis, supplements, and childhood bipolar. They also maintain the similar Bipolar Blog.

My Commentary: Geez, funny how a new blog in psych central would get an award? No nepotism going on here I’m sure?

7. How is Bradley?
Bipolar and obese, that’s how Bradley is. But he’s a good egg and this blog is his public quest to lose weight and keep mental stability. Often, medications used to treat bipolar will cause weight gain — lithium, valproate, Zyprexa/olanzapine, Seroquel/quetiapine, the list goes on — so his writing is relevant to many readers who have similar issues. This is an easy to digest personal blog with light humor about a heavy topic.

My Commentary: I happen to read Bradley’s Blog and find it quite good. I would be personally offended by this review though! “Bipolar and obese, that’s how Bradley is”
OK, along that same vain of thought; Sandra Kiume, you’re either insensitive or just plain stupid, arrogant, and ignorant!

8. Two video blogs (vlogs) tie for eighth place: John McManamy’s Depression and Bipolar YouTuber, and Bipolar Survivor Back
John has written about the science and history of bipolar disorder and its treatments for years via his site, e-newsletter, blog, and book. While they contain a huge amount of technical (and common sense) information beautifully interpreted for laypeople, his vlog is even more accessible. Explanations of and practical coping skills for specific situations like anger management and body clock problems. Nicely produced and edited, I’d love to see more frequent updates.
Meanwhile, Kimberly’s Bipolar Survivor Back is an articulate video series about the mental health issues she’s suffered since childhood, and getting treatment as an adult. She recently stopped posting videos due to haters, but still keeps a cool blog called Bipolar Chica. Her experience with trolls is an example of the risks of exposing a personal life complicated by mental illness, and I commend her for trying to combat stigma and educate people.

My Commentary: I guess video is the new blogging format without text now! Welcome to 2008 {I still say give me something to read and digest if you going throw a video at me}

9. Caught in my Burble
“Your neighborhood misanthropic, buxom, bondage-positive, bipolar, bisexual, flying, loquacious hedonist.” Updated: “Now with VNS capabilities.” Last year I was keen to see if an experimental vagus nerve stimulator implant would help her very severe, treatment-resistant depression. It didn’t really. She still writes extremely well, though.

My Commentary: Good blog, well written, no problems here!

10. Yoga for Bipolar
I love yoga! I also love substance-free treatment alternatives that genuinely help people! Here they are together in one blog, like a chocolate peanut butter cup. I am grateful that David Morgan “made the decision not to withhold information for profit” since this is a quibble I have with some alternative treatments. Random people who claim their secret blend of herbs, spices and organic bamboo socks will cure bipolar, schizophrenia and cancer all at once if you’ll pay $300 for a DVD — what a deal! (Not!) Yoga is a mainstream, time-honored practice, and it’s nice to see this blog aimed at benefiting bipolar sufferers rather than a bank account. With more frequent updates, fewer product reviews, and more specific instructions for practice, this blog would rank much higher on the list.

My Commentary: A for profit blog with yoga {some far out reach here}, I guess if I sell secret bipolar decoder mood rings on my Blog I will get an award too {laughing}.
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Honorable mentions: (because Brad is still hyper-awesome, but doesn’t write about bipolar much anymore), If you’re going through hell keep going (for her sincerity and introspection), and The Bipolar Bisexual (for being topical, funny, and hot — NSFW).
Thank you to everyone in the blogosphere writing such great blogs it was hard for us to narrow our choices to just ten. Like any list of this kind we’ve probably left out a few of your faves, so please share links in the comments.

I personally believe the Psych Central Awards were poorly researched, rushed, and this Susan Kiume isn’t much of a writer or evaluator {how about spell check Sandra! There are so many typos in this award page, I’m sitting thinking you must have rushed through this review and selection process in ten minutes or less}. Did she really read any of these blogs in-depth before coming out with her great and grandiose conclusions? This in my opinion was more of an east coast insider’s pro-med liberal popularity contest than a stellar awards of true substance. But that's my opinion. If you look at their site you will notice Big Pharmaceutical ads running everywhere. I guess that makes them completely independent and unbiased right?

Way Too Many Why’s? I just don’t get it?


Sandra Kiume at 2:55 am on October 22nd, 2008
Just FYI for all Stephany’s fans - I appreciate your appreciating her blog, but since she’s not bipolar it doesn’t qualify. Sorry.
stephany at 11:26 am on October 22nd, 2008
Hi Sandra,
I have a dx of Bipolar II. I currently take Lamictal for it, and have since December 2006. I have been reducing Xanax as a questionable med that has been in place for over 9 years, and it brought my thinking about as to whether or not I was “medicating my emotions and life experience” thus personally questioning my Bipolar II dx.
As with Philip Dawdy at Furious Seasons, I have learned (much from him) about managing my stimuli and life style, and one day if all meds are removed will wonder if I was in fact dx Bipolar correctly or not, the same as Philip Dawdy who is off medication for over one year now, (Furious Seasons).
I write extensively about my daughter and her struggles with a schizophrenic dx; and many of my posts are of medication withdrawals I went through the last 2 years.
Thank you to everyone who has been nominating me, I was quite surprised and heart-warmed to see this!
Stephany at soulful sepulcher blog (bipolar soup kitchen)

I officially nominate Sandra Kiume and Psych Central for my “What the F—K” award for 2008 and beyond.

I personally believe the A HOY award will hold a lot more weight, will have the integrity, and prestige; PsychCentral only could hope for in their well medicated advertising dreams.

If you want to read some great blogs, I have them linked on my side bar! Each one of them gets a #1 rating in my book! They are all different, unique, thoughtful, well done, personable, educational, entertaining, and most of the time a pure joy to read; even if they have the power and written voice to bring you to honest tears, or make you laugh out loud so vigorously that the neighbors will start to wonder about your sanity.

Now let me say in closing I never started or will ever write this blog to recieve awards or makes the status quo happy. That's not my style or intent. If I piss people off and that makes them think a little more, then that's perfectly OK with me. People read blogs by their own accord. I write for my own well being and self expression. When it all come downs to brass tacks its really pretty simple.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

America still shows little tolerance for the Mentally Ill

America still shows little tolerance for the Mentally Ill

Not that this news should come as all that surprising since we are blasted with images of the mentally ill being dangerous each and everyday through the news and other sources. ( fact: those with mental illness are no more or less dangerous than any other segment of the population)
Of course we as a society have created the Special Olympics for the developmentally disabled and spend incredible resources to assure they receive adequate care. The building of a wheel chair ramps and handicapped parking spaces are not just common place, but wound into the very fabric of our society. We have special buzzing crossing sounds at cross walks for the blind, along with braille on just about everything you can imagine. The list goes on and on, accept when it comes to mental illness or disorders.
We even have become much more tolerate and inclusive of alternative life style populations and like others. Government in their always infinite wisdom, created special laws through our Federal Governmental bodies called the ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act ).
But somehow those with mental illness are still to this day seen as the demons of our society by a staggering percentage of our population. And in all truth when it come to the ADA, it's just a piece of paper! In real life it has no teeth or enforcement behind it when it comes to the mentally ill ( in fact those with mental health issues have by far the lowest percentage of success in discrimination legal action concerning their disability ). Mental Health and the so called care they receive, continues to be the evil step child of bad science and a unjust stigma that never goes away.
There is still as a society this over riding opinion in our general population that want and even demand mentally ill people be drugged into submission and a drooling stupor; and be kept as far out of sight as possible. Even if this means placing them in inhumane institutions and hospitals where they will receive little or no real treatment.
Living with bipolar and working in the mental health field has opened my eyes to this cold hard reality. With the Medical Model now in place, and the Billions of dollars Big Pharma makes off the misery of those suffering; I can see little change in the near future either in care or public opinion.
I hate having to write these words here; since it gives me such a heavy heart and sense of hopelessness, but the truth is just what it is! No matter how hard you try, you can't escape from it's grasp.
When will it all change? I have no answers at this point in life's journey to throw out much hope or a life line for anyone out there reading this.
It just is, what it is! Ignorance can change in a generation or in a thousand years, there is just no predicting how this horrific stain on humanity will play out this time around.

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