Meeting Time, Ethical Issues in Psychiatry

Tweet I am heading to the annual meeting of the Association of Healthcare Journalists, have been occupied with paying work for a change, and cannot do the usual detailed post I do here. In the meantime, it’s worth flagging some recent health news that patients might want to think about. Ethical Issues in Psychiatry Last week,

Mental health medication: is it always A Bad Thing?

Tweet THIS is a guest post written by Martha Roberts, a journalist and mental health blogger in the UK, who writes the blog, Mentalhealthwise. Martha is on twitter @martharoberts01. Thank you, Martha. ###### ‘So when can you come off your medication, now you’re feeling so much better?’, someone asked me recently. ‘Well…um, never,’ I replied.

Mental Health and the Patient Point of View:
More High-Quality Stories Needed

Tweet I am thrilled that later today, Martha Roberts’ post on her own experience taking medication for mental illness, will run here. I first came across her post through a tweet from Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Pharma. It’s nice to know that he has not oversimplified the “bad pharma” argument into this meme: all

Mental Health for the 99% Following Hurricane Sandy

Tweet Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy and a Nor’Easter that left thousands of New Yorkers without light, heat, and power for weeks, many New Yorkers were understandably shaken. Some had endured 911 and the disruption, though of an entirely different cause, elicited an anniversary stress reaction. Deaths, drownings, and unacceptable losses happened here and in

Conflict of Interest, Health Advocacy Organizations, and Patients

Tweet As a follow-up to my post yesterday addressing disclosure and health advocacy groups and nonprofits, I have looked into this further online.  And it is not that I think that advocates or advocacy groups are corrupt: I think advocates are important. I just think we ought to know if a pain group has huge