Mental Health

The Media’s Sensational Monster: What’s So Wrong About the Coverage of Rachael Farrokh

Many of you have probably already seen the video that is now going viral of Rachael Farrokh, a 5”7’, “40-something-pound” woman seeking donations to enter a treatment facility for severe anorexia. I am very purposely not linking to that video here. Farrokh’s story, first covered this week by NBC4 Los Angeles, represents the epitome of journalistic, …

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NEDA Inclusive? Think Again

In January the National Eating Disorders Association – much to my surprise – reached out and encouraged me to submit a proposal to speak at their annual, fall conference – something I would have normally never considered attempting, figuring I’d have no chance at being accepted. But the conference coordinator, Caitlin Graham, said NEDA had run across an interview …

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On the Concept of “Mental Illness,” the Harms of Psychiatric Labeling, and the Most Unrecognized, Oppressed Minority Group in America

  “Over the past thirty years, we Americans have been industriously exporting our ideas about mental illness… [And] how a people in a culture think about mental illnesses—how they categorize and prioritize the symptoms, attempt to heal them, and set expectations for their course and outcome—influences the diseases themselves. In teaching the rest of the …

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This Week in Mental Health, Sept. 15-21 – Psychosemantics, the Popularity of Evolutionary Psychology, Delightful Blog/Forum Discoveries, the Benefits of “Delayed Adulthood,” and More

Last Sunday (9/14), 60 Minutes aired a special report on the difficulty youth in crisis have accessing mental health treatment in the U.S. 60 Minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley, discussing Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds, who was slashed and stabbed repeatedly by his own son last November, relates how “Deeds discovered that ‘talking to somebody,’ getting treatment, is …

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This Week in Mental Health – Sept. 8 – 14

Mental health clients need to be included as an essential voice at the table when services being designed to help them are in the works, says Gloria Dickerson of the Center for Social Innovation. She was interviewed by SAMHSA’s “Voices From the Field” blog. She also talks about professionals utilizing what’s known as the “recovery model” more. …

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