Author, Life Coach, BPD and Mental Health Coach, A.J. Mahari will be interviewing Dr. Judith P. Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW, on Wednesday September 1, 2010 at 6pm EST on her Psyche Whisperer Radio Show Do you overreact to many things emotionally? Do you feel easily triggered or easily angered? Are you unaware of what you are actually feeling? Are you sensitive to rejection or criticism? Do you withdraw often due to overwhelming emotions? Would you benefit from discovering a new way of processing impulsive feelings and thoughts and understand how overreacting emotionally can undermine your ability to think rationally in moment of crisis or stress? Well, in her book, Stop Overreacting - Effective Strategies For Calming Your Emotions, Dr. Siegel will give you practical information and and strategies to more effectively calm your emotions.
Are you normal? Do the concepts of Mental Health and Mental Illness serve any purpose other than to divide people arbitrarily and cause people shame that alienates them from themselves? Does psychiatry today, and more specifically biopsychiatry even believe that anyone is or can be normal? What is normal? Many argue that biopsychiatry - the direction the psychiatric profession is taking in defining mental illlness as "brain disorder" or "brain disease" and then seeking to treat it with all kinds of medications, many that do way more harm than good, is predicated on labeling almost everyone with something which calls into question just what disordered means.
Dr. John Breeding Ph.D. was my guest on The Psyche Whisperer Radio Show, Wednesday August 4th, live at 3pm EST. You can now listen to the archived interview here. Dr. Breeding talked about, among other things, psychiatric oppression and what mental health consumers really do need to know and think more about when it comes to what mental illness is and how it can be most effectively treated and coped with if it even is what it is thought by so many people to be. What are the implications of biopsychiatry for people given the label and diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder?
On Tuesday August 3, 2010, at 7pm EST, on the Psyche Whisperer Radio Show Life and Mental Health Coach, A.J. Mahari, will be interviewing Letricia Hendrix who is the author of “Behind our Faces: Thoughts and Reasonings of Suicide”. In her book, Letricia Hendrix writes about her own experience with clinical depression and being suicidal. If you miss or missed this show you can click on the "read more" link to hear the archived interview (after 8pm EST on Tuesday August 3, 2010)
Many people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are also diagnosed with clinical depression. Many with BPD often feel suicidal or attempt suicide. It is estimated that 10% of people diagnosed with BPD do commit suicide.
In her book, Letricia Hendrix writes about how no one is really alone with these feelings – how you don’t have to be alone with these feelings. She also writes about hope and also focuses on how the ways that we treat each other can often have a profoundly negative impact on people and for some, to the point where they feel so bad about themselves, they just want to die. The author also stresses that many people with clinical depression who may not understand what they are feeling and why often think that the “problem” is everyone else and aren’t aware of how they feel or why they feel what they do.
Is Borderline Personality Disorder a "brain disease"? Are the many mental illnesses now being labeled by some psychatrists - not all - who are forwarding biopsychiatry - often referred to as "biobabble"? What reason other than the big Pharma drug push in the United States does psychiatry have for this (in the eyes of some psychiatrists and psychologists) pseudo-science? A.J. Mahari interviews Dr. Niall McLaren and Australian psychiatrist and author of "Humanizing Psychiatry" and "Humanizing Madness" on The Psyche Whisperer Radio Show Friday July 23, 2010 7pm EST.
Do you think all psychiatrists agree with the idea/theory of biopsychiatry - mental illness as a brain disease? You'll want to listen to my up-coming interview with Australian Psychiatrist, Dr. Niall McLaren, author of two outstanding and refreshing - paradigm shifting books, "Humanizing Madness" and "Humanizing Psychiatry" - We are tentatively scheduled for this Friday, July 23rd at 7pm - EST time - Saturday July 24th in Australia - due to time differences and scheduling being complex we hope this will work - if not I'll keep you posted on any changes. Please share this with anyone you think will be interested!
Dr. Niall (Jock) McLaren is an Australian psychiatrist, author and theoretician. His work opposes the mainstream view in psychiatry to the extent that he argues modern psychiatry has no scientific basis whatsoever. However, he insists that he is not “anti-psychiatry,” but a committed scientist following his duty of criticizing the prevailing models in his field in order to improve it. He is the author of the two books, Humanizing Madness and Humanizing Psychiatry. In Humanizing Psychiatry he examines Restriction the Scope of Biological Psychiatry, Resolving the Mind-Body Problem for Psychiatry, Applying the Biocognitive Model to Psychiatry.
In his book, Humanizing Madness: Psychiatry and the Cognitive Neurosciences, he offers a critique of the place of biopsychosocialism in psychiatry as well as examining, among many other important information, the categorical system of diagnosis when it comes to personality disorders. Dr. McLaren speaks of what he terms a theory of mind when refuting the claim led by many in psychiatry and neurology in the United States that mental illness is an organically generated brain disorder.
Dr. McLaren provides evidence in this book that the major theory in psychiatry are so flawed as to be beyond salvation. McLaren proposes Interactive dualism as a partial solution to the mind-brain problem for psychiatry in a paper by that title. Too many people are only hearing one loud beat of a drum - a drum that largely beats to the drum of pharmaceutical companies and prescription medication sales.
Could this be why many in psychiatry today seek to reduce mental illness to a "brain disorder" or "brain disease"? What's wrong with psychiatry? Is it helpful to view mental illness as having an entirely biological cause? Does that make sense to you? For more information on Dr. McLaren and his books please visit the show’s blog at psychewhisperer.com