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Jul 08 2013

Tonight at 7PM EST – The Ashley F Miller Show Episode 3

Join me, Kate Donovan, and Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism as we talk: Politics: Sterilization of Prisoners in California Media: The Lone Ranger and the representation of Native Americans in film Guest choice: The stigma of mental illness You can RSVP to the “event” here and, when the hangout is on-air, it should send you a link of the …

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Feb 19 2013

The Weight Requirement, and Other Ways We Diagnose Anorexia

This is a post that’s been a long time in coming. Unfortunately, every time I start it, I get upset and then have to leave it alone. So here we have it: what’s wrong with how we diagnose anorexia. Now with less ragequitting! Anorexia has a weight requirement. Refusal to maintain body weight at or …

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Feb 15 2013

Psychopathology Sum-Up: Bulimia Nervosa

[This is a guest post by Tetyana Pekar] Tetyana is about to defend her MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about making eating disorder research more accessible to the public. She writes the Science of Eating Disorders blog where she aims to make sense of the latest findings in eating …

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Feb 01 2013

Psychopathology Sum-Up: Types of Antidepressants

Weekly series! As per previous discussion, I will be publishing a big information blog on each Friday. Unfortunately, it’s midterms for me, which means a shorter post for you. Blame the paper(s) and exams and readings and stuff. I promise to be back on schedule next week. Also, I’ve commissioned a post on bulimia from Tetyana, …

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Jan 18 2013

Psychopathology Sum-Up: Specific Phobias

It’s Friday, which means a mental health summary. This post is about so called ‘specific’ phobias, which excludes social phobia. Another Sum-Up will deal with that.  The Overview: Specific phobias are a category of anxiety disorders. (Anxiety disorders also include OCD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, among others.) Specific phobias are can be …

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Jan 09 2013

Psychopathology Sum-Up: Bipolar Disorder

[Content note: brief discussion of suicide] Weekly series! As per previous discussion, I will be published a big information blog about a specific mental illness on each Friday. I know, today is not Friday. I’m publishing early because I’m excited, and also I want to get lots of feedback. Tell me what I’m not including, …

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Dec 21 2012

A National Database of the Mentally Ill

Subtitled: Has Anyone Here Heard of Client/Patient Confidentiality? No? No. Today, the National Rifle Association had a press conference. Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President spoke, and I, recently relocated back to Texas for the holidays, slept through it. Then I saw the transcript, sat bolt upright in my bed, and got ranty on the …

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Dec 16 2012

You are Not His Mother

This is excerpted and edited from something I put on Facebook.  There is a horrible article going around. I am Adam Lanza’s Mother, it says.  It’s the story of a mother who has a mentally ill child. I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me. [...] …

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Dec 14 2012

When You Tie Shootings to Mental Illness

If you’ve read my work, you know I am massively for mental healthcare reform. Not just a little bit in favor, but balloons and blog posts on blog posts and boundless enthusiasm for it. But you know when I’m really really uncomfortable talking about mental health? Right now.  Tragedies are horrible. They’re senseless. School shootings are …

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Dec 02 2012

Responding

Brief post today, as I write a not-so-brief paper and study for finals.  I’ve been writing a lot about what not to do with respect to mental illness disclosure, so this quote from Jesse on how to respond when a friend shares, is a useful counterpoint. So the best thing to say forever and always (no …

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