Some Links that may be of interest to the NAMI Family-To-Family participants
( This page with active links can be found at: www.cblyon.net/bp )
Sandy wrote an unpublished book about mental illness in families,
A draft is available in .pdf format here: Living With Wild Horses
NPR Morning Edition: How An Unlikely Drug Helps Some Children Consumed By Fear
Medical Daily: Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Treated With Ketamine
Medical Daily: Long-Term Memory Formation Altered In Schizophrenic and Bipolar
Patients, Linked To Specific Protein
About.com Bipolar Disorder: "Could an MRI Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?"
Medical News Today: "Single MRI Scan 'Could Help Diagnose Bipolar Disorder'"
Cambridge University, Psychological Medicine: "Examination of the predictive value
of structural magnetic resonance scans in bipolar disorder: a pattern classification approach
NAMI Gainesville presented a program on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
The panel consisted for psychiatrists from UFShands, Veterans Administration, and private practice.
Handouts included information from these sources:
University of Florida Health: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Neuronetics - Maker of the NeuroStar TMS system used at UF-Shands
NeuroStar TMS Therapy Depression Treatment
MindFreedom International's Gainesville chapter and The Center For Clarity presented a series of film screenings over the September 13-16 weekend. Former psychotherapist, now filmmaker, Daniel Mackler showed his four documentaries:
“Take These Broken Wings” followed by Q&A with filmmaker Daniel Mackler.
This film focuses on the lives and recovery of two women, Joanne
Greenburg, author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and Catherine
Penney, recovered for over 30 years and working in California as a
mental health nurse. Her healing tale was also chronicled
in the book, Dante’s Cure: A Journey Out of Madness by her therapist Daniel Dorman, M.D.
“Coming Off Psych Drugs”
This film documents a gathering in which 23 people come together to
discuss the subject of coming off psychiatric drugs. They represent
psychiatric survivors, therapists, mental health consumers, family
members, and activists. The discussants, half of whom
successfully came off psych drugs, discuss such issues as safety.
“Healing Homes” followed by Q&A with filmmaker.
This film chronicles the work of the Family Care Foundation in
Gothenburg, Sweden. This organization places people who have failed to
respond to traditional psychiatry in the homes of families in the
Swedish countryside. The host families are chosen, not for
any psychiatric expertise, but for their compassion, stability, and a
desire to give back. Participants live with the families for a year or
two and have intensive psychological supervision.
“Open Dialogue: An Alternative, Finnish Approach To Healing Psychosis”
This film explores an alternative treatment for psychosis achieving
outstanding success in recovery, reducing length of illness, and
remission. In the far north of Finland, a stone’s throw from the Arctic
Circle, a group of innovative family therapists converted
the area’s traditional mental health system, which once featured some
of Europe’s poorest outcomes for schizophrenia, into one that now gets
the best statistical results in the world for first-break psychosis.
Additional interesting resources from TED:
TEDxTokyo - Kathy Pike - Don't Call Me Crazy
TED search results for Mental Illness