Mental health on the web
This past week, we came across these news and blogs in the mental health web sphere:
Disability Rights UK found out
that 'an important legal judgment has been issued that will likely deny an award of the Personal Independence Payment mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety'
Van to stop mental health patients being locked up. Dyfed-Pwys Policy launched a pilot project
using a van.
Leading blogging site 'Mad In America' reported on research which confirms that 'psychiatry's evidence base for long term use of [antipsychotic] drugs does not exist'
Physicist Stephen Hawking used a beautiful space metaphor
to give hope to those who experience depression: 'if you feel you're in a black hole don't give up there's a way out'.
A blogger from India, Niraj Chandan, drew our attention to his wittingly named website
: 'The Shrinking Couch' is about 'life, love, children and bipolar'.
Another author, Oliver Burkeman, asked whether it's time to get back on the proverbial therapy couch, as, in the on-going therapy war between CBT and psychoanalysis, the power balance might have shifted.