The Positive Psychiatry Movement
The members of the Positive Psychiatry Movement are gaining ground in the battle to save the lives of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
Our goal is to restore the health of everyone living with mental health challenges so individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar and other mental illnesses can live what I call full and robust lives.
I will in early May attend the APA meeting in New York City and report on the latest research findings I discover at the post sessions and the information from the exhibit hall vendors.
Unlike certain peers who attend this convention solely to march in protest with the anti-psychiatry crowd at the entrance doors, without doing intelligence-gathering to bring back hope for best practices treatment:
I will report here at HealthCentral throughout May what I learn from the psychiatrists and other professionals in attendance. It is my goal to interview in the near future responsible, ethical, compassionate doctors and therapists that believe their patients can recover and that act as treatment allies.
The Positive Psychiatry Movement was started to give the boot to the damaging, stigmatizing, often false claims of the anti-psychiatry crowd. In advancing their “no medication at any time” agenda, they’re the worse stigma offenders because they prevent people who need help from seeking it.
The seductive idea they propose ad naseam is that mental illnesses are not real illnesses and psychiatry and psychology are pseudo-science endeavors. They dispute the biological origin of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses even though as I’ve reported in my monthly news articles here a growing body of genetic research points to the role of genes and environment.
My goal as always is to stomp out the stigma along with everyone else who wants to end the discrimination against and hostility towards individuals with mental illnesses.
Yet this cannot be the sole focus. We need more beds. We need a better system of community care. We need to highlight the abuses. And we need more than ever to give High Fives to the committed leaders of our Positive Psychiatry Movement that get it right via their words and actions.
We need to present a unified front in lobbying our elected officials, in lobbying the organizations that claim to help our loved ones, in lobbying for better and more effective treatment, research and lifestyle opportunities.
At the end of this article, I will link to Facebook groups that community members here at HealthCentral can join to interact in positive ways with other allies in the Positive Psychiatry Movement.
I was compelled to start the Positive Psychiatry Movement because I don’t think it’s a coincidence or accident that because I got the right treatment within 24 hours the symptoms stopped completely three weeks later. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’ve been in remission over 21 years ever since I stayed in treatment with medication every day.
My role in the Positive Psychiatry Movement will be to seek out other individuals and professionals with a vested interest in seeing that people diagnosed with mental illnesses recover and can live life well in the world.
I’m going to feature in SharePosts at HealthCentral thought leaders, mental health activists, family members, professionals and everyday peers that bring to the table their compelling voices on urgent topics that require solutions not endless rhetoric in response to what goes on.
I’m eager to hear from everyone who wants to advance the positive benefits of the right treatment at the right time for the individuals that need psychiatric help.
It’s called the Positive Psychiatry Movement for a reason:
Millions of people with often debilitating mental health conditions can and do recover every day with the right medication and right therapy given at the right time.
Christina Bruni wrote about schizophrenia for HealthCentral as a Patient Expert. She is a mental health activist and freelance journalist.