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4/12/2016    Administrator    In the News 0 Comments
BRAINby Chuck Ruby, Ph.D.
MIT Technology Review published a recent article entitled, "Military Funds Brain-Computer Interfaces to Control Feelings" describing research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that uses brain electrode implants to detect and prevent certain feelings and behaviors. The article says the goal is "to use brain implants to read, and then control, the emotions of mentally ill people". This is nothing less than Orwellian dystopia and brings to mind images of the 1970's novel and movie, The Stepford Wives. I have several questions. One question to ask is how are we going to define “mentally ill people”? Just a quick look back over the changing, vague, and over-inclusive definitions of “mental illness”, to include the voting in and out of certain pet diagnoses, such as homosexuality, self-defeating personality disorder, asperger’s disorder, and attenuated psychosis syndrome, tells us that any unwanted behavior or experience can be dubbed “mental illness” depending on the desires of those in power. This usually means those on the diagnoses committees, heavily funded by pharmaceutical companies, and now with this line of research underway, the medical devices companies will soon chip in....

ISEPP In Action

PosterISEPP participated in the worldwide screening of the "Healing Voices" documentary film. On April 29 and May 2, 2016, ISEPP hosted  the screening of a new 90-minute social action documentary about mental health called "Healing Voices" written and directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film. It screened in more than 120 locations across the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia staring on April 29th. The documentary explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals, and asks the question: What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness’? The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, Dan – over nearly five years, and features interviews with notable international experts including Robert Whitaker, Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the ‘medical model’ of mental illness....

EVENTS & FEATURES


Award Winning Documentary 'Letters from Generation Rx' Released

Decades after they were sold as "safe and effective" medicines, millions who were prescribed antidepressant, antipsychotic and other psychiatric drugs discovered their hidden perils. "Letters from Generation Rx” represents the stories of thousands of real people who experienced firsthand how the cavalier use of these powerful psychotropics created a new class of disability—and an avalanche of other devastating consequences. Directed by Kevin P. Miller and Narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. Kevin P. Miller is an international award winning Writer, Producer and Director. After the release of GENERATION RX, Miller received thousands letters from parents, teens, educators and others who shared their highly personal sagas. This new film reflects their stories — combined with the latest mental health research, science, and medical health perspectives.

ISEPP Conferences


19th Annual Conference - October 7-9, 2016

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Portland Washington Square

Portland Oregon

Individuals Matter:

Building a Better Science for Psychology & Psychiatry

Click here for 2016 ISEPP Conference Call for Papers


Save the dates!

2017 Conference - Denver, CO, October 6-8

2018 Conference - Toronto, Canada, October 5-7


Highlights of the 2015 Conference - Understanding Trauma: Responding Beyond the Medical Model


Videos of 2014 Plenary Speakers - Transforming Mad Science and Reimagining Mental Health Care


See David Antonuccio's presentation, "SSRIs: It May be Time to Stop Calling Them Antidepressants" at the 2011 Conference in Los Angeles (click here for the videos and here Antonuccio PP slides for the Powerpoint slides)



An interesting documentary of the horrors of inpatient psychiatry

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