ISEPP In Action

Advocating For Those Incarcerated in Mental Hospitals

 

ISEPP's Roland Angle delivered a series of talks on the abuses of people subjected to the mental hospital system. See all five here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCacsBeLtugnFlMUodMq6XuA

Why The Anti-Stigma Campaign Is Not Going To Work

5/24/2016        ISEPP In Action 5 Comments

 

ISEPP's past Executive Director, Al Galves, explains why attempts to reduce stigma is a failed attempt.

ISEPP Hosts “Healing Voices” Documentary

5/3/2016        ISEPP In Action 1 Comment

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.

The ISEPP hosted screening took place at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD. There was a great turnout by students, faculty, and local residents. Many were unaware of the more humane way to approach this problem. A few participants were even interested in starting up a local Hearing Voices network!

Thanks to Digital Eyes for giving ISEPP this opportunity! 

ISEPP Takes an Ethical Stand

abughraibISEPP has issue a public statement in the form of submitted recommendations at http://apacustomout.apa.org/commentCentral/default.aspx?site=43 in response to the American Psychological Association's (APA) Call for Comments: Proposed Language to Revise Standard 3.04 for the Ethics Code.

The APA is making changes to the ethical guidelines for psychologists in the wake of last year's independent investigation into collusion between APA and the U.S. Government regarding psychologists' involvement in enhanced interrogations, and the subsequent APA Council of Representatives' vote to ban psychologists from those national security activities. You can read ISEPP's recommended code changes at our here.

 

The Effect of Poverty & Education on Grief

3/21/2016        ISEPP In Action 0 Comments

UntitledSee here for a recent study by ISEPP’s Joanne Cacciatore on the effects of poverty and parental education on the experience of bereaved mothers. Her study is the first to investigate poverty, education, and parental bereavement while examining the relative risk of other variables as informed by the literature. The findings reveal that poverty was the strongest predictor of psychological distress when compared to others factors which have traditionally been considered significant in parental bereavement. Bereaved parents living in poverty may be less likely to seek support and have fewer available resources.

ISEPP Challenges FDA Proposed Rule to Reclassify ECT

2/19/2016        ISEPP In Action 0 Comments

Toby Watson, Psy.D., recently submitted an ISEPP challenge to an FDA proposed rule to reclassify ECT so it can be used in "treating severe major depressive episode in patients 18 years of age and older who are treatment resistant or require a rapid response." You can read his challenge here.

 

PsychRights Wins Again!

 

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ISEPP's Jim Gottstein won another Alaska Supreme Court case on January 29th.   Appellant H.R.was subjected to an involuntary psychiatric evaluation based solely on the testimony presented by her condominium association, which she had accused of financial improprieties.  The statute authorizing the court to grant an ex parté (no notice) order to have someone picked up by the police and taken to a psych hospital for evaluation requires a screening investigation that included interviewing the person if possible.  The Alaska Supreme Court reversed the order of involuntary psychiatric evaluation because the court did not try to interview H.R.    See, the Opinion. Three cheers for Jim!

 

Looking Behind the Curtain of Genetic Research

1/12/2016        ISEPP In Action 0 Comments

JonathanISEPP's Jonathan Leo pulls the curtain back and allows us to see what's really happening. In his article The Search for Schizophrenia Genes, he provides an excellent explanation of why genetic research into mental disorders is a failed project.

The Fear in My Doctor’s Eyes

12/18/2015        ISEPP In Action 3 Comments

One of ISEPP's members, David Rose, wrote this poem to express his frustration in connecting with someone to explain his journey in Vietnam.


 

The Fear In My Doctor's Eyes

I have seen the fear in their eyes
When they first realize
What I did during the war
And my issues we have yet to explore

One of my docs even backed away
I'm over my head, as if to say
So he referred me to another doc
I'm tossed around like a dirty old sock

I was referred to an in-patient facility
Do I really have that much instability
I wasn't admitted in though
They said I needed more time to grow

I was actually rejected
For the reason I should have been selected
That's like going to the doctor for a vaccine
And he says you're too sick to be seen

I wish I knew what my docs are thinking
When they stare at me without blinking
My PTSD must be rather severe
When they look at me with such fear

 

Fictional Memoir – Ron Leifer

12/2/2015        ISEPP In Action 1 Comment

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ISEPP's Ron Leifer, M.D., is announcing the publication of his new book, The Search for Sin Semilla: A Fictional Memoir. His book is about a psychiatrist who helps an involuntary patient escape from a mental hospital from whom he learns the true meaning of his profession.
 
Anyone interested can obtain a copy by writing to Ron at: Ron Leifer, 92 West Hill School Rd., Richard, NY 13835. Include a check for $20 and your return address.