Support Groups

ECT: Patient Experiences and Perceptions

ECT

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Patient Experiences and Perceptions. It’s difficult to find real patient experiences with, and perspectives on ECT, electroconvulsive therapy online. I want to change this with real data from real people who have experienced ECT. What I want is data that will prove or disprove the assumptions that people make about ECT. I … Read more

Traumatic Stress Study

U of A Dept of Psychiatry Studies

Purpose: Investigate how a six-week course of morning light exposure affects individuals who have experienced stress following exposure to a traumatic event. Basic Requirements: Must have transportation to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, regular internet access, and an active e-mail address. Time Commitment: 3 WEEKDAY visits to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson (one … Read more

Traumatic Stress Study-Morning light exposure

U of A Dept of Psychiatry Studies

Purpose: Investigate how a six week course of morning light exposure affects individuals who have experienced stress following exposure to a traumatic event. Basic Requirements: Must have transportation to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, regular internet access, and an active e-mail address. Time Commitment: 3 WEEKDAY visits to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson … Read more

Light Exposure Study

U of A Dept of Psychiatry Studies

Study Overview: We are conducting a study at the University of Arizona to understand the effectiveness of a six-week course of light exposure on cognitive functioning, mood, activity, and sleep in people that have suffered a head injury leading to a mild traumatic brain injury or “concussion.” Participants will undergo a series of surveys and … Read more

Being Mad about Psychiatry & Psychiatric Medications

angry, anger

I used to be a person who was very mad about psychiatry and psychiatric medication (psych meds). I had that vehement anger we often hear from antipsychiatrists although I was not antipsychatiry, per se. My biggest fantasy, at the time, was to take the horrible medications I was prescribed and shove them down the throat … Read more

Café 54 asks public for help, facing funding deficit,

Cafe 54, Tucson

In the face of a steep deficit, leaders of downtown lunch bistro Café 54 are turning to the public for help. The nonprofit has seen reduced insurance payments for the recovery support services it offers people with serious mental illness, who can get job training at the American fusion cafe and its mobile food truck, … Read more

Brain Stimulation Therapies

What are brain stimulation therapies? Brain stimulation therapies involve activating or touching the brain directly with electricity, magnets, or implants to treat depression and other disorders. Electroconvulsive therapy is the most researched stimulation therapy and has the longest history of use. Other stimulation therapies discussed here — vagus nerve stimulation, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetic … Read more

2016 Picnic Success!

Cafe 54, Tucson

Our 2016 Picnic at Reid Park was a success. Nearly 50 members attended, and the food by “Cafe 54” was outstanding. BBQ sliders & vegetarian sliders were fantastic. Cafe 54 Catering Manager, Ruth Christopherson, (catering@cafe54.org) delivered the goods, and setup it all up for us, forks, spoons, knives, napkins, the whole shebang. Great service, great prices, … Read more

“I’m Living with BiPolar disorder,” and other absurd political correctness

2 sides of bipolar

Because bipolar disorder is a serious illness that harms. If I’ve said anything at all in the over a thousand articles I’ve written on bipolar disorder, I’ve said this: bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that harms those who have it. If it didn’t cause harm we wouldn’t call it an illness. If it … Read more