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  1. supergreysmoke

    Abuse scandal victims are still waiting for psychological help

    Rotherham abuse scandal victims are still waiting for psychological help - Crime - UK - The Independent Abuse scandal victims are still waiting for psychological help Girls abused by sex gangs are being denied the psychological help they need to help overcome their trauma because of a lack of...
  2. cpuusage

    The Chemical Imbalance Theory: Still Being Promoted

    The Chemical Imbalance Theory: The fact is that there are no psychiatric drugs that normalize brain neurotransmitter function. Indeed, the opposite is the case. Every psychiatric drug on the market today produces abnormal brain function. So either Drs. Williams and Landa aren’t aware of...
  3. F

    Industry withdrawal from psychiatric medication development

    Between 1950 and 1969, on a serendipitous basis, psychiatric drug development flourished. However, there has been a steep decline in the development of new medication classes. Instead of new molecular entities, slight molecular modifications producing “me-too” drugs attempted to garner market...
  4. T

    Sister Coming Off of Lithium

    My sister talked to her med doctor yesterday and the doctor told her that she can stop taking her lithium cold turkey. I feel like this could potentially have negative side effects. The doctor said that because my sister is below the therapeutic range, the lithium is having no effect right now...
  5. Per Ardua Ad Astra

    Some Advice Please: Democratic Therapeutic Community

    Hi guys. I've been under psychiatrists for years, and have a diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia. But I've also seen a psychologist in recent years, and he gave me Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), which I've found helpful. My psych doc referred me to the psychologist again recently, and late...
  6. Per Ardua Ad Astra

    Good News: A Step Closer...

    I had some good news today. After 'screening' assessments, I'm on the waiting to list to see my psychologist again. I phoned him on Monday to see when the appointments might start, but he was away on annual leave. The receptionist said he would call me back when he was back in work. He called...
  7. S

    starting relationships if you both have BPD; asking for advice

    I wrote a new thread about this but it hasn't come up so maybe I pressed the wrong button because it hasn't shown up, so I'm trying again. Does anyone have opinions or experience of two people with BPD trying to start a romantic relationship? I have met a guy I like and we both have BPD, and...
  8. F

    A new treatment for borderline personality disorder

    A group of Swiss investigators reports on a new type of psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Motive-oriented therapeutic relationship (MOTR) was postulated to be a particularly helpful therapeutic ingredient in the early...
  9. Seashell

    Therapeutic communites

    Have any of you ever stayed at a therapeutic community? or looked into it? I kinda like the sound of it... x
  10. M

    Mood Stabilizers: what are you taking?

    Hey peeps, Am 32 weeks pregnant at the moment and so most of my meds have been stopped (at the beginning of pregnancy). Am currently on a psych ward because I just can't cope. Was taking Lithium before the pregnancy, but it never got to a therapeutic level. Was just wondering what mood...
  11. H


    Hello everyone, My name is Maque. I don't have a mental illness but my mother does. I just went through a really rough time with her and found this site. I'm hoping it can be helpful and therapeutic to talk to people who are in similar situations as me. I'm very understanding and a good listener...
  12. C

    Help! Need advice about treatment

    Hello lovely people, I wondered if anyone could advise about treatment? Feeling very lost, alone and low at the moment. I was referred to mental health (for 2nd time) in Jan; after a few visits psychiatrist diagnosed me with BPD and I was referred to a personality disorder unit. They run a...
  13. Rorschach

    The Philadelphia Association

    Hey peeps, thought that this might be of interest to the members. Primarily the organisation is based in Hampstead, London, but I'm sure their web spreads further. It provides psychotherapy and training, as well as providing therapeutic communities. I've been having therapy with one of their...
  14. shaun3210

    Hello All In Need Of Some Advice

    I have been having problems with depression and dealing with people since I was in my teen’s and the older I get the worse they seem to get, I’m 40 this year and I don’t know how much lower I can get, I don’t look after myself very well I chain smoke and my health is suffering because of it. I...
  15. R

    therapeutic communities

    hello, i'm new here, i wonder if any of you could help me. i am in the assessment process to go into a therapeutic community (aka group therapy) my psychologist said it would be a good idea to find out from those currently or previously in this type of therapy what their experiences are/were. so...
  16. P

    The voices within... program on ABC Radio (Australia) featuring INTERVOICE members

    The voices within... program on ABC Radio (Australia) featuring INTERVOICE members "Many people hear voices inside their head -- some are diagnosed with schizophrenia, others live privately with the experience. International leaders in the Hearing Voices Network gather in Australia this week...
  17. cloudberry

    Therapeutic Community Living - anyone have any ideas?

    Hi to all, havnt posted for a while so its good to be back! I've thought about this for a while and wondered if anyone here has direct or indirect experience of living in a community, therapeutic or just a general one? Or do you know of any you have heard are good? I'm getting on a bit and...
  18. L

    Service users of online counselling services

    Hi, I am a student at a London university who is researching online therapy/online counselling. I am doing this by interviewing people (online and anonymously) using a synchronous (and encrypted) connection for privacy about their online therapeutic experiences. I hope that through this site I...
  19. K

    Therapeutic Communities Research - Need for Participants

    I am a doctoral student at the City University and I am looking for people who would be willing to take part in a study about therapeutic communities. The work of therapeutic communities is relatively unknown to the psychological community or to the wider public and the views from the ‘inside’...
  20. M

    Service provision

    Hi Does anyone know how one becomes a Service Provider and how to go about setting up a new therapeutic project? Cheers Marchhare