Job application discrimination and mental illness

Recently I’ve applied for a number of library government positions in southern Oregon where I’m fairly sure I met the minimum requirements but was never even asked for an interview. The basic requirements were the following: a high school degree and some experience working in a library.I wonder if there is some way to report…

The boundaries of mental illness

Isn’t everyone a little mentally ill? This seems to be the prevailing idea on my FB feed via memes. One of these memes says, ” relax…we’re all crazy, its not a competition”. When I see this I feel annoyed but at the same time I wonder is there a clear boundary between normal and abnormal?…

Mental illness and mass shootings

Recently a well known psychiatrist, Dr. Gail Saltz, and Obama stated that most mass shooters aren’t mentally ill. I’m a little perplexed about this since the most recent shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, and many others have at least a personality issues if not an actual personality disorder. A personality disorder is considered a mental disorder…

My arguments against antipsychiatry

My experience deviates from the experience of the depressed and psychotic people in Anatomy of an Epidemic. I would argue against Robert Whitaker (antipsychiatrists) by making the following points: Robert Whitaker said that depression used to be thought of as cyclic and a limiting illness. My experience is that it is more chronic and that…

Advanced paternal age associated with mental disorders

A new study has found that the increase in some mental illnesses could be due to the fact that child bearing is being delayed in modern culture.  The effect of advanced paternal age at childbearing on the psychiatric morbidity risk of their children extends to several psychiatric disorders and particularly bipolar disorder, findings from a…

Anti-Psychiatry is simple minded

According to this man in the video no known pathology exists in the mentally ill and consequently mental illness doesn’t exist. What annoys me is that anti-psychiatrists believe that pathology or abnormality can only exist as either a lesion or something measured in the blood. I submit that they have an overly narrow view of…