Tina Minkowitz on How to Connect Deeply and Relate to a Person

I have heard many ways people can connect deeply.

One is just an intuitive, empathetic connection that sometimes happens when people understand each other.

I also believe we can cultivate an ability to listen and connect deeply, to set aside judgments about how other people express themselves or react to a situation. When I do that, it often makes a real conversation possible. I’m not always successful at it, but I keep trying to learn.

Programs that Help People Connect Deeply

 

Soteria helps people connect deeply.

Ombudsperson programs, Soteria, and Open Dialogue all seem like practices

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Maria Mangicaro – Check for Physical Causes of Psychiatric Symptoms First

Editors note: Much of this post came from a comment previously published on MadInAmerica.com. The comment was by Maria Mangicaro. Because comment copyright ownership is still a matter of debate in the internet era, we’ll be glad to pull this if anyone objects.

Sticker found in Kansas City. What really defines psychiatric symptoms?

I am concerned with the “Chinese menu” approach, or using the DSM just to match people up with psychiatric symptoms:

1. Are certain individuals in our mental health care system. suffering from underlying medical conditions misdiagnosed as schizophrenia or bipolar? Are they being forced

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By Faith Rhyne – Peer Support in Disease Model Agencies: A Compromise that Helps Many People, Part 1 of 2

Peers at a recovery conference in Kansas

I think it’s best if I begin by acknowledging that I have pro-Peer bias and conflicted feelings about my job doing Peer Support in a disease model agency. I believe most state-funded community mental health centers (CMHC’s) provide poor and harmful disease model care. People in those systems do not support recovery if they are complicit with harm, such as coercive or non-informed “treatment” with dangerous medications and the use of clinical language that supports stigma.

Peer Support in disease-based agencies can challenge the

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