Beyond Recovery

A collection of articles, artwork and information by Merseysiders on recovery in mental health

Newspaper Websites’ Links and Written Articles

The following link is for a free download of a report by The British Psychological Society that aims to explain bipolar disorder:

http://ubd.spectrumdevelopment.org.uk/understandingbipolar.pdf

 

The Icarus Project Guides are available as free downloads from their website, http://www.theicarusproject.net

Follow the links on their site to find some great resources such as:

  • Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs,

  • Madness and Oppression 

  • Navigating The Space Between Brilliance and Madness: A Reader and Roadmap Of Bipolar Worlds

 

 

The UK newspaper ‘The Guardian’ has a great mental health series of articles and reports which can be found online at the following address:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/mental-health

An example of their interesting articles is the following site’s article on a trial aiming to test the use of anti-inflammatory drugs to combat depression:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/20/anti-inflammatory-drugs-could-fight-depression-immune-disorders

Another good article of theirs is on the validity of the psychiatric diagnosis system:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/24/mental-health-labels-diagnosis-study-psychiatrists

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen is someone with a website which has information from and links to buy his very useful books, which in the main assess the benefits and risks of antidepressant use.  The following link goes to a page of his website which has an appendix from one of his books.  It is a table of likely withdrawal effects that people will come across when discontinuing these drugs.  As such it is a very useful checklist and resource for people attempting to come off all types of antidepressants:

http://drglenmullen.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/AS-Appendix-1.pdf

 

The following link goes to a piece of writing that links mental health problems to the underlying political system:

http://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/ray-filar/mental-health-why-were-all-sick-under-neoliberalism

 

This next link looks to pick out psychiatry’s social roots framing it’s development in the terms of class war:

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/08/mental-health-psychiatry-class-struggle

 

The UK newspaper ‘The Independent’ has a good article on a similar theme, i.e. the root causes of mental health problems, that is available online at:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mental-health-help-how-change-awareness-causes-treat-a8357741.html

 

There is a physical magazine publication called Asylum (Asylum Magazine For Democratic Psychiatry) that has been published for the last thirty years here in the UK.  It aims to act as a platform to voice and discuss all perspectives on mental health.  A lot of their back catalogue of articles is available online at:

http://www.asylummagazine.org

 

The British newspaper ‘The Times’ has its content behind a paywall.  If you do subscribe though there is an interesting article on some research that says in summary a night without any sleep can help reset depression.  If you pay for their subscription the link to the article can be found here:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/go-without-sleep-to-cure-your-depression-m33lftggb

 

The following article from the UK ‘i’ newspaper cites a study that claims simply areas of the globe with more sunlight have lower incidence of obsessive compulsive disorder:

Why sunny weather could reduce the risk of obsessive compulsive disorder

 

The website for the British consumer champion Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, has frequent articles on the subject of mental health and debt with further information and links about where else to turn for help and advice and this following link goes to the internet page where you can download his mental health and debt pdf guide:

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/mental-health-guide/

 

An easily accessible gentle reminder of the importance of enough sleep especially for certain groups in society like those in their teenage years where the brain is still not fully developed:

The Comprehensive Guide to Sleep Deprivation: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

 

This link goes to a blog post on the website of renowned psychiatrist and researcher Joanna Moncrieff.  In it as the title suggests she details how many psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies are still promoting the unscientific biological view of mental health distress:

The Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression: still promoted but still unfounded

 

This link is to a simple, handy guide to some causes of depression with some solutions:

Depression Is an Inflammatory Disease

 

This article from the online blog of the ‘Psychology Today’ magazine is about an experiment which seems fairly definitively to link a person’s microbiome (ie changes in their gut health) and chronic mental illness:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201903/psychosis-and-symbiosis-microbiome-and-schizophrenia

 

This is a link for a brief summary of evidence for the treatment of schizophrenia with a ketogenic (low carbohydrate) diet:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/advancing-psychiatry/201904/chronic-schizophrenia-put-remission-without-medication

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