Posts tagged mental illness

Q: “Do animals get mental illnesses, just like humans? Or is your dog just dumb?”
A: Gawker’s Hey Science fields this one out to a few experts - a vet behaviorist, a Prof. of vet biosciences, vet neurologist and emergency vet all give an answer… and here’s the rub:

Animals do suffer from mental illnesses. Caveats: 1) not necessarily the same mental illnesses as humans, and 2) diagnosis of animal mental illness is based on animal behavior, a trickier task than the diagnosis of mental illness in humans. If you want to get your pet’s mental illness diagnosed, go to a certified veterinary behaviorist, not a bullshit “pet psychologist.”  [via, IMG]

Q: “Do animals get mental illnesses, just like humans? Or is your dog just dumb?

A: Gawker’s Hey Science fields this one out to a few experts - a vet behaviorist, a Prof. of vet biosciences, vet neurologist and emergency vet all give an answer… and here’s the rub:

Animals do suffer from mental illnesses. Caveats: 1) not necessarily the same mental illnesses as humans, and 2) diagnosis of animal mental illness is based on animal behavior, a trickier task than the diagnosis of mental illness in humans. If you want to get your pet’s mental illness diagnosed, go to a certified veterinary behaviorist, not a bullshit “pet psychologist.”  [via, IMG]

theconjecturer:

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan still imprison dissidents in psychiatric hospitals. As a part of their stunning mutlimedia retrospective on the Soviet Union, RFE/RL reports on the Soviet roots of such a  despicable practice.

When the KGB declares you insane. Your speaking my language with this post. So, of course I showed this to my ex-KGB counter intelligence source to get his off the cuff thoughts on this. And, as it’s becoming quiet routine with him, I get schooled and verbally paddled when it comes to thinking the psychology of the KGB is exclusive of the political environment. Honestly, I’m not sure how he puts up with me. 

PD8: What do you know about this case, or instances of KGB putting people in mental institutions to keep them silent or tucked away… until they are truly insane? 

xKGB: It’s a big question, bigger than you think. First, decent, intelligent people don’t go into politics and are not crazy about political power. Second, politics is all about economy of the country and money for political leaders. Third, both republics are just cards in a big geopolitical Russian and AMERICAN STRATEGIES - LOOK AT THE MAP. Fourth, if political opposition appears anywhere on this planet, they start looking for foreign support right away, mostry from USA (Russian opposition don’t even hide the fact that US Dept of State and different American foundations give them money.)

Now, about mental institutions: 1. Situation might be much worse- in Byelorussia, another former Soviet rep. people just disappear. 2. They don’t break your brain there - they just calm you down, mostly before and during elections. Some haloperidol, for example. It doesn’t mean that I approve this practice. And what about CIA holding suspects (“terrorists”) in secret prisons where they’ve been tortured ?

PD8: Touché.

xKGB: Any wrongful act is subject to a psychiatricanalys, arguing that under socialism there are no social causes for criminal acts.

Eskulpatsiya, is recognition of the insanity of dissidents, in one form or another expressing his disagreement with some moments of domestic and foreign policy of the Soviet government, carried out deliberately. For this purpose, mainly for psychiatric diagnosis: creeping form of schizophrenia  and paranoid personality development.

If and when I pursue this line, I’m certain for another stern “sit down”. Wish me luck!

Warehousing psychopaths? That's some wording.

But the point about conditions for prisoners is valid.  Is it acceptable that a life sentence serving serial killer receive tax payer supplied privileges like a personal trainer while writing her cook book, while others are denied a therapist for lack of funds?  The deeper question the author asks is how fair is it benefit$ be given to someone with little to no ability to appreciate their circumstance or crime (and to that end, rehabilitate) when the money could be used for therapy those who actually could improve.

  It has been often discussed that it is almost pointless to try to punish people with antisocial personality disorder because they will not learn from it and it is impossible to rehabilitate. (…) This is where the idea of the warehouse to put psychopaths and others that are unable to be rehabilitated would come in handy. By doing this you separate people who are obviously mentally disturbed from prisoners who can function as completely normal citizens after rehabilitation. This would allow different standards to be set for different groups. VIA

Separating criminals based on level of mental illness and possibility of improvement (like we do with the level of heinousness of the crime/risk of the offender- min vs max)… assuming rehabilitation and thoughtful appropriation of funding is our prison system’s goal. I know the Senate Republicans of NY  would love a new permanent money making facility.  Thoughts?

happyharry:

this should be watched by everyone

I enjoy Szasz, but re: schizophrenia, researchers may have found that it is a brain disease or virus- which would no longer categorize it as merely a behavior. But, he makes a striking points about other types of conditions. Szasz’s main arguments can be summarised as follows:

  • "The myth of mental illness: "Mental illness" is an expression, a metaphor that describes an offending, disturbing, shocking, or vexing conduct, action, or pattern of behavior, such as schizophrenia, as an “illness” or “disease”. Szasz wrote: “If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic.”While people behave and think in ways that are very disturbing, and that may resemble a disease process (pain, deterioration, response to various interventions), this does not mean they actually have a disease. To Szasz, disease can only mean something people “have,” while behavior is what people “do”. Diseases are “malfunctions of the human body, of the heart, the liver, the kidney, the brain” while “no behavior or misbehavior is a disease or can be a disease. That’s not what diseases are” Szasz cites drapetomania as an example behavior which many in society did not approve of, being labeled and widely cited as a ‘disease’ and likewise with women who did not bow to men’s will as having “hysteria”Psychiatry actively obscures the difference between (mis)behavior and disease, in its quest to help or harm parties to conflicts. By calling certain people “diseased”, psychiatry attempts to deny them responsibility as moral agents, in order to better control them.” (mas)