Published in March of 2017, “No One Cares About Crazy People” seamlessly weaves together the analysis of society’s historically harsh treatment of the mentally ill with journalist Ron Powers’ own very personal story. In this Keep Talking episode, he shares what he has learned as the parent of two sons with schizophrenia, his convictions about medical compliance, and his compassion for those who suffer with a chronic mental illness.
“SUICIDE.” I intentionally write it in capital letters, and place it in quotes, because so many of us find the word extremely difficult to see and to say. And yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified suicide as an epidemic in the U.S., with rates having reached a 30-year peak since they began to climb in 1999.
Timothy Wahlberg, PhD, and Clinical Director of the Prairie Clinic in Geneva, Illinois, answers questions and busts myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder in this Keep Talking interview.
Vermont is fortunate to have an established system of outpatient care for people who are recovering from opioid addiction. In fact, our state’s Hub and Spoke system has been nationally recognized as a model for other states struggling with the current opioid epidemic.
For nearly 200 years the Brattleboro Retreat has been a valuable health care resource and an important economic driver here in southern Vermont. That’s why one of my primary goals as hospital CEO is to ensure that the decisions we make today will allow the Retreat to continue serving the mental health and addiction treatment needs of people for generations to come.
While Senate passage of the Better Care Reconciliation ACT (BCRA) appears to have failed, it is unlikely that the Republican-led effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has seen its last day.
The concept and practice of enabling is a powerful and complicated issue—one that comes up regularly in my work as a clinical psychologist at the Brattleboro Retreat. Enabling has parallel meanings. To enable can refer to our interactions that empower others to develop and evolve. It also includes those well intended or protective actions that unfortunately may contribute to perpetuating or aggravating another person’s problems.
Irwin Krieger, LCSW, and Darcy Gingerich, MEd, LCMHC, LADC, discuss what it means when children and adolescents identify as transgender, the importance of acceptance and inclusion by families and communities, and how gender-affirming therapy can be helpful for transgender youth and their families.
Recent news of the closure of Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill took many of us in the field of mental health and addiction by surprise. Too many Vermonters in need of addiction treatment are already underserved. And the sudden loss of Maple Leaf's 41 beds along with its outpatient program for people battling opioid addiction is an unfortunate blow that will further strain our state's loosely stitched patchwork of mental health and addiction services.
Joseph Shannon, PhD, a personality disorder expert, follows up his 2012 Keep Talking interview and describes when unreasonable behavior is a symptom of an underlying personality disorder, and how, through the power of empathic listening and the knowledge of universal human concerns, it can be possible to disarm the unreasonable person and avoid conflict.