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Ron Unger Patient Expert

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According to what has been called the medical model, people who have been diagnosed with "schizophrenia" and with "psychosis" in general, have a brain disease or chemical imbalance. Past life experience such as trauma, according to that model, has nothing to do with why... Full Bio
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Going Deeper Into “Madness” with ISPS: Anticipating the International Dialogue in NYC... by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As awareness spreads about there being something wrong with existing approaches to “psychosis” aka “madness,” interest grows in exploring what to do instead. One interesting ... Read on »
Why “Stabilizing” People is Entirely the Wrong Idea by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health If human beings were meant to be entirely stable entities, then “stabilizing” them would be an entirely good thing, a target for mental health treatment that all could agree ... Read on »
Does Long Term Use of “Antipsychotic” Drugs Result in More Disability, and More... by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This sounds like a weird question – everyone knows that psychosis is often very disabling, and antipsychotic drugs are widely recognized for their effects in reducing psycho ... Read on »
How Can Professionals Learn to Reduce Fears of Psychotic Experiences Rather Than Emphasize... by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The kinds of experience we call psychotic are often incredibly scary: people feel they are being persecuted by strange forces, or that their brains have been invaded by demo ... Read on »
CBT for Psychosis, and the Hearing Voices Movement – Can They Be Friends? by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When Doug Turkington, a UK psychiatrist, first announced to his colleagues that he wanted to help people with psychotic experiences by talking to them, he was told by some t ... Read on »
From Protest to Taking Over: Using Education to Change Mental Health Care by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As we develop critical awareness about the mental health “treatments” that don’t work and that often make things much worse, the question inevitably comes up, what can those ... Read on »
Therapy on the Wild Side – Depathologizing and Working with “Psychosis” and... by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Thanks to the work of those who have recovered and of those who have helped them, there now exists an ever growing resource of humane and humanizing strategies that can allo ... Read on »
Helping Children and Adolescents Deal with Voices by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Rachael (Rai) Waddingham has made available a presentation by herself with lots of good ideas for anyone trying to help a child or adolescent do better with the experience o ... Read on »
Daniel Mackler’s Films are Now Free on YouTube by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Daniel Mackler has made some very thought provoking and informative films about alternative understandings and approaches to psychosis. They are as follows: Take These Broke ... Read on »
Madness as an Attempt to Heal from Dissociation? by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One idea I’ve been intrigued by for awhile is the notion that psychosis can arise from attempts to heal dissociation. Dissociation is all very ordered and structured.  But i ... Read on »
Uses and Abuses of “Recovery” – A Review by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The World Psychiatric Journal just published an interesting article, Uses and abuses of recovery: implementing recovery-oriented practices in mental health systems .  It is ... Read on »
Finding the Inner Wild by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Modern “civilized” cultures do not have a good relationship with the wild.  It seems we are always doing everything possible to shut it out of our lives, or to kill or tame ... Read on »
An Opportunity for “Mad Caring”: David Oaks Needs Our Help by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For decades, one of the most prominent voices for radical change, or  “non-violent revolution” in mental health care has been David Oaks, former director of MindFreedom Inte ... Read on »
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis: A Highly Valuable Contribution despite Major Flaws by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The core of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is the idea of simply accepting, rather than trying to get rid of, disturbing or unwanted inner experiences like anxie ... Read on »
Creating Dialog on Approaches for “Psychosis” in New Jersey by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health What would happen if professionals opened their minds about the nature of madness?  What new possibilities might be created if they questioned labels such as “schizophrenia” ... Read on »
Madness, Revolution, and Making Peace by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health While some will frame Eleanor’s story, told in her awesome TED video, as the triumph of an individual struggling against “mental illness,” I believe the story might better b ... Read on »
Tapering Off Medications When “Symptoms Have Remitted: Does That Make Sense? by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health While a 2 year outcome study by Wunderink et al has been cited as evidence that guided discontinuation of antipsychotics for people whose psychosis has remitted results in t ... Read on »
Madness and Play: Exploring the Boundary by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When children do things like recoil in fear from monsters and ghosts in their darkened bedroom at night,  it’s easy to see the “out of touch with reality” aspect of their ex ... Read on »
Conspiracy Theories Fill a Need by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health While some people find their lives ruined by belief in imagined conspiracies that affect them personally – they may isolate from, or even attack, friends and family, and get ... Read on »
Could a Different Approach to “Mental Health” Be Part of Solving the Climate Crisis? by Ron Unger Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Earth Day 2013 is a good time to reflect on how problems in our mental health system reflect deep flaws in “normal” conceptions of what it means to be a human being.  These ... Read on »