Monday, November 30, 2009

Quote of the day - Fighting institutionalization



"...fighting for the prevention of institutionalization is a task that i feel is hard but doable, i've done it before."
by Stephany at Soulful Sepulcher in her post Lucidity.


Choking first aid - I needed it yesterday and now I know how dangerous choking is

Today I thought I was going to die because a piece of meat I swallowed got stuck and I could not breath.
I thought: "is this the way I'm going to die?" I could not speak either and a man started doing the subdiaphragmatic abdominal thrusts but it didn't help. I got very nervous but someone said: "Don't get nervous. Easy!" so I sat and relaxed with my head down and could expelled.
I realized how dangerous it can be because it's not very divulged. I remembered the movie Mrs Doubtfire when she helps Pierce Brosnan's character in the restaurant.
I realized that there are not people trained to help people in restaurants and maybe waiting for rescue can be fatal. So I am putting the site below that explain how to is the 1st-Aid for choking. It was a little traumatic for me. I hope it never happens to you or in case it happens someone knows how to deal with it. I needed someone to put his finger in my throat to take the meat away. Fortunately I always bend my body and put my head down when I am not feeling fine.


-Cut food into small pieces.
-Chew food slowly and thoroughly, especially if wearing dentures.
-Avoid laughing and talking during chewing and swallowing.
-Avoid excessive intake of alcohol before and during meals.

Infants and Children:
-Keep marbles, beads, thumbtacks, and other small objects out of their reach and prevent them from walking, running, or playing with food or toys in their mouths.

If you observe an "conscious" ADULT choking:
-Ask, "Are you choking?"
-If the victim can speak, cough, or breathe, DO NOT INTERFERE.
-If the victim CANNOT speak, cough, or breathe, give subdiaphragmatic abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver) until the foreign body is expelled or the victim becomes unconscious. (Or in case of extreme obesity or late pregnancy, give chest thrusts.)

IIf the Victim Becomes Unconscious:

Visit the site for all the informations. We only think about 1st-aid when we need help. If you have any 1st-aid site that you believe is good leave a comment and I will publish it. I can only think about choking for the moment.
Have a good and healthy week!

I talked to a friend of mine and she told me that the mother of a friend of hers in in irreversible coma because of choking.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Quote of the day - Biederman and others hideous psychiatric model

"I'm not certain how Biederman and others hijacked child psychiatry, but they did."

Philip Dawdy here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

RSF, Reporters Without Borders, created the Peter Mackler Award in 2008

"About the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism

The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism was founded in June, 2008 to honor the memory of Peter Mackler, a Brooklyn-born thirty-five year veteran journalist who championed ethical journalism, freedom of expression, and who helped transform the news agency Agence France Press (AFP) into the international competitor it is today. Mackler also founded Global Media Forum, which has helped train journalists and non-profit organizations to use the media as a tool for social change, and Project Plato, which teaches journalism as a life skill to teenagers.

The Peter Mackler award rewards journalists who fight courageously and ethically to report the news in countries where freedom of the press is either not guaranteed or not recognized. The Award ceremony will take place on October 2, 2009 at 6PM at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, 529 14th St. N.W, 13th Fl.; Washington, DC 20045. The ceremony will be followed by a networking hour. There will be a silent auction."

This year winner was:

"Published on 31 August 2009

Global Media Forum and the US branch of Reporters Without Borders are pleased to announce that respected Sri Lankan journalist and editor J. S. Tissainayagam has been selected as the first winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Tissainayagam will be formally awarded the prize at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 2, 2009. The key note speaker for the ceremony will be Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of the Washington Post."

RSF, Report Without Borders, do a great work and I am a supporter of their work and by singing their petitions.
I just wanted that there was an organization that could fight for ethical journalism in countries where reporters are not murdered, tortured or suffer mental and physical abuse but are not employed if they do not report what he/she is told to report and those who are ethical have to work in an independent way without any recognition.
We know the power of journalism and how important it is to have the right information.
Congratulations RFS! Keep going.
Thanks to independent journalists that work at home as in exile in their own countries.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Golden Lion Award

My dear friend Susan honored me with the Golden Lion Award and it's a very special award since it was the first she received and the person from whom she received is not bloging anymore. This is what Susan wrote about her decision
"My very first blog award I was given was by a young woman in SF named PhC, who was struggling with HIV. She has dropped off the blogosphere for the last two years, but I want to replay her gift forward. I don't know if she has left this earth, or left the blogosphere, but I miss her."
I have nothing left to say about the importance of this award. I am very happy to receive it and I hope that this young woman is at peace wherever she is.
As always it's hard to chose only six blog friends but there it goes:

Jennifer at BPC in OKC ;
Cc at Clinically clueless;
Cheryl at Wishing and discovering;
Marissa Muller at Depression Introspection;
Marj at Survivors can thrive!;
Matthew at It's quite an experience;
Mike at Rambling Stuffs;
Sandee at Comedy Plus;
Tracy at Black Holes and Barbies;

Nine? Still I didn't give it to everybody I want.

Monday, November 16, 2009

ACPP - Implementing the new general scientific paradigm to treat children with OCD in Armenia

I joined the Mental Health Resource Directory months ago when I saw it at friend's blog. The badge is still at my blog and I will leave it.
I just visited the site.
There are some good blogs but I found the Association of Child Psychiatrist and Psychologists as one of the sites as well as others that are in opposite directions. They want to implement scientific based mental health care in Armenia and, why not, Russia?

Collaboration with International pharmaceuticals industry resent PPT presentations for Janssen - Cilag and Solvay group Armenia (Year 2008).

Russian presentation for Janssen - Cilag (MS PowerPoint, 2.0 Mb)
Russian presentation for Solvay (MS PowerPoint, 1.7 Mb) (this slide-show explains how SSRI's work and take as example Paroxetine (Paxil/Seroxat) and also Fluvoxamine (Fevarin). It is written in Russian but we can understand it because it is explained as if the audience was six years-old.

Poster presentation Ziprasidone among adolescents with overlapping OCD and Tourette's syndrome (Pilot study)

This is part of the site and I put in red the laboratory and the drug.

ACPP is helping to implement scientific based mental health system in Armenia:

"In accordance with new priorities, which have been worked out by ACPP, its members are engaged in scientific work which is being covered in publications and reports at symposia, conferences and educational seminars in year 2008. The core of these works is the consolidation of the new general scientific paradigm in psychiatry and psychology representing different areas of interest to the specialty, such as affective disorders, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, impulsivity and impulse control disorders, diagnosis and intervention. In Year 2008 Open post marketing study of effectiveness of Fluvoxamine (Fevarin) among adolescents with severe OCD was completed. The study was conducted by support of SOLVAY Pharmaceuticals local team in Armenia."(emphasis mine)

This is part of this ACPP 2008 report.
It seems that Armenian children will receive the same treatment of the western civilization.
Why am I not happy?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Call for action - Promoting Furious Seasons, what can we do?

I believe that many of us agree that Furious Seasons is one of the most important mental health blogs and should be top 1 in all blog directors and accessible to most people as possible not only for us who already know the problems Phillip raises.
I just found that Blogged has this rate for Furious Seasons:

Furious Seasons at Blogged

This is not fair! Very good? My blog is very good and I didn't do 1/100.000.000 of what Philip is doing.
I did a review because they can change the rate according to other people's reviews.
People trust in more in numbers than in words: "Oh! A top 1 blog? It's good!"
Let's try to make of Furious Seasons a source for all of those who search for mental health problems or psych-drugs being overused and all the problems we know.
I think of Philip as a kind of spokesman for all of us and I thank him for his work.
Please leave any idea of how can we make Furious Seasons appear to the public and not only for us.
Thank you.

PS: I did an award*, I think the more we at my other blog and I am asking people to leave a comment here at Hella Heaven Independent Journalism Award.
Now I think it's time for social networkings. I am not very good at it. But I will try.
Let's do it please!
Ideas, we need efficacious ways.

*we cannot wait for official recognition so let's promote our own way.
If you think I am being naive please tell me. It took me a lot of courage to do it.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

To the American and British governments

This is the story of Jeremy whose Pearl Jam's song, at this post, talks about.
He shot his mouth with a gun in front of the class.
Sometimes I get so angry about what is being done to American and British children that I have to express it in any way.
This is the way I am remembering all those children, teenagers and adults who took their lives because of SSRI's/SRNI's-induced suicidal ideation.
I don't know why whenever I listen to the music I feel like crying. But this is me.
I don't think that the American and British government carry a bean about the lives of American and British children. Health is something that is not of any interest and it even seems to me that the world is overpopulated and if people die it is better for the income of those who have money.
I am not talking about children and people from the rest of the world.
The lasts posts I am publishing here are being done with anger.
I am sorry for that but it is beyond any explanation what American and British governments are doing to their children.

R.I.P Jeremy

Also R.I.P.
Eric Harris
Candace Downing
Sarah Carlin
Traci Johnson
Kara Baker
Kevin Rider
Woody Matters

Sharise Gatchell

There is a long list at SSRI STORIES:


SuicideAntidepressant2009-11-04England19 Year Old Hangs Self
Steals PlaneMed For Depression2009-11-04Missouri/CanadaStudent Pilot Steals Plane: Hopes To Be Shot Down For Crossing Border
MurderPaxil2009-11-04IowaWoman Attempts Suicide for 1st Time While on Paxil: Later Kills her Son
These are considered anecdotal evidence. Good Job FDA/MHRA!