Are Criminals Blameworthy Or Are They Victims? American Justice, Mental Illness and the Illusion of Free Will

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General

Justice. 

It is an uncomfortable topic, particularly once we begin to explore mental health issues within the context of American prisons. There are currently ten times the number of individuals with serious mental illness in jails and state prisons than there are in state mental hospitals1. Prisons are currently our way of housing the mentally ill, de facto institutions when we find ourselves without appropriate healthcare facilities for long-term commitments.

Most prisoners are worse off biologically and emotionally when they emerge, increasing rates for re-offense. Not that this bothers us much; we assume that one who has been put away is a menace to society anyway, an individual who will surely do more harm than good. After all, you have to do something to get locked up. It is that action that we judge in our courthouses. 

But neuroscientist David Eagleman has a slightly different take on the notion of justice in Incognito. Ealgeman argues that it is not simply the act committed that we should look at during sentencing. To judge an individual, we must identify how blameworthy they are. 

And that, my friends, is a more difficult subject than most realize....  continue reading

Is America Being Overmedicated? Suffering From Undertreatment

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under General

 

In part one of this series, we saw that the pharmaceutical industry has evolved to influence modern care practices in ways that directly impact our health. In part two, we explored the ways that marketing can potentially trigger individuals to seek medications they may not benefit from

However, the issues of overdiagnosis and overmedication pale in comparison to undertreatment....  continue reading

Is America Being Overmedicated? Making People Sick to Make Them Well

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under General

In the last post, (Is America Being Overmedicated? Money, Medicine and the Pharmaceutical Industry) we explored the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on health care, the impact of biased research studies and the evolution of big money in health treatment. It is obvious that the drug companies exert a great deal of influence over modern health care practices. 

But how exactly does it trickle down to us?...  continue reading

Is American Being Overmedicated? Money, Medication and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under General

There are many who believe that some normal personalities are patholgized—treated like illness—in a culture where only certain

traits are rewarded (click here for more on that). There is also a tendency to look down on those who have traits that don’t mesh with our society’s version of success. 

However, whether we overmedicate individuals for these traits is a hot button topic.  

Many believe that people are prone to seek drugs based on a misunderstanding of symptoms or for “quick fix” reasons. Others think that parents and schools are actively trying to medicate children to make their lives easier. 

So, are people actually being overmedicated for mental health problems?...  continue reading

How Safe Is Your Job? Why Self-Control Matters For Physical and Mental Health

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under General


The loss of control can do more than make you super pissed-off, particularly for those of us more inclined to buck assimilation. 

Me? Combative? Seriously, that's not a fucking surprise, is it?

But according to choice researcher Dr. Sheena Iyengar, author of, The Art of Choosing, lack of choice may trigger physical health problems as opposed to purely emotional ones1....  continue reading

"I'm Fat, and You Don't Love Me": How Early Attachment Insecurity May Cause Eating Disorders

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under General

We've talked a lot on this blog about depression. Anxiety. Trauma. Social issues. Motherhood. Self Harm. It's about freaking time we got around to eating disorders. 

I'm not interested in telling you a bunch of stuff you already know, things you've already heard. It's easy to say, "These are the behaviors these conditions encompass, so stop doing that." And unfortunately, people who have no idea what the fuck they're talking about use phrases like this regularly.

But it ISN'T THE FOOD. Eating disorders are not about meals. They're usually about control. And those issues start young, sometimes before you've mastered the use of a knife and fork.   

Attachment has become a catch phrase used to describe an evolutionarily relevant parenting style. But this isn't about today's children. This is about the kids today's women used to be. Because early attachment plays a role in bodily dissatisfaction and eating disordered behavior....  continue reading