Improving Outcomes in Bipolar Disorder through Positive Aspects

J Affect Disord. 2011 Feb;128(3):185-90. Epub 2010 May 15. Positive aspects of mental illness: a review in bipolar disorder. Galvez JF, Thommi S, Ghaemi SN. Source Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA. Abstract INTRODUCTION: There is growing interest to understand the role of positive psychological features on the outcomes of medical illnesses. Unfortunately this topic…

Pathways to recovery (PTR): impact of peer-led group participation on mental health recovery outcomes.

Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2010 Summer;34(1):42-8. Fukui S, Davidson LJ, Holter MC, Rapp CA. Source University of Kansas-Social Welfare, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA. fsadaaki@ku.edu Abstract OBJECTIVE: This study examined the positive effects on recovery outcomes for people with severe and persistent mental illness using peer-led groups based on Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook…

Psychiatric Advance Directives and Joint Crisis Plans: Promoting Patient Empowerment Concepts

Intervention and involuntary commitment laws become major consideration in cases of severe mental illness [1][2] [8]. Some states have the requirement of an “imminent danger” or “immediate danger”, making involuntary commitment difficult. Pete Earley, an author who chronicled his own attempts to help his son during a psychiatric disturbance  in his book, “Crazy: A Father’s…

Psychotic Disorders: A disease that could lead to imprisonment, not empowerment

Expert opinions describe the accused Tucson shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, as suffering from a psychotic disorder. Various descriptions of Loughner’s behavior before the shooting meet the diagnostic criteria of schizophrenia. Julie Schenecker, the Tampa, Florida mother who recently admitted to fatally shooting her two teenage children in the head, is also described by experts as…

Defining the term “e-patient”: Equiped, Enabled, Empowered and Engaged

From the website E-patients.net: “Tom Ferguson coined the term e-patients to describe individuals who are equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged in their health and health care decisions. He envisioned health care as an equal partnership between e-patients and health professionals and systems that support them. Before Tom’s untimely death in 2006, he was writing the…

From the website of the Society for Participatory Medicine: Bringing together e-patients and health care professionals

A Declaration of Participation July 4, 2009 Thomas Jefferson had a radical notion: When the people are well-informed, they can be trusted to govern themselves. This powerful idea worked to end our rule by the King, but at the time it didn’t apply to slaves and it didn’t apply to women. It STILL doesn’t apply…