"Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia"

This is the title of a report launched on 27 November 2014 by BPS 'Division of Clinical Psychologists' . It seems that BME psychologists were not invited to subscribe to the report and matters appertaining to racism & cultural diversity were absent in the report, except that it noted that black people are excessively diagnosed as 'schizophrenic'.  But even more significanlty, the report contains language that borders on being racist. Following a letter to the editor (Click to see lettter), Anne Cooke (the report's editor) has apologised and states that the report will be revised Click to see apology. Note too  article in Mental Health Today by Kalathil and Faulkner 2015 (click to see).

‘Schizophrenia’ among African Caribbean people

December 2009: An article in Society Guardian (click to see) reported that ‘social engineering’ was being contemplated to change family life of black families in order to prevent 'schizophrenia’. A letter signed by several academics and public figures was published on the Guardian website (click to link) with an article (click to link). SEE ARTICLE 'Ethnic research'  (click here to see).

In October 2010 itis reported that the DSM may include a new diagnosis called 'Psychosis-Risk Syndrome'. The journal psychosis published my views on this (click to see article).

Refusal of OBE 

 In 2007, I refused to accept nomination for an OBE essentialy as a protest at changes in mental health legislation. See letters I wrote  to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown See Guardian ./ Community Care

Award at Toronto: I was delighted to accept a Life-time Achievement Award for Culture, Race and Mental Health  from University of Toronto and OISE (Ontario Institute for the Study of Education), Toronto on 7 June 2011 (click to see ppt - presented at OISE). 
'Global Mental Health' Movement has roused protests.Many third world countries need better mental health services but they must be home-grown - not imposition of western bio-medical psychiatry. This movement seems a form of imperialism and finding markets for Big pharma. CLICK HERE TO SEE ARTICLE

 

 

 

 

 

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Look at the news items about "Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia''  & 'Schizophrenia' among
in black people.  NOW THEY SAY IT'S NOT IN THEIR GENES BUT IN THEIR CULTURE!!

And the Division of Clinical Psychology ignores black people altogether!

And at one time DSM wanted to 'diagnose' children as suffering from 'psychosis-risk syndrome' - so openig the door to medicating children to (allagendly) prevent 'schizophrenia'.

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