Over on Clinical Psychiatry News, I have a an article up on medical privacy, HIPAA, electronic medical records, routine dental care, compliance and regulation, and yes, fish. Surf on over if you get a chance.
Dinah, ClinkShrink, & Roy produce Shrink Rap: a blog by Psychiatrists for Psychiatrists. A place to talk; no one has to listen. All patient vignettes are confabulated; the psychiatrists, however, are mostly real. --Topics include psychotherapy, humor, depression, bipolar, anxiety, schizophrenia, medications, ethics, psychopharmacology, forensic and correctional psychiatry, psychology, mental health, chocolate, and emotional support ducks. Don't ask. (It's not Shrink Wrap.)
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Some of our readers would psychiatry to abolish diagnoses. I would like us to abolish prognoses. We don't know how patients will do. We just don't. This is why.
Our society values the qualities that go with extroversion. You're supposed to be social, to get out, to collaborate, to gain energy from social events, and if you don't, damn it, well you're an introvert, or shy, or avoidant, or socially phobic. "I wish Johnny got out more." "I wish granny would go to the senior center." We grow up believing that boys shouldn't wear dresses, that it's your fault if you're fat, and that it's of the utmost importance be outgoing. Now introverts often do play well with others (Clink, in fact, plays very well, but don't ever try to get her to go out with you after she's in her pj's). So I know several people who have gained some comfort from the book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" (that would be me, except of course on our podcasts where Clink just won't shut up). So ClinkShrink enjoyed Susan Cain's book and even wrote a review of it HERE. I found this TED talk by Susan Cain -- it's cute, funny, and insightful, so I thought I would share it. If you have other TED talks you've enjoyed, please do give me the links. They don't need to be about psychiatry, but I enjoy funny and thought-provoking. Thanks to Laszlo, I found this on his facebook feed.
Tonight (at least 'tonight' in Eastern Standard time in the the US), McKayla Maroney slipped on her second vault, and surrendered the gold medal to the Romanian competitor. She was expected to win the Gold, and her distress and disappointment were obvious as the cameras zoomed in on her. As someone who is neither athletic nor coordinated, I am in awe of all the Olympians, and I find it sad that a young woman would be so disappointed after winning a silver medal in a very competitive and difficult sport. She was, I might add, no where near as gracious as Oscar Pistorius, the South African runner with the double leg prostheses who finished last in the 400 meter semi-finals.
It's been all over the news that the psychiatrist who allegedly treated the alleged Aurora shooter had been disciplined by her state medical board for an infraction that occurred over a decade ago. Is that relevant to this case? I wrote my thoughts about this in an article for Clinical Psychiatry News. If you're interested, please surf over there and read The Deep Dark Past of Dr. Lynn Fenton. And while you're there, if you haven't already checked it out, read Clink's thoughts on Why the Mental Health Community Must Show Restraint.