Wednesday, March 28, 2018
A Plea For Smart Guns, The #MarchForOurLives Rally, and Talking with Dr. Weinstein About his Experiences With Involuntary Care
Yesterday, I was reading an article on how people make assumptions about animal motivation. It is called "Is This Dog Happy," and it reminded me of a post I wrote on Shrink Rap years ago called "What Max Wants," about the desires of our beloved late pet, Max. I showed my daughter the old post from 2006, and as I was surfing around those early days of Shrink Rap, I remembered that I used to blog here a lot more. In 2007, when all three of us were actively blogging, we had over 300 post. Also, I realized I used to be a lot more FUN. Or at least I use to write about more light-hearted things. Now I come to Shrink Rap when the world is bothering me, maybe once a month, and I have other venues for expression. But I am also not as fun it seems, I often write blog posts about more serious shrinky areas of distress. Oh well, what can I say? I am still fun sometimes in my real life, and the other day I made an emoji character of ClinkShrink. I don't think she likes it, so I won't post it here, but I think it captures her.
That said, I now want to point you to the more serious stuff I have been been writing and thinking about lately. For the first (and last) time ever, my original artwork is available to be seen in a national publication. Over on Clinical Psychiatry News, I have an article talking about the very moving #MarchForOurLives rally I attended in Washington, D.C. on March 24th. The speakers were all children and teenagers and they were amazing! I wanted to add one thing to their requests for gun control: a plea for Smart Guns. The artwork, as seen above, is the sign I made and carried. As you may be able to tell, my artistic abilities arrested somewhere in late elementary school. That said, please do read my article here:
The other piece I would like to direct you to is is also in Clinical Psychiatry News. You may recall that I linked to an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Michael Weinstein about his experiences with involuntary psychiatric treatment and his successful journey to recovery from a severe episode of major depression. Please do first read his article, Out of the Straitjacket.
Dr. Weinstein's essay caught my interest, because in researching Committed, I did not find that most people who were involuntarily treated felt gratitude--especially if they were physically restrained--even if they did get well. I called Dr. Weinstein and he agreed to speak with me specifically about his experience with involuntary psychiatric care. Please do read about our discussion at HERE:
Posted by Dinah on Wednesday, March 28, 2018