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Hosted by criminal defense lawyer Elizabeth Kelley, AuthorChats features in-depth interviews with writers about their recent works. In this episode, she talks with E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about his book "American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System." Dr. Torrey is the founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center.
Reviews of "American Psychosis":"Torrey is the conscience of the country and its most articulate spokesperson when it comes to public mental health care. His latest installment, "American Psychosis," is a scathing analysis of the abject failure of U.S. mental health care policy written in his usual lucid and compelling style. Torrey is the Dorthea Dix of our time." -- Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association; Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute. http://www.elizabethkelleylaw.com
OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham Tonight : OPEN MIC SATURDAY Breaching the topic of Anosognosia . A condition in which a person who suffers disabilty to brain injury where persons seem unaware of or denies the existence of their handicap.
Anosognosia, meaning "unawareness of illness"
"Speaking Truth to Power and Ourselves"
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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013, 3:30 PM PT/6:30 PM ETOur incredible special guest tonight is Dr. Mary Edmondson. She is a physician/psychiatrist from Duke University, North Carolina and a founder of the North Carolina Center for the Care of Huntington's Disease NC-CCHD). She will be here to talk about strategies on how to communicate with people who are experiencing anosognosia [medical term for lack of awareness] and strategies to keep them engaged...with family and medical care. Dr. Edmondson also comes from a Huntington's family, so she knows our struggles and fears. She is here to help us tonight and we thank her for her time. Get your questions ready and send them to us in the chat room or email: email@example.com
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013 3:30 PM PT/6:30 PM ETDr. Goodman will be talking about:Anosognosia is the medical term for lack of self awareness of one's own disability or disease symptom. This condition, which is different from denial, occurs in many brain diseases including Huntington's disease (HD). Anosognosia is caused by nerve circuit damage to brain structures that interpret and organize information. Lack of awareness in HD creates problems that can range from refusal of therapy: "I don't need treatment if I'm not ill" to more extreme situations that can be dangerous for HD individuals or others. Families know that dealing with this symptom when it is severe -- is like walking through an emotional minefield, knowing the explosion is likely to come.Visit her website for the article she just posted: http://hddrugworks.org/
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Many loved ones and friends are in denial about depression, serious menal illness, alcohol, drug and anger problems.
How do you stop the denial from destroying your relationship? How do you convince someone in denial to get help for a problem they don't believe they have?
The author of the National Best Seller "I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help!" and "I'm Right, You're Wrong, Now What?" gives practical answers to these questions and more.
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