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EMDR and Preverbal Infant Trauma: My Experience So Far

Source: EMDR and Preverbal Infant Trauma: My Experience So Far

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Disabled claimants told: 2 yrs to get job or be sanctioned for a year


dwpp2The government is pressing ahead with the roll-out of its Universal Credit (UC) replacement to the benefits system in spite of huge delays and problems – and continuing problems so ingrained that foodbank use has increased sharply in every area where is has been implemented.

UC contains a draconian set of provisions, including a ‘Claimant Commitment’ (CC) – a set of imposed requirements to which the claimant has no right of appeal whatever. As the government’s guidance on CCs states:

There is no right of appeal if a claimant refuses to accept their Claimant Commitment and the requirements that have been set out in it.

A JCP adviser – who might be incompetent, inexperienced, bitter, have a personality clash with the claimant or just simply be having a bad day – is the final arbiter of whether a CC is reasonable and achievable, and even a patently bad decision…

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Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs – adverse childhood experiences.

ACEs Too High


He says: Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction”. It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking”.

He says: Ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking (what traditionalists call addiction) is a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood, just like bleeding is a normal response to being stabbed.

He says: The solution to changing the illegal or unhealthy ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking behavior of opioid addiction is to address a person’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) individually and in group therapy; treat people with respect; provide medication assistance in the form of buprenorphine, an opioid used to treat opioid addiction; and help them find a ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking behavior that won’t kill them or put them in jail.

This “he” isn’t some hippy-dippy new age dreamer. He is Dr. Daniel Sumrok, director of the Center for Addiction Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. The center is the first to receive the…

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I am highlighting celebrities, journalists, organisations who continue to spout the chemical imbalance nonsense.


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talking about “psychosis”…

recovery network: Toronto

Psychosis is not a “thing” except as a kind of  aperture or a lens through which we view someone struggling. It’s an interpretation, a way of seeing, of categorizing, naming, and talking about a person’s struggle.

That that lens, that interpretation, that way of seeing and talking about tells us as much and more about the person doing the looking as it does about the person whom they gaze upon and who is struggling.

… and that’s all our choice, the one we make.

Here’s one way of choosing…

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What Matters Matters – How my psychiatrist got it right (after so many got it wrong)

Future Patient - musings on patient-led healthcare

Asking ‘What matters to you?’ rather than ‘what’s the matter?’ has become a clever bit of reframing within the health service, intended as a phrase to re-imagine the relationship between healthcare provider and those who use services. And to get us to focus on the real needs and wishes of those with health conditions.

But be careful. Context is all. And the devil is in the detail of how it is asked, who asks it, with what intent and whether there is the capacity to do something about it.

June 1986: Geneva, prior to the World Health Assembly. I was 24, excited and working with a network of professional and patient organisations lobbying for better pharmaceutical use internationally. With my good friend, the late great, Andy Chetley, we had written ‘Problem Drugs’ an activist’s guide to better use of medicines in developing countries. My life was on the up…

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Half of DLA claimants lose their higher mobility rate support on moving to PIP

Source: Half of DLA claimants lose their higher mobility rate support on moving to PIP

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Guest Blog by Amanda Godley SpeakUp CIC

What’s happening to mental health services?

Over the past two years here in Kent we have seen a reorganization of services by KCC who are no longer responsible for the commissioning and monitoring of the Social Care Services for people with Mental Health problems. These services are now being, in part, delivered and, in part, commissioned by Shaw Trust and Porchlight in Kent. As a result of this new structure the services that are available have been reduced to minimalist services that are time limited and are focused on people returning to work or taking part in the main stream community once they are ‘recovered’. Now those of us with a mental health condition know how hard it is to take part in the main stream community and/or go back to work. Having unmanageable expectations can lead, at best, to much anxiety and increased isolation, as well as, disappointment and, at worst, to a complete relapse where there is no guarantee of help from secondary services. The NHS is also feeling the pinch and is unable to help all those in need of Mental Health Support in crisis and indeed are looking to the voluntary/third sector to enhance their services and work alongside them to aid people’s recovery. The continued pulling out of the rug from under our feet is leading to many, many more people falling through the net and becoming disconnected and isolated from the rest of the community with suicides and homelessness surely on the increase. Society and structures within it are fragmented and broken taking it’s toll on people and no less the community of people with severe mental health difficulties for whom there seems very little to hang on to or help them. With a society that only cares for no 1 and looking after itself there is no room for the frail and vulnerable as everyone is busy looking after their own self-interest. If you are alone and isolated it really is tough luck right now! However, I digress, the point is that with the new structure of services in Kent people are missing out on the help they really need to live a life that in some part gives meaning and quality to their journey. Not everyone is able to cope with the 21C and its ideals.

Currently SpeakUpCIC are able to provide some respite from the pressures of the world and help to support members to break down isolation and build a social network. This work runs alongside the valuable user forum work we do giving people a voice and feeding back to commissioners and managers in order to help make services better at what they do to help people. However, we have noticed over the last two years a gradual squeezing out of users’ forums and the work we do, it seems that the powers that be no longer want to hear about the shortcoming of the services, so they can in some part correct them. It seems that the service users voice is no longer valued and/or wanted. As part of this the future of the Mental Health Service Users’ Forums around Kent are being sold off to the highest bidder in the same way that Social Care for Mental Health Services have been. Being empowered and speaking up against injustice or simply the shortcomings of services, that could with some investment deliver so much more of value to the service user, is on the brink of being a thing of the past. The independent voice of service users is now little short of becoming a thing of the past and will be left to those who can feather their own nests. So God help you if you are frail and weak in this society!

By Amanda Godley


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FGM (Khatna / Khafz) Persists In Bohra India – UK Politicians Can Help To Stop It

Hilary Burrage

The practice of female genital mutilation in India remains little known – not least because the Bohra community which continues with it insists on silence about what they call ‘Khatna’ (male or female ‘circumcision’) or ‘Khafz’ (explicitly the female version). But slowly this harmful traditional practice, like early ‘marriage’ in wider Indian society, is being exposed; and now some outspoken Bohra women want the international community to support their #EndFGM demands.
British politicians can add considerable weight to this campaign.

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Breaking – Ireland will block #Brexit deal if #MayDUP deal goes ahead


In a huge – and possibly mortal – blow for Tory hopes of delaying the collapse of their ‘weak and wobbly’ minority government, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has told Irish TV station RTE that the Irish Republic will not support any Brexit deal (encompassing, among other things, any free-trade agreement) if the UK does not ‘fully’ protect the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and the peace process in Northern Ireland:

As there is no conceivable way that the Tories can do a deal with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) withoutthreatening the peace process by forsaking the UK government’s pledged impartiality, this amounts to a declaration that Ireland will veto any Brexit deal if a Tory-DUP deal goes ahead.

Putting Theresa May and her advisors in an impossible situation.

A legal challenge to any ‘MayDUP’ deal is already in preparation on the grounds that it would breach the…

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