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Hello again my dears,

Here are some updates and reminders:

  • We are starting a “pets tab” that will appear on the top of this site. It will be published pictures and stories of your pets you send in!
  • We are still running our “Looking through the Illness” project which is a collection of SUBMITTED portraits on a special tab on the site. Criteria is on that same page: http://schizoaffectiveretina.com/submissions-looking-through-the-illness/
  • In the future we plan to publish a book of the work submitted by artists here (with signed releases) and all the proceeds would go to choice groups that promote mental illness (such as NAMI, Interview, and Bring Change 2 Mind).
  • Please inform us of any organizations that have been helpful for you

Inpatient Asylum Press

Recent Aerial Tragedy:

A good number of you know about the Lufthansa plane crash.

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Vigil for fellow students who died in the crash.

The isolated tragedy brings forward a lot of questions regarding aerial safety and mental health issues concerning specific professions. Should people with mental health issues be allowed to fly? How would it be known?

The opinion rising in the asylum advocacy believes all pilots should undergo psychiatric and physical check ups quite regularly. The situation would also have happened if a lone pilot in the cockpit suffered a stroke or heart attack. There always should be two individuals in the cockpit at all times (which now is being enforced).

Would psychological testing of pilots stop incidents such as this from happening? It’s for certain not a guarantee. The importance of both mental and physical health must generally be combined and important in all aspects of living.

Did Andreas Lubitz “destroy” the plane out of malice? That will never be certain but popular opinion in the asylum is that being one suffering from chemical depression his desire for ending his life came from an altered state of mind that was not able to factor in the importance of his responsibility and control of the lives of many. What do you, our reader think?

Andreas Lubitz, Who Loved to Fly, Ended Up on a Mysterious and Deadly Course

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“In a tragedy full of unanswered questions from the moment he was said to have turned the Airbus A320’s nose downward over the French Alps on TUESDAY MORNING, Mr. Lubitz has emerged as the most terrifying mystery of all.

As the world absorbed the news Thursday that he is said to have suicidally or murderously driven the jetliner into a mountainside, taking 149 people to their deaths along with him, the focus turned to what had driven him to such an act — and to whether the airline industry and regulators do enough to screen pilots FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL problems.”

Read the rest of the article HERE

Inside a Pilot’s Mind

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“Perhaps, though, it’s time to take a more searching INTEREST IN the minds of those to whom we entrust our safety when we fly. The industry tests its pilots regularly to see how they would handle an emergency, but it barely evaluates the risk that they might cause one themselves.”

Read more of the article here

What is your opinion? Send in your editorials to schizoaffectiveretina@gmail.com

In Our Own Voices

June 19th, 2010

A section from Schizophrenia in Saskatchewan by Gregoire Patterson

Well I know my voices are real, so I will marry one of them when I meet them. Just tend to forget that when I am looking at real women lol. Although I am reminding myself a lot more lately. I think of her as pretty semi athletic university chick, aka my dream girl. She’s so good to me, cheers me up and makes dirty sounds, I love her so much.

So today I got mixed signals from Luc told me I was good looking. Made me feel unease for having a friend that close that told me that. Also freaked on me, acting like he was delusional or something. I don’t know if he was acting that way on purpose. Said something along the lines that I was delusional, which is bullshit.

Well I feel like women don’t like me at all and find me detesting in some ways. No one wants to be with me. I don’t know whats wrong with me but I know it int good. Makes me feel like the lowest scum in the world. I might possibly be the ugliest man in the world. But I got to prevail some day this will help other people, and that’s more important than anything else.

Rogers and Self Theory

For humans, the necessary and sufficient conditions for growth are empathy and unconditional positive regard received in a relationship with congruent partner or therapist. You experience empathy when you perceive that another person accurately senses your feelings; you receive unconditional positive regard when you sense that another person accepts you completely and unconditionally; and both of these conditions must be received from a partner who is congruent, or psychologically healthy.

When your self-concept and ideal self are congruent, you will move naturally toward self-actualization, that is, towards becoming fully functioning. People who are fully functioning have a clear perception of reality and feel a strong sense of self-acceptance. When your self-concept is not what you would like it to be, you may become anxious. Rogers saw anxiety as useful because it motivates people to try and to actualize their best selves, to become all they are capable of being.

The fully functioning person

A person who received empathy and unconditional positive regard from a congruent healthy partner develops healthy self concepts and will move in a positive direction, toward becoming a fully functioning person. Rogers suggested several characteristics of the fully functioning person. Such people are in constant state of change; they welcome new experiences and have little reason to deny or distort their view of self. They allow even unpleasant and repugnant experiences to come to awareness, because they see each new experience as an opportunity to learn and growth. They trust in their organismic self, which means that they act on deeply felt emotions such as love, disgust, joy, anger, fear, and so on. They do not waste time in wishful thinking and have clear a perception of their own values. Finally, fully functional people establish harmonious relations with others. Because they like themselves, they behave likeable ways, which in turn makes it easier for other people to like them.

Positive Psychology

Culture may also influence happiness in terms of the emotions that are believed to be acceptable or important to experience and express.

Rotter and locus Control

Patients who seek the help of a therapist frequently say they feel “a lack of control”. Often the task of therapy is to help clients recognize what forces are shaping events and what they can do to gain a sense of control. One widely studied cognitive – Behavioral concept that therapists often make use of is locus of control, introduced in the 1950s and systematically developed by Julian Rotter and Herbert Lefcourt. Locus of control involves the extent to which individuals believe that a reinforce or an outcome is convolves the extent to which individuals believe that a reinforce or an outcome is contingent on their own behavior or personal characteristics rather than a function of external events not under their control or simply unpredictable. Rotter focused on weather people place their locus of control inside themselves or in their environments (external), Locus of control influences how people view the world and how they identify the causes of success or failure in their lives. In an important way, locus of control reflects people’s personalities- their views of the world and their reactions to it.

People develop expectations based on their beliefs about the sources of reinforcement in their environment. These expectations lead to specific behaviors. Reinforcements of these behaviors in turn strengthens expectancy and leads to increased belief in either internal or external control. The concept of locus of control intergrates personality theory, expectancy theories, and reinforcement theory. It describes several specific behaviors but is not comprehensive enough to explain all, or even most, of an individual behavior.

Bandura and Self-efficacy

Albert Bandura, born in Mundare, Alberta, and now a psychology professor at Stanford, developed one of the most influential cognitive theories of personality. His conception of personality began with observational learning theory and the idea that human beings observe, think about, imitate behavior, which accounts for learning both acceptable and unacceptable behaviours. Judgments about self-efficacy determine how much effort people will expend and how long they will persist in the face of obstacles.

June 20th, 2010

So yeah, I had this philosophy to try and love everyone and respect everyone, I thought it was my job. I thought it would be a much better world, but than I came back to real life. I fucking hate people sometimes, they try to manipulate me. But at the same time I know most are good people because they are trying to help me. It’s love/hate relationship with some people.

Schizophrenics display improper emotions, so one minute they are down the next they are up. I gotta fight through that, lift myself up when I am down.

A strong sense of self-efficacy allows people to feel free to influence and even create the circumstances of their own lives.

Bad luck or non-reinforcing experiences can damage a developing sense of self-efficacy.

Self-efficacy both determines and flows from feelings of self-worth. Thus, people’s sense of self-efficacy may determine how they present themselves to other people. For example, a man whom others view as successful may not share that view, whereas a man who has received no public recognition may nevertheless consider himself a capable and worthy person. Each of these men will present himself as he sees himself (as a failure or as a worthy person), not as others see him. Growing up male may be one factor that affects these feelings.

Attitudes are accessible when they are strong and easily retrievable from memory. People are faster at reporting attitudes that are highly accessible, and those attitudes are better predictors of behavior than less accessible attitudes. The more quickly an attitude comes to mind, the more likely you are to act on that attitude. However, norms are very important moderators of the link between attitudes and behavior. Social norms are the standards and values of social group that each person internalizes. When group norms differ from personal attitudes, people are less likely to behave according to their attitudes; when group norms are consistent with personal attitudes, people are more likely to put their attitudes into action.

Does behavior Determine Attitudes

Is it possible that your attitudes don’t determine your behavior, but jus the oppositive – that your behavior shapes your attitude? Some reseach evidence suggests that this happens in certain circumstances. For example, people often develop positive attitudes toward a charity after making a contribution, however small.

Asylum Art

The breathtaking work submitted by Thea M Desilva

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