May 11, 2017

“DSM-5: Caught between Mental Illness Stigma and Anti-Psychiatry Prejudice”

  • Jefferey Lierbman in “what does the New York times have against psychiatry?” and in this article and online media action with a group of supporters seeking to silence those who are critical of psychiatry in the name of ending mental health stigma. Very interesting stuff. A psychiatrist turned president of the American psychiatric association


And a critique of Lieberman here


Conclusions: For every article a counter-article. American Psychiatric Association is seen as the sole discourse group for talking about Psychiatry – however there are the development of subaltern discourse communities that are also talking about Psychiatry and are being seen as necessitated to be silenced in order for it to seem that the American Psychiatric Association is the only sole contributor to Psychiatry

  • A key thing I can remember for my project in tweeting, (possibly blogging? I need to check) and informing is the acknowledgement of multiple discourse communities. I can acknowledge the various discourse communities and possibly talk about each one. Being partisan to these communities helps in keeping emotion out of decreasing stigma for getting help with Bipolar Disorder but also goes back to informing the populace – an un-informed populace would not seek help otherwise.



Trying to encourage people to get hope and encourage them to get on their medications. Sees those that are telling people not to get on medications as contributing to the stigma.


Conclusions: Information about mental illness, pharmaceuticals and Bipolar Disorder should be addressed in the rhetoric of providing people resources in thinking that they may be seeking help. The rhetoric used should not be alarmist but encouraging of many different options of managing an illness such as Bipolar Disorder.



kevin craighead @kraighead10

“Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, etc are very real. #endthestigma and talk about it. Be willing to help someone. Make a difference.”

  • Promotes indivduals having a conversation with one another about mental illness – regardless of how they feel about it as long as they are open minded to themselves and others getting help

Jamie Ohara @Mrjamieohara1

“#MHW2017 #depression #endthestigma putting this up for anyone who is suffering in silence it’s ok to talk, be brave and think of the future.”

Green Ribbon Campaign – need to check out



YDAr Women’s Caucus

“Be aware: Arkansas is 1 of 3 states that has the least access to care & highest rates of incarceration #mentalhealthmonth #youARnotalone”

  • Informing others about lack of access to adequate care (i.e. identifying that there is a mental health issue that is involved for cases that end up being mass incarceration


A.G. Grabow @TinyANDMighty89 2013

“Wear orange this week and spread the word about suicide awareness and prevention. #YouMatter and #YouARNotAlone! #NSPW13”


Bipolar Stigma  

In breaking the stigma of those with Bipolar Disorder, you see many people online who are sharing their own experiences with Bipolar Disorder. Many of the people who are writing on these websites such as Quora, Twitter, and other applications are sharing their own personal experience of having Bipolar Disorder and what they have had to learn in their own experiences in order to help others in a way that – doesn’t substitute for actual therapy or treatment – but can be a source of comfort where therapy and treatment does not give.


One Voice @EndStigmaBlog

Informing about Bipolar Disorder having a chemical basis “lacks ability to control ups and downs” and describing hypomania versus depression. Is incorrect in definition of Hypomania.

Kimberlee in SLC @kimberleecline

Story about Suzy Favor Hamilton (previous escort)’s struggle with Bipolar Disorder – interestingly the editor cut out those pages.

  1. @MissNunyuh

“Honestly, because of the stigma of being bipolar and mental issues in general made me have my doctor take it off my record.”

HealthyPlace @HealthyPlace Living with the Stigma of Bipolar2

talks about how having Bipolar Dsorder makes individuals self-monitor themselves on the account of their own disagreement being blamed on Bipolar Disorder – she does a video discussing it and invites other people to discuss

Schizocidal @schizocidal

Kerry Katona speaks about battle with bipolar disorder



Big Pharma

National Injury Help – study showing FDA is not approving all drugs


  • Study showing that boston herald is failing to report adequately on FDA/big pharma

Dr. Maryanne Demasi – former editor and chief of NEJM treating scientists as “hired hands

SolarStormJazz @UniversalKeyes – pic perpetuating Big Pharma as part of a larger “government conspiracy” – seems kind of hocus-pocusy

Natalie Mae -@NatalieMae31 – Big Pharma trying to prevent the legalization of marijuana


What I see is individuals that are outside the medical model of Big Pharma that are trying to add information about medications that Psychiatry does not incorporate. Some of them are a little odd in thinking that there is a big government conspiracy keeping information out of the public eye and none of them are really popular, but some people are offering informative information


  • Some other articles I have found are relations between questioning Psychiatry and Scientology – which makes it seem slightly questionable
  • However, beyondmeds is a very good website for informed information while trying to avoid conspiratorial anecdotes


Conclusions: People are aware of the lack of organization and flaws sometimes associated with Big Pharma and Pharmaceuticals. What’s important is addressing the public in a way that provides informed studies about medications without telling them that they should stay away entirely. Advocating patient-knowledge is important.


  • What’s interesting about those who talk about Big Pharma is that they don’t consider themselves “Anti-Psychiatry”