“While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” — Dostoevsky
A therapist or, more appropriately, a psychotherapist, in this case, is a word we never associate with evil. The word evil is reserved for use in the religious realm as is the concept of the Devil (see Elaine Pagels’ “The Origin of Satin” or Bart Ehrman’s “God’s Problem”).
With the popularization of therapy, possibly related to its extolling by the wealthy and famous and availability of health insurance, change has come. Psychiatrists even considered whether or not if “evil” exists…
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. — Abraham Lincoln
The COVID-19 virus is flourishing at breakneck speed into the small towns and states where they thought they were immune. It was a “big city” problem and they were protected until they weren’t.
And with the virus came the danger to work and education as companies sent workers home and schools closed. Then came the unending din of a call to open the schools.
We heard that children would be fine, teachers would be safe, and kids didn’t get…
Brad Pitt is an actor whose name causes ears to shoot up whenever he’s mentioned anywhere in the world. He is among the pantheon of film stars who can ensure box office dynamite when his name is above the title and, as a result, he can influence many fans.
The guy with the cowboy hat and the made-for-movies bod (remember “Thelma and Louise?”), Pitt has been involved in many humanitarian causes, but he’s always kept it quiet. When Hurricane Katrina devastated housing in New Orleans, Pitt assembled a planning and construction crew.
His environmentally friendly Make It Right Foundation…
I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech. — Nora Ephron
Writing a screenplay and you want to get noticed, get a meeting with someone who really matters in this industry? Your prayers may have been answered to some extent, and it’s not how you think.
Anyone who writes, even the most famous writers who went on to incredible fame, has a trunk full of scripts that may never see the light of day. Why? …
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. — Mahatma Gandhi
The COVID-19 virus is overtaking the world (a third surge is evident in the US now) and causing death and economic ruin wherever it is found, but not for all. Whenever there’s a disaster, therein lies the seeds for greed for those who see incredible opportunity in the wake of helplessness.
Who among us doesn’t feel helpless in the face of this virus that can kill so quickly despite the age or the social position of the patient?
Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided. — Paracelsus
Humans are prone to illness and disease; there is no doubt, but how these illnesses are treated is often misunderstood. Patients are thankful that there are medications today that were once mere far-fetched dreams in the minds of scientists. We not only have medicines, but we have medical procedures that save lives. Even here, there is no infallibility.
Gone are the days when patients were brutalized with fire hoses, caged in small enclosures, sterilization (including genital mutilation of women), or had rats in boxes affixed to their heads. All of that is part of the unsettling history of psychiatric treatment before the serendipitous discovery of psychotropic medications. The idea was to contain or frighten patients into some semblance of sanity, but it was far from the mark as we know it today.
Common practices included bleeding, removing organs, teeth, seclusion in ice-filled tubs, purging, and prolonged isolation in “quiet rooms.”
The life of anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis is not easy, especially for those who have been inappropriately admitted to hospitals. But, occasionally, after staff who have lingered far too long at the facility are gone, hope can be rekindled for a life out of the institution.
My career in clinical psychology has exposed me to situations where hope was regained, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers and a few new staff. Fortunately, new staff members, such as myself, were not yet wrapped up in the blind biases of the hospital culture, and therein lay the promise. …
Trust between a healthcare provider and their patients is essential for vital communication and treatment. However, when this bond is broken, an issue of questioning begins to entire the diad — one which may prove to be irreparable.
Patients have a right to respect, be heard, and know that their records and treatments are kept safe from prying eyes or other entities. For this reason, the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was written.
Family photo albums hold a host of family secrets, but only for those willing to ask the formerly unasked questions. A source of family pride and a trove of history appears to be cataloged for the generations to come but carefully missing are a few members; why? The albums reveal more than we think. Therapists are sourcing this history with a new objective.
Therapists will be interested in minute details you’d usually gloss over. How are people situated in a posed photo? What are the facial expressions? Who is missing? Do you remember how you felt when this photo was…