Daily Archives: December 31, 2012

In Light of Newtown “Families As First Responders”

Here’s a particularly powerful paragraph from a great article by psychiatrist Lloyd Sederer in The Atlantic. He’s talking about families as first responders in mental illness, in the wake of Newtown.

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“No mental health system will ever be able to identify serious behavioral problems as early as a family. We have tried. But “random” acts of violence are not so random. In addition to privacy and civil rights requirements that limit how families can assist their loved ones, families have too often been led to doubt what they see, to attribute problems to phases in a life (like adolescence or being older) or to external events (like loss or disgrace). At other times, these families know very little about mental illness, or addictions, television notwithstanding — or consider these to be problems others have, not them. Or they feel guilty, or ashamed, or just do not know where to turn. 

These are real and remediable problems.”

In Psychiatric Illness, Families Must Be Our First Responders

No mental health system will ever be able to identify serious behavioral problems as early as family.

Here’s the link to the full article:

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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