Mental disorder – Dystonia Dreams http://dystonia-dreams.org/ Fri, 13 May 2022 09:03:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dystonia-dreams.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-70x70.jpg Mental disorder – Dystonia Dreams http://dystonia-dreams.org/ 32 32 Homosexuality was considered a mental disorder – until an anonymous doctor came out https://dystonia-dreams.org/homosexuality-was-considered-a-mental-disorder-until-an-anonymous-doctor-came-out/ Mon, 02 May 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/homosexuality-was-considered-a-mental-disorder-until-an-anonymous-doctor-came-out/ They thought he would wear a slightly more subtle mask. Something like the Lone Ranger, just a piece of cloth around the eyes. But no. Introduced in the room as Dr Henry Anonymous, wearing a wig and tux three sizes too big, and speaking through a microphone that distorted his voice, Dr John Fryer stood […]]]>

They thought he would wear a slightly more subtle mask. Something like the Lone Ranger, just a piece of cloth around the eyes. But no.

Introduced in the room as Dr Henry Anonymous, wearing a wig and tux three sizes too big, and speaking through a microphone that distorted his voice, Dr John Fryer stood before a crowd of psychiatrists during their annual meeting wearing a garish mask of Richard M. Nixon him and her lover had changed.

It was 1972, and he was masking himself to say the following words: “I am homosexual. I am a psychiatrist. His statement changed the world.

It’s been 50 years since Fryer’s speech, a moment that was pivotal in removing homosexuality from the list of mental disorders, the impact of which contributed to the advancement of LGBTQ rights over the next few decades.

“From my point of view, Fryer’s testimony of May 2, 1972 has at least the same meaning as Stonewall. Both are extremely important moments in terms of LGBT civil rights,” said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum, an LGBTQ organization that has long supported scholarship and recognition of Fryer’s work.

Removing the classification of homosexuality as a mental illness had been a mission of gay activists since at least the mid-1960s. Homosexuality was first classified as a disorder in 1952, when the first edition of the Diagnostic Manual and Statistics of Mental Disorders (commonly referred to as DSM, the bible of the psychiatric field and the book from which all diagnoses are recognised) has been published. The classification meant that people could be institutionalized against their will, fired from their jobs, denied a mortgage, or have their rights otherwise restricted. Homosexual desire was considered an affliction, and acceptable “cures” included treatments like chemical castration, electroconvulsive therapy, and lobotomy.

Image: John E. Fryer, Dr. H Anonymous (Gay and Lesbian Psychiatric Association via AP)

“As a class, we were mentally ill – without exception. And it was totally wrong from the start. And their science was poor,” said Kay Tobin Lahusen, an early gay rights activist who helped organize Fryer’s speech with her partner, Barbara Gittings, a trailblazing lesbian who would become the mother of lesbian liberation. and homosexuals. Lahusen spoke to NBC News in 2019, two years before his death last year. Gittings died in 2007.

When activists began to increase pressure on the American Psychiatric Association in the early 1970s (“Stop talking about us and start talking to us!” was the activists’ refrain), Fryer thought it was “a mad dash,” according to an interview with the public radio show and podcast “This American Life” in 2002, a year before his death. He said he wanted the activists to “shut up” and was embarrassed by them.

The association invited activists to its annual meeting in 1972 as a concession to gay protesters who had stormed the conference in San Francisco in 1970 and Washington, D.C., in 1971. The 1972 panel, at the conference in Dallas, was called “Psychiatry: Friend or foe of homosexuals? A dialogue.”

“They hired two psychiatrists and two gay men,” Lahusen said. The two gay men were Gittings and activist Frank Kameny. “But then I said to Barbara, ‘Well, it doesn’t seem fair that we have two of one, two of the other, but we don’t have a psychiatrist who is also gay. And I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that was reflected on the sign?’ »

At the time, there was an underground group called the Gay-PA, composed mainly of homosexual psychiatrists who met in secret, at the same time as the association’s annual conference. Gittings and Lahusen wrote letters to every Gay-PA member they could reach and asked if they wanted to talk.

“Well, they all responded by saying no. They couldn’t afford to go out. It would ruin their career. They could lose their medical license. Their references would dry up. And they couldn’t do that kind of thing,” Lahusen said. “Well, we thought it was hopeless, but we had one name left, and that was John Fryer.”

The couple called Fryer and told him he was their “last hope,” Lahusen recalled. But he too said no – at first.

Months later, Fryer, then a nontenured clinical faculty member at Temple University in Philadelphia, contacted Lahusen and Gittings over a change of heart.

“I thought about it and realized it was something that had to be done,” Fryer recalled decades later, according to an article published in a 2002 issue of the “Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy.” “I had been expelled from a residence because I was gay; I had lost a job because I was gay. This perspective needed to be heard from a gay psychiatrist by an audience that might be more inclined to listen to a psychiatrist.

But he couldn’t do it himself.

“He said, ‘Well, if I think about it, I could do it if I could wear a mask. And having a distorted microphone and wearing a costume,” said Lahusen, who laughed as he recalled his “grotesque” Richard Nixon mask, “ugly wig” and oversized costume. “And that’s how Dr. H. Anonymous was born.”

As Dr. Anonymous, Fryer’s speech at the APA conference was intended to describe to heterosexuals in the room the plight of their gay colleagues, who would have their “fate sealed” if their “secret was known.” He also urged fellow gay psychiatrists to take a risk and “try to change gay and straight attitudes towards homosexuality”.

By staying locked up, he told fellow gay psychiatrists, “we are taking an even greater risk…by not fully living our humanity, with all the lessons it must teach all other humans who surrounding us”.

The front page of Dr. John Fryer’s speech at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual convention.  (Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

The first page of Dr. John Fryer’s speech to the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in 1972. (Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Historical Society)

Fryer received a standing ovation. Notably, there was a man in the front row, a hospital administrator, who applauded the bravery of the masked man in front of him. A year later, that same administrator would fire Fryer for being gay, oblivious to the fact that he had cheered him on as Dr. Anonymous. The man told Fryer, “If you were gay and not flamboyant, we would keep you. If you were flamboyant and not gay we would keep you. But since you’re both gay and flamboyant, we can’t keep you,” according to an account Fryer described in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy in 2002. (Fryer had previously lost a job because of his sexuality, in 1964, as a third-year resident at the University of Pennsylvania.)

Although Fryer did not come out as Dr. Anonymous at the APA for another 20 years, homosexuality as a mental disorder was removed from the DSM in 1973. When the change was made, APA administrators said the association “supports and urges the enactment of civil rights legislation at the local, state, and federal levels that would provide gay citizens with the same protections now guaranteed to others. The removal of homosexuality from the DSM has contributed to the fight for LGBTQ rights in multiple ways, including because the diagnostic manual wasn’t used just by psychiatrists — it was used by insurance companies, the US government, and other institutions.

“The removal of the diagnosis removed the rationalization of discrimination by the churches, by the military, by the schools. They can no longer hide behind medicine and psychiatry. Medicine and psychiatry have retreated from this discussion,” said Dr. Jack Drescher, member of the LGBTQ Psychiatric Association and editor emeritus of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.

Drescher said her career would not have been possible without the work of Fryer and activists of that generation. He said that once homosexuality was removed from the textbook, it was easier for more people to feel comfortable talking about it.

Image: Dr. John Fryer (Jillian Eugenios / Courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Image: Dr. John Fryer (Jillian Eugenios / Courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

“Once you have public conversations, you discuss what’s possible, you change the rules of what’s possible to talk about, and then more people start speaking up,” he said.

On Monday, half a century after Fryer’s historic speech to fellow psychiatrists, the mayor of Philadelphia will honor the late doctor at an event celebrating his legacy. This follows the recent addition of his home to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and the introduction last week of a resolution by two members of Congress to mark May 2 as Dr. John E. Fryer Day.

“Dr. Fryer’s courage as the first American psychiatrist to speak publicly about his homosexuality changed the course of LGBTQ history,” said Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pa., resolution co-sponsor and member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus’ statement, “With the APA’s classification reversed, states across the country began to repeal discriminatory ‘sodomy’ and anti-gay laws in subsequent years, paving the way for millions of Americans to get out and live a happier, healthier life. This momentous shift has also helped activists and their allies push for local and state non-discrimination laws.

The American Psychiatric Association established an award in Fryer’s honor in 2005 – appropriately called the John Fryer Award, which honors someone who has contributed to improving the mental health of sexual minorities – and the Association of LGBTQ+ psychiatrists includes Fryer’s work as an integral part of its history.

Fryer’s papers are held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Among a folder of poems he wrote in the 1960s is a section that reads: ‘When I leave/for good/will there be a full church/or just enough have gone before/and are left behind”. It’s impossible to know exactly what Fryer meant by that, but at the time he wrote it he would have been locked up and probably wouldn’t have believed how much psychiatry would change – or that he would be the only one play such a role. in its evolution, or that it would change its own life and the lives of countless others.

When Fryer died in 2003 at age 65, it was a metaphorical church full.

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Organization builds center for cancer patients with potential mental disorders | The Guardian Nigeria News https://dystonia-dreams.org/organization-builds-center-for-cancer-patients-with-potential-mental-disorders-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ Sun, 01 May 2022 03:10:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/organization-builds-center-for-cancer-patients-with-potential-mental-disorders-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ The healthcare organization, Project PINK BLUE, has opened a Psychological Support Center (PSC) in Abuja to alleviate the potential mental health crisis for cancer patients in Nigeria. According to the group: “It is estimated that more than 20,000 cancer patients are at risk of serious mental disorders due to the diagnosis. These disorders can affect […]]]>

The healthcare organization, Project PINK BLUE, has opened a Psychological Support Center (PSC) in Abuja to alleviate the potential mental health crisis for cancer patients in Nigeria.

According to the group: “It is estimated that more than 20,000 cancer patients are at risk of serious mental disorders due to the diagnosis. These disorders can affect treatment and quality of life.

This project is funded by the Advanced Breast Cancer Global Alliance, a global alliance focused on improving and extending the lives of women and men with advanced breast cancer.

PINK BLUE Project Executive Director Runcie Chidebe, who disclosed in Abuja, noted that more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with different forms of cancer every year in Nigeria and less than two percent of these patients have ever received professional psychological support after cancer diagnosis and during treatment.

He observed that the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment have a physical impact on patients and could lead to the loss of body parts, such as breasts, limbs and other physical problems, which could negatively affect the well- mental being of cancer patients.

“In Nigeria, many cancer patients receive the ‘bad’ news ‘you have cancer’ from their doctor, surgeon or diagnostic centers without the presence of a psychological counselor. Indeed, there is no dedicated professional psychological care or mental health support for cancer patients and their carers in many cancer hospitals across Nigeria.

To alleviate this potential mental health crisis, Chidebe said that “the PINK BLUE project is setting up Abuja’s first Psychological Support Center (PSC) for cancer patients with funding from ABC Global Alliance, adding that the PSC will provide a weekly psychotherapeutic clinic led by clinical psychologists for cancer patients at the center.

He said: ‘We will provide a death and bereavement programme, art therapy, psychological assessment, personal and group therapy, family and caregiver support, doctor-patient support, a wellness programme. and resilience, psychological training for healthcare workers, psychological sensitization and the creation of a virtual psychological support system for patients who live outside Abuja”.

“The ABC Global Alliance is proud to support the establishment of the 1st psychological support center in Abuja. Cancer patients need to be fully supported physically and psychologically to be able to overcome this disease,” said Dr. Fatima Cardoso, President of ABC Global Alliance and Director of Breast Unit, Champalimaud Clinical Center, Portugal .

He noted that the Psychological Support Center (PSC) is expected to start accepting cancer patients from May 1, 2022, adding that the First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, and Prof. of Clinical Psychology Chioma Asuzu are the co-chairs of the Center’s Steering Committee. Steering committee members are Ayisha Osori, author of Love Does Not Win Elections; Dr. Alejandra Platas of ABC Global Alliance, Dr. Charles T. Orjiakor, Dr. Nneoma Onyebire, Rev. Sr. Dr. C. Onyedibe, all from the University of Nigeria Nsukka; Alison Simon from the University of Birmingham; Dr Nneka Shagaya and Onyes Amaka Juliet from National Hospital Abuja; Dr. Tania Estape from Psicooncologia Fundacion FEFOC, Spain; Dr Jenee Walker of West Virginia University, USA; Zion Ameh of Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative Abuja and Khadijat Banwo-Fatai, Gloria C. Okwu and Sunshine K. Chidebe of PINK BLUE Project.

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Amber Heard ‘imitates Johnny Depp outfits’ due to mental health psychologist https://dystonia-dreams.org/amber-heard-imitates-johnny-depp-outfits-due-to-mental-health-psychologist/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 09:22:55 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/amber-heard-imitates-johnny-depp-outfits-due-to-mental-health-psychologist/ Clinical and forensic psychologist Dr Shannon Curry has testified in the libel case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard and suggests the actress may be suffering from borderline personality disorder Video loading Video unavailable The video will start automatically soon8Cancel play now Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Listen to Audio of ‘Bloodbath’ Chat A psychologist […]]]>

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A psychologist has accused Amber Heard of suffering from a borderline personality disorder that causes her to mimic Johnny Depp’s style, voice and interests.

The bombshell blonde actress, 36, has been defending herself in court against Johnny, 58, for two weeks because he accused her of defamation.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing Amber for $50m (£40m) after he took offense at a domestic abuse article she wrote in The Washington Post in 2018 – arguing that the article defamed him despite the fact that Amber did not. once mention him by name in the room.

As the stars now lock horns in court – and sordid details of their personal lives emerge through the case making headlines around the world – clinical and forensic psychologist Dr Shannon Curry has took the stage to give testimony where she advanced a theory that Amber is copying her ex-husband’s clothing choices.







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Dr Curry studied Amber’s medical records, mental health treatments, images, audio and case documents and met the Aquaman star twice in 2021.

Speaking, the psychologist suggested the star may be suffering from borderline personality disorder which could cause her to: “take on the identity of people she spends time with because it’s comforting”.

She explained that, “When someone with this disorder goes through that initial phase of entanglement, they often take on the identity of those people.”







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The medical expert went on to say that those with such a disorder can “imitate the way they dress, their interests” and “the way they speak”.

Dr Curry also told the court and jury that she had diagnosed Heard with histrionic personality disorder, saying, “It’s really two sides of the same coin”, and added that the disorders were ” dramatic, erratic and emotional” and: “unpredictable”. .”

Johnny’s fans have previously accused Amber of mimicking his style, writing on social media, “I watched Johnny Depp’s trial and noticed Amber Heard mirrored it through outfits.”

While another claimed: ‘When Johnny wore a gray suit… the next day she wore the same. Then he wore a Gucci ensemble, and then she wore it the next day.

The explosive trial must continue for several more weeks.

Text messages were read out in court that show Johnny communicating with various friends where he said he wanted Amber ‘burned’ and wanted her ‘rotten corpse’ found ‘decomposing in the trunk f ** king of a Honda Civic.”







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While footage showed the Hollywood star going into a furious rage where he smashes bottles and cupboards in a kitchen.

And Johnny accused Amber in court of stopping him from taking medication when they were on a trip together in 2014.

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Co-op board learns hoarding is a mental disorder https://dystonia-dreams.org/co-op-board-learns-hoarding-is-a-mental-disorder/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/co-op-board-learns-hoarding-is-a-mental-disorder/ A shareholder of our small self-managed cooperative is in his 80s and has dementia. Due to its hoarding, the building is now infested with cockroaches. At significant cost to the co-op, we fumigated the building; we also packed and removed items from his unit, fumigated them and returned them to him. New clutter has accumulated […]]]>

A shareholder of our small self-managed cooperative is in his 80s and has dementia. Due to its hoarding, the building is now infested with cockroaches. At significant cost to the co-op, we fumigated the building; we also packed and removed items from his unit, fumigated them and returned them to him. New clutter has accumulated and the cockroach problem continues. We reached out to her adult children, hoping they could help, but they didn’t. What are our options?

Palisade is a mental disorder that may be linked to dementia, answers the Ask Real Estate column in The New York Times. In cities, where neighbors live in crowded buildings and share walls and hallways, this is often a problem that affects the well-being of others. But residents are entitled to safe and livable living conditions, despite their neighbour’s mental health problems. So far, you and your co-op have done the right thing — you’ve tried to contact the family and sorted out the sanitation issues. As a next step, you should become more energetic with his family. If that doesn’t work, get the courts involved.

“Although it may seem heavy-handed, the right path is to issue a Notice of Default,” said David Kaminskylaw firm director David A. Kaminsky & Associates. The board must send the notice to the shareholder and his family members, explaining that he is in default of owner lease because his behavior created a nuisance and disturbed the other shareholders.

Her family may be ignoring your calls because they are overwhelmed and don’t know what to do. “Even if the family will clean the place up, the person will create the same condition in a few days,” Kaminsky says. “I saw it coming.”

The council could also call Adult Protective Services, alerting the agency to the situation and asking for advice.

If none of that works, exercise the nuclear option by terminating his lease and taking him housing court. Your end goal is not to evict an elderly man with dementia, but to force the courts to help him get the help he needs. “Courts are very reluctant to cause an eviction” in this kind of situation, Kaminsky says. “It only happens in extreme cases. They absolutely do not want that to happen.

In all likelihood, the court will appoint a guardian to assist your neighbour, and other social services will also be involved. Again, the goal is to help a person who suffers from a mental disorder.

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Mental disorder defense will be raised by suspect in mother’s murder https://dystonia-dreams.org/mental-disorder-defense-will-be-raised-by-suspect-in-mothers-murder/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 17:16:11 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/mental-disorder-defense-will-be-raised-by-suspect-in-mothers-murder/ Content of the article The Airdrie man charged with murdering his mother in January will schedule a Court of Queen’s Bench hearing to determine whether he was not criminally responsible due to mental disorder, one of his lawyers in court on Thursday. Content of the article Defense attorney David Roper told Provincial Court Judge Ken […]]]>

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The Airdrie man charged with murdering his mother in January will schedule a Court of Queen’s Bench hearing to determine whether he was not criminally responsible due to mental disorder, one of his lawyers in court on Thursday.

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Defense attorney David Roper told Provincial Court Judge Ken McLeod that Alexander James Thorpe was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing and his case would go directly to the Court of Queen’s Bench.

“My instructions are to waive the preliminary hearing and then settle for incarceration (to stand trial),” Roper said, on behalf of lead defense attorney Balfour Der.

Roper told McLeod they wanted to set a date in the Court of Criminal Court of Queen’s Bench “for the purpose of scheduling an NCR hearing.”

Crown Attorney Jim Sawa did not object to the request, but said he should review Thorpe’s medical records before determining whether the case would go to trial or an NCR hearing.

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Sawa noted that Thorpe was found fit to stand trial, meaning he had the ability to understand the court process, but Dr. Ken Hashman conducted an assessment to determine the defendant’s state of mind. at the time of his mother’s death.

A finding of not criminally responsible would require proof that the accused suffered from a mental disorder which rendered him unable to appreciate the nature and quality of the act, or to know that it was wrongful.

McLeod agreed to Roper’s request that the case be referred to the Court of Queen’s Bench.

“At the request of Mr. Thorpe, the preliminary inquiry into this matter is adjourned and there is a consent order to stand trial and the matter will be taken to criminal appearance court to set a date for a hearing. NCR,” the judge said.

Thorpe, 20, is charged with second degree murder in the death of his mother, Melanie Lowen, 48, whose body was found at an Airdrie residence during a welfare check on January 13.

Thorpe, who appeared in court by telephone from the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre, will remain detained there pending his hearing.

He will then be in court on May 27.

KMartin@postmedia.com

Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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Symptoms of mental disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America – a systematic review and meta-analysis https://dystonia-dreams.org/symptoms-of-mental-disorders-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-latin-america-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/symptoms-of-mental-disorders-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-latin-america-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis/ This article was originally published here Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2022 April 19;31:e23. doi: 10.1017/S2045796021000767. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: There is a lack of evidence related to the prevalence of mental health symptoms as well as their heterogeneities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Latin America, a large area spanning the equator. The current study aims […]]]>

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Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2022 April 19;31:e23. doi: 10.1017/S2045796021000767.

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OBJECTIVES: There is a lack of evidence related to the prevalence of mental health symptoms as well as their heterogeneities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Latin America, a large area spanning the equator. The current study aims to provide meta-analytic evidence on mental health symptoms during COVID-19 among frontline healthcare workers, general healthcare workers, the general population, and university students in America. Latin.

METHODS: Bibliographic databases, such as PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, PsycINFO and medRxiv, were systematically searched to identify relevant studies up to August 13, 2021. Two coders performed the selection using criteria of predefined eligibility. Quality scores were assigned to studies using the mixed methods assessment tool. The double data extraction method was used to minimize data entry errors.

RESULTS: A total of 62 studies with 196,950 participants in Latin America were identified. The combined prevalence of anxiety, depression, distress, and insomnia was 35%, 35%, 32%, and 35%, respectively. There was a higher prevalence of mental health symptoms in South America compared to Central America (36% versus 28%, p < 0.001), Portuguese-speaking countries (40%) versus Spanish ( 30 %). The combined prevalence of mental health symptoms in the general population, general health workers, frontline health workers and students in Latin America was 37%, 34%, 33% and 45%, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: The high but heterogeneous level of prevalence of mental health symptoms highlights the need for proper identification of psychological interventions in Latin America.

PMID:35438066 | DOI:10.1017/S2045796021000767

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ICE to protect non-citizens with mental disorders https://dystonia-dreams.org/ice-to-protect-non-citizens-with-mental-disorders/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 17:11:32 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/ice-to-protect-non-citizens-with-mental-disorders/ WASHINGTON, USA, CMC – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced new policies to enhance the protection of detained non-citizen Caribbeans and other immigrants with serious mental illnesses or disorders. The new guidelines, addressed in “ICE Guideline 11063.2 Identification, Communication, Record Keeping, and Planning for the Safe Release of Inmates with Serious Mental Disorders […]]]>

WASHINGTON, USA, CMC – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced new policies to enhance the protection of detained non-citizen Caribbeans and other immigrants with serious mental illnesses or disorders.

The new guidelines, addressed in “ICE Guideline 11063.2 Identification, Communication, Record Keeping, and Planning for the Safe Release of Inmates with Serious Mental Disorders or Disorders,” focus on the identification, treatment and surveillance of this particularly vulnerable population. “ICE continues its efforts to implement policies and guidelines that support a fair, orderly and humane immigration system,” said ICE Acting Director Tae D Johnson. “The directive reinforces existing guidelines regarding the treatment of prisoners with a serious mental disorder or condition, including policies regarding their safe transfer, removal or release, where appropriate and authorized by law,” continued Johnson.

ICE said its new guidance aligns with and reinforces the U.S. Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) policy, which provides certain procedural protections for unrepresented detainees.

sponsors with severe mental disorders or conditions “that may render them unfit to represent themselves in immigration proceedings”.

The new directive includes: Providing specific guidance to ICE on the identification, monitoring and follow-up of inmates with a serious mental disorder or condition; and ensure that ICE provides EOIR with information relating to a person’s serious mental disorder or condition for an immigration judge to determine if the person is competent to represent themselves in the context of dismissal proceedings.

The directive also calls for additional safeguards to be put in place prior to the transfer, release or removal of immigrants with serious mental illness or disorder and/or who are incompetent to represent themselves in removal proceedings before the EOIR, including communication protocols between ICE and case attorneys, legal representatives or qualified representatives “to ensure effective information sharing and coordination among affected parties,” ICE said.

In addition, the directive requires ICE to document in the “Appropriate Alien Removal Enforcement Module” and any successor system, “all relevant information regarding detained non-nationals who exhibit a disorder or serious mental condition”.

In accordance with ICE’s National Detention Standards, ICE said that all persons in its custody generally receive a comprehensive examination from a qualified medical professional within 14 days of arriving at a detention center to identify any medical, mental health or dental condition.

“Individuals identified as suffering from serious mental disorders receive appropriate treatment and monitoring,” ICE said.

“In addition, relevant information about an individual’s mental state is provided to the EOIR, so that an immigration judge can assess the individual’s competence and appoint an attorney if necessary,” added ICE.

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Defense against mental disorder to explore for a suspect in a random murder https://dystonia-dreams.org/defense-against-mental-disorder-to-explore-for-a-suspect-in-a-random-murder/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 17:14:50 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/defense-against-mental-disorder-to-explore-for-a-suspect-in-a-random-murder/ Breadcrumb Links Local News Crime Tano has previously declared the defendant fit to stand trial, meaning he understands court process and can instruct counsel. Calgary police are investigating a suspicious death at the east end of the Beltline. Officers found a woman in her 30s unconscious and injured at the scene. She died shortly thereafter […]]]>

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The suspect in what police say is the random killing of a woman on a Calgary street will be assessed to determine if he is not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder.

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Defense attorneys Curtis Mennie and Shamsher Kothari appeared in provincial court on Thursday and requested Michael John Adenyi’s test based on an initial assessment by Dr. David Tano.

Mennie provided a letter to Judge Mark Tyndale in which Tano indicated that Adenyi may be eligible for an NCRMD finding.

Because the letter contained private medical information about his client, Mennie did not request that the letter be tendered as an exhibit and it was not read into the record.

“The application . . . is for an assessment order for an NCR application,” Mennie told Tyndale.

“The reasons for this, sir, are outlined in the April 4 assessment done by Dr. Tano where he references a referral for an NCR assessment due to schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations,” Mennie said.

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The attorney said the contents of Tano’s letter established reasonable grounds for Tyndale to order tests to determine whether Adenyi was mentally ill at the time of his alleged crime and disliked the nature and quality of his conduct, or if it was wrong.

Based on Tano’s initial assessment, Crown prosecutor Vicki Faulkner said she was not opposed to the defense request.

“We have reviewed the information provided by Dr. Tano and agree that would be prudent,” Faulkner said, agreeing to Adenyi being sent from the Calgary Remand Center to the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Center for examination.

Tyndale agreed to send Adenyi for a 30-day evaluation.

“There will be an order. . . that the accused be assessed to determine if he was not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder at the time of the commission of the offence,” he said.

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Adenyi, who appeared via video link from the Calgary remand center, did not address the court other than to say “morning” in response to the judge offering the same greeting.

adenyi26, is charged with first-degree murder in what police say was chance murder of Vanessa Ladouceur, who was offensive around 6:40 a.m. on March 18 in the 100 block of 10th Avenue SE

Ladouceur, 30, who police say was fatally stabbed, was found unconscious. She died shortly thereafter of her injuries.

Tano has previously found the defendant fit to stand trial, meaning he understands the court process and can instruct counsel.

He will return to court on May 12.

KMartin@postmedia.com

Twitter: @KMartinCourts


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Some people with ADHD may actually have a mental waking dream disorder https://dystonia-dreams.org/some-people-with-adhd-may-actually-have-a-mental-waking-dream-disorder/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 18:12:18 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/some-people-with-adhd-may-actually-have-a-mental-waking-dream-disorder/ BE’ER SHEVA, Israel — Could daydreaming actually be a mental disorder? A new study reveals that some people dream to such an extent that it interferes with their ability to function in the real world. Researchers in Israel say these patients are often diagnosed with ADHD, but they believe maladaptive daydreaming (MD) should be their […]]]>

BE’ER SHEVA, Israel — Could daydreaming actually be a mental disorder? A new study reveals that some people dream to such an extent that it interferes with their ability to function in the real world. Researchers in Israel say these patients are often diagnosed with ADHD, but they believe maladaptive daydreaming (MD) should be their own medical condition.

The study authors explain that people with MD slip into very detailed and realistic daydreams. They can last for hours and prevent people from paying attention to their work or study in class. Despite all this, MD is not a formal psychiatric syndrome.

“Some people who become addicted to their fanciful daydreams have great difficulty concentrating and focusing their attention on school and work-related tasks, but they find that an ADHD diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan does not necessarily help them. Formally classifying DM as a mental disorder would allow psychology practitioners to better help many of their patients,” Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev said in a statement.

MD patients have more mental health problems

Dr. Soffer-Dudek hopes officials will add MD to the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. To convince them, the researchers looked at 83 adults with ADHD, looking at each person’s symptoms of inattention, depression, loneliness and DM.

The results show that 20% of the participants met the proposed criteria for a diagnosis of maladaptive daydreaming. Additionally, these patients also had significantly higher levels of depression, loneliness, and self-esteem than ADHD participants who did not meet the standards for an MD diagnosis.

“Our results suggest that there is a subset of people diagnosed with ADHD who would benefit more from a diagnosis of DM,” Dr. Soffer-Dudek concludes.

“MD has unique clinical characteristics that are distinct from ADHD. We suggest that in some cases presenting with ADHD symptoms, an MD conceptualization may better explain the clinical picture,” the study authors write in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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‘Alleged killer of Akwa Ibom job seeker is mentally ill,’ father claims https://dystonia-dreams.org/alleged-killer-of-akwa-ibom-job-seeker-is-mentally-ill-father-claims/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/alleged-killer-of-akwa-ibom-job-seeker-is-mentally-ill-father-claims/ The father of Uduak Frank Akpan, the alleged killer of Iniubong Umoren, a job seeker in Akwa Akwa Ibom State, told the Uyo State High Court on Wednesday that the accused was suffering of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that causes people to interpret reality abnormally. Uduak is on trial for the alleged […]]]>

The father of Uduak Frank Akpan, the alleged killer of Iniubong Umoren, a job seeker in Akwa Akwa Ibom State, told the Uyo State High Court on Wednesday that the accused was suffering of schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that causes people to interpret reality abnormally.

Uduak is on trial for the alleged rape and murder of the deceased at his father’s compound in April last year.

The defendant allegedly raped and killed Umoren after luring her with a fake job offer.

He buried the deceased’s remains in a shallow grave in his family home where the crime took place.

READ ALSO: Alleged killer of Akwa Ibom job seeker admits to raping six other women

Mr Akpan, who was cross-examined by defense lawyer Samson Adulla, told the court that his son, who changed his statements at each hearing, was mentally ill.

He said: “I know that the 1st defendant (Uduak) has a mental problem and has visited the hospital twice in 2020.

“He suffered from a mental illness called schizophrenia and at the time of the commission of this offense the first accused was an outpatient at Uyo University Teaching Hospital.

“Mental disorder causes people to interpret reality abnormally.”

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