As part of our support community on Slack, we regularly invite mental health leaders to do open and honest Q&A sessions with our members. We discuss topics surrounding mental illness coping and recovery, advocacy, reducing stigma, and more.
Dr. Charles Parker is on a mission to address psychiatric treatment failure by democratizing advanced brain and mind information through lessons for our increasingly curious, concerned, and informed global citizenry. An enlightened public will significantly improve treatment outcomes as they correct misinformation and conjecture with the use of data-driven, more predictable and informed diagnostic and treatment resources.
Instead of pills and five minutes interview, how else could you address mental illness? My psychiatrist would do that prescribe pills and I would only see her for 5 minutes.
The superficial criteria that are the regrettable standard of care is based upon superficial less than scientific assessments which makes everyone at once inaccurate and board certified.
How can someone like me (non-doctor) help guide someone who’s compelled to self-harm? Beyond telling them to get into treatment. It’s so hard to do nothing.
The entire way we ask about self-harm must change from thinking before doing. Now the standard is based on intent when it should be based IMHO on consideration, just thinking about it. You don’t have to be ‘crying in the closet’ to need help… but because standards are so lax many don’t want the card.
Can you address any new treatments out for mental illness besides what has been the standard for so many years?
Too big a question but here’s an excellent place to start – with expert guests over at http://corebrainjournal.com/mission – if you are here you will love their input – on specific topics!!
I sometimes have really bad anxiety attacks. I feel light headed, sometimes have trouble breathing and my heart starts racing. I cant really afford to get therapy. What are some ways that I can manage it.
See this video on Cognitive anxiety the most commonly missed subset – cognitive is a dopamine issue, affective/somatic/feeling anxiety is often related to serotonin: http://corepsych.com/cognitive
Why does a parent have to be with you at all times when going into a psychiatrist’s office if under 18, and why can’t they just come in at the end? Me and my sister feel like a lot more would be accomplished if if was that way.
Just ask for privacy with the doc, and ask for confidentiality. If it’s only a med check it’s too brief, if it’s therapy, of course, you should have your privacy… but even in a med check we do permit parents-out as the patient requests.
Thank you so much for doing this for us! Guest Q&As mean a lot to this community, seeing as the mods aren’t professionals. Getting a professional’s insight means the world! Anyway, my question for you is: what can someone do if they’re having suicidal thoughts, beside getting professional help? A lot of us here struggle with this. And not everyone is comfortable with going to see medical professionals about it. It would be nice to get a professional’s perspective on this.
Support groups will help ease the process of finding the right person and help build trust even before starting the office visit. Even if you go to Codependency groups like Alanon… better than nothing and free.
How can someone stop wanting to do self harm?
You must trust someone, be selective but start the conversation. If you are in school, a school counselor, if you are an adult ask a local community mental health outfit for a support group… Many survivor groups have excellent folks to for support and help you with options. As far as yourself, get out a pen and paper and write down 5 things you love to do, and make time to start doing them. Exercise takes effort but has a direct effect on your brain.
What are your thoughts on patients being treated against their will? At what point is it necessary to take someone’s autonomy from them?
When I was a kid we did take action all the time. Now people feel they have the right to kill themselves. I’m for informed participatory therapy, against games and guesswork, and think we need to get more data out before we give up: Data changes the game: http://corebrainjournal.com/galileo
How do you get past postpartum depression on top of possible pregnancy?
Very tough question need to get with a plan for reframing your life, grief, and from a medical point of view read about estrogen dominance and consider an antidepressant both of which help with biomedical contributions to post partum depression: http://corebrainjournal.com/091
Do you have any advice on those suffering with chronic Depersonalization Disorder? I’ve had it for two years now and things just don’t seem to be getting better, even with bi weekly therapy.
These issues are often associated with anxiety both cognitive and affective, and can be associated with specific neurotransmitter problems like copper toxicity. http://corebrainjournal.com/115
What do you recommend for someone who can’t escape the house to get therapy but needs help?
I have the podcast, and love podcasts so much outstanding info – that’s why I’m asking others to chime in: This page is loaded with supportive ideas: http://corebrainjournal.com/mindset
What are your thoughts on DSM-5? Do you agree with Allen Frances’ criticisms that it’s too expansive and is medicalizing ordinary behaviors?
This only my favorite question!! You will love this page and Frances is on it: http://corebrainjournal.com/critical
How do I keep my Joy when some days I feel so tired?
Consider treatment for vulnerability a form of depression, consider you might have a challenge with Executive Function : http://corepsych.com/diagnosis
What can you tell us about psychedelic therapy as a hope for those with depression and complex PTSD?
I need to get a pro on CoreBrain Journal to comment – not in my immediate toolset but have heard very good things and looking forward to learning more.
If you could change one thing about the state of mental health treatment today, what would that be?
The entire DSM5 is a fashion show and brain function diagnosis is the way of the future – I’m into solutions and start with the worst problem first ADHD: http://corebrainjournal.com/adhd101