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 Thursday, February 8, 2001

New Server
We moved to a new server to reduce some administrative headaches and make upgrading more simple. Yay!

(Posted at 02:59:45 PM EST.)

 Wednesday, February 7, 2001

The Publisher's Note NAMI-California Censored
Dan E. Weisburd had the guts to call Torrey on a statistic that has questionable basis in any fact. Rather than check the facts for themselves, major news media throughout the country have repeated this statistic and turned into a fact merely through repetition. Weisburd went right to the source to check the facts and found the truth to be startling...

(Posted at 11:22:37 AM EST.)

NAMI-California Shows Little Compassion for Mental Health Consumers
In a strange political move designed to silence a leading mental health advocate, NAMI-California has suspended publication of its own newsletter, The Journal, and fired its Editor in Chief. The editor's crime? Calling into question some of the outrageous claims made by E. Fuller Torrey, MD, a long-time NAMI supporter and commentator on mental health issues. Apparently the First Amendment isn't recognized by NAMI-California. The full story is inside...

(Posted at 11:18:19 AM EST.)

 Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Salon: The meaning of Life
"Four years ago, Mothers Who Think went online with a mission. In her Mamafesto announcing the launch, founding editor Camille Peri politely jammed an editorial elbow in the gut of the mainstream "parenting" (and paternalistic) press, promising that Mothers Who Think would be "a place for mothers to exercise their brains." There would be no averting of eyes and no cheery pastels, vowed Peri and co-founder Kate Moses -- only the experience of motherhood and its attendant pain and exhilaration." Read the rest of the article on Salon.

(Posted at 01:46:19 PM EST.)

FDA Approves Pfizer Schizophrenia Drug
"U.S. regulators on Monday approved Pfizer Inc.'s schizophrenia treatment Zeldox, setting the stage for a high-stakes marketing battle with two treatments that already boast blockbuster sales." I hope it helps, at least as another alternative to existing medication treatments.

(Posted at 12:32:11 PM EST.)

 Monday, February 5, 2001

A Psychotherapist Who Doesn't Get It
"“What if,” asks Howard [Brown, a psychotherapist speaking about online therapy], “a client hooks up with someone who isn’t qualified or doesn’t have his or her best interests at heart?... What if a suicidal patient sends e-mail to a therapist who has logged off?... What if (computer) communication crashes while a client is discussing her fear of rejection?”"

Here are some more "What if's" for Mr. Brown:

  • What if, as the 1999 Surgeon General's report on mental health noted, most people who need mental health services never seek them out due to concerns about the cost, stigma, convenience, or privacy of such traditional services?
  • What if Internet technology could allow outreach to address the needs of even another 5-10% of the U.S. population and give them access to such needed services? Would you deny these people care simply because it is not to your personal liking?
  • What if a client who has suicidal thoughts leaves a message with his real world therapist and the therapist's cell phone dies?
  • What if a client who has suicidal thoughts leaves a message on voice mail/message machine and the voice mail/message machine dies?
  • What if the therapist dozes off or yawns while a client sitting in front of her talks about his fear of being perceived as boring?

As you can see, hypotheticals are useless, because they can be twisted to show whatever you'd like. And don't think the above are not true... They come from real life therapist stories I've heard first-hand.

Brown goes on to say, "When and if it becomes possible for the Internet to evolve sufficiently for online therapy to provide competent, ethical, well-monitored, high quality care without the present day drawbacks, limitations, and ominous ‘what-ifs,’ [we] may also include online therapy in its services."

Hmmm, maybe Mr. Brown should look around a little more, since there are dozens of such providers online offering ethical, competent, high-quality services to thousands of people in need. Today. Mr. Brown is welcomed to wait as long as he'd like, while the world pioneers such services without him. The need is simply too great while most objections seem to be hollow and self-serving.
(Posted at 01:26:00 PM EST.)

Yet Another Reason Not to Conduct e-therapy via Regular E-mail
The NY Times has an article about yet another "feature" found in most people's e-mail programs that allows a user to snoop on comments forwarded with the e-mail. The feature "enables the text to be secretly returned to its original sender every time it is forwarded to another recipient, as long as the recipients' e-mail programs are set up to read JavaScript." The Privacy Foundation has more information about the exploit, and ways to turn it off in affected e-mail reading programs (Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and Netscape). This is one of the primary reasons I use an older version of Eudora -- it is, in fact, more secure because it is older and doesn't make use of newer features that I never needed or wanted.

(Posted at 11:48:30 AM EST.)

 Saturday, February 3, 2001

New Server
We're moving to a new server this week, so there may be some unexpected downtime. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it was necessary to support future upgrades in functionality and features the site will support.

(Posted at 09:21:17 PM EST.)

Wow... February is Here Already!
I believe 2001 will go so much faster than I can even imagine... It, in fact, already is. February? I have two professional conferences to attend and a host of social functions. I don't know when or where I'll find time for it all!

(Posted at 09:20:04 PM EST.)

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