Mental health treatment: a personal history

Last weekend I watched the film ‘Mad to be Normal’, the story of Scottish psychiatrist Dr R D Laing, starring David Tennant.  Laing trained and worked at the Glasgow Mental Hospital before travelling down to London, where he founded a therapeutic community, Kingsley Hall in 1965. The community remained open until 1970. His radical approach…

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Just asking

I hesitate, but I need to ask … So much is happening in the news that I find distressing, not because the events affect me but because the attitude fallout does. I have stated before that unfairness troubles me, situations with mismatched cause and effect. In particular two very different situations in recent and current…

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What is it worth, this planet Earth?

Is Earth worth saving, sweating and slaving carving new paths out from rampage and tillage slicing new routes through destruction and pillage? Is Earth worth saving when it means waving farewell to life’s ease, to earned comforts and powers just for the sake of some fields, a few flowers? Can man-fashioned loss nourish air-giving trees?…

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Beside Myself

Just for a heartbeat I consider your view – look back at myself from the angle of you; mind breaking free to make sense for one time, takes a new slant on what’s me and what’s mine. Not far away from another place But very same day, in my own space. For I see no…

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Culture? The ideas and collective behaviour of a group.

Mustn’t grumble, can’t complain, Rough or smooth – it’s much the same; Praise each effort, smile at defeat, Not in it to win it? Well, it’s just a game. You’ll fit right in if asked, you say half empty is my glass today. Strive to win, decline to lose, Total success – that’s not a…

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