Mental health knowledge and practice was highly contested in the 1960s and 70s. Struggles over homosexuality and radicalism, drug use and replicable drug trials, were part of a unique countercultural moment. These were wild times. Transactional analysis, developed by Eric Berne and Claude Steiner, was also part of this fiercely energetic moment. In January 2017 […]Read more "Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture"
Check out my new piece with Hidden Persuaders. Check it out and get transported back to Miami, 1969!Read more "Agents of Pacification, Agents of Change: Radical Psychiatry in 1969"
How will the pharmaceutical industry be impacted under the Trump administration? Who’s the new FDA Commissioner? How will e-cigarettes be effected? How will the opioid crisis be impacted? Trump’s FDA and “the United States of Oxy” By Lucas Richert The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be headed for a major overhaul under the […]Read more "Donald Trump’s FDA and the ‘United States of Oxy’"
Mo Farah, you wuss! It’s time to take it to the next level with ultrarunning. Here’s an excerpt from “Beer, candy fuelled ultrarunner’s record-breaking race,” by Lindsey Crouse. *** At a time when “endurance running” no longer means mere marathons – and even 160-kilometre races are attracting the masses – Karl Meltzer, a former ski-resort […]Read more "Ultrarunning: Nature and Native Americans"
It was tight. It was very, very close. However, Colombians rejected a peace deal to end 52 years of war with Farc guerrillas, throwing the country into confusion about its future. With counting completed from 98% of polling stations, the no vote led with 50.23% to 49.76%, a difference of 61,000 votes. Not much. According […]Read more "Cocaine Fury"
Cheech and Chong. Tony Montana. Reefer Madness. Blow. These are some of the characters and films that normally come to mind when you bring up drugs in cinema. But let’s get real, folks. It goes so much deeper. Drug movies are both fascinating and titillating. Whether it’s the “War on Drugs” or depictions of the counterculture […]Read more "The 10 Best Drug Movies of the Past 50 Years"
I recently had the pleasure of joining Chris Hoff on The Radical Therapist Podcast. You can listen to our lively discussion about the 1960s, long-haired hippies, and mental health services during a period of big-time change. You can download the Pod here or through iTunes. Thanks for listening and sharing! #mentalhealthawareness #healthpolicyRead more "Podcast Announcement – Radical Mental Health Therapy"