God is not the solution to eating disorders.

Will of Godless Teens had a group come into his school to talk about overeating disorders.  Awesome!  The later high school years are when a lot of eating disorders pop up. However, like charity often works with the Catholic church, combating real problems, in this case, was an excuse to talk about god.  The group [Read More...]

I want to buy this book. Help make sure it gets written.

I’m a little late to this party since Stephanie Zvan and Ed Brayton have already blogged on this, but Ania Bula is writing a book about depression that will lambast the copious amount of alternative treatments that seek to profit, not by alleviating mental illness, but by capitalizing on desire to be cured.  She will [Read More...]

Boggle on mental illness and “a cry for help”.

Here’s your feel good post for the day: it’s Boggle, the owl.  People write to boggle with problems and boggle then gives them some kind perspective. This particular one caught my eye… Beautiful. [Read more...]

Secular Therapist Project continues to grow.

I am a registered client with the Secular Therapist Project, which many of you have supported since it went live.  The other day I got an email from them that brightened my otherwise dreary day. Today I am thrilled to announce that we just achieved 100 registered therapists for the Secular Therapist Project. We also [Read More...]

Mental health: eating disorders affect more than the mind.

I take care of my mouth.  I brush twice a day.  I floss.  I don’t floss EVERY day, but I floss most days. I just went to the dentist and found I need to have about $1,600 worth of medical work done.  Writing’s great, but it’s not the kind of high-paying work that makes that [Read More...]

Connecticut shooting open thread.

If I see one more reporter pressuring a traumatized kid or their parents, I’m going to kick humanity square in the nuts and leave. I’m mostly disgusted, and trying to focus on other work.  However, I see everybody on the web talking about this, so here’s a place to do it with other WWJTD commenters/readers.  [Read More...]

The American Psychological Association removes Asperger’s as a diagnosis.

The APA is apparently reclassifying those who have Asperger’s, which will no longer be a diagnosis under the DSM-V: The American Psychiatric Association voted this weekend to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome from the so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders. People with Asperger’s will now more likely be [Read More...]

That’s so crazy!

Steven here… A woman in Russia was just arrested for keeping a dead body in her apartment. For three years. With kids living there. The devout Pentecostal woman believed her husband would resurrect and she made her kids feed the body and have conversations with it. Commenters are quick to point out that the woman [Read More...]

Mail: trapped by mental illness.

I’m behind on answering emails, so there will be a lot of that today.  Some of them will find their way onto the blog.  The first comes from Hank (name changed). I’ve been following your blog since I saw your talk at [my school]. When I saw the video of your talk at Skepticon 4, [Read More...]

The Therapist Project in Psychology Today.

Psychology Today has released an interview with Dr. Darrel Ray over the Therapist Project.  Darrel does a great job at first identifying the problem. Certainly, the best schools train therapists to avoid imposing their beliefs on the client, but right now there are hundreds of religious schools graduating thousands of Christian counselors, licensable in most [Read More...]


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