Schadenfreude: Celebrating the Misfortune of Others
Like Sunday afternoon visits to London’s fetid insane asylums, we stare and gawk, fascinated yet repulsed, at unfortunates like Joseph Merrick (1862–1890). Joseph Merrick, incorrectly identified as “John Merrick” and also as “The Elephant Man,” his degrading stage name, attained a macabre celebrity status not because of wealth, success, or glamorous looks, but because of a grotesque physical deformity.
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Laying the Groundwork for a Medication Conversation
Therapists and counselors can have very different opinions on the role of psychotropic medications in mental health care. The majority of mental health professionals appear to agree that medications are necessary in the most severe forms of psychological disorders, especially when psychosis is present.
The attempt to address addiction effectively, and to prevent it when possible, has spawned the development of multiple “movements” over the past century. Most have responded to the times in which they were created, and all started because of frustration with solutions that were failing to fix the problems they wanted fixed. ... To read the entire article, please subscribe to Counselor Magazine
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