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MVO: Resources In The Mental Well-Being Space

Mental View And Orientation Series
By Kevin A. Sensenig
2019 February 21 - 2020 August 22

What One Can Potentially Do (An Entire Approach)

Kelly Brogan MD   "Own Your Body.  Free Your Mind."

This looks like a tremendous resource.  Kelly Brogan has a highly intelligent, integrated approach, with significant background, natural theory, and practical advice.  If it applies, gauge it on its merits, and apply it if you can.

Open Dialogues Resources

The following is a reflective essay by a practitioner in psychotherapy on the value of Open Dialogue, as and after she absorbed the material in a course on it.  This is entirely compatible with my own thesis, and is so welcome; and prior to developing my most recent papers I've relied on the description of Open Dialogues in film (by Mackler) and the book "Open Dialogues And Anticipations: Respecting Otherness In The Present Moment" by Seikkula and Arnkil.  My papers were in turn developed from my own experiential/observational/my own sense of the participant (as I unfolded Zen practice and realization and steps in philosophy and reflections on Open Dialogues, Buddhism and the mind, and study of Marvin Minsky's work -- and from engagement with the psych unit system).

Alita Taylor -- Open Dialogue: Making Meaning

The following are links to various Open Dialogues sites.  A web search yields more results.

Open Dialogues Australia.  Note the resources tab.

Open Dialogues UK Store.  Here you can find "Open Dialogues And Anticipations", and what seems to be significant other work.

Standpoint Resources

These are various resources on the web representing the standard and other models, or conjunctions of them.  Gauge, use, and reflect on each of these according to its merits.

Mad In America

Mad In America presents a dimension approach to the domain.  I need to contemplate the material further, and find it a real resource, and intriguing.  They have some pretty sharp analysis and critiques, including across science, culture, standpoint, and treatment -- and the individual experience.  They challenge certain givens in mainstream psychiatry, and seek out various interpretations.  This is a dynamite website, with significant interesting resource.  See what you think.  It was started by journalist Robert Whitaker, and includes perspectives from many angles.

Change Direction

Change Direction has some concrete action-items that one can be aware of.  They do address mental and emotional states, in their own terms.  You may find some useful information or strategies -- and I'd recommend being aware and developing your own realistic sense of metrics like theirs, in conjunction with them say; or rely on theirs exclusively.  Note that for those facing crisis or need, they have a "Find Help" tab for available resources, including crisis and life matters.

The American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association seems to represent the mainstream standard standpoint in American psychiatry, a referent for many professionals.  Current psych unit psychiatry seems to rely on its theory, and has its own praxis.  The private practice psychiatrist may incorporate more dynamic, reflective material than psych unit psychiatry, the psychiatry itself.  I had one such practitioner, in NYC -- and he asked questions about and engaged in dialogue about both the mind and the social-relational.  The APA website lists standard disorders, using the DSM (Diagnostic And Statistical Manual) as a referent. There are some articles on say DBT therapy that are informative.  You can compare insights, standpoint, and results at their website.
National Alliance On Mental Illness

NAMI also has a standpoint, and its type of resources.  See what you think.  They do point to possibly genetic, environmental, and event factors; and they also list standard disorders.

Mental Health America

MHA may have some useful material, including a "Finding Help" tab.

State Resources

The PA DHS Community Support Program (CSP) has a really nice description; their model might dovetail with my idea presented in my MVO: 2019 Thesis, and should be adopted by each psych unit psychiatrist.  Mvo-p Psych would integrate some of this.

Essays And Articles On Various Key Topics

See the brilliant essay “On Human Nature and Its Implications for the Mind-Body Problem” by Joanna Moncrieff, MD.  Psychiatry needs this type of philosophical consideration, and to see the individual as an expression of this type.  This all becomes more tractable and tactile – and applied, relevant, and useful.

Where Western Medicine Meets Indigenous Healing: An Interview with Anthropologist Ian Puppe, an excellent interview with an anthropologist working in Canada.  He notes various standpoints, ways of working, and colonialist thinking meeting the Indigenous (including an objectified view contrasted with a relational view).

Bridging Critical and Conceptual Psychiatry: An Interview with Awais Aftab.  A dynamite interview/article that presents key material.  Philosophy meets psychiatry; and in my view this should be taken to praxis as well, as the article indicates (but I would say also to involve the individual in such discussion).

"The Biomedical Model: Caveat Emptor" by Jonathan S. Abramowitz
, ABCT (Association For Behavioral And Cognitive Therapies), in this 2015 newsletter.  Excellent presentation of some key concepts.  Entirely consistent with the mvo-p model and my own observations.


A 2019 Study On A Mediterranean Diet And Depression, In The Journal PLOS ONE

My Own Idea -- A Descriptive Grid Consistent With My 'MVO: 2019 Thesis'

The following might apply, for certain individuals, or in certain types of life situations.  I don't know who might find it useful, dilemma or not.  It's a form of inquiry-description-and-diagram.  Use it if it's useful, and see it on its merits.

Dimension Profile Grid Matrix 1

***  If you're otherwise facing crisis, or see no way out, or a serious dilemma, seek the Find Help tab under Change Direction or MHA above, contact your local crisis intervention line, or see a qualified professional.  You may still find this useful, but find orientation, balance, and resource -- and stability.  Resolve the crisis, then see what you can do to develop even further insight.  ***

Related Resources

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The mind and the social-relational can be tricky or straightforward.  May each person find a way to work with themselves and we-and-the-world in a depth and participant way, and strengthen that in others.

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