Mourning in America

Posted in History, Social Awareness

Janet English, PhD, is a BPSI Psychoanalyst Member. Her below remarks originally appeared as the introduction to the Spring-Summer 2019 issue of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. We decided Mother Earth was weeping. Weeping for herself. What other explanation could there be for the reliably monotonous weekly downpour, uncannily synchronized with our Tuesday evening class this past fall on global warming? “Mourning in America:...

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Struggling with Kids and the Pandemic? Look for the “Magic Moments”

Posted in History, Social Awareness

The following piece was originally published on Alexandra Harrison’s blog entitled Supporting Child Caregivers in May 2020, which can be found here. During this time of social isolation and being cooped up with young children in small spaces, many parents describe their struggle to find an ever-elusive balance between working from home and childcare. Parents feel guilty about doing an inadequate job for their employers and feel guilty...

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Response to: Medicine and the Mind – The Consequences of Psychiatry’s Identity Crisis

Posted in History, Social Awareness

By Caleb Gardner, MD. Referenced article originally published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Last fall I co-authored an article “Medicine and the Mind: The Consequences of Psychiatry’s Identity Crisis”, in which, among other things, I hoped to express some concern that American psychiatry might, in effect, be neglecting nuance and psychological complexity and losing touch with certain fundamental insights about the mind. In the...

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Why A Traumatized Nation Is Having Trouble Staying Home

Posted in History, Social Awareness

This opinion piece by Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS and Holly Blatman, MD was first published on April 7, 2020 in The Boston Globe. The potential consequences of noncompliance are being outweighed by the human desire to find comfort from loneliness and feelings of helplessness by gathering in groups. Given the current wartime reality in health care facilities battling COVID-19, it can be difficult to understand why all of us are not taking...

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Older Kids and Teens in “Lockdown”

Posted in History, Social Awareness

The following piece was originally published on Alexandra Harrison’s blog entitled Supporting Child Caregivers in April 2020, which can be found here. We have talked about infants and young children in the time of COVID. It is important now to talk about the experience of school children and adolescents. These kids have some of the same problems we have discussed in relation to younger children, and they have some different problems. The...

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