It’s 2016! Time for the yearly commitment to blogging more.
1. Hamilton is an under-appreciated genius. No, not that one, this one.
2. Institutionalization and the burrito test.
3. Relatedly, a photographic memoir of Rockhaven, a kinder kind of institution.
4. How successful is inpatient treatment for the mental experience of anorexia? Not very.
[Note: whether or not inpatient treatment makes people less anorexic is different from whether or not it forces them to gain weight.]
No significant changes in core anorexic thoughts and perceptions as Body dissatisfaction, Drive for thinness, Weight concern and Shape concern were noted. However, a reduction in the general severity of eating disorder symptoms (including Restraint and Eating concern) was observed, mainly related to the treatment structure. Levels of depression significantly decreased but remained within pathological range. We also found a concerning increase in suicidal ideation not correlated with a concomitant increase in depressive symptomatology.
I suspect that the increase in suicidality is related to being frequently (usually daily) weighed, and that some of the other effects come from being cooped up with a bunch of other people with anorexia and feeling competitive.
5. This sounds a bit like throwing the baby out with the bathwater: psychologists are being removed from Guantanamo:
The new rules bar psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations, and also bar them from providing mental health services to detainees at sites like Guantánamo that the United Nations has determined do not comply with international human rights law. Currently, no interrogations take place at Guantánamo, Commander Burzynski said, and instead only voluntary interviews are conducted when a detainee asks to speak with American personnel.
As a result of General Kelly’s order, psychologists at Guantánamo no longer observe or are involved with detainee interviews, or provide any feedback to the American military on detainee behavior, according to Commander Burzynski.
The psychologists have also been removed from the prison’s Behavioral Health Unit, which is responsible for detainee mental health programs, and from the prison’s so-called detainee socialization programs.