“You who are in the field of psychology have given us a great word. It is the word maladjusted. This word is probably used more than any other word in psychology…the word implies you are declaring that destructive maladjustment should be destroyed. You are saying that all must seek the well-adjusted life in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities.
But on the other hand, I am sure that we will recognize that there are some things in our society, some things in our world, to which we should never be adjusted…We must never adjust ourselves to racial discrimination and racial segregation. We must never adjust ourselves to religious bigotry. We must never adjust ourselves to economic conditions that take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. We must never adjust ourselves to the madness of militarism, and the self-defeating effects of physical violence.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Invited Distinguished Address to the American Psychological Association, September 1 1967
Written by Bart Magee, Ph.D.
With our collective mental health already under tremendous strain after enduring nine months of restrictions, isolation, and fears of infection, we enter a holiday season and winter amid rising cases and renewed shutdown orders. Attending to mental health is more important than ever.
The following are my five tips for holiday and winter mental health first aid. I hope it helps you navigate a challenging holiday season.
Written by Bart Magee, Ph.D.
I heard recently from Hunter Dreidame, a friend and Access Institute supporter. He told me this:
"Throughout my adult life, I've been afraid to seek out therapy, not because of any stigma around it, but because of its cost: it is very expensive and, short of a mental breakdown, I couldn't justify the hundreds or thousands of dollars it costs to regularly see a mental health professional. I'm finally making enough where I feel comfortable paying the money necessary to see a therapist, and I’m now blessed to have generous coverage. Thanks to this benefit, I've been speaking with a therapist regularly. It has been an incredibly eye-opening and fulfilling experience, and I intend to continue this self-exploration and personal unpacking for as long as I'm able.”
By Bart Magee, Ph.D.
There’s no debate that the prevention of COVID-19 in the U.S. has been a complete failure. After some initial success in April, the current situation in much of the country is like an uncontained wildfire. Years from now, books will be written about the multitude of mistakes, but we can’t afford to wait as the deaths pile up. There is still time to for us to switch to proven prevention strategies.
As many of you know, the funding for our partner, the Bayview Hunters Point ADHC, is under threat along with all Adult Day Health Care centers, the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP), and Caregiver Resource Centers in California.