Let’s go back to the genogram again today, because of some news stories I saw this morning. What we can do is assess cultural surround as well. In a genogram one of the things we look at is the cultural surround? So, we can use current events and other things to help get at the root of this thesis.
Starting again at 1984 as the date that Sardello had the piece up in the NYT on pre-scripted games.
The year that I bought my Apple Performa in Circuit City I was struck by the banks of computers all playing the same type of game as the one you can see in this video below. You do not see what is behind the hand at the front of the screen, do you? I bought that in 1995. So let’s add that date because we have already established that Loughner played these games.
The game that I saw had an anonymous hand just like this? It was pointing at skyscrapers and doing what this hand is doing.
Here is the video — from 2008. This is an interpretation of a song I like, too by the band I will show you next.
The top video is an interpretation of the “song.” — Sans the song?
If we look along the genogram again into a cultural event that caused anxiety it is 2001.
Studies show more students are arriving on campus with mental health issues. A recent American College Counseling Association survey found 44 percent of students who visit college counseling centers have severe psychological disorders, up from 16 percent a decade ago. One in four students is on psychiatric medication, compared to 17 percent in 2000.
Questions would be — what “disorders” are we talking about?
How have pre-scripted games affected reality testing in the generation who has grown up playing them?
What pills are being prescribed to this generation?
How has ADHD increased because of computer usage?
How has attention span changed in children because of this usage?
A brief overview of Piaget’s theory of development — made easy!
A question would be, what is the effect of these prescriptions combined with the pre-scripted games?
Certainly, one would not “feel” remorse — if medicated. In one of my last placements, a clinical supervisor I had prescribed prozac for two year olds. I thought that was unethical. Absolutely.
From the article linked above:
In a new book, The Price of Privilege, the American psychologist Madeline Levine claims that affluent children, with parents earning more than £63,000 a year, have “three times the rate of depression and anxiety disorders as ordinary teenagers, as well as substantially higher rates of substance abuse, cutting and suicide”.
Research on middle-class childhood pressures lags behind in the UK, but the popular psychologist Oliver James, who is set to publish in January a new book, Affluenza, about the mental cost of wealth, warns that it is not affluence alone that “translates into greater happiness or mental health”, but the quality of early parental care.
Pleas for action have come thick and fast: early intervention in the case of dysfunctional families, counsels Tony Blair – before birth, if necessary; hug a hoodie, advocates Cameron; more free time for children to dream, recommends Greenfield. But a stark proposal, likely to impact on the children of the affluent more than the economically deprived, is now on offer: let them take Prozac.
This summer, the influential European Medicines Agency (EMEA) officially advocated the prescription of the antidepressant Prozac within the EU for children from the age of eight upwards, reinforcing a similar recommendation made last year by the UK’s Nice (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), despite the known dangerous side effects of the drug on children and adolescents.
Taking a look at imagery in this one — relates to same themes as the aquariums yesterday:
fantastic lyrics and imagery in this one:
In terms of “the mirror” — and cognition, and Piaget.
A question would be how might “the mirror” be used as a cognitive aid. Blog tx planner would allow a “mirror” into self. The use of Art and Narrative therapy will build cognition for the self. Also would allow a diagnostic. First intervention would be to allow differentiation of “aquarium” heads.
What is so interesting in that video is the sense you get of the “sameness” of the aquariums — a question would be to ask — are they the same?