Spitzer Reportedly Recants Controversial Reparativ…

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012 The “patina of scientific credibility” to which leaders of the so-called “ex-gay” movement have been clinging in their embrace of a deeply controversial 2001 study on “reparative therapy” has been taken away.    That’s what psychiatrist Jack Drescher, M.D., told Psychiatric Newsabout reports that Robert Spitzer, M.D., the author of the study that ...

Times Calls Reparative Therapy "Pseudopsychiatry"

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012 In an editorial in today’s edition, theNew York Times condemns as dangerous so-called reparative therapy, which its adherents claim can change homosexuals into heterosexuals, labeling it “absurd, potentially harmful, pseudopsychiatry.”  The paper published the editorial in response to its article a few days earlier describing psychiatrist Robert Spitzer, M.D.’s, renouncing of a widely publicized—and ...

California Outlaws "Reparative Therapy"

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012 Over the weekend, California became the first state with a law banning so-called reparative therapy, a discredited intervention that claims it can turn homosexuals into heterosexuals. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, outlawing the practice of reparative therapies in youth younger than age 18. Brown said he hoped this law would ...

Men Sue Reparative Therapy Center Over Psychological Harm

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 Four young men have taken the rare step of suing a facility that provides so-called “reparative therapy,” and the individuals who run it, claiming that the techniques used to “cure” their homosexuality included ones that inflicted psychological damage. The suit was filed yesterday in Hudson County (N.J.) Superior Court against the organization known as ...

Understanding and Coping with Triggers

Carol Giambalvo; Joseph Kelly    Dissociation is a disturbance in the normally integrative functions of identity, memory, or consciousness. It is also known as a trance state. It is a very normal defense mechanism. You’ve all probably heard of how a child being abused—or persons in the midst of traumatic experiences—dissociate. Those are natural occurrences to an ...

How Meditation May Change the Brain

New York Times Sindya N. Bhanoo January 28, 2011 Over the December holidays, my husband went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Not my idea of fun, but he came back rejuvenated and energetic. He said the experience was so transformational that he has committed to meditating for two hours daily, one hour in the ...

Parents, Children and Cults: A Deprogramming Survey

In order to help parents decide what to do about children in cults, the American Family Foundation’s ADVISOR (predecessor of The Cult Observer), a periodical read by several thousand people, most of whom are disturbed by aspects of the cult phenomenon, published a questionnaire in 1982.  Ninety-four parents responded, providing a variety of data on family background and experiences ...