The Riggs Blog
The Riggs blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.
Since many of us at Riggs and in the Berkshires are periodic users of Metro North trains for travel into New York City, we have followed with great concern and sadness the tragic crash of a Metro North train in the Bronx last week. How awful that four died and so many sustained injuries that early morning. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all the victims—including the engineer.
Neil Hilborn's Youtube video of his poem entitled "OCD" quickly became an internet sensation. It takes a lot of courage on the part of people, whether or not they are patients at Austen Riggs or elsewhere, to risk translating their behavior into words.
Many people considering psychotherapy ask this question. Dr. Margaret Parish explains where psychotherapists can help to understand past events and their contexts, offering guidance and perspectives as a person reviews what he or she has suffered.
Recipients of the 2013 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media will present their work on mental health issues in the media. Presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience around reporting on mental health and stigma, the challenges on reporting on trauma and how journalists think about a range of clinical perspectives that press for public discussion.