MAD IN BELGIUM

Nadia Mahjoub was born in 1972 and lives in Belgium. She graduated in 1994 from Vrije Universiteit Brussel where she studied English and German. She had her first crisis (labelled as psychosis) at the age of 24 when she combined two full-time teaching jobs (!) After 10 medication-free years, she went through another crisis in 2006 just after her daughter Lisa was born, and again in 2008. She was then diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Around 2001, she started working as a volunteer for the Belgian non-profit organisation UilenSpiegel, which represents the interests of (ex-)users and survivors of mental health services in Flanders and Brussels. She writes two blogs (in Dutch): one about the traumatic effects of seclusion in psychiatry and one about the link between psychosis and spirituality and the search for alternative responses to emotional-spiritual crises. She defines herself as an expert by experience. Nadia believes she still has a lot to learn about what exactly happened during her crises and what can be done to improve the approach to madness.

Nadia Mahjoub A Small Revolution in Belgium: Psychologists to be Recognized Health Professionals

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November 29, 2013

In Belgium, patients with mental health problems mostly receive drug treatment despite the emphasis in international guidelines on the importance of psychological approaches. Currently one in ten Belgians takes antidepressants. That makes Belgium the European leader when it comes to antidepressant prescriptions and costs our country 300 million euros annually. This has been a glaring concern for our Minister of Health. From January 1, 2016, all psychologists and psychotherapists in Belgium will need to register in an official list. This should slash the number of unqualified therapists and help more Belgians stay off antidepressants.
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Nadia Mahjoub Torture as a Response to People in Crisis

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March 7, 2012

ENUSP, the European Network of (Ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, recently put out a press release on horrifying practices in psychiatry in the Czech Republic.  On January 20, 2012, according to reports in the Czech press, a 51-year-old woman …
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Nadia Mahjoub 11,000 Minors on Antipsychotics in Belgium

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February 25, 2012

More and more children and young people in Belgium are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. In 2010, these drugs were doled out to 11,000 minors. Of these, 485 were children less than six years old. It’s a dangerous development because of …
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Nadia Mahjoub On Traumatizing “Care”

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January 30, 2012

In 1996, at the age of 24, I had my first episode of what doctors in Belgium would later define as ‘psychosis’. I want to start off by saying that I really don’t like the term ‘psychosis’. I consider what …
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