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Margaret Altman, MSW

Voiceless in America: Margaret Altman is a crisis intervention specialist and has intervened in many explosive situations within jails, emergency rooms, suicide prevention centers and psychiatric units. She enjoys writing and researching on a wide range of topics, primarily in realms lacking a sufficient knowledge base such as explosive behavior syndromes.

George Atwood, PhD

Men on Hooks: George Atwood, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Rutgers (retired), where he taught for 41 years. George has devoted his life to psychotherapy, specializing in extreme psychological disturbances.  He is author of The Abyss of MadnessFaces in a Cloud: Intersubjectivity in Personality Theory, and many other works.

Jennifer Bahr, ND

Dr. Bahr specializes in mental health and endocrine conditions with expertise in mood disorders and child/adolescent mental and behavioral health. Her mission is to end stigma so that quality treatment will not be delayed out of fear. For more information, visit

Ron Bassman, PhD

Ron Bassman is a licensed psychologist who seeks to challenge the misconceptions of both mental health professionals and the general public, while inspiring fellow travelers. His written works include A Fight to Be: Experiences from Both Sides of the Locked Door, and various articles downloadable for free off his website,

Robert Berezin, MD

Robert Berezin has been in private practice and taught psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for thirty years. He is the author of “Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain” and "Do No Harm: The Destructive History of Pharmaceutical Psychiatry and its Bedfellows." He blogs at  

Amy Biancolli

Amy Biancolli's third book, Figuring Shit Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival (2014, Behler Publications), is a memoir of the year following her husband's suicide. A former film critic for the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers, she's currently an arts reporter and columnist for the Albany Times Union. She blogs at

Douglas Bloch

Beyond Prozac: Author, teacher, and mental health coach Douglas Bloch writes on using holistic tools and coping strategies to manage the symptoms of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. More information can be found at  

Melissa Bond

Killer Brain Candy: After 2 years of Ativan for pregnancy-related insomnia, and the knowledge that the drug was slowly disassembling her brain and body, Melissa Bond went through a hellish withdrawal. She writes about it on her website and in her forthcoming book Dear Little Fish. The Kickstarted campaign launches October 28.

Peter Breggin, MD

Peter Breggin's scientific and educational work provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and ECT. He leads the way in promoting more caring, empathic and effective therapies. His newest book is Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.

Kelly Brogan, MD ABIHM

Third Path Psychiatry: Dr. Brogan's interest is in holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition.  She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Learn more on FacebookTwitterand through her monthly newsletter.

Justin Brown

The Myth of Normal: Justin identifies as a person in recovery who voluntarily takes psychotropic medication, thereby disqualifying him from the so - called "anti-psychiatry" movement.  Justin is Director of the Northeast Recovery Learning Community,  a peer-to-peer self - help organization north of Boston. He blogs at

Bonnie Burstow, Ph.D.

Deconstructing the Institution: Dr. Burstow is a faculty member at University of Toronto, and an antipsychiatry activist. She writes about language, institutional ruling, resistance, and social change. Works include Psychiatry and the Business of MadnessRadical Feminist Therapy and Psychiatry Disrupted. For more information, see

Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D.

Grieving for Grief: Joanne Cacciatore is Associate Professor at Arizona State University and founder of the Center for Loss and Trauma. She writes and researches on traumatic grief and trains providers in "green" mental health care. Her latest book, Selah: An Invitation Toward Fully Inhabited Grief, is used by grief therapists worldwide.

Iden Campbell McCollum, CPRP

Iden Campbell McCollum believes that The Great Turning is happening and though our generation my not see the full fruits of our labor it’s up to us to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to live their lives as freely as possible.

Jack Carney, DSW

Up the River: A social worker, Jack Carney writes on the contradictions and hypocrisies of the public mental health system, and promotes and applauds acts of resistance to it. In the words of the immortal Joe Hill, spoken just before being executed by a Utah firing squad, he likes to advise: “Don’t mourn, organize!"

Monica Cassani

Beyond Meds: Monica Cassani has seen the system from both sides - as a social worker and as a person whose life was severely ruptured by psychiatric drugs. She writes critically about the system, as well as about holistic pathways of healing without medication.

Ted Chabasinski, J.D.

Still Crazy After All These Years:  Ted Chabasinski, now a patients' rights lawyer, was taken from his parents when he was six years old, experimented on with a course of electric shock treatment, and then sent to a state hospital for the rest of his childhood.  He writes about the power of psychiatry and how it is abused, especially against children.

Matthew Cohen

Building Healing Community: Matthew is a social entrepreneur and healing artist. He offers education, advocacy, and personal change work through Flock Forward. Matthew helped manage the Mad In America website and community for its first two years as a webzine.

Oryx Cohen

Healing Voices: Oryx is a leader in the international consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement.  Currently he is the Director of the National Empowerment Center’s Technical Assistance Center. Oryx is co-founder, with Will Hall, of The Freedom Center, an empowerment and advocacy group.

David Cohen

Beyond Health and Illness: David Cohen, a researcher, author, professor of social welfare at UCLA and practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years, writes about social and cultural constructions of reality.

Lisbeth Riis Cooper

Bringing Hope Home: Mother Bears Lisbeth Riis Cooper and Jennifer Maurer share how the Mother Bear Community Action Network is uniting families to create mental health care that emphasizes hope, family, community, and the many pathways to real recovery including medication optimization.

Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D.

Change Now: The founder of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery shares her vision of a world where people are supported in using simple, safe, noninvasive self-help tools to get through difficult times and move on with their lives.

Dr. Michael Cornwall

An Alternative Understanding of The Nature of Madness: Dr. Cornwall wants this blog to help deepen our understanding of the mystery of madness and help us learn ways to lovingly self-care when we are mad, and lovingly respond to others when they are mad. He can be reached at his website - "What is Madness?"

Michael Corrigan, Ed.D.

Debunking ADHD & the Drugging of Kids: Dr. Corrigan is a psychologist, author, statistician, and professor whose mission is to discredit the mythic propaganda and doodoo behind the ADHD diagnosis and the dangerous drugs so often prescribed.  For more of Corrigan's recent work please visit Debunking ADHD.

Carolyn Crowder, Ph.D.

Discipline, Not Drugs: A psychologist whose primary interest is Adlerian parent education, Carolyn Crowder writes about parenting methods and attitudes that facilitate better relationships with children and practical advice for common problems.

Vivek Datta, M.D., M.P.H.

The Psychopathology of American Life: A British physician explores how the concept of mental disorder has vastly expanded over the past century, reporting from the front lines of American psychiatry.

Sera Davidow

Tangible Intangibilities: Sera writes here to share her thoughts on how the language we choose and our apparent need to concretize the inherently complex is leading to violations of rights and humanity on a daily basis.

Larry Davidson, PhD

Larry Davidson, PhD, is Director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale, and Senior Clinical Officer and Mental Health Policy Director for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Laura Delano

Journeying Back To Self: Laura Delano is an ex-mental patient who writes about her thirteen years of psychiatric indoctrination, how she woke up in 2010, and what it's been like to come off psychiatric drugs, leave the "mentally ill" identity behind, and rediscover an authentic connection to self and world.

Sean Donovan

Recounting Chimera: Sean writes about issues of civil rights, human rights, personal experiences and the madness created when founding myths of liberty, justice and freedom in the United States clash with the realities of his own life and those of many others, telling a very different story.

Deron Drumm

Deron Drumm is Co-Executive Director of Advocacy Unlimited.  He self-identifies as having experienced extreme, altered and addictive states.  He writes and speaks about where his emotional distress and addiction brought him and how he has reshaped his life through deliberate living.

Sascha Altman DuBrul

Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness: An activist writes of The Icarus Project, which is a network of radical support groups, an arts and media project, and a platform for re-visioning the language and culture around ideas of mental health and illness.

Barry Duncan

Consumer Voice and Choice: Barry is author of 15 books including What's Right With You, highlighting the power of consumer partnership and the evidence for first-line psychosocial, not medical, intervention. His consumer feedback approach is a SAMHSA evidence-based practice, implemented across the US and globally.

Dorothy Dundas

Finding Resilience: Institutionalized in the 1960s, Dorothy was labeled "schizophrenic" and underwent 40 insulin coma/electroshock "treatments." "I experienced and witnessed many atrocities.  Luck, determination, anger and a compassionate advocate were my friends on the road to survival and freedom."

Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D.

Enemy of the People: Carl Elliott is a professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.  He writes on the medical-industrial complex, and is the author of Better Than Well and and White Coat, Black Hat.  

Christian Exoo

Political Science: Christian Exoo writes on the intersection of science and politics in the mental health community.

Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.

Recovery Through Voice and Dialogue: Co-founder of the National Empowerment Center, Daniel Fisher, a psychiatrist, writes on alternatives to the medical/institutional model of distress and healing. In particular, he tells of the Empowerment Paradigm of Development and Recovery.    

Michael Fontaine, Ph.D.

Michael Fontaine is Associate Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Cornell University.  His 2013 paper, "On Being Sane in an Insane Place—the Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus’ Epidamnus," was published in Current Psychology.

Mark Foster, D.O.

Letters from the Front Lines: A family physician, after having read Anatomy of an Epidemic, writes of his struggles to prescribe psychiatric medications in a thoughtful way . . . and help some patients wean from the medications.

Allen Frances, M.D.

Allen Frances was the chairperson of the DSM-IV Task Force, a former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University School of Medicine, and is the author of two new books: Saving Normal and Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis.

Michael Gilbert Psy.D.

School Matters:  An inside perspective on the public education system and how it contributes to the unnecessary labeling and medication of children.  Dr. Gilbert also explores the possibilities for transforming school culture and reclaiming childhood.

Howard Glasser

Awakening Children to Their Greatness: Creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach and the Inner Wealth Initiative, Howard Glasser writes of ways to help children flourish in school and in all aspects of their lives, without the use of psychotropic medications.

Claudia Gold, MD

Claudia M. Gold, M.D. is a pediatrician and writer with a long-standing interest in preventive models for children’s mental health needs, who has practiced for over 20 years. She is the author of Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums and Other Everyday Behavior Problems and the forthcoming The Silenced Child (Da Capo, Spring 2016).

Jim Gottstein, J.D.

Law, Alternatives and Change: A Harvard-educated lawyer and long time activist for change in the mental health system writes about law as it relates to psychiatric rights and fostering truly helpful, non-coercive alternatives to the current system.

Tabita Green

Tabita Green is a writer, speaker, and community organizer. Her popular blog explores the intersection of simple living, health, and social change. Green is the author of Her Lost Year: A Story of Hope and a Vision for Optimizing Mental Health.    

Chaya Grossberg

All of Us or None of Us: Chaya questions the idea that some of us are "mentally ill" and others of us are not.  She shares lessons learned through coaching people coming off psychiatric drugs and/or looking for alternatives to taking them.

Will Hall

Living With Mental Diversity: New visions of what it means to be human from a counselor trained in Open Dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, and host of Madness Radio.

Jeanene Harlick

A Disordered World: Jeanene Harlick grapples with a variety of issues which she prefers not to reduce to labels. Jeanene is navigating her way back to mental heath by returning to her writing as well as social activism. You can visit her website “A Disordered World” to read more of Jeanene’s writing and learn more of her story.

Leah Harris

Speaking Truth to Power: Leah writes about holistic, community-based approaches to support those experiencing emotional distress and extreme states; storytelling as a vehicle for personal liberation, human rights, and social justice; and connections between creativity, activism, spirituality, and social change.

Philip Hickey, PhD

Behaviorism and Mental Health: Philip Hickey is a retired psychologist.  He has worked in prisons (UK and US), addiction units, community mental health centers, nursing homes, and in private practice.  He and his wife, Nancy, live in Colorado, and have four grown children. His posts can also be seen on his website, Behaviorism and Mental Health.

Noel Hunter

Madness and Meaning in the Human Experience: A clinical psychology doctoral student, Noel explores the link between trauma and various anomalous states and the need for recognition of states of extreme distress as meaningful responses to overwhelming life experiences.

Yana Jacobs

Transformation Through Peer Respite: Yana is the Senior Program Officer with the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.  She brings 30-plus years of experience working in the mainstream public mental health system, as a passionate and fierce ally and advocate for alternatives to mainstream mental health.

Jonathan Leo, Ph.D. / Jeffrey Lacasse, Ph.D.

Rethinking the Broken Brain: Two researchers, writing jointly, take a critical look at the evidence for the biological basis of mental disorders.

Lucinda Jewell

Mental Health NOW: the Opportunity for Wellness: What would be possible if Mental Health Conditions were viewed as gifts that require effective management and responsible use? How would healthcare protocols and delivery be impacted? These, and related questions, will be the inspiration for this blog.

Jay Joseph

The Gene Illusion: I bring a critical perspective to claims in the media and the scientific literature that genetic factors underlie psychiatric disorders. My new book, “The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences,” is available from Routledge.

Timothy Kelly

The Uncertain Real: Timothy Kelly is a doctoral student with interests in psychosocial approaches to, and the sociocultural contexts of, states often under the description of psychosis. He is a survivor of the juvenile justice system, foster care, public welfare, a state psychiatric institution, and is also a mental health services user.

Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny is an actor, playwright, teacher, and lecturer. Sick, a solo performance written and performed by Elizabeth,  explores a patient’s two-year odyssey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world — an odyssey that almost killed her.

Vanessa Krasinski

Media, Popular Culture and the Market for Mental Illness: Vanessa Krasinski, an activist and MSN NP candidate, explores depictions of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses in the popular culture and media, and examines cultural messages about mental health vs. illness within a critical framework.

Dan Kriegman, PhD

Daniel Kriegman has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters on topics related to the evolutionary understanding of human behavior and the theory and practice of psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy. He has a full-time private practice providing psychoanalytic treatment to individuals, couples, and families.

Jeffrey Lacasse, Ph.D.

Thinking Critically About Mental Health: A mental health researcher with an interest in the philosophy and sociology of science, Jeffrey Lacasse writes about psychiatric medications, conflicts-of-interest, and evidence-based mental health practice.

Jonathan Leo, Ph.D.

Rethinking Biological Psychiatry: A professor of neuroanatomy, Jonathan Leo writes on the problems with the evidence base used to support the often promoted chemical theories of mental illness, the genetic theory of schizophrenia, and the idea that children with ADHD have smaller brains.

Bruce Levine, Ph.D.

Commonsense Rebellion: Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect. His latest book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite. His Web site is

Art Levine

Art Levine is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, a recent Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a former Fellow with the Progressive Policy Insititute. He has written for The New RepublicThe Atlantic and numerous other publications, and is the author of 2005's PPI report, Parity-Plus: A Third Way Approach to Fix America's Mental Health System

Richard D. Lewis

Addiction, Biological Psychiatry and the Disease Model: Richard D. Lewis, M.Ed. has worked with addictions for the past 19 years in New Bedford, MA. Richard discusses the relationship of addictions to severe psychological distress often labeled as a “disease” and/or a so-called “mental illness.”

Jill Littrell, Ph.D.

Life Style Can Change the Brain: A clinical psychologist, Jill Littrell writes about research studies of psychiatric medications, and interventions to bolster natural resilience through talk therapy, proper diet, exercise, and support from your friends.  

Daniel Mackler

Dispatches From the Road: A filmmaker and former psychotherapist tells about making his three documentaries about recovery from "madness," and about meeting with peer groups and directors of innovative programs throughout North America and Europe.

Alice Maher, MD

Alice Maher, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC, founded Changing Our Consciousness, which is dedicated to communication across psychological divides. Her documentary, The Hot Stove Project, addresses political and ethnic conflict from the perspective of neuroscience and psychoanalysis.  

Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

The Meaning Revolution: Dr. Maisel writes on the effects of meaning and life purpose on emotional health. He argues that current mental health practices pay little attention to the vital role that meaning and life purpose play as pillars of emotional health, thereby doing sufferers a great disservice.

Vicki Martin, MD

Kid’s Voice: Vicki Martin, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who over 20 years became disillusioned with the mental health system, has developed training programs for non-MD clinicians educating them about the dangers of polypharmacy, with a focus on trauma-based therapy BEFORE medication is considered.

Jennifer Maurer

Finding Our Way Home: As managing director for the Mother Bear Family Mental Health Network, Jennifer helps guide the development of family-led mental health education and support programs that help families transform suffering and find healing in community.

Jacks McNamara

Making Meaning out of Madness: A psych survivor & activist, Jacks uses poetry and prose to examine the intersections between trauma, spirituality, identity & place as they inform the experience of being “crazy” in a crazy world. Jacks' perspective is grounded in struggles for social justice and collective liberation.


MindFreedom International leads a nonviolent revolution of freedom, equality, truth and human rights that unites people affected by the mental health system with movements for justice everywhere.

Tina Minkowitz, Esq.

Mad Law and Human Rights: An attorney and psychiatric survivor, Tina Minkowitz writes on the new perspectives in human rights law that emerged in the work done by users and survivors of psychiatry on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  

Steven Morgan

Steven Morgan has worked in traditional service agencies, where he became familiar with the difficulties of practicing peer support within a medical model. He helped create a peer-run respite in Vermont, was ED of a peer-run agency, and project developer for Soteria-Vermont. In 2013 he joined Intentional Peer Support as Operations Manager.  

PJ Moynihan

Crossing Over: EMMY-nominee PJ Moynihan has spent years immersed in the world of alternatives to the psychiatric paradigm. He is Producer and Director of Healing Voices, a forthcoming feature documentary that examines mental healthcare in the United States and the re-visioning of psychosis.

Wayne Munchel

Trauma-informed Care Meets Pharma-informed Care: Social worker Wayne Munchel will focus on the intersection between trauma informed care/recovery models and biological psychiatry. Early intervention programs for psychosis will also be discussed.

Susan Musante

Susan Musante, LPCC was the founding director of Soteria-Alaska and CHOICES, alternatives to conventional community mental health services directed and provided primarily by people who themselves have a “lived experience” with recovery.  Currently she is involved in advocacy and development projects as a contracted consultant.

Keris Jän Myrick

Pushing the Mad Envelope: As CEO of a Peer Run organization, mental health consumer, advocate and visionary change agent, Keris writes about pressing issues facing mental health treatment such as choice, peer support, wellness and recovery, culture and language and leadership development

Gina Nikkel, Ph.D.

Expect Recovery:  The executive director of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care tells of how the foundation is partnering with private philanthropy to discuss the implications in Anatomy of an Epidemic and create a new mainstream for mental health.

Robert Nikkel, MSW

Policy for Recovery: As a former state mental health and addictions commissioner, Bob Nikkel writes about policy and practice changes that are needed to promote recovery and resilience while decreasing the over-reliance on psychiatric medications in community and hospital treatment settings.

David W. Oaks

Psychiatric Survivor Activist Tells Mad Movement Stories for Mental Health Justice: After the mental health system abused David with forced psychiatric drugs and labels of schizophrenia and bipolar, David worked as a psychiatric survivor activist for decades. He blogs at

Robert Okin, MD

Robert Okin, an internationally known expert on mental health service reform, is a founding member of Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI). He has led the development of community based services for people who were previously in public mental hospitals. Go to

Mary Olson, Ph.D.

Anatomy of Dialogue: Mary Olson, PhD is director of the Institute for Dialogic Practice and a lecturer and trainer in the fields of family therapy and community psychiatry.  She co-leads the Open Dialogue study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she is an assistant professor in psychiatry.

Lois Oppenheim, PhD

Lois Oppenheim, PhD has authored or edited 11 books, most recently Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion and A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis. She has also published over 90 papers, and hosts the “Conversations with…” series at the NY Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Edward Opton, JD, PhD

Psych Drug Action Campaign: Edward Opton and colleagues at the National Center for Youth Law's PsychDrugs Action Campaign are working to reduce harmful uses of psychotropic medications, especially drugs that are used, intentionally or not, as chemical restraints for children in foster care. He is a co-author of The Mind Manipulators.

Laysha Ostrow, Ph.D.

Laysha Ostrow, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins, with a joint affiliation in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco. She is President & CEO of Live & Learn. She identifies as a person with lived experience of the psychiatric, special education, disability, and family court systems.

Jen Padron, M.ED, CPS, PHDc

The Hope Project: Jen Padron, a leader in  Peer Support initiatives, writes on resiliency, hope, and peer support programs in Texas and the country. She also writes on cultural and political issues in mental health, and whole-health and wellness solutions.

Ed Pigott, Ph.D.

The STAR*D Scandal: A psychologist who has spent five years “deconstructing” the NIMH’s large study of antidepressants tells of his findings, discusses his published articles, and posts the documents that reveal the bad--and dishonest science--at the heart of this trial.

Brent Potter, Ph.D.

Brent Potter, Ph.D. has been a clinician for 20 years, and is the author of Elements of Self-DestructionBorderline Personality Disorder: New Perspectives on a Stigmatizing and Overused DiagnosisElements of Reparation, and Prometheus Rising: Stealing the Fires of Cultural Collapse.

Malaika Puffer

Seeing Gray: Malaika coordinates peer support services in a non-alternative mental health agency.  She writes about the conflicts, opportunities, and triumphs of offering peer support in a traditional setting as well as the grassroots organizing and advocacy she balances this with in her free time.

Derek Pyle

Histories of Resistance and Reform: Derek aims to create a historical record outlining the histories of resistance and reform within and outside of United States psychiatry, psychology, social services and the penal system. Hoping this project will grow through engagement with the MIA community, he welcomes mail at [email protected]

Mark Ragins, MD

A Road to Recovery: Mark is the Medical Director at the MHA Village Integrated Service Agency, a model of recovery based mental health care.  His practice has been grounded in 20 years+ with some of the most underserved and difficult to engage people in our community.

Jonathan Raskin

Deconstructing, Reconstructing Abnormality: Dr. Raskin is professor of psychology and counseling at SUNY New Paltz, focusing on social constructions of abnormality in psychology and psychotherapy, and co-chair of the Society for Humanistic Psychology's Diagnostic Summit Committee, overseeing the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives.

Faith Rhyne

Drawing New Lines: Faith Rhyne is a recovery educator, an advocate, and a storyteller.  She enjoys exploring the role that narrative and culture play in our understanding of the human condition.

Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers is director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, and director of special projects of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. A writer, editor, and advocate, she has been active in the c/s/x movement since 1984.

David Ross, M.Ed., LPCC

Getting From Here to There: David Ross writes about the efforts in Ashland, County Ohio to move its mental health and drug/alcohol system towards a recovery-oriented system of care, one that puts into practice the core principles of recovery, medication optimization and trauma-informed care.

Matt Samet

The Other Side: Matt Samet, a freelance writer and editor in Colorado, maintains a Facebook page and has detailed his story in a memoir, Death Grip, published by St. Martin’s Press.

Bonnie Schell

On Our Own, Together: Bonnie Schell is co-editor of On Our Own, TOGETHER: Peer Programs for People with Mental Illness, and has been an active member of Psychiatric Inmates Rights Collective, founder of Mental Health Client Action Network drop-in in Santa Cruz, CA, and Board Chair of North Carolina Consumer Advocacy, Networking and Support Organization.

James Schroeder, PhD

Jim Schroeder, PhD is a pediatric psychologist at St. Mary’s Center for Children in Evansville IN, where he works with children (and their families) diagnosed with autism spectrum, learning, sleep, and attention-deficit disorders as well as other issues.  He speaks widely and has published articles on the psychological health of youth.

Andrew Scull, Ph.D.

Madness in Civilization: Andrew Scull is Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at UC, San Diego.  He is the author of many books and articles on the history of psychiatry, including Decarceration, Museums of Madness, The Most Solitary of Affllctions, Masters of Bedlam, Undertaker of the Mind, Hysteria, and several others.

Stuart Shipko, M.D.

Dr. Shipko is a psychiatrist in private practice in Pasadena, CA and author of Surviving Panic Disorder and Xanax Withdrawal.

Aubrey Ellen Shomo

Fixing A Broken World: A psychiatric survivor activist contemplates the mental health system, stigma, science, law and culture, politics, and the practical realities of fighting what some have called one of the "Last Great Civil Rights Battles."

Scott Spicer, MPH, CPSS

Advocacy to ActionScott is Founder and Senior Partner of Spicer's Consulting, dedicated to improving health, one step at a time. He has worked in Supported Education, Supported Employment and clinical mental health. Scott has a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis on Global Health from Loma Linda University.

Lauren Spiro

Mental Health Liberation: Lauren facilitates trainings and Dialogues of Discovery, inspired by her recently published memoir, Living for Two:  A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace. She is spreading Emotional CPR (which she co-founded), creating peace, and reclaiming our shared humanity. Visit her online.

Sandra Steingard, M.D.

Anatomy of a Psychiatrist: Dr. Steingard chronicles how she is integrating information from Anatomy of an Epidemic into her community mental health practice. She also discusses changes in Vermont's mental health system and the influence of pharmaceutical advertising on clinical practice.

Joseph Tarantolo, MD

Primum Non Nocere: Joseph Tarantolo, M.D. is a so-called Board Certified psychiatrist. He is a therapist and helps patients wean them selves off of psychotropic drugs. He has practiced his trade on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for these past 37 years. He is existential and libertarian in his interpersonal bent.

Michael Guy Thompson

R. D. Laing in America: Psychoanalyst Michael Guy Thompson worked with Laing for many years and was instrumental in organizing and managing Laing's post-Kingsley Hall therapeutic communities and training programs. Michael writes about Laing's contemporary relevance to humane treatment.

Ron Unger, LCSW

Dialogues with Madness: A therapist and educator specializing in cognitive therapy for psychosis, Ron Unger explores emerging understandings of psychosis and of efforts to change mental health treatment to support human rights and full recovery.

Adam Urato, MD

Adam Urato is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and an attending maternal-fetal medicine physician at Tufts Medical Center and MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA. An expert witness in antidepressant litigation, he writes and lectures regularly on antidepressant use during pregnancy.

Brenda Vezina

Under Brenda's leadership, the Central MA Recovery Learning Community offers trainings on trauma-informed care, health & wellness, & professionalism in the peer workforce. A licensed social worker for 25+ years, her film “What Happened to You" speaks to the causes & effects of childhood trauma.

David Walker, PhD

Speaking in the Borrowed Language: David Walker, PhD is a Missouri Cherokee psychologist, writer, and musician. He consults with the Yakama Indian Nation, and writes about Western mental health system complicity in the oppression of indigenous people. His website is

Gretchen LeFever Watson

Live and Learn: As a clinical psychologist who has worked in academic and healthcare settings for over 20 years, Dr. Gretchen LeFever Watson is passionate about improving the health, safety, and education of individuals and places where they work, live, and learn.  

Marilyn Wedge, PhD

Thinking Outside the Kid: Marilyn Wedge is a family therapist, creator of Strategic Child-Focused Family Therapy, and author of Pills Are Not For Preschoolers: A Drug Free Approach for Troubled Kids, and In the Therapist's Mirror: Reality in the Making (Norton Professional Books).

Corinna West

Wellness Wordworks: Corinna West writes about the business she founded, which coordinates people suffering from emotional distress to provide instant peer support for one another in exchange for helping anyone interested in expanding their online presence.

Robert Whitaker

In the News:  A journalist’s review of reports in medical journals and the media on psychiatric disorders and treatments.

Craig B. Wiener, Ed.D.

ADHD: A Return to Psychology: Amid concern that we are proposing the existence of a medical problem with which no biological markers reliably correspond, I explore "ADHD" behavior and interventions that encourage self-reliance and cooperation. Read more at  

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Tristano Ajmone

Tristano Ajmone is a libertarian psychiatric survivor, much influenced by Thomas Szasz’s writings and friendship. Tristano doesn’t believe in the existence of mental illness, drug addictions, nor the mind, but rather in individual autonomy, liberty and freedom, and that psychiatric coercion is a crime and  a political issue, not a medical one.

Paul Andrews

Paul W. Andrews is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Canada. His work on the evolution of depression with J. Anderson Thomson, Jr. has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Scientific American Mind.

Paul Baker

Paul is a founding member of the Hearing Voices Network and INTERVOICE. He has developed community mental health projects, self-advocacy services, supported housing, social firms, enterprises in which people have direct input into the planning, development and running of their services.

Peter Beresford, OBE

Speaking As A Survivor Researcher: Peter Beresford OBE is Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University, London and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives.

Pat Bracken, M.D.

Pat is Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork, Ireland, and a founder of the UK Critical Psychiatry Network. He tries to bring philosophical insights to bear on some of the problems faced in the area of mental health. He is author of Trauma: Culture, Meaning and Philosophy and co-author of Postpsychiatry: A New Direction for Mental Health.

Maria Bradshaw

DelusionNZ: Maria Bradshaw, who currently lives in County Wicklow, Ireland, writes of social models of suicide prevention, pharmacovigilance, and alternatives to psychiatric interventions for emotional distress.

Meaghan Buisson

The Alchemy of Trauma: Meaghan's decade with the Canadian Inline Speed Skating national team led to a world record and a passion for exploring new realms. Weaving kaleidoscopic knowledge, first-hand experience and evidence-based medical research, Meaghan writes about trauma and recovery.

Tim Carey, Ph.D.

Tim Carey is a professor and director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs, Australia. A clinician, researcher, trainer, and educator, he has authored many articles, chapters, and books including Hold that Thought! Two Steps to Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy and Control in the Classroom: An Adventure in Learning and Achievement.

Tim Carey, Ph.D.

Tim Carey is a professor and director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs, Australia. A clinician, researcher, trainer, and educator, he has authored many articles, chapters, and books including Hold that Thought! Two Steps to Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy and Control in the Classroom: An Adventure in Learning and Achievement.

Rachel Cooper, PhD

Rachel Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, U.K. Her publications include Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Karnac, 2014) Psychiatry and the Philosophy of Science (Acumen, 2007) and Classifying Madness (Springer, 2005).

Janet Currie

Janet Currie is co-founder of the Psychiatric Awareness Medication Group, which provides information on the potential harms and effectiveness of psychiatric drugs, and advice on drug tapering. She also co-edits a blog on the safety and effectiveness of all prescription drugs for Pharmawatch Canada.

Jacqui Dillon

The Hearing Voices Movement: Jacqui Dillon writes about the rapidly expanding, worldwide Hearing Voices movement which contests the traditional psychiatric relationship of dominant-expert clinician and passive-recipient patient and views voice-hearing as a significant human experience.

Eugene Epstein

Steps to a Post-Therapeutic Future: With a strong interest in how popular culture and psychiatry/psychotherapy reflexively influence one another, Eugene writes critically about aspects of the therapeutic era or therapeutic state in which we, (that is, those of us living in parts of the western first world), find ourselves.

Steindór J. Erlingsson, Ph.D.

A New Beginning: Steindór J. Erlingsson, a psychiatric survivor and an independent scholar, writes about his life and recovery, the consumer movement and mental health system in Iceland and articles and books he happens to be reading.

Peter Gøtzsche, MD

Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, co-founded The Cochrane Collaboration. He has published more than 70 papers in the top 5 general medical journals and 3 books, including “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Health Care," winner of a British Medical Association first prize in 2014. -

Carina Håkansson, Ph.D.

Ordinary Life Therapy: A psychotherapist and manager at Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, Carina Håkansson writes about that program--its philosophy, successes, and challenges--and about psychiatry and societal treatment of children in foster care.

David Healy, M.D.

David is a founder of, whose mission is to capture the data that is missing for anyone receiving drug-based treatments in order to help make medicine safer for all of us.

Lucy Johnstone, D.Psych.

Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis: Lucy writes about replacing psychiatric diagnosis with a formulation-based approach that explores personal meaning within relational and social contexts, and she reflects on the challenges of working within biomedically-based services. See her book:  A Straight Talking Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis.

Jon Jureidini, MD

Healthy Skepticism: Jon Jureidini, a child psychiatrist in Australia, writes on the quality use of medicines, misleading drug promotion, suicide, medical education and child abuse.

Bonnie Kaplan, Ph.D.

Nutrition and Mental Health: Bonnie has published on the biological basis of mental health – in particular, the contribution of nutrition to brain development and function, micronutrient treatments for mental disorders, and the effect of intrauterine nutrition on brain development and maternal mental health.

Tamasin Knight, MBChB, MPH

Power and Alternatives: Tamasin is a public health doctor in England. She writes about power issues in the mental health system and alternatives to the medical model.

Peter Lehmann

Stop the professional monologue: Peter Lehmann, Honorary Doctor for "scientific and humanitarian contribution to the rights of the people with psychiatric experience," writes about coming off psychiatric drugs, suicidal effects of neuroleptics, and other approaches of humanistic antipsychiatry.

Eleanor Longden, PhD

Eleanor Longden is a doctoral researcher who has lectured and published internationally on aspects of voice hearing, trauma, psychosis, and recovery. She is current coordinator of the Intervoice Scientific Committee and a trustee of the UK Soteria Network.

Mary Maddock

Mary Maddock is a 64-year-old grandmother and retired music teacher. She is a founder member of MindFreedom Ireland and board member of MindFreedom International. Her book 'Soul Survivor – A Personal Encounter with Psychiatry’, co-authored with her husband Jim, was published by Asylum in 2006.

Nadia Mahjoub

Mad in Belgium: Nadia is convinced there are better ways to help people in crisis than what is provided generally in psychiatric care in her country today. In this blog, she will write about (her search for) alternatives, the local user and survivor movement and news about mental health in Belgium.

Rufus May

Rufus May is a psychologist in Bradford, England. He believes everybody can flourish with the right support network. His work is part of an emancipatory movement that includes the hearing voices movement, community development approaches and other self-help and holistic health movements.

Kjetil Mellingen

Seeing the Positive in the Negative: Kjetil Mellingen is a clinical psychologist working in an anxiety and OCD clinic at the University of Oslo, Norway. He was previously an NIMH researcher of so-called schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism and psychopathy. He also blogs on his website, Psychology – Hope and Research.

Hugh Middleton, M.D.

Medical Essentials from England:  A Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and a medical practitioner of nearly 40 years, Hugh Middleton writes on the folly and shortcomings of using "illness" as a euphemism and metaphor for "madness".

China Mills

Exporting Disorders: Global Markets in Madness: What happens when psychiatry  travels to low and middle income countries? Should access to sometimes harmful psychotropic drugs be increased globally? What does it mean to be distressed, and to take psychiatric medication, in contexts of poverty?

Erik Monasterio, MD

Dr Monasterio is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the Christchurch School of Medicine. His interests include off-label use of psych meds, metabolic complications, and cross-cultural psychiatry. He is concerned about overreliance on psych meds and their interference with adaptation and resilience.

Joanna Moncrieff, MD

Dr. Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer at University College London. She is one of the founders and co-chairperson of the Critical Psychiatry Network. She has written three books: The Bitterest Pills,  The Myth of the Chemical Cure, and A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs.

Chrys Muirhead

Chrys Muirhead lives in Scotland and is a writer, activist and campaigner in mental health matters.  Chrys has always believed in people power and community development practice.  In 2008 she set up Chrys Muirhead Associates and Peer Support Fife to help bring about psychiatric system change.

Randy Paterson, PhD, RPsych

Psychology and Therapy, Inside and Out: Director of Changeways Clinic and a practicing psychologist in Vancouver, Canada, Randy Paterson blogs about psychotherapy, mood disorders, mental health policy, and the disturbing gap between science and practice at Psychology Salon. He is author of The Assertiveness Workbook and Your Depression Map

Russell Razzaque, MD

Dialogical Psychiatry: In his column, Dr. Russell Razzaque, a UK-based psychiatrist, discusses mindfulness and related practices that help clinicians connect with themselves in order to more authentically connect with others. This opens up possibilities for new ways of working such as Open Dialogue and other social/network based approaches to care.

John Read

John Read is on the Executive Committee of ISPS, and editor of its scientific journal "Psychosis." In 2015, he became Professor of Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He is author of several books, most recently, Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (Routledge, 2013).

Julia Rucklidge, Ph.D.

Nutrition and Mental Health: Julia's interest in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with psychiatric illness despite conventional treatments. She has been investigating the role of micronutrients in mental illness.

Bertel Rüdinger

The Delusional Pharmacist: Bertel Rüdinger is a psychiatric survivor & the only clinical pharmacist in Denmark working with people in supported living. He focuses on empowering people to take control of their psychiatric medication & if their goal is to reduce or taper off them, he  supports them in that process.

Olga Runciman, Cand. Psych. B.Sc

Denmark: Voices From the Inside Out. Olga Runciman has worked as a psychiatric nurse and been a patient of the self-same system. She was told that she was an incurable case. She writes on the ethics of psychiatric practices and alternative ways to heal.

Tom Stockmann, MD

Reflections of a UK Psychiatry Trainee: Tom is a psychiatrist in London. He writes about his reflections as he journeys through UK higher psychiatry training, from exploring the causes of his disillusionment with the current mental health system to his ongoing training in Open Dialogue.

Karen Taylor, RMN

Recovery for All: Karen Taylor, RMN has 16 years experience in the NHS in England. Based in Scotland, Karen is Co-director of Working to Recovery, Ltd alongside Ron Coleman. Karen and Ron are passionate that recovery is for all, and together they travel the world spreading a message based on hope.

Philip Thomas, MD

English Madness: Co-founder and former co-chair of the Critical Psychiatry Network, psychiatrist Philip Thomas writes of madness, meaning and culture.

Giuseppe Tibaldi

Evidence-Based Hope: An Italian psychiatrist, Giuseppe Tibaldi writes about “personal” accounts of recovery, gathered over the last decade. He is launching an international initiative for gathering such studies, which he notes should be considered an essential part of the “evidence base” providing “reasonable hope” to people struggling with psychiatric difficulties.  

Sami Timimi, M.D.

No More Psychiatric Labels:  A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sami Timimi writes about the Critical Psychiatry movement, an international network of doctors (primarily psychiatrists) who critique current mainstream practice in mental health and are hoping to reform it.

Rachel Waddingham

Alternatives in the UK: Using her experience of developing innovative projects for people who hear voices (including children, young people and people in prison) as a base, Rachel Waddingham explores different ways of understanding, talking about and working with human distress.

Jeremy Wallace, MD

The Recovering Psychiatrist: I am a British trained psychiatrist, working in the public sector in Finland. My primary workplace is within a psychosis rehabilitation clinic. I have become increasingly critical about the way psychiatry is practiced and taught globally. My special interests are in psychosis care, cultural psychiatry and medical education.

Jay Watts, DClinPsy

Reclaiming the Unconscious: Jay writes about how conventional psychiatry treatment can work against and damage the psyche’s attempts to recover from trauma. She focuses on developing an irreverent approach to psychoanalysis which listens for the unsayable, and takes power inequalities seriously.

Stephen Weatherhead, DClinPsy

Neuro-Boom or Bust? Neuropsychology has seen a great rise to prominence over the last 20 years, largely due to the increase in neuroimaging and rehabilitation. The flip side of this is that it has become a profession at risk of ‘neurofying’ human expressions of distress.

David Webb

Thinking About Suicide: David Webb argues that suicide prevention needs a broad community conversation that challenges the status quo thinking about suicide. At the heart of this conversation will be the first-person voice of survivors and the recognition that suicide prevention is a human rights issue.

Paris Williams, Ph.D

Rethinking Madness: With the rare perspective of someone who has experienced extreme states from both sides — as a psychologist/researcher and as someone with lived experience — Paris draws from multiple perspectives to explore what it means to be “mad” in a "mad" society.