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 Madness, Faces in a Cloud: Intersubjectivity in Personality Theory, and many other works.
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 www.DrJenniferBahr.com.
Rights, Inclusion, Dignity - RECOVERY: Ron Bassman is a licensed psychologist who writes about "the recovery path, an individual struggle of becoming." He seeks to challenge the misconceptions of both mental health professionals and the general public, while inspiring fellow travelers. More articles are available for download at www.ronaldbassman.com.
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 www.robertberezin.com.
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 Kickstarter campaign launches October 28.
The Breggin Blog: The Conscience of Psychiatry: Dr. Breggin has been called "The Conscience of Psychiatry" for his decades of successful efforts to reform the field. He criticizes psychiatric drugs and ECT, and promotes more caring, empathic and effective therapies. His newest book is Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.
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 Madness, Radical Feminist Therapy and Psychiatry Disrupted. For more information, see bizomadness.blogspot.ca
Grieving for Grief: Joanne Cacciatore is Associate Professor at Arizona State University and founder of the Center for Loss and Trauma. She writes about and researches 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 believes that The Great Turning is happening, and though our generation may 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.
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!"
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.
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.
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?"
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. Join him on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to learn more!
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.
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.
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.
Deron Drumm is the Executive Director of Advocacy Unlimited, the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (“NARPA”), a Qigong practice leader for Toivo, and a holistic stress management instructor. Deron writes and speaks about the need for a more holistic and compassionate way of supporting people experiencing emotional distress.
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.
Finding Resilience: Institutionalized in the 1960s, Dorothy was labeled "schizophrenic" and underwent 40 insulin coma/electroshock "treatments." She experienced and witnessed many atrocities. Luck, determination, anger and a compassionate advocate were her friends on the road to survival and freedom.
Dennis D. Embry, PhD, was responsible for drafting the letter signed by 23 scientists, who collectively represent scores of randomized prevention trials of mental illnesses published in leading scientific journals. His work has focused on children and adults with serious mental illnesses. He serves on the Children's Mental Health Network Advisory Council.
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 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.
For the past twelve years, Al Galves, PhD, has been fighting biopsychiatry and advocating for safe, humane, life-enhancing approaches to helping people who are experiencing emotional distress, life crises, difficult dilemmas, spiritual emergencies, terror and overwhelm.
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.
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.
The Silenced Child: As a pediatrician bringing perspectives from developmental psychology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience, Dr. Gold explores the ways in which listening to parents and children promotes growth, healing and resilience. In parallel, she exposes the various forces in our culture that obstruct listening. Her forthcoming book is The Silenced Child.
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.
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.
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.
Akiko Hart is the Acting Director of Mental Health Europe, and is also the Hearing Voices Project Manager at Mind in Camden. Her interests include: peer support, ‘psychosis’ and what it means, how people can be supported within and beyond services, and how we connect as human beings and relate to trauma and distress.
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.
How To Get Psychology Out Of Our Lives: Lois takes a practical-critical approach to exposing how the biases of psychology permeate our everyday lives—by supporting people to create conceptual tools and practices that empower them to transform the alienation and passivity of our culture.
Madness and Meaning in the Human Experience: A doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, Noel specializing in psychosocial approaches to severe emotional distress. She has published and presented papers on the link between trauma and various anomalous states, stigma and negative attitudes towards patients.
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.
The Gene Illusion: Jay Joseph brings a critical perspective to claims in the media and the academic literature that disordered genes underlie psychiatric disorders. His most recent book, The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, is available from Routledge.
MIA-UMB News Editor: Justin Karter is a writer, researcher and community organizer with graduate degrees in both journalism and community psychology. He is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at UMass Boston, an active member of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, and is currently working on several scholarly projects at the intersection of psychology, social theory, and political philosophy.
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.
Sarah Knutson is an ex-lawyer, ex-therapist, survivor-activist. She is an organizer at the Wellness & Recovery Human Rights Campaign. You can reach her at the Virtual Drop-In Respite, an all-volunteer, peer-run online community that aspires to feel like human family and advance human rights.
Embodied Healing: Vanessa writes about the impact of trauma, and the transformative power of embodied healing practices. Her interests in alternative therapies arise from her own circuitous journey through the mental health system and eventual full recovery. Vanessa works as a nurse practitioner in Rhode Island. She can be contacted at [email protected]
The Politics of Diagnosis and Treatment - An Evolutionary Biological View: A practicing clinical psychologist, Dan Kriegman explores the negotiation of conflicting realities that lies at the heart of successful treatment, and how a healing discipline can help prevent the dictating of meaning and truth from one party to another.
David Lawrence is a voice hearer who tries to understand as much about the human condition as possible. He has worked in the mental health field for about three years, while simultaneously self-publishing a mixture of fact and fiction under the pseudo-pen name D.C.L. http://www.infinitebookseries.com
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 www.brucelevine.net
Art Levine is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, a recent Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a former Fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute. He has written for The New Republic, The 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.
Addiction, Biological Psychiatry and the Disease Model: Richard D. Lewis, MEd, 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crossing Over: EMMY-nominee PJ Moynihan has spent years immersed in the world of alternatives to the psychiatric paradigm. He writes of his work as Producer and Director of Healing Voices, a forthcoming feature documentary that examines mental health care in the United States and the re-visioning of psychosis.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 here and at http://www.davidwoaks.com.
Psych Drug Action Campaign: Edward Opton writes of his work with colleagues at the National Center for Youth Law's PsychDrugs Action Campaign 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 is the CEO of Live & Learn, Inc. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2014, and Master’s in Public Policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School in 2010. She identifies as a person with lived experience of the psychiatric system, the special education system, the disability system, and the family court system.
On Visioning A Peer Workforce: Jen Padron, a leader in peer support initiatives, focuses on the groundswell supporting the growing prominence of peer providers who are Certified Peer Specialists in a recovery-oriented system of care, innovating an emergent Peer Services.
MIA-UMB News Team: Marta E. Pagán-Ortiz is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Counseling and School Psychology PhD program at UMass Boston. Marta is currently working on research studies related to mental health treatment guidelines for chronic illnesses, issues of structural violence within minority populations, and the reduction of disparities in mental health status and care.
MIA-UMB News Team: Shannon Peters is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has a master’s degree in mental health counseling. She is particularly interested in exploring the impacts of medicalization and pathologizing the experiences of individuals who have been affected by trauma. She is engaged in research on the effects of institutional corruption and financial conflicts of interest on research and practice.
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.
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.
…Changing the Things I Can’t Accept: Active in the movement for social justice since 1984, Susan Rogers is inspired by Angela Davis’s response to the Serenity Prayer: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I’m changing the things I can’t accept.” She writes in hopes of speaking truth to power.
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.
Dick Russell is the author of twelve books, including My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism, as well as The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: Volume I: The Making of a Psychologist. His website is www.dickrussell.org.
Johanna Ryan is a workers’ comp paralegal and a union and healthcare activist in Chicago. She may or may not have a biological brain disease, but she is definitely allergic to capitalism and addicted to asking questions.
Just Thinking: Jim Schroeder's writings focus on natural, readily accessible interventions for parents and professionals. Most recently, he has published the book Wholiness: The Unified Pursuit of Health, Harmony, Happiness, and Heaven. It focuses on the ways in which the pursuit of holiness is synonymous with the drive towards wholeness.
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.
Shooting The Odds: Dr. Shipko is a psychiatrist in private practice in Pasadena, CA and author of Surviving Panic Disorder and Xanax Withdrawal. Drawn from his clinical experience, his blog concerns adverse effects of SSRI antidepressants, particularly withdrawal related effects.
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."
Bipolar - An Insider's Transpersonal Perspective: naas siddiqui is a psychiatric survivor and clinician. She has 14 years of experience in the community mental health and substance use field and 14 years of experience as a community organizer. She is also psychiatric drug-free, after 14 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from CIIS, a BA from Yale in Psychology, with a concentration in Neuroscience.
Tales from the Madhouse: Gary is a freelance writer and trainer who opted to leave his Consultant Clinical Psychologist post after 33 years of employment within the UK’s psychiatric system. Drawing on extensive clinical experience, his writings highlight the deficiencies of traditional psychiatric practice. He is the author of Tales from the Madhouse: An insider critique of psychiatric services.
MIA-UMB News Team: Peter Simons comes from a background in the humanities where he studied English, philosophy, and art. Now working on his PhD in Counseling Psychology, his recent research has focused on conflicts of interest in the psychopharmaceutical research literature, the use of antipsychotic medications in the treatment of depression, and the general philosophical and sociopolitical implications of psychiatric taxonomy in diagnosis and treatment.
Advocacy to Action: Scott 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.
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.
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.
Psychiatry, State Power, and Capitalism: Lauren is a psychiatric survivor and environmental psychologist. First institutionalized at 15 years old, she works to abolish state-sponsored human rights violations such as murder, torture, and slavery, carried out via organized psychiatric industries. Contact her at [email protected].
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.
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 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.
MIA-UMB News Team: Akansha Vaswani is a therapist and a researcher with a particular interest in the lived experiences of people’s lives. Her studies in marriage and family therapy strengthened her commitment to social justice, de-colonizing, feminist and social constructionist approaches to therapy. She is currently involved in research examining biases in psychiatric research, the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness, and the effects of structural violence on marginalized communities.
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 www.tessasdance.com.
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).
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.
ADHD: A Return to Psychology: Amid concern that we are proposing the existence of a medical problem with which no biological markers reliably correspond, Craig explores "ADHD" behavior and interventions that encourage self-reliance and cooperation. Read more at www.craigwiener.com.
Psychiatry, Science & Values: Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His research interests include childhood trauma, psychosis and public mental health. Books include Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good? and Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature. Twitter: @RichardBentall.
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.
It's All About Control: The articles in this blog focus on the implications of the phenomenon of control for both practice and research. The centrality of control to people’s lives is explored, as well as the way in which psychological distress can be conceptualised from a control perspective.
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 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.
Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson has been the Parish Minister of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver in British Columbia since 2002. Prior to entering professional ministry, he worked as a university professor in the history of religions, and as a museum curator. He’s married to Diana Girsdansky; they have four children and three grandchildren.
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.
Troubling Mental Health Nurse Education: Alec is employed as Reader in Narrative Mental Health at the University of Brighton, UK. His main research and scholarly interests are in narrative inquiry in mental health and related issues, and in the demedicalization of human misery. For more information, click here.
Ordinary Life Therapy: Carina Håkansson is founder of the Family Care Foundation and The Extended Therapy Room Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. She writes about psychiatry and societal treatment of children in foster care, and the ongoing challenges of helping people withdraw from psychiatric medication.
Benzodiazapine Drugs: My Story of Survival: Barry Haslam, former chairman of Oldham Tranx, writes about his campaign in the UK and Europe over the last 28 years to highlight the dangers of prescribed benzodiazepine drug addiction, and his 25 years of work providing peer support to prescribed drug addicts.
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.
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.
Patrick Landman, MD, is a French psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, lawyer, and Chairman of STOP DSM. His interests include how institutions — such as Institutional Psychotherapy — can be helpful or harmful, the link between psychoanalysis and neuroscience, and the issue of diagnosis in psychiatry and in particular in ADHD.
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 alternative approaches of humanistic antipsychiatry.
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.
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.
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." His book Psychiatry Reconsidered: From Medical Treatment to Supportive Understanding was published in June of 2015.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Delusional Pharmacist: Bertel Rüdinger is a psychiatric survivor and the only clinical pharmacist in Denmark working with people in supported living. He focuses on empowering people to take control of their psychiatric medication, and if their goal is to reduce or taper off them, he supports them in that process.
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.
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.
The Recovering Psychiatrist: Jeremy is a British trained psychiatrist, working in the public sector in Finland. His primary workplace is within a psychosis rehabilitation clinic. He has become increasingly critical about the way psychiatry is practiced and taught globally. His special interests are in psychosis care, cultural psychiatry and medical education.
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.
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.
Copyright © 2016 Mad in America Foundation.