On May 17, 2017, we learned that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden had reportedly committed suicide by hanging. Perhaps an “addict turned psychiatric patient,” like so many, Chris Cornell seemed to have left the frying pan of substance abuse for the fire of psychiatric medication risks.
I may be psychotic but I am not the next headline in the news. I am thoughtful and questioning. I am different and unique, but I am not violent and my life will never be anyone's tragedy. Would you like to stand with me?
Victim and perpetrator are involved in a sick dance. As a victim I meditate on my half of this dance… what am I bringing to the equation? How do I release the burden of victimhood once and for all so that perpetrators no longer have any hold on me?
The controversy with 13RW is essentially a clashing of worlds — the world of entertainment (and its predominant audience of teens) and the world of science and practice. Who’s to say those from each perspective cannot find common ground in the service of something with life and death consequences?
I’m deeply impressed with the people who made this documentary — I’ve never seen such a creative and well constructed piece of film about non-Western views of psychosis. It skillfully turns the biomedical model of mental illness on its head and shows so many different ways of looking at what we call madness.
We are told a story about illness, and that story serves a mindset that underlies the darkness that we feel all around us and within us. The mindset is that we are flesh robots, floating on a dead rock, in the middle of nowhere. But we are in the midst of a paradigm shift.
Jeffrey LIeberman and colleagues have published a paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry stating that there is no evidence that psychiatric drugs cause long-term harm, and that the evidence shows that these drugs provide a great benefit to patients. A close examination of their review reveals that it is a classic example of institutional corruption, which was meant to protect guild interests.
Lancet Psychiatry, a UK-based medical journal, recently published a study that concluded brain scans showed that individuals diagnosed with ADHD had smaller brains. That conclusion is belied by the study data. The journal needs to retract this study. UPDATE: Lancet Psychiatry (online) has published letters critical of the study, and the authors' response, and a correction.
Martin Harrow, PhD, and Thomas Jobe, MD, present findings from their 26-year study of patients with schizophrenia. They focus on the differences in outcomes for patients who remained on versus patients who stopped taking their medication, and discuss the clinical implications of their findings.
UCLA/ISEPP - David Healy
Open Paradigm Project - Faith Rhyne
Open Paradigm Project - Leonard Roy Frank
Open Paradigm Project - Dorothy Dundas
UCLA/ISEPP - Bonnie Burstow
Open Paradigm Project - Sean Donovan
UCLA/ISEPP - John Read
Open Paradigm Project - Celia Brown
Open Paradigm Project - Joanna Moncrieff
Interview with Bruce Levine
Open Paradigm Project - Iden McCollum
Interview with Peter Gøtzsche
About Mad in America (2013)
Mad in America's International Film Festival
Will Hall at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
UCLA/ISEPP - Bob Fancher
Open Paradigm Project - Jenna Fogle
Jaakko Seikkula, PhD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016.
Open Paradigm Project - Laura Nicole Sisson
Open Paradigm Project - Oryx Cohen
Forced Psychiatric Detention
Birgitta Alakare, MD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
Sami Timimi, MD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
Olga Runciman at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016
Open Paradigm Project - Will Eberle
Open Paradigm Project - Marty Hadge
"Moving Beyond Psychiatric Labels"
Carina Håkansson, PhD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
John Read at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016.
Open Paradigm Project - Matt Samet
Open Paradigm Project - Sera Davidow
UCLA/ISEPP - Robert Whitaker
Open Paradigm Project - Amy Long
Open Paradigm Project - Leah Harris
UCLA/ISEPP - Allen Frances
Open Paradigm Project - Cheryl Sharp
Antidepressants & Pregnancy: The risks and potential harm to normal fetal development
UCLA/ISEPP - Peter Whitehouse