For the last forty years, psychiatry has been comprehensively critiqued from a myriad of disciplines including sociology, psychology, and the user movement. Is there anything that can be salvaged from the psychiatry project? How would a psychiatrist practice ethically in such a nefarious environment?
With deep regret, Mad in America announces another loss in our contributor community. Julie C. Greene, writer and antipsychiatry advocate, lost her battle with kidney disease on November 29 at her home in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Julie had been an MIA blogger since 2014, including several pieces on the dangers of lithium.
It gradually dawned on me that my back pain was another mask that depression wore. Instead of crying and feeling overwhelmed or giving up, my body was sending distress signals to help me realize that I was in a difficult spot. I began to realize some of the metaphorical aspects of the pain I experienced.
Stephen Boren, who posted here under the name Stephen Gilbert, passed away November 12 after a battle with cancer. Stephen offered a unique perspective, working as peer support staff at the same hospital where he had once been held as a patient. We will miss his daily presence on MIA.
An interview with Jesse Zook Mann of Mental Health Media about trauma, medication withdrawal, and the possibility for recovery. Jesse was severely harmed by psychiatry, but uses language that reaches people who identify with the mainstream paradigm of mental health and mental illness.
During a period of self-doubt, I chose to see a psychiatrist because I was engulfed in negative thoughts and couldn't find a direction in life. The slightest joys came only when I was high. Though my weed addiction was likely causing all of my symptoms, my psychiatrist’s response was to prescribe antipsychotics.
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Call for papers
Submissions are being accepted through January 15 for the June 2020 issue of the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal, theme: “Mental health and well-being, and human rights,” to be guest edited by Dainius Puras, Julie Hannah, and Audrey Chapman.
Ongoing studies seeking participants for surveys on mental health issues.
A review of all the relevant research comparing benzodiazepines (BDZ) to antidepressants (AD) for the treatment of anxiety was published Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics this Friday....
The only way out of the epidemic of feeling-people-turned-medicated-psychiatric-patients is to rebrand and reframe feeling as a cultural collective. And I believe it starts with our messaging as parents and our orientation toward shadow elements like anger and sadness. We have to model a conscious relationship to our own dark parts, and we have to show our children what it looks like to move through these spaces. Feelings can be messy, wild, and sometimes ugly to our constrained sensibilities.
Origins of the c/s/x movement - Voices for Choices (10 of 13)
Veteran Suicide Epidemic -- Derek Blumke VFW Memorial Address
Voices for Choices (8 of 13) - Alternatives to psychiatric drugs
Sandy Steingard 6 3 19 Howard Center
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Robert Whitaker - Scientific Censorship in Psychiatry - March 9, 2019 - CPH
“ADHD: A Return to Psychology” Video Series, Part 1
Science and Pseudoscience Podcast - Episode 2 Darcia Narvaez
The Fragile Pillars of Biological Determinism for ADHD
ADHD: Medicate and Coerce or Develop Self-Reliance and Cooperation?
Interview with Dorothy Dundas
Adriane Fugh-Berman - Getting Pharma Out of Medical Education
Open Paradigm Project - Faith Rhyne
Open Paradigm Project - Lauren Spiro
Volkmar Aderhold at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016
UCLA/ISEPP - Peter Gotzsche
Whitaker - Treatments Alternative to Psychiatry - March 8, 2019 - Dispuk - CPH
Episode 36 Dr. Duncan Double: On being a critical psychiatrist