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The Integration of Peer Support Principles in Community Mental Health Policy and Practice: Toward Epistemic Humility

Though there are obstacles, integration of peer support is already underway thanks to change agents in the mental health system.

My Lived Experience Helps Others Heal: Working with Families on the Path to Recovery

If one person is struggling, everyone in the family is struggling. Families need support.

Benzodiazepines in Canada: Is a Withdrawal Crisis Looming?

Why are benzos, for short-term use only, being doled out, in some cases, for years? Nicole Lamberson and Mark Horowitz weigh in.
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The Psychiatric Peddlers in Your Schools

Educators and parents must equip children with the necessary tools to meet the normal problems of childhood that psychiatry attempts to address.

Grief, Bereavement, Public Health, and Me

In public health, we talk about death. But we don’t talk about grief or bereavement. We don’t study the hole left behind in the family system or social sphere.

Reflections on the Silicon Valley Teen Suicides-by-Train: Fifteen Years Later

A psychiatrist and mom reflects on teen suicide clusters in Palo Alto and discusses alternative ways to address adolescent mental health.


Join us on March 9th for a special panel discussion — Supporting Extreme States, Psychosis & Dissociation

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International online survey on the positive and negative effects of ECT, for patients and their loved ones. Please see here for more information.

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Trans and Mad
by Faida Acquifera

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Depression: Psychiatry’s Discredited Theories and Drugs Versus a Sane Model and Approach

Psychiatry’s depression outcomes are poor because its bio-chemical-electrical treatments are based on a depression model that science has flushed down the toilet.
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“A Dangerous Substance”: The Impact of Social Media on Youth Mental Health

This is what social media does, she says. It draws people in. It hurts people. In the worst cases, it kills people.
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Searching for the “Psychiatric Yeti”: Schizophrenia Is Not Genetic

After decades of study, billions of dollars spent, and thousands of studies conducted, the failure to identify any genes for schizophrenia should definitively put to rest the notion that schizophrenia is a genetic disorder, according to E. Fuller Torrey.

The Psychological Humanities Manifesto: An Interview with Mark Freeman

Justin Karter interviews narrative and philosophical psychologist Mark Freeman about his vision for the future of psychology.
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Therapy by App: A Clinical Psychologist Tries BetterHelp

Revealing concerns about BetterHelp’s ability to provide quality, secure treatment—and the unresolved tensions in the science of psychotherapy that services like BetterHelp exploit.

Winding Back the Clock: What If the STAR*D Investigators Had Told the Truth?

The STAR*D Study has been cited as real-world evidence of the efficacy of antidepressants. In truth, it told of a failed paradigm of care.

Benzodiazepines in Canada: Is a Withdrawal Crisis Looming?

On February 15th, Radio-Canada’s Enquête aired ‘Cauchemar sur ordonnance’ (translation: Nightmare on prescription), a documentary about the dangers of benzodiazepines and z-hypnotics.

Where does self-understanding come from?

Almost every week we can read articles in the media where it is said that a person has found self-understanding about his ADHD or autism diagnosis. With this, they are able to accept their specialness and understand the reasons why they are a certain way. But what is that self-understanding that diagnoses give?

How I Recovered from a Dissociative Identity Disorder

As a child I experienced traumas that were so intense that I had to displace them. This caused a dissociative identity disorder (DIS) very early in my life. This had everything to do with my experiences with sexual abuse, not only in my parental family, but also by a pedosexual neighbor. In addition, it also had a huge impact on me that I was regularly the target of a number of bullies.

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