Existential-humanistic psychologist, Kirk Schneider, suggests the cause of suffering and destruction is not “mental illness” but “the polarized mind.”
Ironically, my post-traumatic stress disorder no longer stems from the events that led to my hospitalizations, but from the maltreatment I received within the hospitals. Now, every time I take my medication late or miss a dose, I feel the unsettling presence of dissociation creeping in, the terrifying panic of losing my mental bearings and being rehospitalized.
I believe this is what happened: The people responsible for this travesty looked at the truth (that psychiatrists hardly ever tell the truth about their drugs) and realised they didn't like what would flow from that fact getting loose. So they removed it and substituted a falsehood (only ever) whose consequences they could live with.
One of the issues we face in mental health is that everyone knows the system is broken, but there is no replacement yet. So the question is, what are the mental health design principles to build a replacement? How do you build a functional mental health system that isn't disease-based? How do you make it robust, scalable and spreadable?
An e-zine with the mission to contribute to changing the narrative about madness and mental distress in the Asia region has launched. Mad in Asia hopes to showcase narratives that are contextually relevant to the Asia region, with a focus on the human rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
Every day, we as a movement accomplish something truly incredible. Every day, we create a space where each person can freely express their own truth. Without an overarching structure or unifying platform, each individual can stand on their own. Each voice within the community is wholly unique and distinct from any other; each person is their own universe.
As a service user of the REST project at Mind in Camden, I want to celebrate World Benzodiazepine Day 2018 by telling the world a little bit about what REST has done for me. I’m now 18 months off benzos, but I still attend REST regularly to process the anger and grief I feel about what I went through, and to support those who are still tapering.
Thirty mental health experts write to UK Secretary of State about ‘unprofessional’ conduct of the Royal College of Psychiatry.
MIA Continuing Education
Enroll now in Mad Studies: An Introduction to Philosophical, Social and Cultural Perspectives on Madness. (Starts July 6.)
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.
An interview with Kelly Dorfman (KD) who holds a master’s degree in nutrition/biology, is a licensed nutrition dietitian and is the author of Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments.
Open Paradigm Project - Matt Samet
Open Paradigm Project - Sera Davidow
UCLA/ISEPP - Robert Whitaker
UCLA/ISEPP - Bob Fancher
Open Paradigm Project - Amy Long
Open Paradigm Project - Leah Harris
UCLA/ISEPP - Allen Frances
Open Paradigm Project - Cheryl Sharp
UCLA/ISEPP - Peter Whitehouse
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
Mad in America's International Film Festival
Robert Whitaker Withdrawal Series
Will Hall at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
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
Sandy Steingard on Mad in America's Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Course
Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Course
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.
Antidepressants & Pregnancy: The risks and potential harm to normal fetal development
About Mad in America (2013)