An interview with Doctor Lee Coleman, in which we focus on psychiatry in the courtroom and why the psychiatric expert witness role may be failing both the individual on trial and society at large.
According to the law, when an NGRI patient is no longer mentally ill and dangerous, they are supposed to be released. Marci petitioned for discharge and has a hearing scheduled for May 7-9, 2019. It is critical that we convince the judge that Marci should be discharged. She is finding it increasingly difficult to tolerate life under the present circumstances.
If you put mortally desperate people in a room together, what do you expect? Emotions will spill over and people will jostle for time and topic. In my groups, even the most kindhearted had attempted to either become the center of attention or slink away into silence, often leaving early with a whispered “sorry” and a quick shuffle out of the room.
The New Yorker's story on Laura Delano and psychiatric drug withdrawal is a glass-half-full story: It addresses a problem in psychiatry and yet hides the deeper story to be told. A story of how her recovery resulted from seeing herself within a counter-narrative that tells of the harm that psychiatry can do.
Parents encounter many obstacles when trying to secure adequate educational, medical, psychological, and social supports for their children. These “dense bureaucracies” hurt not just families, but everyone.
During my periods in forced hospitalization, I did not feel that the psychiatrist understood how much I suffered. When I stayed in solitary, I felt that the earth would vanish. There I was, locked away from my loved ones. I thought I wasn’t allowed by the secret service to talk with anyone. But during my psychosis, I met God, and I found out that God is love.
A scientific understanding of electricity’s effects on the human body has only been around since the last half of the 20th century. If this understanding of electric shock and electrical injury was had in the first part of the 20th century, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) would likely never have been accepted by modern western medicine.
MIA: Support Groups for Parents
Mad in America hosts several moderated, online support groups for parents skeptical of, or seeking alternatives to, conventional drug-based treatments for their children with mental health challenges. Learn more, and sign up here.
Ongoing studies seeking participants for surveys on mental health issues. The newest survey is from the World Health Organization, which is seeking information about programs that operate without coercion and protect human rights.
Results from a 30-year prospective study demonstrated worse outcomes for people who took antidepressants, even after controlling for gender, education level, marriage, baseline severity, other affective disorders, suicidality, and family history of depression.
STAT recently published an opinion piece arguing that the black box warning on antidepressants has led to an increase in adolescent suicide. It is easily debunked, and reveals once again how our society is regularly misled about research findings related to psychiatric drugs. STAT has lent its good name to a false story that, unfortunately, will resonate loudly with the public.
The Science and Pseudoscience of Women’s Mental Health Conversation with Kelly Brogan
Is fast acting buprenorphine the best treatment for opiate addiction?
Robert Whitaker - Scientific Censorship in Psychiatry - March 9, 2019 - CPH
“ADHD: A Return to Psychology” Video Series, Part 1
The Fragile Pillars of Biological Determinism for ADHD
ADHD: Medicate and Coerce or Develop Self-Reliance and Cooperation?
APA Protest - Leah Harris
Episode 25 Chris Hansen: Making Connections Through Intentional Peer Support
Open Paradigm Project - Cicely Spencer
Open Paradigm Project - Jenna Fogle
Olga Runciman at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016
UCLA/ISEPP - Francois Gonon
UCLA/ISEPP - Shannon Hughes