Monday, September 20, 2021

Weekend edition – September 18/19

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Honoring Jane Whittington: 1950-2021

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It’s with great sadness that I am writing of the sudden and unexpected passing of my former husband and best friend Jane.
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The Cochrane Tapes Reveal a Horrendous Show Trial Against a Critic of Psychiatry

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Why did Cochrane expel one of its best known scientists, who had helped get Cochrane started and bolstered its reputation? What happened that day?

Breaking with Disorder: The Invisible Flames of Mental Illness Labels

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These labels left me docile to a broken mental health system—a carceral system that viewed me interchangeably as a patient or an object, but never a person.
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What We Have Always Known but Psychiatry Forgot

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When I came off my last medication, my psychiatrist said to me, “You will get sick again.” Psychiatry has always been sure that I would never recover from bipolar disorder.

What Can We Learn from Alcohol? A Paradigm Shift in How We View Distress

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The effects of alcohol—both positive and negative—have a lot to teach us about the biomedical view of psychiatric diagnoses and the drugs prescribed to treat them.

Review: “(Mis)Diagnosed: How Bias Distorts Our Perception of Mental Health”

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Psychiatric diagnoses can be shaped by prejudice, reflecting biases that ignore trauma, diminish populations, and invalidate humanity and experience.

Memes Wanted

Mad in America is looking for meme creators to focus their talents on the psychiatric industry. Themes can be anything related to lived experience, the psychiatric industry, med withdrawal or similar aspects of modern psychiatry. Make us laugh! Click here for submission details.

MIA Webinar

Mental Health Advocacy and Activism: Perspectives from Living Experience-Based Practices. Sept. 23. Register here.

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Research Surveys

Ongoing studies and projects seeking participants for surveys/panels on mental health issues.

The latest study is by MIA science writer Micah Ingle “on the healing power of community and peer-oriented mental health support spaces.”

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Chaos Alley by Marcella Clark

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What We Have Always Known but Psychiatry Forgot

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When I came off my last medication, my psychiatrist said to me, “You will get sick again.” Psychiatry has always been sure that I would never recover from bipolar disorder.

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Watch the recording of our latest Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Town Hall, aired live on August 13, 2021.