Because it is such an important question, because people's lives depend on this and psychiatry has a record of getting it seriously wrong, we need to be sure we can trust their claim. In practice, is it true that biological psychiatry has the science?
In my graduate education, we were taught how to deal with a wide variety of human troubles — but one big exception was psychosis! For that, we were told to send our clients to the psychiatrist.
A few years ago, I was asked to see a man called Chris Rushworth. He was referred to me for anger issues. Chris had a restlessness about him, frequently shifting his legs from side to side. He had been on antipsychotic medication for 25 years.
Recently I came across a remarkable article, "From surviving to thriving: how does that happen." The authors have demonstrated that when people are weighed down by life's adversities, what they need is authentic, validating support, not facile pathologizing checklists, and not tranquilizing or stimulant drugs.
In searching for answers as to what went wrong with my treatment, my family and I discovered that there is already much scientific evidence demonstrating the dangers of antipsychotic medications and why they should not be used to treat illnesses such as Tourette Syndrome.
Do we not want our public to pay attention to the quality of science behind a treatment? By constantly dancing around the product names of nutrient formulas, we are doing a disservice to those who need accurate information.
Darius Ghanat is an iatrogenic illness survivor who devotes his life to advocating for psychiatric survivors. He uses his music to raise awareness and funds for mental health, Tourette Syndrome and other charities close to his heart. Click here to listen to his music.
Dr. Eleanor Longden, an internationally recognized researcher and speaker, presents a radically different understanding of auditory hallucinations, which in turn provides a rationale for significant changes to the current standard of care, one which emphasizes peer groups and social interventions.
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
About Mad in America (2013)
Mad in America's International Film Festival
Will Hall at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
UCLA/ISEPP - Bob Fancher
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
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.
Open Paradigm Project - Matt Samet
Open Paradigm Project - Sera Davidow
UCLA/ISEPP - Robert Whitaker
Open Paradigm Project - Amy Long
Open Paradigm Project - Leah Harris
UCLA/ISEPP - Allen Frances
Open Paradigm Project - Cheryl Sharp
Antidepressants & Pregnancy: The risks and potential harm to normal fetal development
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