Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Unforeseen Relationship: Psychiatric Medication and Spirituality

In 2015 I completed a qualitative research study exploring the interrelationship between psychiatric medication and spirituality. The key finding was that people were engaging spiritually with their prescriptions in ways that significantly impacted the course and outcome of recovery.

The Unforeseen Relationship: Psychiatric Medication and Spirituality

In 2015 I completed a qualitative research study exploring the interrelationship between psychiatric medication and spirituality. The key finding was that people were engaging spiritually with their prescriptions in ways that significantly impacted the course and outcome of recovery.

‘Enough is Enough’ Series: LSD Reconsidered

Biochemical psychiatry is now moving in an unfortunate, potentially dangerous, yet predictable direction. It has run out of new drugs to try, so it's turning to psychedelic drugs, suggesting that they hold promise in the treatment of substance use 'disorders.'

Opening a Dialogue about Early Psychosis Programs in the US

It is very encouraging to observe the spread of early psychosis programs to many states and communities throughout the United States. I hope that someday there are programs in all 50 states, not just 34, and that there are literally thousands of these programs not a hundred.

What if the Folly is in Us, Too?

Faced with behavior different from our own or from our expectations, all of us feel that urge to “do something”—an act that is one of the beginnings of prejudice, a malignant virus that all of us have trouble shaking free of. We doctors, especially, want to do something: It’s what we’ve been trained to do.

Anti-Authoritarian Options for Suicidal Anti-Authoritarians

Many teenagers and young adults (the group for whom suicide is the second leading cause of death) are anti-authoritarians. For them, the idea that they're experiencing a crisis of self rather than a mental illness can reduce their pain, increase their hope and open them up for dialogue.

The Downfall of Peer Support: MHA & National Certification

Mental Health America (MHA) has finally unveiled its new National Peer Specialist Certification over much protest. It is dangerous to what we call ‘peer support’ for MHA to have done this. Even if they did it well. Which, as best as I can tell, they did not.

MIA Webinar

On April 28, at 1 p.m. EDT, Mad in America Continuing Education will host a webinar presentation by Ryan Melton on early intervention programs in Oregon that emphasize psychosocial care. He will review 20 years of research on patient outcomes with this approach. Registration is $20.

Lancet Psychiatry Needs to Retract the ADHD-Enigma Study

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.

Most Popular

Withdrawal from Antidepressants

A review of the scientific literature related to withdrawal from antidepressants: mechanism of action; long-term effects of exposure to antidepressants; discontinuation syndromes; relapse upon discontinuation; tapering protocols.

Psychiatry Past & Present

David Healy offers a two part course on the prescribing of antidepressant medications. He first covers the history of psychosis, beginning in the 19th century and continuing into the present day. He then deconstructs the historical Study 329 as an example of the corruption which pervades modern psychiatric research.

Hearing Voices Movement

The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) USA is one of over 20 nationally-based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences.

Join the Discussion

FEATURED VIDEO
Open Paradigm Project - Dorothy Dundas
12:23
UCLA/ISEPP - Bonnie Burstow
25:16
Open Paradigm Project - Sean Donovan
06:09
UCLA/ISEPP - John Read
15:07
Open Paradigm Project - Celia Brown
07:16
Open Paradigm Project - Joanna Moncrieff
10:12
Interview with Bruce Levine
09:17
Open Paradigm Project - Iden McCollum
04:06
Interview with Peter Gøtzsche
15:46
About Mad in America (2013)
03:40
Mad in America's International Film Festival
03:22
Will Hall at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
30:03
UCLA/ISEPP - Bob Fancher
30:21
Open Paradigm Project - Jenna Fogle
07:21
Jaakko Seikkula, PhD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016.
37:41
Open Paradigm Project - Laura Nicole Sisson
08:02
Open Paradigm Project - Oryx Cohen
04:04
Forced Psychiatric Detention
18:37
Birgitta Alakare, MD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
35:43
Sami Timimi, MD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
46:06
Olga Runciman at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016
41:08
Open Paradigm Project - Will Eberle
07:46
Open Paradigm Project - Marty Hadge
04:30
"Moving Beyond Psychiatric Labels"
05:24
Carina Håkansson, PhD at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives", 15th of October, 2016.
39:26
John Read at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016.
40:54
Open Paradigm Project - Matt Samet
15:33
Open Paradigm Project - Sera Davidow
05:47
UCLA/ISEPP - Robert Whitaker
29:47
Open Paradigm Project - Amy Long
06:05
Open Paradigm Project - Leah Harris
08:43
UCLA/ISEPP - Allen Frances
23:09
Open Paradigm Project - Cheryl Sharp
06:04
Antidepressants & Pregnancy: The risks and potential harm to normal fetal development
01:38
UCLA/ISEPP - Peter Whitehouse
20:12
UCLA/ISEPP - David Healy
17:54
Open Paradigm Project - Faith Rhyne
06:07
Open Paradigm Project - Leonard Roy Frank
11:28