Discussing The Meaning of Antipsychotics


Research published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice finds that a “shared discussion of beliefs about medication between patient and care provider allows wider exploration of personal meanings that can help establish therapeutic relationships and integrate psychological therapy with psychopharmacology.” The researchers found three main themes: control by and of medication, dependence on medication and the prescriber, and stigma from medication use.

Abstract →

Seeman, M., Seeman, N., The Meaning of Antipsychotic Medication to Patients with Schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 2012 Sep;18(5):338-48.

Previous articleThe Depression Problem
Next articleMany Stroke Patients Treated for Depression Without Diagnosis
Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. “stigma from medication use”.

    “care provider”

    I should have realized that the vicious quack brain rapists who forced these life shortening drugs into my brain were just harmless “care providers”. Then I could live ignorant bliss like millions of others.

    Report comment