Robert Whitaker’s keynote presentation in Brighton, England explores the problems of the evidence base at the heart of the medical model, particularly for ‘psychosis’, and discusses the Open Dialogue approach to working with psychosis, which is practiced in northern Finland. In Open Dialogue therapy, only about 1/3 of first episode patients have been exposed to antipsychotics at the end of five years, and only about 20% are taking the drugs on a regular basis at the end of that time. Their reported five-year outcomes are, by far, the best in the Western World.
This presentation is part of an on-going exploration into alternative recovery models by Mad in America.
Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.