In 2001, I discovered the astonishing power and beauty of Gestalt Chairwork. Building on Perls’ and Moreno’s seminal work, I have developed a therapeutic model based on four orienting principles and four core dialogical stances.
Inside the hospital, I was a social butterfly and knew practically everyone on my wing, but at home, I was a nobody and a loner. If only I had the energy to fake it one hundred percent of the time, then nobody would suspect a thing.
Incorporating philosophical debate into psychiatric care forces us to confront the assumptions of therapy. Many "progressive" psychiatric institutions may have been built on solid foundations revolutionary for their time, yet they run the risk of coming to a standstill without continuous and vehement debate.
Our movement, by not effectively addressing misconduct and corruption, is creating the same toxic dynamics we see so often in families, in schools, in a society that silences people and drives them into distress and madness.
In response to critics of psychiatry, doctors sometimes argue that medication is just a part of care, not everything. But if a grand rounds presentation intended to educate the profession doesn’t mention anything at all except medication, what are we teaching young therapists and doctors?
Supporters of the nature (genetic) side of the “nature versus nurture” debate often cite studies of “reared-apart” or “separated” MZ twin pairs (identical, monozygotic) in support of their positions. In this article I present evidence that, in fact, most studied pairs of this type do not qualify as reared-apart or separated twins.
MIACE Course on Suicide
MIA Continuing Education’s 11-seminar webinar on “Innovative Approaches to Working With People Who Are Suicidal” begins on March 5. Register now!
Stimulant medications like Ritalin and Adderall, often prescribed to treat children diagnosed with ADHD, are known to cause hallucinations and psychotic symptoms. Until recently these adverse effects were considered to be rare. A new study to be published in the January issue of Pediatrics challenges this belief, however, and finds that many more children may be experiencing psychotic symptoms as a result of these drugs than previously acknowledged.
Watching my son be subjected to continuous harm by the drugs, how can I pretend that it's okay to maintain this abusive system of care? Who will push for accountability? As a mother, I want to share a meaningful connection with my son. I want to witness him happy, healthy and living the life he chooses.
People should have real choice. The research and knowledge about how to work differently are already there. Now we need politicians and policymakers to force the change and make it happen in the established services. Mad in Norway will be a leading voice in ensuring this change.
Medicating Normal Trailer
Origins of the c/s/x movement - Voices for Choices (10 of 13)
Veteran Suicide Epidemic -- Derek Blumke VFW Memorial Address
Voices for Choices (8 of 13) - Alternatives to psychiatric drugs
Sandy Steingard 6 3 19 Howard Center
About "Mad in America"
Robert Whitaker - Scientific Censorship in Psychiatry - March 9, 2019 - CPH
“ADHD: A Return to Psychology” Video Series, Part 1
Science and Pseudoscience Podcast - Episode 2 Darcia Narvaez
The Fragile Pillars of Biological Determinism for ADHD
ADHD: Medicate and Coerce or Develop Self-Reliance and Cooperation?
Interview with Dorothy Dundas
Adriane Fugh-Berman - Getting Pharma Out of Medical Education
Open Paradigm Project - Faith Rhyne
Open Paradigm Project - Lauren Spiro
Volkmar Aderhold at "Pharmaceuticals – Risks and Alternatives," 15th of October, 2016
UCLA/ISEPP - Peter Gotzsche
Whitaker - Treatments Alternative to Psychiatry - March 8, 2019 - Dispuk - CPH
Episode 36 Dr. Duncan Double: On being a critical psychiatrist