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Much of U.S. Healthcare Is Broken: How to Fix It (Chapter 1, Part 2)

Les Ruthven addresses off-label prescribing as well as physicians’ anti-science pushback against the use of well-conducted clinical trials.

Systemic Insanity

Is the answer to numb ourselves and learn to deal with lives that we don't feel good about? Shouldn't the solution be to heal and live lives that don't make us stressed, unhappy, and sick?
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Beyond Pills: UK Parliament Must Support Social and Psychological Services Instead

Davies calls on the UK Parliament to support the Beyond Pills initiative, and follow the evidence to put social and psychological help first.

The Great Grey Beast

I am not the only child to have been devoured by the great grey beast that is the American psychiatric system. You're eaten away little by little, every single day, until what's left is barely a person.
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Mental Disorder Has Roots in Trauma and Inequality, Not Biology

The scientific evidence is of social/psychological, not biological, causation: negative environmental conditions, not disease.
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You Have the Legal Right to Informed Consent

My doctor didn’t tell me about any side effects, and I didn’t ask. I assumed that if there were any risks with taking Paxil, he would tell me.


Lock You Up by Kjellaug

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The Ever Blooming Flower
by Andreja

After MIA Calls for Retraction of STAR*D Article, Study Authors Double Down on the...

In their letter to the editor, Rush et al. have doubled-down on the fraud they committed in their 2006 summary report of STAR*D outcomes.

The Making of a ‘Madness’ That Hides Our Monsters: An Interview with Audrey Clare...

In this interview, Audrey Clare Farley reveals how our understanding of schizophrenia was built to avoid acknowledging sexual trauma, religious abuse, and racism.

The WHO and the United Nations: Let Freedom Ring for the Mad

This is a call that challenges how psychiatry is practiced today and ultimately challenges its power in society.

May Cause Side Effects–Radical Acceptance and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: An Interview with Brooke Siem

Brooke Siem discusses her experiences of being medicated with antidepressants as a teenager, her withdrawal from a cocktail of psychiatric drugs and her debut memoir, May Cause Side Effects.
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Why Failed Psychiatry Lives On: Its Industrial Complex, Politics, & Technology Worship

By embracing the widely popular technology-worship “religion,” psychiatry is permitted to ignore the reality that its repeated failures are evidence that its fundamental paradigm is misguided.

Branding Diseases—How Drug Companies Market Psychiatric Conditions: An Interview with Ray Moynihan

MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Ray Moynihan about the marketing of disorders, broadening of diagnoses, and harmful treatments.

Quarterly theme on epigenetics and control over our own genes

Knowledge about epigenetics definitely invites self-examination, self-understanding and self-help and offers people who work within mental health care promising and hopeful insights for their treatments.

Systematic Insanity

The question is though, is the answer to numb ourselves and learn to deal with lives that we don't feel good about? Shouldn't the solution be to heal and live lives that don't make us stressed, unhappy and sick?

We can find strength and meaning in exploring spiritual crises

Spiritual experiences should be understood as valuable for recovery, and not treated as illness or madness. The Swedish social therapist Savannah Rosén gives advice on how we can help people in crisis who have had transpersonal experiences.

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