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Irish Open Dialogue Shut Down—Despite Expert Report Stating It Should Be Scaled Up

The value-base and proven positive outcomes of Open Dialogue need to be expanded, not closed.

How to Learn to Love to Write: A Mental Health Journey

You go from enjoying writing to dreading the idea of ever scribbling words on a piece of paper ever again. What was once your escape has now become your prison.
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Prescription Drugs Are the Leading Cause of Death

Overtreatment with drugs kills many people, and the death rate is increasing. Why have we allowed this drug pandemic to continue?

What Is “Care” in a Psychiatric Medical Camp for the Unhoused in India?

Indian doctoral scholar Neha Jain wonders what kind of ‘care’ and ‘help’ are possible in the absence of real consent.

A Felt Sense of Safety – From Disassociation to Embodiment

I know now that I can trust myself and listen to my intuition. Within the mental health system, I trusted everyone but myself.
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Witless and Dangerous? Challenging the Assumptions of the ‘Schizo’ Paradigm

Despite growing awareness that ‘schizophrenia’ is not a scientifically valid concept, the old assumptions still drive clinical practice.


Northwestern University invites you to participate in the Uplift the Web Challenge to reduce depression. Submissions due by May 1st. 

International online survey on the positive and negative effects of ECT, for patients and their loved ones. Please see here for more information.

On May 4th, please join us for Part II of a popular panel discussion: Supporting Extreme States, Dissociation & Experiences Labeled as Psychosis. 

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by Stephanie Salles Bruins

Giving Caregivers a Platform: Meagan, Mother of Matt

A mom describes her son's descent into the harms of psychiatry—and his way out. "It was really difficult to watch Matt decline. He had given up hope that he could get well."

Undisclosed Financial Conflicts of Interest in the DSM-5: An Interview with Lisa Cosgrove and...

On the Mad in America podcast we talk with Lisa Cosgrove and Brian Piper about their BMJ paper entitled "Undisclosed Financial Conflicts of Interest in the DSM-5 TR: Cross-Sectional Analysis"

Deprescribing Psychiatric Drugs to Reduce Harms and Empower Patients: Interview with Psychiatrist Swapnil Gupta

Ayurdhi Dhar interviews psychiatrist Swapnil Gupta on psychiatric drug discontinuation, drug cocktail risks, patient choice, and the need for trust and transparency.

Is Madness an Evolved Signal? Justin Garson on Strategy Versus Dysfunction

Philosopher Justin Garson discusses the potential benefit of looking at madness not as disease or defect, but as a designed feature.
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Depression: Psychiatry’s Discredited Theories and Drugs Versus a Sane Model and Approach

Psychiatry’s depression outcomes are poor because its bio-chemical-electrical treatments are based on a depression model that science has flushed down the toilet.
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“A Dangerous Substance”: The Impact of Social Media on Youth Mental Health

This is what social media does, she says. It draws people in. It hurts people. In the worst cases, it kills people.

Empire of Normality: A Review of a Book that Attacks...

In his book Empire of Normality, UK philosopher Robert Chapman, dismisses current critiques of psychiatry as “reactionary and outdated." In a review of the book, John Cromby, a retired  Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester, provides a detailed analysis of the flaws and historical inaccuracies in Chapman's work.

Can we talk about spirituality? – the medicalization of transpersonal experiences

We as therapists do not need to take a position on a metaphysical reality or not, the important thing is that we do not medicalize transpersonal experiences as morbid, since in many cases they are actually helpers, a rescue and for the person an actual experience.

Human rights violations in mental health care – the court proceedings...

We have lost in the District Court and in the Court of Appeal. Now we are going back to the Supreme Court, says a ready-to-fight Inger-Mari Eidsvik before the case is to be heard again in the highest court in Norway. If the plaintiffs win, the case is sent back to the District Court for a new hearing.

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