Remembering Bhargavi Davar: A Global Leader in the Struggle for Human Rights

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Bhargavi Davar was a global leader in the struggle for human rights, with her work as a psychiatric survivor activist simply one aspect of that work.

When HVN Ireland Meets HVN Athens

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Chairperson of Hearing Voices Network Ireland Owen Ó Tuama on the joy and power of community for voice-hearers across the globe.

Can We Talk About Spirituality? The Medicalization of Transpersonal Experiences

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Even social work and psychotherapy rarely leave space for lived experiences of spirituality, though it instills hope, strength, and meaning.

Deconstructing the Word Trauma: What Does it Mean Today?

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"Trauma" is a pandora's box of a narrative. Most writings on the subject emanate from the Global North. Is trauma the 'same' in the Global South?

When the Help Becomes Part of the Problem

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The feeling of being institutionalized and medicated over minor ailments is difficult to shake. I have been to countless therapy sessions attempting to deconstruct the feelings of dehumanization into digestible morsels.
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Is Public Psychiatry Responding to the Mental Health Crisis or Just “Treating the Chart?”

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What sense did it make that he had been through hundreds of pages of notes worth of treatment and yet was still essentially un-helped?
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Psychosis Treatment: Numbing the World of Spirit

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In my experience, antipsychotic drugs aimed at “managing” schizophrenia work by numbing the individual’s sensibility to the world of spirit.

How I Learned to Safely Taper off Psychiatric Drugs, and You Can Too

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I made a series of videos with psychologist and researcher Anders Sørensen, answering the questions that haunted me the most throughout my tapering process.
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Who Do We Leave Behind When We Ignore the Body? Why Critical Neuroscientists and Mad Activists Must Work Together

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Implications for those at the intersection of mental health and chronic illness.
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How Danish Journalism Misleads About Psychiatry

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On the multiple errors found in a Danish newspaper article about adult ADHD.
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The Death of Joey Marino

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There needs to be more informed consent with these medications. If Joey was more aware of the potential side effects at the very beginning, I feel he would still be here today.
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Irish Open Dialogue Shut Down—Despite Expert Report Stating It Should Be Scaled Up

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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Despite growing awareness that ‘schizophrenia’ is not a scientifically valid concept, the old assumptions still drive clinical practice.
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Tapering Strips: A Practical Tool for Personalised and Safe Tapering of Withdrawal-Causing Prescription Drugs

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Tapering strips are one of the practical tools mentioned in the new Maudsley Guidance.
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From the Dopamine Theory to the Outcomes Paradox

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Why does long-term use of neuroleptics correlate with poorer social and occupational outcomes?

Engaging Voices, Part 2: Working Our Way Toward Connection

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Sam Ruck shares his fourth excerpt from his book Healing Companions, which describes his life with, and love for, his wife and her “alters.” 
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The Significance of Semiotics in Social Work

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Mental health treatment requires more than words; it demands a deep understanding of the unspoken, the symbols and signs that permeate our lives.
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Unbecoming

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If the wounded healer doesn't work on their wounds, they become the wounded wounder, keeping the client and themselves trapped in their roles.
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On the Brink of Murder Because of an Antidepressant

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After being put on antidepressants, Katinka started hallucinating wildly, thinking in very violent images.
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Bad Science Revisited: “The Bell Curve” Turns 30

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Critiquing the wildly popular 1994 eugenicist book, which purported to link IQ and race, by reviewing the supposed genetic evidence.
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Szasz and the Liberation of the “Mental Patient”

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By setting standards of equality, competence, and accountability, Szasz worked for the liberation of the "mental patient.”