From STAT: Dr. Allen Frances, chair of the DSM-IV task force, called the proposed new mental health diagnosis “one of the dumbest" he's seen.
From Rethinking Psychiatry: Soteria House offers a complete paradigm shift to helping people experiencing what mainstream psychiatry calls "psychosis."
From The Situational Therapist: A marriage and family therapist offers an irreverent take on what's really going on when a child gets 'diagnosed with a mental illness.'
From It's a Mad World!: In a new podcast on the politics of mental health and the mental health of politics, Irish psychiatrist Dr. Peadar O’Grady talks with Robert Whitaker about his books and work.
From Mindfreedom: Charles Helmer was force-shocked on March 26 and, unless the advocacy campaign is successful, he will be force-shocked on April 9 and every two weeks afterwards.
From BJGP Life: Recent research concluded that over half of people coming off antidepressants will suffer withdrawal symptoms, of which one in two cases will be severe.
From Psychiatric Times: This controversial treatment must be suspended pending research to determine if there are any benefits that outweigh its proven adverse effects.
From Psychiatric Services: Encouraged by my colleagues of color to engage in some uncomfortable self-reflection, I realized that the trajectory of my career was directly influenced by my racial biases.
From The New York Times: When people are drowning, they’re less interested in the genetics of respiration than in a life preserver.
From InDepthNH: The case arose from the state’s appeal of the case involving Jane Doe who was held against her will for 17 days in an emergency room.
From PESI UK: While it might be tempting for therapists to think that drugs are the sole concern of the prescriber and the province of the medical arena, this would be misguided.
From Behaviorism and Mental Health: The website, whose goal has been to raise awareness of the dangers of antidepressants, should be required reading for psychiatrists and anyone who prescribes psychiatric drugs.
From The Courageously.u Podcast: MIA writer Karin Jervert discusses the trauma she experienced in the mental health system, and how she's come to understand her life journey apart from it.
From Mindfreedom: Please help us protect 22-year-old Charles Helmer by taking one or more actions before Friday!
From Metro: Though one of the fastest-growing classes of drugs being prescribed, there has been little guidance for doctors on how to safely taper them.
From Peak Podcast: MIA writer and Consciousness and Society PhD student Micah Ingle discusses his journey with psychology and where he sees it going.
From It's Not Just in Your Head: Mental health counselor Kevin Gallagher shares what he learned first-hand about America's broken approaches to addiction treatment while he struggled through his own past addiction.
From Benzo Brains: When you’re broken, it’s too hard to carry both yourself and others by explaining, pleading or arguing. Save your energy for the journey instead.
From Psychiatric Times: Awais Aftab interviews Dr. Sami Timimi on his latest book, Insane Medicine: How the Mental Health Industry Creates Damaging Treatment Traps and How You Can Escape Them.
From The New York Times: There is no one cause for any suicide. But research shows that there is a connection between people’s ability to pay rent each month and their mental health.
From The Conversation: Medicalizing emotional suffering doesn’t address the source of our anguish or help us find meaning in our own experiences—something that is essential to our capacity to cope and adapt.
From Salon: The rigidity of reductive clinical research belies the organic and expansive nature of the psychedelic experience.
Ongoing until April 1st: The Benzodiazepine Information Coalition is asking ALL Massachusetts residents to write their legislators and ask them to co-sign The Benzo Bill, HD.285/ SD.1370.
Madness Network News is looking for writing and art submissions from psychiatric survivors, mad people, inmates and ex-inmates.
From Aeon: Even before knowing the research on ECT, I’d had a gut reaction, as a young psychiatric nursing aide, that something was dreadfully wrong.