From CNN: Spears says she was forced to perform, given no privacy, and made to use birth control, take medication and attend therapy against her will while the conservatorship has been in place over the last 13 years.
From Psychology Today: It will be harder for die-hard defenders of the medical model to dismiss such organizations as the UN and the WHO as extremist, anti-psychiatry radicals.
From iai News: By sweeping the social causes of distress into the private corners of self, our mental health sector has helped stifle collective and community action.
From The Telegraph: The WHO has called for 'considerable' changes in countries of all income levels, citing widespread use of forced admission and treatment; manual, physical and chemical restraint; physical, verbal, psychological and sexual abuse; and unsanitary living conditions.
From ISEPP: The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry looks at the devastating consequences of the unchallenged use of psychiatric drugs.
From Asylum Magazine: Liam Kirk explains what happened when he took part in the RADAR trial to try and come off anti-psychotic medication.
From The Guardian: Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain, the UN torture rapporteur has said.
From Unregistered Podcast: Thaddeus Russell speaks with journalist Robert Whitaker about the catastrophic mass deployment of psychoactive drugs by contemporary psychiatry.
From Mikhaila Peterson: Mikhaila interviews Drs. Jim Wright and David Cohen on the reality behind psychiatric medications like the ones that nearly destroyed her and her father's lives.
From CNN: Research suggests at least 60 million Americans experience "after death communications," or ADCs, and that they occur across cultures, religious beliefs, ethnicities and income levels.
From Science & Nonduality: Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives, and the root of our deepest wounds. Renowned physician Dr. Gabor Maté gives us a new vision of a trauma-informed society and points us to the path of individual and collective healing.
From Mental Health Film Comment: MIA Staff Writer Miranda Spencer discusses Britney Spears' conservatorship and media portrayal of the star's emotional challenges.
From Uplift: "The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer. Consequently, there will be a tendency... to keep trying as many people as possible in an attempt to get somebody's attention."
From MedPage Today: From this vantage, the FDA looks like an agency whose goal is to preserve pharmaceutical profits.
From Wholehearted.org: A one-hour introduction to Dr. Maté’s perspective on the absolute necessity of connection to healthy existence, and how deficits in connection early in life influence everything from our bodies, to politics, to society.
From i newspaper: What kind of society deems it acceptable to break citizens simply because they are autistic? And what kind of nation averts its gaze from grotesque mistreatment of a minority?
From the Daily Mail (UK): Teenagers who see their mum and dad as loving caregivers are less likely to be cyberbullies than children with...
From The Daily Mail: More than half of NHS hospital trusts contacted under a recent audit used ECT information leaflets with seven or more inaccurate statements about the controversial procedure.
From The Washington Post: In 2017, an estimated 94 percent of older adults received a prescription for a drug that increased their risk of falling, up from 57 percent in 1999, and their rate of death caused by falls more than doubled during the same period.
University of Toronto lecturer Bonnie Burstow discusses the key elements that distinguish the antipsychiatry perspective from mad, critical psychiatry, psych survivor and other perspectives...
From CBS This Morning: "Each of us creates a unique world view shaped by our life’s experiences, and most of that world view is shaped when you are a child," said Oprah.
From The New Statesman: A movement of people who hear voices is reshaping our understanding of 'mental illness' – and consciousness itself.
FromThe Daily Mail: If lessons about pregabalin aren't quickly learned, "it might push prescriptions up even more. We could be facing a nightmare."
From The Christian Science Monitor: From the squalid conditions of the Los Angeles County jail has emerged a potential model for how to address 'mental illness' among incarcerated people. The secret? Care, on a daily basis.
Sandra Escher, who helped create a foundation for the Hearing Voices movement, recently passed away. She was the first researcher in the field of children who hear voices.