Saturday, November 27, 2021

Blogs

Essays by a diverse group of writers, in the United States and abroad, engaged in rethinking psychiatry. (The directory of personal stories can be found here, and initiatives here).

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Psychotherapy Has an Enduring Effect on Depression—in Contrast to Depression Pills

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A meta-analysis published last month showed that psychotherapy has an enduring effect on depression—in contrast to depression pills.
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ADHD as Cargo Cult Science

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Barkley’s theory on ADHD was akin to what Richard Feynman called “Cargo Cult Science,” only more misleading and dangerous. In contrast, there is no evidence of brain abnormality in ADHD. The airplanes have not landed, nor are they likely to.

Tower of Babel: The Meaning and Purpose of Voicehearing and Psychosis

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A bottomless well of ideas and stories and seeming fantasies emerges from the mouths of voicehearers, psychotics, and schizophrenics. Is anyone taking the time to actually listen?
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The DSM Files: Investigating the Incoherence of Psychiatry’s Bible

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A critical view of the way the DSM categorizes internal suffering and makes sense (or sometimes nonsense) of it—full of inconsistencies and bad logic.
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Emotional Contagion Spreads Madness—What Can We Do About It?

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In my opinion, emotional contagion is the strongest power known to humankind. Emotions move and flow among people and groups. We absorb others’ emotions.
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“For Life”: New Opera Tells the Stories of Those Harmed by Psychiatric Drugs

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Dawn Sonntag and Kermit Cole have collaborated on a new opera, "For Life," that tells the stories of those harmed by psychiatric drugs.
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What Is Climate Distress—And What Can Therapists Do About It?

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Therapists who encounter climate distress should reject the false burden borne by individuals and embrace a spirit of shared vulnerability, solidarity, collective action, and demands for justice.
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Reason and Madness: How Psychiatry Marginalizes Those Who Contradict Western Norms

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Psychiatry can be used as a tool by those in power as an arbiter of normality, but it also reflects the dominant attitudes, values, and beliefs of society.
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“Make Psychiatry Healthy”: Analysis of a Leaflet From the Danish Psychiatric Association

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The Danish Psychiatric Association has a leaflet on its website entitled “Make Psychiatry Healthy.” I found that the suggestions would make psychiatry sicker than it already is. 
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Why Not Seek Treatment Through the Mental Health System?

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When I was emotionally stuck, I didn’t feel the current understanding of psychiatric problems and treatment would help. In fact, I felt it would be a hindrance to recovery.
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The New York Times Confidently Misinterprets a New ECT Study

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The New York Times article paints a rosy picture of ECT, but it’s based on a misleading study and dismisses the plentiful research on ECT’s harms.
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#FreeBritney Takes the Capitol: Rallygoers Seek Momentum for Guardianship Reform

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Members and supporters of Free Britney America staged their third demonstration so far this year in Washington, DC, in support of ending conservatorships.
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How and Why Neurotypicals Misunderstand and Mistreat Autistic People

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Commonly used autism interventions, such as ABA, have been found to be both ineffective and abusive, inflicting trauma on those subjected to them.
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Remembering Darby Penney — A Fierce Advocate for Justice and Human Rights

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Celia Brown, Ron Bassman, and Peter Stastny mourn the loss of Darby Penney, who fought to transform the mental health system in New York.
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A Dystopian Vision of Psychiatry’s Future

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As a psychiatric survivor, I was stunned to see a medical professional describe a dystopian nightmare as a vision of progress for psychiatric medicine.
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Peer Respite: Why It Should be Everyone’s Concern

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My intent with this blog is to compare some lessons learned from my recent medical crisis response to a similar peer-run respite response.

RIP: Ed White – Advocate, Researcher and Supporter

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It is with great sadness that we write about the loss of one of our colleagues from the psychiatric drug withdrawal community; Doctor Ed White.
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Fate of a Whistleblower: I Spoke Out About Abrupt Med Withdrawal

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A rapid withdrawal can be very dangerous and even deadly. You do not solve the problem by firing those who point this out, but that happened to me.
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A New Liberation Movement, Focused on Relationship

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The harm that medical-model practitioners inflicted on me had to be managed and overcome. This delayed my progress resolving my childhood traumas.
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I Set Up a Suicide Crisis Centre to Provide the Opposite of What I...

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Our approach is to openly care about our clients and empower them as much as possible. It's vital that clients know we care about their survival.

RIP: Scottish Psychiatric Survivor Activist Chrys Muirhead

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When Mad in America was launched nearly a decade ago, Scottish psychiatric survivor and activist Chrys Muirhead was one of the first bloggers on our site.

What Happens When A Peer Is Accused of Relapsing?

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Once my colleague started spreading her conviction that I was relapsing, the whole agency began scrutinizing my behavior. As a peer, you’re under constant suspicion.
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Soteria House and Peer Respite Summit

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Rethinking Psychiatry and MindFreedom International convene the first International Peer Respite and Soteria Summit: Creating Compassionate Alternatives for People in Crisis and Distress.
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Mad Activists: The Language We Use Reflects Our Desire for Change

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There is not one movement but many, and the language people use reflects how accepting they are of the psychiatric explanation of their experiences.
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The Importance of Empathic Listening for Making Meaning of Distress

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Psychiatrists would gain more understanding if they listened to their patients and worked with them to make meaning of their distress.

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