Sunday, August 14, 2022


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).

Away From Psychiatrization: Towards Socio-Ecological Wellbeing in the Community

The modern notion of poor mental health and how to respond to it is an escalating series of biomedical interventions that don’t actually solve the underlying problem.

Loss, Grief, and Betrayal: Psychiatric Survivors Reflect on the Impact of New Serotonin Study

Loss, grief, and betrayal are felt deeply by many who have been affected by the myth of the chemical imbalance, especially now that it has been debunked.
Close up of fingers putting a pill into a mouth. Colored lights all around

The Powerful Allure of Psychedelics in Today’s Disenchanted World

As a psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher in Melbourne, I’ve reached the conclusion that we are in for a wild ride with psychedelics over the next few years.
Close-up photo of two textbooks, open, one on top of the other

Psychiatry Textbooks Are Filled with Errors and Propaganda

The coming generations of healthcare professionals are being taught information that is incorrect, to the detriment of their patients.

Catherine’s Story: A Child Lost to Psychiatry 

A year ago today, our youngest child died, thanks to the adversarial actions and toxic treatments foisted on her by medical-model psychiatry. By telling her story, we hope to promote systemic change.
An illustration of a doctor falling headfirst into a door in a giant brain, his feet kicking outside

Response to Criticism of Our Serotonin Paper

Criticisms of the paper were contradictory. Some psychiatrists said that no one ever really believed the serotonin theory. Yet the public does believe it, and are very surprised to learn that it is a myth.

Psychiatry’s Failure Crisis: Are You Moderately or Radically Enlightened?

The moderately enlightened acknowledge some of psychiatry’s failures but, in common with the unenlightened, desperately attempt to preserve the institution of psychiatry.

New WHO QualityRights e-training: Advancing Mental Health, Eliminating Stigma, and Promoting Inclusion

QualityRights is WHO’s global initiative to improve the quality of care and promote the rights of people with mental health conditions or psychosocial disabilities.
Illustration of prison bars made of prescription drugs with hands holding them

Are Antidepressant Drugs Being Prescribed Too Widely? A Review of “Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription”

Depression was considered a condition that most spontaneously recovered from, until drug companies changed that narrative.
schizophrenia unfinished history

A Diagnosis and Its Damages: Orna Ophir’s “Schizophrenia: An Unfinished History”

Ophir is a psychoanalyst in private practice and also a historian, which proved to be a fascinating combination as far as her latest book was concerned.
A painterly illustration of a woman's eye with a butterfly in the pupil

The Transformative Potential of Psychosis

For some, myself included, the “psychosis” became a catalyst for greater connection to self, others, and a sense of purpose.
Blog author, David Oaks, in wheelchair with Patch Adams, with blue hair and glasses. Both are picking their noses at the Oregon Country Fair, with trees in the background. Oaks says, "Searching for meaning."

July is Both Disability Pride Month and Mad Pride Month: Happy Bastille Day!

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) supports both Disability Pride Month and Mad Pride Month: Both are July!”

MIA Webinars: Past, Present and Future

We are pleased to announce that Charmaine Harris, who is a part of the POD team, will join the peer-supported Open Dialogue panel on Wednesday as a co-host.

The UK’s IAPT Service Is an Abject Failure

Despite the hype, the IAPT is hardly “world-beating.” In fact, it is a doubtful model for other countries to follow. Over half of IAPT clients don’t even attend two sessions.
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Expanded Mental Health Services Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

“Easier access” to mental health treatment is likely to translate to getting more kids in front of more prescribers to produce more lifetime customers.

Peer Values Versus Violence: A View from Lived Experience

Some of us have survived violent, coercive forms of socially condoned mental health treatments. But many of us grow past the pain, into healing and compassion.

Cargo Cult Psychiatry

Cargo Cult Psychiatry uses the courts to force people, who are otherwise assumed to have the right to refuse treatment, to submit to their pseudoscientific approach to "mental health."

The Power of Activism

Getting support from other psychiatrized people, outside of the system, has the potential to be mutual. You are not being “treated” or talked down to. The contact is genuine and natural.

Open Season on Mental Patients

No one is safe from psychiatry’s project of medicalizing every variation of human emotion and behaviour, especially people viewed with suspicion and contempt by the powerful.

Behaviorists Must Confront Psychiatry’s Pseudoscience

Despite the well-documented greater effectiveness of behavior therapy, psychiatry's choice of treatment for mental disorder heavily favors drugs.

Psychiatry’s Medical Model: How It Traumatizes, Retraumatizes & Perverts Healing

The beginning of healing from trauma requires stripping power away from disconnecting violators like psychiatry's medical model.
A vector illustration: A female-presenting figure in the middle holds her ears; a figure to her left shouting into a megaphone; a figure to her right throwing speech bubbles at her

The New York Times Comments Section: A Literary Rorschach Test for the Masses

Bergner’s piece in The New York Times challenged the illusions of psychiatry. That made some people angry, outraged, or scared. The result is their comments section.

A Hopelessly Flawed Seminar in “The Lancet” About Suicide

The Lancet seminar is one of the most misleading articles about suicide I have ever seen. Depression pills double the risk of suicide in children and adolescents.

Icarus, Let Me In: Songs For a Better Story

Mark Lipman made the album he wished his 23-year-old self would have heard. He needed a way to tell an integrated story instead of one of stigma and diagnosis, and here it was in music.
Illustration of pills, a brain, and a person with scribbles indicating displeasure

A Different Psychiatry Is Needed for Discontinuing Antidepressants

The problems related to the use of antidepressants cannot be solved by an oversimplified psychiatry brainwashed by the pharmaceutical industry.

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