Sunday, September 22, 2019

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).

Chapter Twenty-Two: To the Hospital on the Hill

Bright, white light pours into my eyes, which have opened themselves slowly.  I clench them closed again, hoping to push the light out.  For...

A Visit into the Lithuanian Mental Health System

In November of 2011 I spent two weeks in Lithuania -- a fascinating time. Some colleagues in Scandinavia connected me with a progressive psychiatrist...

Rethinking Brain Research In Psychiatry

The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA is one of the premier centers for brain research in the country, and so when the...

Letters from the Front Lines

Dear Bob-- Last fall, I was filling in at a clinic for a provider who was on vacation, and saw a woman in her late...

A Mother Bear’s Story

In the last year of high school, my daughter’s personality suddenly changed, almost overnight it seemed. Initially, I chalked it up to adolescence. What had...

Evidence, Bias, and Anecdote

I suspect that many people who come to this website are not fans of psychiatry.  Although I am also critical of various aspects of...

New Video: Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: A Harm Reduction Approach

I want to thank Bob Whitaker for inviting me to join the bloggers at Mad In America. As an introduction to my work I...

A Counter Narrative for Psychic Diversity

This is a paper I recently wrote for Prescott College with the help of my friend and mentor, Dr. Bradley Lewis. I'm finishing up...

Expect Recovery….

Expect Recovery….seems like a tall order, especially for people that have: little hope; spent years cycling in and out of hospitals; spent years on...

Initiatory Madness

If madness isn't what Psychiatry says it is, then what is it? I have been asking myself that question almost every day since I became mad...

Autism as a Mode of Being

Autism is not a disease or an entity. It is not something that we must seek out to eradicate. Rather, it is a mode...

Introduction: Anatomy of a Psychiatric Practice

In anticipation of this first blog post, I have spent some time wondering how I arrived at  this point in my career.  I have...

The New York Times and all that…

It has been indeed an honor to have my story fea­tured on the front pages of the New York Times. It is rare that peo­ple with...

Happy New Year From The Icarus Project!

I want to begin by thanking Bob Whitaker for the invitation to blog on this site. I am honored to find myself amidst this...

Chapter Twenty-One: Countdown to Surrender

COUNTDOWN- THREE DAYS It is mid-morning on Wednesday, November 26th, 2008.  I am staring at a computer screen in my cubicle, one among many at...

Letters From the Front Lines

Dear Bob-- A disturbing case from this week. I was working at an urgent care and saw a fifteen-year old boy for the complaint of severe...

A Three Pronged Approach to Mental Health System Change

I thought I would begin my blogging career with a description of how I see three elements that reinforce each other in ways that...

Answering the Critics: William Glazer, in Behavioral Healthcare Magazine

In its 2011 summer issues, Behavioral Healthcare ran a two-part interview with me about my book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. This stirred William Glazer, a well-known...

Cognitive Therapy Found Effective in Unmedicated Psychotic Patients . . . And Other News

For a long time, psychotherapy has been seen as providing little benefit to patients with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. However, two recent studies,...

Chapter Twenty: Russian Roulette

After I left my research position on the acute inpatient psychiatric unit of a Boston hospital towards the end of 2006, my life started...

Answering the Critics: Massachusetts General Hospital Grand Rounds

As many readers of Anatomy of an Epidemic know, I spoke at a psychiatric Grand Rounds at Massachusetts General Hospital on January 13, 2011....

Chapter Nineteen: Playing the Part

In the months following my five-year high school reunion in the summer of 2006, I drifted about in a sea of indistinguishable days. Amidst...

Answering the Critics: Let’s Roll the Tape (Again)

This past summer, Behavioral Healthcare ran a two-part interview with me about my book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. This stirred William Glazer, a well-known...

Answering the Critics: The Carlat Psychiatry Blog

Daniel Carlat, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University, wrote a two-part review of Anatomy of an Epidemic on January 21 and...

Chapter Eighteen: Sentenced to Life

A few weeks after my college graduation in the summer of 2006, my five-year high school reunion was upon me. I had expended a...

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