Friday, July 30, 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).

Get Off Prescription Drugs: Arriving at the Work

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I sat in my office in the middle of Provo, Utah (home of BYU) on a scorching hot Wasatch mountain day. I was taking a brief professional hiatus...

The Importance of Being Useful

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All people need to feel useful in this life.  The sense of belonging with others and being important to them is the primary need...

Letters from the Front Lines

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Dear Bob-- I met a new patient today, an African American gentleman in his late 40's, a successful entrepreneur and innovator (invented and marketed his...

Recovery and Liberation: One and the Same?

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You can’t have one without the other. I’ll explain as we go along. As 2011 was winding down, SAMHSA issued what it termed its “…...

Pilgrim’s Progress: From Young Madman to Old Therapist

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I'll begin this chapter of my personal odyssey through madness and the vocation it created of my life as a therapist specializing in madness, with...

On Creative Maladjustment and Rethinking Psychiatry

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On this day January 16 2012, we commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and as such, many thoughts are...

Diagnosing Dangers

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As I wrote in my first blog, A Three Pronged Approach to Mental Health System Change, after I read Mad in America in 2002,...

Chapter Twenty-Two: To the Hospital on the Hill

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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….

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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