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

ļ»æDecember 15, 2010

Bob-- I saw a thirty-four year old woman today for a follow-up visit regarding post-partum depression. She delivered her second child two months ago, and...

Managing a Movement or Community

This post is a bit different from my typical system sausage making pieces in that I would like to reflect on the Mad in...

Letters from the Front Lines

Dear Bob-- Here's a story of stark contrasts. I saw a man for a physical recently, mid-50's.Ā  He was the picture of health, on no medications...

ļ»æNovember 9, 2010

Bob-- Today, I saw a very friendly, highly intelligent (she has a PhD in economics) and overweight 34 year old woman for a refill of...

ļ»æDecember 6, 2010

Bob- I saw a sixteen-year old girl for a sports physical today. She plays softball for the local high school and also is on the...
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Making a Mad Community, from Attic to Attic: Part One

This two-part piece outlines our struggle to build a mad community, Madwomen in the Attic, across locations, across differences, across challenges.

Reflections on MIA’s Film Festival and Our Collective Human Future

Three weeks have passed since Mad in Americaā€™s International Film Festival took place at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA. Iā€™ve been spending a lot of time in solitude, reflecting and processing the whole thing, for in the Festivalā€™s wake, I was taken over by a powerful, albeit interesting mix of great physical and mental fatigue and even greater emotional energy. Most importantly, what the Festival has set off in me is a resurgence of hopeā€”hope for Mad in Americaā€™s future as an organization and an ever-growing space for people to come together in community, hope for this mission weā€™re on to transform the way the world makes sense of the experiences that get called ā€œmental illnessā€, and hope in our collective human capacity for personal and collective transformation.

Study 329 in Japan

By 2002 GlaxoSmithKline had done 3 studies in children who were depressed and described all three to FDA as negative. Ā As an old post on Bob Fiddamanā€™s blog reproduced here outlines, several years later they undertook another study in children in Japan. (Editor's note: This is a re-print, by David Healy, of a post by Bob Fiddaman)