Wednesday, October 20, 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).

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 5 (Part 6): Patient Stories and Conclusion

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In an evidence-based healthcare system, we should not use interventions that do more harm than good, but that's just what psychiatry does.

An American History of Addiction, Part 8: A Turning Point, But Where Do We...

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Practitioners and researchers have increasingly started to feel that the maintenance of the status quo has left the addiction field in a state of conflict and fluctuation.
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How I Learned the Social and Environmental Causes of Madness

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My first encounter with mental illness was when I was 17. My friend was hospitalised in the psychiatric unit of the local general hospital and diagnosed with hypomania.

Speak Out! Britney’s Fight Is Our Fight

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With all eyes on Britney, we must unmask the role of psychiatrists in court hearings like hers, where basically what the shrink says, goes— and the person’s freedom and human rights are stripped away.
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Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 5: Survival Kit for Young Psychiatrists in a Sick...

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Peter Gøtzsche describes trying to join the psychiatric establishment to bring attention to critical issues from the inside.
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Psychiatric Drugs “Help” By Causing Brain Dysfunction

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There are currently ten classes of prescription medications that impair brain function, including both psychiatric and non-psychiatric drugs. A number of non-drug “treatments” do the same.

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplan

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Paula Caplan, known for her fierce criticism of psychiatry and its diagnostic manual, died Wednesday at age 74.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 5: Survival Kit for Young Psychiatrists in a Sick...

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Peter Gøtzsche explains how psychiatry has reacted when confronted with evidence and stories of lived experience, and how this has corrupted journalism.

Psychiatric Drugs Increase Suicide. CAMPP’s Film “Prescripticide” Exposes the Harms

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“Prescripticide”: The purpose of this informational video is to raise public awareness of this association between psychiatric drugs and violence/suicide.

Discomfort Is the New Comfort Zone

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The adage that one must step outside their comfort zone if one wants to achieve success is troubling, and it’s time to stop letting it go unquestioned.

Cindi Fisher on Hunger Strike: Free My Sidd

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Cindi Fisher has gone on a hunger strike to demand that her adult child, Siddharta, be freed from Western State Hospital after being suddenly removed from the discharge list without explanation.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 5: Survival Kit for Young Psychiatrists in a Sick...

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Peter Gøtzsche explains how newspapers and film festivals censor the work of journalists and filmmakers in order to appease the pharmaceutical industry.

How Do We Know When a Treatment Works? A Primer on the Scientific Method

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Discussing informed consent, risk/benefit ratios, and the many sources of bias in clinical trials for drugs, in order to help the layperson better understand the research.

Britney: In the Name of Health

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So many of us young women believed the people who told us we needed them to make us healthy, who told us that without them, we’d be at the mercy of untameable "disease."

Flying Over Australia’s Cuckoo’s Nest: A Review of “Overprescribing Madness”

"Overprescribing Madness" explains how our sane social, political-economic distress responses have become medicalized into a mental illness epidemic.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 5: Survival Kit for Young Psychiatrists in a Sick...

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Inaction by the medical profession regarding the prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children and adolescents is a form of child abuse and neglect, and institutional betrayal.

A Self-Help Version of EMDR Could Make Healing from Trauma Easier

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Se-REM is a self-help version of EMDR that uses sound instead of eye movement for bilateral stimulation. My clients have reported finding it helpful for healing from trauma.

Will US Agency New Head End Stonewalling About Money for Involuntary Outpatient Mental Health?

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Hopefully, one of the first actions Dr. Delphin-Rittmon takes at SAMHSA will be ending the stonewalling about support for involuntary mental health care.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 5: Survival Kit for Young Psychiatrists in a Sick...

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Peter Gøtzsche discusses the ways in which young psychiatrists can stand up to the system and fight for change in psychiatry.

The Politics of Distress: A Discussion With Dr. James Davies on His New Book,...

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James Davies on the medicalization and individualizing of distress and its connection to neoliberal ideology, and the need to focus on pervasive inequality and other social causes.

How Far Has Psychiatry Really Come? Historical Practices Versus Modern-Day Psychiatry

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The basic assumptions behind unethical practices like lobotomies and insulin shock therapy are still the foundation on which psychiatry’s main treatments are built today.

An American History of Drugs and Addiction, Part 7: The Harm Reduction Revolution

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Many of the harms associated with drugs were very much rooted in policy choices rather than in the nature of the drugs being used, or even addiction in general.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 6)

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Peter Gøtzsche gives advice on what withdrawal symptoms may look like and explains the dangers of—and alternatives to—forced treatment.

EMDR in a Nutshell: Healing from Trauma

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Rather than medicalizing distress, EMDR provides a way of healing from trauma. EMDR isn't about trying to treat the symptoms of an illness. It's about healing from the root cause.

The Transformational Qualities of Hearing Voices Groups

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Results from a national study show the transformational qualities of Hearing Voices groups, including their egalitarian structure and the genuine connection they foster.

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