Blogs

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).

The Experience of Survivors of Psychiatry in Brazil

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The suffering caused by physical, sexual or psychological violence, common in women's lives, is pathologized by psychiatry.
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Medical Journals Refuse to Retract Fraudulent Trial Reports That Omitted Suicidal Events in Children

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The published articles underreported suicide-related events and provided false claims that the drugs were effective.
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From a Paranoid Schizophrenia Diagnosis to a Peer Researcher in Nigeria

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The mental health system needs to adopt the principle of holistic care, promoting fundamental rights and the relevance of family support.
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Beyond Greenspaces and Mental Health: The Power of the Wild

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Tensions of sustainability, climate change, and global mental health: grassknots, greenspace, and climate psychology.
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Can Madness Save the World? Where R.D. Laingā€”and Star Trekā€”Meet

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What if the only choice we can really make, and trust, is the irrational, even mad, choice to love? What would saving the world look like then?

Putting JAMA Psychiatry and MIA to the Genetic Test

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We can assess whether Mad in America readers or JAMA Psychiatry readers are being provided with the most robust scientific literature.
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Animal Theory of Emotion: Emotion Is Not a Disorder

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Too many people see themselves as having mental disorders when what they have is emotion, and in some cases, a great deal of it.
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Charles Spencerā€™s Story of Boarding School Abuse Is Haunting

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But parents are still sending children away to board, and itā€™s still dangerous.

Interpersonal Caring as an Act of Resistance Among Socially Marginalized

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Some of the most marginalized and stigmatized people in a community are those with psychiatric diagnoses and those who are HIV positive.
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In Defense of Open Dialogue Research

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One of the original Open Dialogue researchers responds to a paper presenting a prejudiced and selective review of the scientific literature.
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Never Waste a Good Depression: Family Therapy Challenges the Seductive Shortcut of Psychiatric Drugs

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The widespread use of psychiatric drugs reduces important conversations about the problems of being human while limiting our options for problem-solving.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS): How the Last Step to Recovery Became the Final Step...

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How persistent, unbearable suffering, due to prolonged withdrawal from antipsychotics prescribed as a sleeping medication, led to euthanasia.
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How Psychiatrists Responded to the Launch of Our New ECT Survey

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Amid mostly rude and unprofessional jibes, there were also some legitimate points, which are addressed here.
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The Integration of Peer Support Principles in Community Mental Health Policy and Practice: Toward...

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Though there are obstacles, integration of peer support is already underway thanks to change agents in the mental health system.

Benzodiazepines in Canada: Is a Withdrawal Crisis Looming?

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Why are benzos, for short-term use only, being doled out, in some cases, for years? Nicole Lamberson and Mark Horowitz weigh in.
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The Psychiatric Peddlers in Your Schools

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Educators and parents must equip children with the necessary tools to meet the normal problems of childhood that psychiatry attempts to address.

Reflections on the Silicon Valley Teen Suicides-by-Train: Fifteen Years Later

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A psychiatrist and mom reflects on teen suicide clusters in Palo Alto and discusses alternative ways to address adolescent mental health.
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The “Madness” of Inpatient Psychiatry

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Inpatient psychiatry is not a place of psychological healing; it is devoid of compassion and full of human rights abuses.
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Much of U.S. Healthcare Is Broken: How to Fix It (Chapter 2, Part 8)

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Les Ruthven addresses benzodiazepines and whether substance abuse disorders should be considered brain diseases.

Irish Psychiatry Says Chemical Imbalance Is a Figure of Speechā€”So, What Now?

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Donā€™t researchers and clinicians have an ethical responsibility to inform the public that the "chemical imbalance" story is false?
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Enlarging the Treatment Lens for Postpartum Depression

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Drugs, social support, placenta encapsulation: How can we approach the specter of postpartum depression?
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How the Medical Profession Pathologizes Emotions and the Damage to Patients

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Doctorsā€™ diagnostic inflexibility and unwillingness to take an integrative approach limits patientsā€™ autonomy in their own treatment.
A syringe and a bottle labeled ketamine.

Much of U.S. Healthcare Is Broken: How to Fix It (Chapter 2, Part 7)

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On antidepressants versus CBT, the buzz around ketamine, and drugs for postpartum depression.
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Trauma and Resources Within Social Context

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What is seen as pathology is a complex web of surviving strategies learned in aversive circumstances that can cause distress later.
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As a Psychologist, I’ve Seen Many Children Misdiagnosed as Autisticā€”It’s a Clinical Catastrophe

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The ASD diagnosis glosses over the many developmental specifics that might underlie a childā€™s challenges related to social communication.