Friday, July 1, 2022


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).

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Ending Coercive “Help”: A Review of “Reimagining Crisis Support”

The book presents a thoughtful, comprehensive plan for replacing the current coercive medical model of crisis “support” with something that actually helps.
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And Finally

With considerable misgivings, I have decided that, due to advancing age and ongoing deterioration in my health, I am no longer able to write posts or respond to comments.

An American History of Addiction, Part 10: My Strange Path to Recovery

Every drinking “experiment” I performed was already tainted. Every time I would try, I became angry and resentful, feeling like I had been tricked into joining a cult.

An American History of Addiction, Part 9: How I Became an “Addict”

My current allotment of Xanax had just run out, and I remembered feeling the last dose wearing off. My heart had started racing and I had become fidgety.

Apples and Oranges in Peer Support Research

Discussing a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of peer support: The co-opting of peer support specialists into roles that don’t fit with their purpose is a big problem.

Saving Lives or Cementing Stigma? A Review of “Just Like You…”

In my experience, episodes of anxiety and depression dwindle in the face of hope and empowerment, while broken-brain narratives lead to deeper despair.

Mad in (S)pain

A Q&A with the team members who edit and run Mad in (S)pain: "There must be a radical change in the way mental suffering is understood and cared for."

The Dramatic Results of John Weir Perry’s Diabasis House Program

John Weir Perry’s Diabasis House Program both built on and exceeded Jung’s previous understanding of psychosis.

The Grief Pill is Coming!

If you yearn or pine too long for your dead child, partner, spouse, or friend, you may be addicted to grief, according to the new revision of the DSM.

Mad in Finland

The people who run Mad in Finland have experienced profound awakenings in the course of their lives, moments of awareness when they understood the failures of the psychiatric disease model and saw its harms.

Responding to Daniel Morehead, MD, Psychiatry’s Latest Champion

It is easier to score cheap and invalid points against one's critics than to expend the time and energy necessary to examine their criticisms.

Mad in the UK

Mad in the UK describes its mission as “Fundamentally re-thinking UK mental health practice and promoting positive change.”

The Functions of the Mental Health System Under Capitalism

The mental health system is a system of care and control, legitimated by the concept of mental illness, and playing an important role in capitalist and Neoliberal societies.

Thomas Jobe: The Legacy of Research He Leaves Behind

Thomas Jobe was a collaborator in a longitudinal study that upended conventional thinking about antipsychotics. He died March 16.

Former NIMH Director’s New Book: Why, With More Treatment, Have Suicides and Mental Distress...

Psychiatry’s worsening outcomes despite increased treatment should provoke the consideration that a paradigm shift is necessary.
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Engaging “Madness”: A Guide for Significant Others and Families

Using personal stories from my own family, my new booklet Engaging 'Madness' paints a clear picture of what an alternative healing journey outside the biomedical paradigm can look like.
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Mad in Sweden

Lasse Mattila, founder of Mad in Sweden: "You only ask the question, ‘What’s wrong with you? What symptoms do you have?’ But you don’t ask: ‘What happened to you? What tragedies did you have?’”

Why Do We Lock People Up?

Every day, people who have not broken any laws have their human rights suspended indefinitely, without a formal judicial hearing, all on unsworn hearsay evidence and with practically no right of appeal.
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Why Do People Self-Harm, and How Can We Stop It?

The psychiatric treatments I underwent did nothing to help me come to terms with my troubled past. Self-harm did not serve me well either. We must re-learn what to expect from ourselves.
An illustration of a doctor running after a brain.

The ENIGMA-MDD Project: Searching for the Neuropathology of “Major Depressive Disorder”

There's an old saying in research: "garbage in; garbage out". Research based on invalid concepts or false assumptions will produce invalid conclusions.
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Fifty-Eight Years Beyond the Community Mental Health Act, 1963

Do not focus on "getting more beds" or "providing better treatment." Focus on homes with windows and giant gardens where survivors can be coached to rebel and dance with wild abandon.
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Mad in Canada

Mad in Canada aims to bridge the “knowledge gap” between practice and science, pushing patient care further up the list of priorities.
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Desperate Remedies

History shows us that the mentally ill are extraordinarily vulnerable to therapeutic experimentation, some particularly brutal and extreme, which continues to the present day.

The Looting of “Outsider Art” by Psychiatry Continues Today

The German museum of the Prinzhorn Collection, which opened in 2001, exhibits the stolen art of those considered by the Nazis to be "degenerates."

Anti-Psychiatry, Szasz, Torrey, Biederman & the Death of Freethinking

Americans appear to be increasingly terrified by the possibility of ostracism, including for failing to conform to psychiatry dogma. This prevents critical thinking.

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