Wednesday, December 7, 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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Meaningless Distractibility, or Meaningful Mind-Wandering?

What do we lose when we view boredom and curiosity as "symptoms" of ADHD? It can rob us of intuitions that crucial life changes desperately need to be made.
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The Psychiatrist’s Dilemma: In Defense of Placebo Psychiatry

Telling stories they know are or may be untrue has become standard practice in psychiatry. It is a small step to set aside the need to provide truly informed consent.
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“Beware, Scientology Related”: How ADHD Experts Silence Criticism

We do not belong to the scientology movement, but this false accusation triggered an email correspondence that exposed the problematic happenings usually behind closed academic curtains.

#RestoreTheirRights: An Update on Guardianship Action

It’s time to change the conversation around guardianship. The question is not “When do we remove someone’s rights?” but “How can we best support them?”
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The Culture Is the Poison: Why Psychedelics Are Dangerous Medicine in a Neoliberal Society

Extraction of psychedelics from the ritual process has dissociated them from community, connectedness, and responsibility, which used to define psychedelic drug use.
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A Developmental Response to Trauma and Trauma Language

Understanding life events (and/or our responses to them) as trauma has transformed how we suffer and how we relate to pain.

Call for Teen Art in All Media!

MIA's Family Resources and Arts sections are co-sponsoring an online teen multimedia art exhibition with the theme “Beyond Labels and Meds: What It Feels Like to Be Me.”
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Major Depression: The “Chemical Imbalance” Pillar Is Crumbling—Is the Genetics Pillar Next?

A more detailed critical evaluation of molecular genetic studies, which have failed to discover genes shown to cause depression.
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Behavior Therapy Helped My Patients Through Antidepressant Withdrawal

In behavior therapy, enduring psychological discomfort is an essential aspect of therapy leading to recovery. This may have implications for withdrawal experiences.
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The Phobic Avoidance of Attending to Real World Mental Health Outcomes

The avoidance of real-world outcome measures in research seems almost phobic. Yet this type of outcome should be considered the most important.
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A Therapist Tried to Explain CBT When I Was 11 Years Old, Ineffectively

As a therapist, I feel that CBT is offered best on a voluntary basis. The therapist must move away from CBT-like interventions when it is not helpful.

The Mad in the World Network: A Global Voice for Change

Mad in Ireland is the newest Mad in America affiliate. The network of affiliate sites is becoming a global voice for change.

Ken Burns’ “Hiding in Plain Sight…”: Candid Interviews, Canned Conclusions

I was hoping for more accurate representation of youth mental health challenges. What I saw instead was a glossy patchwork of mixed messages.
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Condensing “Anatomy of an Epidemic” into a High-Level Summary Document

After reading "Anatomy of an Epidemic," I needed something that could be read quickly, summarizing the material at a high level, to share with the general public.

Away From Psychiatrization: Towards Socio-Ecological Wellbeing in the Community

The modern notion of poor mental health and how to respond to it is an escalating series of biomedical interventions that don’t actually solve the underlying problem.

Loss, Grief, and Betrayal: Psychiatric Survivors Reflect on the Impact of New Serotonin Study

Loss, grief, and betrayal are felt deeply by many who have been affected by the myth of the chemical imbalance, especially now that it has been debunked.
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The Powerful Allure of Psychedelics in Today’s Disenchanted World

As a psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher in Melbourne, I’ve reached the conclusion that we are in for a wild ride with psychedelics over the next few years.
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Psychiatry Textbooks Are Filled with Errors and Propaganda

The coming generations of healthcare professionals are being taught information that is incorrect, to the detriment of their patients.

Catherine’s Story: A Child Lost to Psychiatry 

A year ago today, our youngest child died, thanks to the adversarial actions and toxic treatments foisted on her by medical-model psychiatry. By telling her story, we hope to promote systemic change.
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Response to Criticism of Our Serotonin Paper

Criticisms of the paper were contradictory. Some psychiatrists said that no one ever really believed the serotonin theory. Yet the public does believe it, and are very surprised to learn that it is a myth.

Psychiatry’s Failure Crisis: Are You Moderately or Radically Enlightened?

The moderately enlightened acknowledge some of psychiatry’s failures but, in common with the unenlightened, desperately attempt to preserve the institution of psychiatry.

New WHO QualityRights e-training: Advancing Mental Health, Eliminating Stigma, and Promoting Inclusion

QualityRights is WHO’s global initiative to improve the quality of care and promote the rights of people with mental health conditions or psychosocial disabilities.
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Are Antidepressant Drugs Being Prescribed Too Widely? A Review of “Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription”

Depression was considered a condition that most spontaneously recovered from, until drug companies changed that narrative.
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A Diagnosis and Its Damages: Orna Ophir’s “Schizophrenia: An Unfinished History”

Ophir is a psychoanalyst in private practice and also a historian, which proved to be a fascinating combination as far as her latest book was concerned.
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The Transformative Potential of Psychosis

For some, myself included, the “psychosis” became a catalyst for greater connection to self, others, and a sense of purpose.

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