Monday, July 26, 2021


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 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 4)

Psychiatrists have made hundreds of millions of people dependent on psychiatric drugs and yet have done virtually nothing to find out how to help the patients come off them again.

Lessons from the Pandemic: Panic Attacks Are Not Random

The ease and confidence with which many clients assume they are prone to panic attacks reflects larger cultural trends truncating and framing human suffering in medicalized terms.

Modern Psychiatry’s Allure: It Tells People What They Want to Hear

Could psychiatry’s medical model owe its popularity to wishful thinking? Could it work so well for people (at some deeper level), that they’re willing to overlook its illogic/flaws?

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 3)

Cochrane has no interest in a review about safe withdrawal of depression pills but did its utmost to defend the psychiatric guild, its many false beliefs, and the drug industry.

Does Official Recognition of Peers Undermine Their Work?

Recognition of peers under Medicaid could undermine their interventions by morphing them into a hybrid of traditional medical and clinical recovery principles.

It’s All About Rights—or Should We Say “Unequal Privileges”

On May 26, MindFreedom will partner with “I Love You, Lead On” to host the fifth in an educational series to create cross-disability understanding of common themes and initiatives.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 2)

Peter Gøtzsche: The MIND organization in Denmark and the psychiatric guild suppressed information regarding the discontinuation of psychiatric drugs.

Shining a Light on Numbers Needed to Treat (NNT)

With an NNT of 7, one out of every seven people given an SSRI would benefit from the treatment, while the other six would be needlessly exposed to the adverse effects.
Photos of the ERNI group members

The ERNI Declaration: Making Sense of Distress Without “Disease”

The ERNI (Emotions aRe Not Illnesses) declaration is based on the idea that distress does not equate to disease, dysfunction, dysregulation, or chemical imbalance.

Remembering Jay Mahler

“I’ve spent 58 years in the public mental health system—10 years surviving it and 48 trying to change it.” That’s how Jay Mahler—psychiatric survivor, activist, leader—described his experiences.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 1)

Very few doctors know anything about withdrawal and make horrible mistakes. If they taper at all, they do it far too quickly because the few guidelines that exist recommend far too quick tapering.

Welcome to Mad in America’s Family Resources Section!

This week, you’ll notice a new name and a new look on this page. The Parent Resources section of Mad in America’s website is now officially the Family Resources section.

Current Anti-Stigma Campaigns Hinder Withdrawal from Psychotropic Medication

Anti-stigma campaigns reinforce a belief that people with mental health issues must have treatment and thus, push discussion of withdrawal and negative aspects of psychiatric drugs into anonymous spaces.

Radical Acts of Community Healing and Self-Love

Self-love became a radical and revolutionary act of activism against this system. At its foundation was the rejection of “disease” as a label to define the uniqueness of my mind.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 3: Psychotherapy: The Human Approach to Emotional Pain

Through the process of healing—whether assisted by psychotherapy or not—we learn something important that can be useful if we get in trouble again.

We Do Not Have Everything We Need

It’s healthier to figure out how to be with each other and care for each other than continue to engage in the destructive lie that we already have everything we need "inside ourselves."

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 9)

On Denmark's declining use of depression pills for children, and why one should never stop fighting to change psychiatry and society's reliance on it.

How Can Mental Health Research Become More Relevant to Those it is Meant to...

As a psychiatrist, my bread-and-butter is the kind of private practice in which my patient’s concerns become my own and it is those concerns that drive our work together, my teaching, and my research.

Nutrition Is the Foundation of Resilience

Recent studies show that we are not consuming as healthy a diet as our ancestors did. Would that matter to our brain health? Yes!

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 8)

On psychiatry’s resistance to admitting to withdrawal effects, as well as the way doctors and scientists are treated when they critique the establishment.

Access Denied: Victims of Prescribed Harm Are Abandoned by Psychiatry

Harmed patients are frequently unable to control the narrative of their own treatment and are subject to gaslighting, dangerous medical advice, and termination.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 7)

Many patients end up on terribly harmful drug cocktails they might never escape from. Although it’s hard to believe, it’s getting worse.

Philosophy & Madness: A Discussion with Wouter Kusters

Wouter underwent two experiences of what is commonly called "psychosis," which he explores and explains through the lenses of philosophy, spirituality, and mysticism.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 6)

Schools and hospitals have become dangerous places for children and adolescents. They should stimulate children, not pacify them with speed on prescription.

Interview: Is Forced Treatment Deterring Youth from Seeking Mental Health Care?

Researcher Nev Jones, Ph.D., talks about her study of youth hospitalized against their will, and how their experiences affected their attitudes about mental health treatment and providers.

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