Tuesday, April 13, 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).

In Memoriam: Birgitta Alakare

On February 19, 2021, the world lost Birgitta Alakare, the former chief psychiatrist at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland and a pioneer in the development of Open Dialogue.

Online Experts on Withdrawal

Online communities are stepping in to help people facing withdrawal effects amass information and receive support for their withdrawal experiences.

The Great Slowdown: Why Breaking Down Is Waking Up

Who is really more ill? A person who responds in a natural way to trauma? Or the indifferent society that locates so-called ‘disorders’ within the people that it harms, rather than itself? 

The Role of Love in Mental Health

The one core ingredient on which any recovery from emotional distress depends is the one that never makes an appearance in any medical handbook or psychiatric diagnostic manual—that is, love.

Welcome to Planet Psychiatry

With the leadership of industry and their cosseted, lapdog doctors, psychiatric medications are prescribed indiscriminately to nearly anyone entering a physician’s office with a psychological complaint.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 10: The Paradigm Shift Is Inevitable

We must advocate for policies that create environments that are more nurturing for us all in a society that helps provide people with meaning, a sense of community, and a sense of civic duty.

Kendra’s Law Must Be a Beginning, Not an End

I believe that, as things are right now, forced treatment can be justifiable. But we need to move studies and research forward, move mental health treatment forward into an era where forced treatment is obsolete.

Left-Wing Behavioral Genetics? A Closer Look at the Genetic Evidence in “The Cult of...

Behavioral genetic “discoveries” are a mirage, a house of cards that ignores contradictory evidence from countless real-world examples and research findings from other fields, that collapses under serious critical analysis.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 9: The Worried Parent (Part 2)

Once you have managed to shift the relational dance for a while, you will start to get on with your new life; hopefully you have got far enough forward to establish a new “script”; a new family relational dance.

Intensive Home Treatment for Acute Mental Disorders: An Alternative to Hospitalization

Unlike hospital treatment, IHT is attentive to family issues and helping negotiate re-entry into work or school. It is also consistent with the recovery principle of least intrusive interventions.

CRPD Consultation on Deinstitutionalization: A Reparations Approach

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has announced a series of regional consultations on deinstitutionalization.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 9: The Worried Parent (Part 1)

A discussion of a diagnosis-free approach to working with families called the Relational Awareness Program (RAP) and how family relationships become solidified through “Emotion WARS.”

Some Principles of Human Design for a Post-COVID World

This essay contributes a biologist’s perspective to identifying humanity’s fundamental needs in our necessary transition to a new world order.

An American History of Addiction, Part 5: Vietnam, Veterans, and Vermin

If addictions are existential, and not biological, at their core, then we can start to understand why addiction is not always chronically and progressively compulsive and obsessive.

Mainstream Mental Health Is Hazardous for Your Mental Health

"Mental health" going mainstream has not actually translated into more connection and healing. Instead, what is mainstream is an individual, isolating notion of "disease."

Attention! One Morning with a Roving Mind

The day was one long meditation—doing what the mind ordered with no effort to control it. This is the Zen state that monks seek but that physicians consider a mental disorder to be treated by amphetamines.

Dr. Pies and The Chemical Imbalance Deception

Dr. Pies claims that the "chemical imbalance" theory was never really professed by psychiatrists. Yet he himself wrote an essay in "Creative Nonfiction" in 1999 that purveyed it directly to the layperson.

Grief and Its Potential Lessons

Within the current mental health paradigm, profound grief is often shoved into the universal category of depression and treated as a malfunction according to the biomedical model.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 8: Treatment Traps and How to Get Out of Them (Part...

Sami Timimi provides a discussion of the ways medication may be helpful for some, and advice and information on discontinuing psychiatric drugs.

Can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Hurt You?

What I was able to learn about the injury inflicted by TMS and the culture surrounding it is an incredible insight into the treatment itself and the nature of the medical model in its current form.

The History of Madness Network News and the Early Anti-Psychiatry Movement

Madness Network News, founded in 1972 by two women inmates of Agnews State Hospital, was an anti-psychiatry journal that served as the focal point for organizing throughout North America, and even overseas.

An American History of Addiction, Part 4: “Drugs Are Bad”

The disease theory of addiction had been ingrained in our culture for 200 years when Nixon signed this law. But had we ever actually checked to see if it was all true?

Now I See a Person: A New Model for Breaking Free of Mental Health...

NISAPI helps people achieve recovery by pairing the normalcy of a ranch and the nurturance of horses with a philosophy of postmodern collaborative practice.

Insane Medicine, Chapter 8: Treatment Traps and How to Get Out of Them (Part...

Deconstructing diagnosis, the nature of psychological injury, and how identifying a problem can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Finding One’s Way Through Withdrawal

Prescribers are taught to prescribe psychiatric medication, but they are often not well-educated about the effects on patients of discontinuing these medications.

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