Sunday, October 2, 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).

Mad in MĂ©xico

Mad in México, which launched in September of last year, exists to make “los abandonados” heard. It aims to amplify those voices, empower them, embolden them.
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Psychiatry Upgraded the Declaration of Independence

According to psychiatry, unhappiness is a medically treatable disease. No need to "pursue" happiness other than by swallowing pills called “antidepressants.”

The Censors Are Coming for Mental Health

To a profession that regularly uses coercion and force to keep clients medicated, any information that might dissuade from treatment is hazardous.

Mad in the Netherlands

“We had a goal of being a gateway that provides access to international knowledge and information about psychiatry,” said founder and editor Monique Timmermans.
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Robert Spitzer on DSM-III: A Recently Recovered Interview

Robert Spitzer, chair of the Task Force for DSM-III, discusses his decisions on inclusion, exclusion, expansion, and renaming disorders in the manual.
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Collateral Damage: The Negative Impact of Antidepressants on New Zealand Youth

Health and wellbeing in young people are trending down in New Zealand. Are antidepressants to blame?

Toxic Marketing: The Business of Selling TMS

Ads pushing transcranial magnetic stimulation are everywhere. As someone harmed by the treatment, I believe they are misleading and unethical.
A map of the world depicting the various MIA affiliate locations; Italy's circle is bright green.

Mad in Italy

Mad in Italy's main focus is research, publishing articles on failures of the disease model and the effectiveness of alternate, humanistic approaches. The goal is policy change; the means is data.
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Malignant Do-Gooderism: The Tragedies of Allopathic Psychiatry

My personal struggle to stop my friend’s court-ordered psychiatric deterioration has reached the US Supreme Court.

Fear and Loathing in the ECT Debate

Proponents of ECT have resorted to ad hominem attacks and rude language in addition to reiterating the same tired points over and over. John Read responds.
A map of the world with MIA Affiliate locations marked with dots. A dot in Norway is bright green.

Mad in Norway

"People are getting some faith back. People are getting some hope, and they are finding each other, and we are building this community of people who want a change."
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Susan Inman Is at It Again

Veterans of our mental health system know that seeking voluntary care is dangerous. We will organize and find our voice. People like Ms. Inman need to get out of our way.

The Danger of Marginalizing People

Instead of increasing understanding of our differences, the mental health system contributes to the marginalization of people it classifies as mentally ill.
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Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism? Part 2

The definition of "mental illness" is not elusive. The "philosophical difficulties" in the notion of "mental illness" are obfuscations by psychiatrists.
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Consternation of the Bees

How do we get back to the place where bees know how to hive, where unstressed mothers teach each other to breast feed, stop and rock and to discipline gently? Where artists are heard?

Mad in Brasil

As is true of all Mad in America affiliates, Mad in Brasil want to see a transformation of the current drug-based paradigm of care, says Fernando de Freitas, psychologist and co-creator of the site.
A questionnaire reads "Eating disorder: Are you at risk?" The options are checkboxes for "Yes" and "No."

The New DSM Is Coming and That Isn’t Good News

Binge Eating Disorder is one of many invalid diagnoses we’ll continue to receive as a result of the APA’s failure to correct the mistakes of past versions of the DSM.

Evidence Distortion in Medicine Explained in One Single Chart

15 positive and 15 negative studies of antidepressants were reported to the FDA. But while all 15 positive trials were published, only 7 negative trials were.
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Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism?

Although I disagree with much of Dr. Aftab's article, it is, nevertheless, a courageous piece of writing. He calls out many of psychiatry's contradictions and errors.
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Why Is Child Sexual Abuse So Common in Institutions?

Where ableism and adultism allows disabled children to be seen as unreliable narrators of their own experience, sexual violence in institutions will continue to be pervasive.
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Home Alone: Finding Connection During the Pandemic

This wave of emotional distress is a perfectly reasonable human response to living our lives in an increasingly isolated and uncertain world.

Grief: A Shamanic Perspective

From a shamanic perspective, the biggest mechanism for soul retrieval is not anything mystical at all. It is something with which any adult is familiar. It is grief.

New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

An open letter from patients, psychiatrists, and professors calls on NICE to rewrite the new ECT guidelines to avoid putting patients’ safety at risk.

When It Comes to Mental Health Problems, The Disability Framework Fails: A Response to...

A response to the thought-provoking comments and concerns on the previous blog, furthering the discussion about disability and mental disorder.

“Mental Health” Is a Euphemism for Policing Social Deviance

"Mental health" discourse conceals the fact that mental illness is still treated as a social deviance by the authoritarian institution of psychiatry.

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