“War Cry For Change”: Veterans Launch Campaign for Informed Consent and Safe Deprescribing at...

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Derek Blumke and Timothy Jensen: The Grunt Style Foundation leads a new phase in the movement to combat psychiatric drug harm.
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“Confidential” 988 Conversation Records Shared with Corporations

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Recordings of 988 callers’ voice, text, and chat conversations are being shared with researchers, AI developers, and corporations without consent.
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How to Explain Top Psychiatrists’ “Dr. Strangelove Exuberance” Unchecked by Reality

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Leading psychiatrists appear unfazed that their theories and treatments are repeatedly proven to be scientifically invalid and discarded.

Dorothea Buck’s Memoir Tells of the Horrors of Twentieth Century Psychiatry: A “Hell Amidst...

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Sterilized under Nazi law, Dorothea Buck fought throughout her life for psychiatric reform.

Mad in America’s 10 Most Popular Articles in 2023

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A roundup of Mad in America's most read blogs and personal stories of 2023 as chosen by our readers.
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Adding Antipsychotics Worsens Outcomes in Psychotic Depression

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Outcomes were worse for all, with young people on combination therapy twice as likely to experience rehospitalization or death by suicide than those on antidepressants alone.

Words from My Heart to ‘My Heart’: What Might Have Helped My Late Friend?

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More than two and a half years later, I’m still processing my grief, still picturing our happiness and innocence as kids, and still acknowledging our struggles and pain.

The WHO and the United Nations: Let Freedom Ring for the Mad

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This is a call that challenges how psychiatry is practiced today and ultimately challenges its power in society.
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The War on Suicide Is Making Things Worse

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While allegedly intended to help, institutionalizing people against their will does more harm than good. Psychiatric coercion is dehumanizing.

Branding Diseases—How Drug Companies Market Psychiatric Conditions: An Interview with Ray Moynihan

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MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Ray Moynihan about the marketing of disorders, broadening of diagnoses, and harmful treatments.

Medication Overload, Part II: The Explosion of Drugs for Kids

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An analysis of the huge increase in drugs for children, the role of Big Pharma, and a look at the impact on families and communities.
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Global Psychiatry’s Attempt to Excommunicate the Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to...

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The UN reflected a middle-ground position for human rights-based mental health, but the response from psychiatric organisations was hostile.
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Report on Improving Mental Health Outcomes

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The report is intended to be used to advocate for the elimination of unwanted psychiatric interventions and to promote humane, effective, voluntary approaches.
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Popular Obesity Drugs Monitored for Suicidal Thinking

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Concerns rise about the adverse effects and longer-term harms of GLP-1 injections like Ozempic and Wegovy.
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Paying Attention to ADHD Prescriptions in Your Community

A national study showed that ADHD drug abuse among U.S. high and middle school students has been rising for the past 20 years.
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Busting the Deinstitutionalization Myth: We Actually Have More Beds Than Ever Before

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New data upends common beliefs about asylum closures, deinstitutionalization, and rates of psychiatric coercion.

Spoilation: What Becomes of the Forcibly Drugged?

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I have been forcibly drugged for over forty years now. The dose of neuroleptics I am forced to take will probably kill me.
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Causality in Mental Disturbance: A Review of the Neuroscience

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Psychiatry's medicalization of social and psychological suffering is not justified by the currently known biology.

So Long, Psych Meds: Escaping the Medication Maze

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There was a time when I could think of nothing else but pills and prescriptions, pain and panic. Psychiatry shrank my world.
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Pharma CEO, Others Attempt Contradictory Critiques of Serotonin-Debunking Study

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Moncrieff et al. respond to the contradictory and, in some cases, false concerns raised by these critics of their serotonin review.

Q&A: How Can We See ADHD From Another Angle, and What Can We Do...

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We all want to help our kids or our students, and sometimes finding the right key to unlock a child’s gifts is a matter of time, patience, trial, and error.

NIMH’s It-girls: The Genain Quadruplets and the Whiteness of Psychiatry

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The poster-children of psychiatric genetics, who endured abuse throughout their lives, were also the product of a racist culture.

For Native People, the Past is Present: David Edward Walker on Oppressive Mental Health...

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David Edward Walker is the author of Coyote’s Swing: A Memoir and Critique of Mental Hygiene in Native America, which was published in February...

State Hospital Memories: More of My Story

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The Detroit Free Press did an excellent job in bringing to light the conditions at Pontiac, its loss of accreditation, and closing. Still, they didn't quite grasp the severity of violence there.
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Antidepressants Have Destroyed My Sexual Function and Range of Emotions

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In 2012, in a period of low mood and anxiety, my GP prescribed an antidepressant. Little did I know that this would derail my life.