Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Getting Involved in Prison Issues – Making Alliances With Mental Health Advocacy

In my recent Alternatives keynote I talked about mental health issues and our unjust prisons, including the shameful racism of the criminal justice system...

Conquering Benign Paternalism

On Wednesday, July 18, the Heritage Foundation sponsored a forum entitled “How to Bring Sanity to our Mental Health System.” It featured Dr. E....

Are We Not Human Beings with the Rights to be Treated as Human?

(Speech delivered by Daniel Fisher at the rally in front of the Boston State House, June 2,2012) How can residents of Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC)...

Madness Radio: Daniel Hazen On Abolishing Prisons

First Aired 5-1-2012 What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness? Should we have more mental health treatment in prison -- or...

Coercion

I am a psychiatrist who believes that involuntary treatment is rarely effective in the long run but I am also a psychiatrist who sometimes forces people into hospitals against their will.

May 9th: 6 years of Struggle for Accessibility, Human Rights, Compassion, and Dignity in...

May 9th marks 6 years since I organized the Center for Humane Psychiatry. I had been involved in previous reform organizations, but became disillusioned...

Towards a More Humane Approach: From Medicalization of Experience to True Understanding

For mental distress to be alleviated, it is often very important to understand how individuals construct meaning. For some this sense of meaning comes...

The Social, Familial, and Political Processes Leading to Distress

Children have moments of looking at themselves apart from the established structure. This becomes more pronounced in the teen years. This can become a...

Being With Those In Serious Distress: Empathy, Compassion, Dignity, and Relationship

I was contacted on one occasion to conduct an assessment and consult with a family in regards to their son who was in his...

Journey Through Madness

What is termed ‘madness’ or ‘mental illness’ is for some the only means for expression of their being lost and confused in a world...

My Own Journey Through the Mental Health Quagmire

Through my undergraduate and graduate studies, I cannot recall once encountering a critical voice. The academic world was steeped in bio-psychiatric conceptions and the...

Autistic Acceptance and Understanding: Forging Emotional Connections

I met with a 5 year old autistic boy who was non-verbal. He came into the office and began banging his hands on the...

Legal Coercion, Recovery, and Human Rights

Mary O'Hagan, an international mental health leader with lived experience, writes on the paradox of increasing legal coercion of psychiatric patients, even as the...

The Taint of Eugenics In NIMH-Funded Research Today

Recently, Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, identified the “NIMH’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2011.” He wrote: “This has been a year of exciting discoveries and scientific progress . . . Here are 10 breakthroughs and events of 2011 that are changing the landscape of mental health research.”

From the Loony Bin To Stand-Up Comedy

I was sixteen and going on seventeen and I had never gone crazy before.  I think the most startling aspect of it is how...

Autism as a Mode of Being

Autism is not a disease or an entity. It is not something that we must seek out to eradicate. Rather, it is a mode...

A Three Pronged Approach to Mental Health System Change

I thought I would begin my blogging career with a description of how I see three elements that reinforce each other in ways that...

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