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What the RADAR Trial Tells Us About Antipsychotic Reduction and Discontinuation

Although the trial showed that you are more likely to relapse if you stop or significantly reduce your antipsychotic medication, it did not show that relapse is inevitable.

Medicalized Meddling With Neurotransmitters Leaves Us in a Big Mess

From Dr. Gary Sharpe: Human biochemistry is an example of a "complex system," where exceedingly small interference in the system can create massive and unforeseeable changes.

Surviving Techno-Dystopia

From Mental Hellth: Malcolm Harris, a Silicon Valley native and author of Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World, discusses the mental health side of techno-capitalism.

Remembrances of Linda Andre, Leader in the Fight Against ECT

Psychiatric survivors and allies mourn ECT activist and author Linda Andre and vow to continue her legacy.

What Are Psychological Defenses?

From PsychAlive: "When children are faced with pain and anxiety in their developmental years, they develop defenses to cut off that pain," says psychologist and author Robert Firestone.

Embracing the Shadow—Charlie Morley on Lucid Dreaming as Therapy

On the Mad in America podcast, we hear about the potential of lucid dreaming therapy to aid those struggling with post-traumatic stress.
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Report on Improving Mental Health Outcomes

The report is intended to be used to advocate for the elimination of unwanted psychiatric interventions and to promote humane, effective, voluntary approaches.

The Truth About Anti-Depressants With Robert Whitaker | The Homeless Romantic

From The Homeless Romantic Podcast: Journalist Robert Whitaker discusses the need to bridge the gap between the public perception of mental health and the evidence-based reality.

Awais Aftab Responds to the STAR*D Scandal . . . And Digs a New Hole...

The STAR*D scandal is about how psychiatry peddled a fabricated result to the public, and now Aftab, in his latest post, has added a whopper of his own to the STAR*D story.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 14: Psychotherapy and the Role of Psychologists

Peter Gøtzsche discusses how the textbooks barely mention the role of psychotherapy and therapists, instead focusing almost entirely on pharmacotherapy.

The Invisible Memories That Shape Our Lives

From PsychAlive/Lisa Firestone, PhD: Implicit memories are unconscious, bodily memories that, when triggered in the present, do not seem like they are coming from the past.

All the Lonely People: The Atomized Generation

From Erraticus: We must live each day in radical opposition to the world, keeping in mind that the economics of modern life are designed to atomize us.

Giving Caregivers a Platform: Chandra, Mother of Sophia

This is the story of Chandra and her daughter Sophia (not their real names), who has been in the mental health system since the age of 10.

How Capitalism Is Helping Fuel Our Mental Health Crisis

From Psychology Today/Justin Garson, PhD: We need to better confront the economic and political structures that are making us sick, says psychotherapist and author Dr. James Davies.

A Therapist Grapples With Diagnosis Culture

From Mental Hellth: When seemingly everyone has a DSM disorder, how do we find out what's actually going on?
A History of Fatigue

Book Review: A History of Fatigue from the Middle Ages to the Present

Fatigue has always been in the background, infiltrating everywhere, ruling our choices and life paths—and the pharmaceutical industry has taken advantage.

“Assisted” Outpatient Commitment Advocates Manufacture Consent Via Manipulation

From Truthout: There is a battle currently raging to convince the few states without involuntary outpatient commitment laws to give in.

Inside the Neuroscience Community: Peter Sterling Responds to Awais Aftab

Dr. Aftab objects to my "tirade against psychiatric neuroscience." What Dr. Aftab does not do is address any of my substantive conclusions.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 13: Forced Treatment

Peter Gøtzsche discusses the way psychiatry violates international ethics laws by engaging in forced treatment and other abuses.

Intellectualization Results From Blocked Childhood Trauma | Daniel Mackler

Intellectualization is when people use their intellect, their logic, or their abstract reasoning to avoid having to deal with feelings.
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A New Vision for Mental Health Care at Soteria Jerusalem

Despite living in Israel for five years, I had no idea that one of the few Soteria houses in the world was only a short train ride away.

Yale Psychiatrist Receives Federal Grant to Shock Elderly Dementia Patients

The release from Yale Medical School doesn’t explain how the researchers will obtain consent from those with severe dementia to participate in their study.
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Cochrane Reviews of Psychiatric Drugs Are Untrustworthy

Cochrane is keen to protect guild interests and to comply with official views from governments even when they contradict the evidence in Cochrane reviews.

“Nobody Comes to Work to Harm People”

From Psychiatry Is Driving Me Mad: People cannot heal within a system which refuses to acknowledge the harm it continues to cause.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook Chapter 12: Electroshock

Peter Gøtzsche discusses the poor body of research for the efficacy of ECT and the common effect of amnesia, which indicates brain damage.