Interview with Robert Whitaker – How Psychiatry Lost Its Way

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From Witt-Doerring Psychiatry: Robert Whitaker and Dr. Josef Witt-Doerring discuss what is wrong with the way psychiatry is practiced today, why there are so many problems and why they haven't been fixed.

Governments, Treatment Providers Don’t Want to Expose “Dark Heart” of Mental Health System

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From The Walrus: "People are suffering," said psych survivor and counselor Tracy Myers. "The idea that sticking them in a cell and giving them drugs is a solution for this is insanity."

Orlando Psychiatrist’s Practice Restricted After Sexual Assault Allegations

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From Orlando Sentinel: Multiple women have accused Dr. Iftikhar Rasul, founder of Serene Behavioral Health, of groping them under the guise of a medical procedure.

Patients Given Aripiprazole (Abilify) ‘Should Be Told of Gambling Addiction Risks’

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From The Guardian: The UK's National Problem Gambling Clinic has observed growing numbers of patients who have developed a gambling addiction after starting to take aripiprazole.

Waking From the Nightmare: Is Recovery From Akathisia Possible?

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I had a chemical brain injury from medications. The only help doctors could offer was more medications: treating the failed treatment with other dangerous treatments.

The Misery of Being Misdiagnosed and Overmedicated

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From an early age, relatives and doctors alike had told me I was severely mentally ill. Naturally, I believed them.

Tanya Frank—Zig-Zag Boy: My Family’s Struggles With Broken Mental Healthcare

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Author Tanya Frank discusses her book 'Zig-Zag Boy A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood', which chronicles the experiences of her son Zach who experienced psychosis as a 19-year-old.

Mad Poetry Slam!

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Poets with lived experience with mental distress are invited to perform their poetry live at MIA's Mad Poetry Slam on Zoom on May 7th, 12PM EST.

Screening for Perinatal Depression: An Effective Intervention, or One That Does More Harm Than Good?

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Why does the U.S. describe perinatal screening as providing a proven benefit, while the task forces in the U.K. and Canada see no evidence of such benefit?

Internal Review Found ‘Falsified Data’ in Stanford President’s Alzheimer’s Research

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From The Stanford Daily: Colleagues say Marc Tessier-Lavigne tried to keep hidden the findings of an inquiry into his 2009 Nature paper that had made a splash in the Alzheimer's research world.

BJGP Publishes Advice for GPs on Withdrawing From SSRI Antidepressants

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From IIPDW: This is an important moment as the journal is widely read by GPs, who are the main prescribers of SSRI antidepressants in the UK.

Black Movement Leaders: Lost & Found

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As some of us get caught up in lamenting the whiteness of our movement, we are actively losing the stories of Black leaders.

Remembering Fernando Freitas in Brazil

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Psychiatrist Paulo Amarante writes of Fernando Freitas and his fight against psychiatry's pathologization of life.
Illustration depicts a giant glowing brain with tiny people standing all around it

Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 2: Are Psychiatric Disorders Mainly Genetic or Environmental? (Part Two)

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In this chapter, Peter Gøtzsche discusses the problems with observational studies and other flaws in ADHD research.
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Fernando de Freitas: A “Dear Friend” Who Was a Warrior for Radical Change

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Fernando de Freitas, co-founder of Mad in Brasil, passed away January 30. He had devoted his professional life to seeking to transform psychiatric care in Brazil and beyond.

MindFreedom Issues Shield Alert for Comedian Jim Flannery

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https://mindfreedom.org/front-page/shield-alert-for-mfi-member-jim-flannery-being-held-involuntarily-in-middlesex-hospital-and-forcibly-drugged/

Leading Psychiatrists Unwittingly Acknowledge Psychiatry Is a Religion, Not a Science

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Leading figures in psychiatry acknowledge that DSM psychiatric diagnoses and the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness are not scientifically valid, but are useful fictions that help people manage their emotions and comply with their medication treatments.

A Revolution Wobbles: Will Norway’s “Medication-Free” Hospital Survive?

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We interview Ole Andreas Underland, Director of the Hurdalsjøen Recovery Center in Norway which provides “medication-free” care for those who want such treatment or who want to taper from their psychiatric drugs. Ole Andreas explains why the success of this pioneering approach might threaten its future.

Mad in America’s 10 Most Popular Articles in 2022

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A roundup of Mad in America's most read blogs and personal stories of 2022 as chosen by our readers.

Ten Years of Rocking the Boat: Reflecting on Mad in America’s Mission and Work

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Continuing our 200th podcast, staff members join us to discuss reinvigorating MIA continuing education, science writing and blogs, personal stories, community commenting and family resources.

Art and Transformation: Creating Justice in Mental Health

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An upcoming conference focuses on the perspective of artists and activists in answering what it means to have a just mental health care system: Who decides who is labelled as mad?

Interview With Award-Winning Mental Health Advocate Eugene LeBlanc

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From Re-Threading Madness Radio: LeBlanc was awarded the New Brunswick Human Rights Award for his work as director of the Groupe de Support Emotionnel Inc. and as publisher and editor of Our Voice/Notre Voix.

David Healy – Polluting Our Internal Environments: The Perils of Polypharmacy

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On the MIA Podcast, Dr David Healy discusses World Tapering Day, antidepressant treatment and sensory neuropathy and the difficulties that can be encountered when trying to deprescribe.

Anders Sørensen – Tackling Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Through Research and in Practice

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Anders Sørenson is a Danish clinical psychologist with a special interest in psychiatric drug withdrawal. He has undertaken research which assesses the state of guidance on psychiatric drug withdrawal and paid close attention to tapering methods with the aim of identifying approaches which might make withdrawal more tolerable for people.

Dear Psychiatry

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Dear Psychiatry: We are done with your juvenile black-and-white bullying tactics that argue that because you cannot neatly contain Us in a box of your design that We are somehow the problem.