Mad in the World Network

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Mad in Canada

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Mad in the Netherlands

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Mad in Italy

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Is spirituality negotiable?

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As a social worker I meet many people in difficult living conditions. Over the years I noticed that many of the people with early traumatization had different experiences with spirituality in their lives. I have the feeling that the secular, biomedical approach has difficulty connecting with this. But social workers and psychotherapists can also find it difficult to give space to these lived experiences. In my experience, for the vast majority of people, spirituality is something that gives them hope, meaning, and strength to move on and face their suffering.

Social factors behind mental suffering, according to new study

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A recently published study highlights how adverse social conditions can increase vulnerability to poor mental health over the life course. These conditions, strongly influenced by structural factors passed on across generations, focus on the need to understand and address social factors for better mental health.

Don’t call me a therapist

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"I'm not a therapist. I am only a conversational partner with certain, specific knowledge that can sometimes be very useful. Conversations can be encouraging, give hope and motivation, increased acceptance or possible alternatives for action."

Morbid states, body wear and tear in contemporary life. Conversation with...

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This is the first part of the conversation we were able to have with Dresda Méndez about her book Morbid States, corporal wear and tear in contemporary life, which just a couple of months ago celebrated its first year of being published.

“Empire of Normality: neurodiversity and capitalism” a review: The Empire Has...

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In many respects this was a straightforward application of the social model of disability[1]. But even as the concept of neurodiversity became better known, neurodivergence remained ill-defined and its boundaries were not identified (and nor have they been since). This facilitated a rapid expansion, which has had two notable consequences.

Manual of Critical Psychiatry, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Part Three)

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We have known for more than 50 years that pills for depression cause addiction, and patients also knew, but even 50 years after learning about this, the addiction problem was still being trivialized by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

The edifying consumption of other people’s madness

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From the British series Baby Reindeer, Macarena Marey reflects on one of the most perverse dimensions of curism and anti-madness in culture.

Children’s Portrayal of Adult Mental Wellness

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This groundbreaking exhibition serves as a platform for intergenerational dialogue, where children breathe life into the emotional narratives of adults through the vibrant medium of art. Six months in the making, this project began with a bold outreach to adults in China, soliciting their diverse experiences and descriptions of emotions.

When HVN Ireland meets HVN Athens

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“Overall, we strongly believe that the HVM offers a paradigm shift (in the Kuhnian sense) in the area of mental health, that it opens new horizons for a different and innovative understanding of people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia; and most importantly: IT WORKS!”

Alone, I wander around confused in my universe.

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MY NAME IS LÆRKE AND I AM A YOUNG WOMAN WITH A LONG AND COMPLICATED HISTORY AS A PATIENT IN DANISH PSYCHIATRY. I HAVE A DIAGNOSIS OF PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA, BUT I AM SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. I LOVE TO EXPRESS MYSELF IN THE FORM OF POEMS, STORIES, NARRATIVES AND DRAWINGS. LIFE ISN'T EASY, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP.

Viva Burial: Marta’s Story

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"I'll tell you the story of Marta, which is also the story of thousands of YOUNG PEOPLE like MARTA, deprived of personal freedom, of their dreams, projects and aspirations. Disabled in body and mind."

News from Lapland and the Lapland Welfare Area, Finland

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"The province of Lapland is initially uneven in terms of the mental health service system. Rovaniemi has chosen a traditional mental health treatment culture that is physician-centered, emphasizing evaluation bureaucracy and medication."

Peer-supported Open Dialogue (POD)

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POD turned out to be exactly the form of care that suited me. Safety turned out to be the basis of my recovery. Being heard and seen contributed to this. That I was only talked to and never talked about helped me feel safe. As a child I was a victim of domestic violence and child abuse. At that time I was never heard or seen and only talked about.

Empire of Normality: A Review of a Book that Attacks...

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In his book Empire of Normality, UK philosopher Robert Chapman, dismisses current critiques of psychiatry as “reactionary and outdated." In a review of the book, John Cromby, a retired  Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester, provides a detailed analysis of the flaws and historical inaccuracies in Chapman's work.

Can we talk about spirituality? – the medicalization of transpersonal experiences

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We as therapists do not need to take a position on a metaphysical reality or not, the important thing is that we do not medicalize transpersonal experiences as morbid, since in many cases they are actually helpers, a rescue and for the person an actual experience.

Human rights violations in mental health care – the court proceedings...

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We have lost in the District Court and in the Court of Appeal. Now we are going back to the Supreme Court, says a ready-to-fight Inger-Mari Eidsvik before the case is to be heard again in the highest court in Norway. If the plaintiffs win, the case is sent back to the District Court for a new hearing.

Witless and Dangerous? – Challenging some assumptions of the ‘schizo’ paradigm

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If the late adolescence/early adulthood period is genuinely ‘critical’ and ‘sensitive’ for still developing brains, then it is precisely this which should make clinicians wary of biochemical interventions!

Handbook of Critical Psychiatry, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders)...

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When psychiatrists – rarely – acknowledge that the effect of pills is small, they often add that this is not important because patients will benefit from the large placebo effect. This is a common misconception among doctors and is due to a logical error. They think that the placebo effect is the difference before and after in a group of patients treated with placebo, which is not true, as spontaneous improvement is also included in this effect

“Cruelty became fashionable” by Gabriel Hereñú

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We invite you to read the poem “Cruelty became fashionable”, a collaboration by Gabriel Hereñú and leave your comments

What is “Care” in a Psychiatric Medical Camp for the Homeless...

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In this article, Neha Jain writes about her field work and wonders what kind of ‘care’ and ‘help’ are possible in the absence of real consent.