Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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Mad in (S)pain

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Mad in Finland

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Mad in the UK

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Mad in Sweden

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Mad in Canada

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Mad in México

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Mad in the Netherlands

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Mad in Italy

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Mad in Norway

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Mad in Brasil

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Therapeutic Communities: What Are They and What Are They For?

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Interview with Prof. Dr. Manoel Olavo Loureiro Teixeira, psychiatrist, professor and researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Institute of Psychiatry of UFRJ.

Does Boxing Relieve Stress?

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Research shows that boxing therapy can help people with PTSD not go into panic mode when something triggers their trauma.

My Journey Through Grief

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I want so badly to convey how the honest and warm treatment I received made me experience some kind of meaning. How it contributed to my healing and how the courage to show emotions and trust in people's own resources can be life-changing for people in need of support.

Survivors of Forced Psychiatry are Suing the State

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Several thousand people are forcibly treated in mental health care every year, and unfortunately very few have the opportunity to have their case assessed by the court. Through these cases, the spotlight will be put on the state's responsibility for the concrete compliance with human rights in psychiatry.

Pain, Grief, Loss, Regret

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“I was so emotionally blunted and impaired how could I ever discuss how I was feeling?”

Chronicles of My Participation in a Mutual Support Group for Mental...

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Mutual support is a way of relating that is not intended to "help" but simply consists of giving and receiving support according to the possibilities of each person.

Healing From the Idea of Bipolarity – Andrew’s Story

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Here is the testimony of a wonderful and authentic experience of resilience and rebirth of a boy who goes from the “dark night of the soul”, made up of a routine of psychiatric admissions and personal dramas, to the improvement of his quality of life and well-being.

Out of Mind? Speech at the Master’s Graduation

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When talking about mental illnesses, it is especially problematic if the center of the solution attempt is a theory that completely ignores what the experience feels like.

Do You Want Tea or Coffee?

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Do you want tea or coffee? What does this question have to do with transgressive behaviour, social insecurity and PTSD? More than you might suspect at first.

“There is no need for psychological explanations for racism”, an interview...

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"In many communities in our territories, mental health was not discussed until they came to talk to us about mental health, and this implies defining itself through categories imposed by psychiatry."

Birgit Valla is Awarded the Freedom of Expression Prize

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The award for the freedom of expression in mental health care is intended to draw attention to, and help ensure the conditions for, free expression. The board has unanimously decided that Birgit Valla will be awarded the Prize for promoting freedom of expression in mental health care in 2021.

Queer and Trans Madness: Struggles for Social Justice

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"My hope is that Mad Studies continues to develop analyses of the ways sanism and ableism intersect with transphobia, homophobia, white supremacy, colonialism, and other mutually constitutive systems of oppression."

Trauma Symptoms or Multiple Diagnoses?

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Having untreated C-PTSD means living with so many symptoms that it could look like you are living with 14 different diagnoses.

Grief is Never a Disorder

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"I can tell you in no uncertain terms, that I’m not disordered, and I most certainly am not addicted to grieving. And what’s more I’m even more certain that I don’t need or want a pill to help rid me of my memories of Olly nor to rid me of my yearning for, my craving for or my preoccupation with my beautiful son..."

Research Uses Photos and Narratives of Mental Health Users

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Thornicroft points out that being the target of discriminatory behavior can bring greater harm than the mental health condition itself, with direct consequences in several domains: interpersonal relationships, education, work and housing.

My Personal Experience with Madness and My Philosophy at a Glance

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In a short article by Gio Beppini, they relay their personal experience and their understanding regarding the problem of madness, and their ideology and philosophy about it. The brain can be more or less characterized by various malfunctions: if one does not take it too badly and learn to live with these malfunctions, it is easier to achieve a satisfactory, or even very satisfying, quality of life.

Another View of Loneliness

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Loneliness is a social problem. To find appropriate solutions, it is important to know what causes loneliness. In this blog, an expert by experience talks about three forms of loneliness (existential, emotional and social) and how they can be dealt with in different ways by the government, social workers and people close to them.

Freedom of Expression Award in Mental Health Care

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The Freedom of Expression Award in Mental Health Care in Norway, honors a individual, organization, or institution that is promoting self expression and fundamental respect for human beings, their integrity and their right to expression, co-determination and participation in the treatment collaboration. 

Rantala’s Response to Criticism of Research

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Markus J. Rantala and his research group presented a scientific model for the development of bipolar disorder based on existing evidence. According to it, bipolar disorder is due to low-grade inflammation and chronic stress caused by Western lifestyle which makes the internal clock asynchronous in those with a genetic predisposition to it. Rantala's article received a furious reception in the Finnish media from a few professors of psychiatry. They claimed that they were able to show that the mechanism of genetics had not been solved (which is said to be the most difficult problem for medicine to solve).

Punk Psychotherapy: Narrative Practices and Rebellion

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From Mad in Mexico: From 2015 to date, Greis Cárdenas has worked as a Social Psychologist, collaborating with different groups and associations from the...