Friday, May 27, 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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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...

Media Misses Real Causes of Child & Adolescent Crisis

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Dissatisfaction with the long lines in BUP (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) across Sweden is crying out, pointing to a large shortage of staff. But these problems started a long time ago. Ever since the turn of the millennium when child psychiatry became increasingly medically and diagnostically oriented. During this time, Psychologist magazine has published a series of interviews and protests in which psychologists felt powerless and underestimated.

Becoming Whole: How a Change in Me Became a Change in...

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In hindsight, my anxiety and distress as a teenager were easily traced to stressful situations in my personal life. They were not something I could not control; they were not something simply caused by a chemical imbalance. I found discomfort in the lack of control I felt I had, but I also found an excuse to avoid doing real work on myself.

Words Are Magic Boxes, Or Dangerous Like Mousetraps

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In a society that overwhelms us with words and acronyms it is increasingly difficult to understand and orient oneself. In the world of health and mental health above all this is even more serious when you consider that a word can mark the future life of a child or even the "social death" of an adult.

The Gut Feeling – Psychology and Biology

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Each quarter MITN highlights a theme. This time it is "Gut Feelings". The questions to be answered are: Is there such a thing as a gut feeling? And when we talk about gut feelings, are we talking about something psychological, something biological or a little bit of both?

Notes on a Neurodivergent Trans* Experience from the South

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Existence is always corporeal and corporality always becomes the framework of a space and a time. During this conversation, Fran Castignani extends us her life story and her spatio-temporalities to inquire about a sensitive, affective, and political dimension of her journey. Fran is a political scientist, translator, professor at the University of Buenos Aires, and health worker.

Stopping Antidepressants

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Read an article about withdrawal originally by the RxISK Medical Team translated and with personal reflections by Sven Ternov (2022), a survivor of withdrawal from SSRIs. Sven had himself been on SSRIs for several years, when he realized they did not help much and wanted to come off, he did it it far too quickly and suffered severe withdrawal symptoms.

The Fortress of Mental Health Services

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From Mad in the UK: This is a reflection on my contact with mental health services in the UK, as both a mental health...

Residences for the Execution of Security Measures

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From Mad in Italy: Law No. 81 of 2014 ordered the closure of the OPG (Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals) and provided for the entry into operation of...

Quarterly Theme: Adverse Childhood Experiences

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80% of a child's brain development takes place in the first three years of life. More ACEs in early childhood generally lead to a greater...

(De)institutionalization: A Conversation With Amalia Gamio

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From Mad in Mexico: During this conversation Luis Gerardo Arroyo Lynn and Amalia Gamio address the deinstitutionalization guides made by the Office of the...

Happy New Year 2022!

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From Mad in Sweden: With a few days left in the year, we have begun to sum up the year that is almost over....

Fatherland Dreamland Motherland Hinterland

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From Mad in the UK: May, 2010: The first thing I said to my therapist when I sat down in her consulting room was...

Transformation – Susanna’s Story

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From Mad in Italy: Nobody can claim the power to argue about my self-definition: it took me, yes, it took me, 18 months of...

SinColectivo – UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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From Mad in Mexico: SinColectivo is a plural Mexican group of Experts by Experience and activists in psychosocial disabilities and Mad Culture created in...

The Diagnosis: Psychiatry’s Trojan Horse

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From Mad in Sweden: It's hard to say "stop psychiatry" when the psychiatric industrial complex - funded and controlled to maximize sales of psychiatric...

Good Riddance Effexor — A Poem for Ed White

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From Mad in The UK: Good Riddance Effexor, you rule me no more, you made me pay for, endless days and many more. I...