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The faulty reasoning that made ADHD a disease

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Leading ADHD researchers outline four mistakes that turned ADHD from a description of behavior into a medical disease.

Overdiagnosis in Children

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We publish the article by Dr. Ludovica Turchetti, speech therapist, on the devastating phenomenon that is becoming increasingly popular in recent years and which concerns the various psychiatric diagnoses in children.

Benzodiazepines in Canada: Is a Withdrawal Crisis Looming?

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On February 15th, Radio-Canada’s Enquête aired ‘Cauchemar sur ordonnance’ (translation: Nightmare on prescription), a documentary about the dangers of benzodiazepines and z-hypnotics.

Where does self-understanding come from?

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Almost every week we can read articles in the media where it is said that a person has found self-understanding about his ADHD or autism diagnosis. With this, they are able to accept their specialness and understand the reasons why they are a certain way. But what is that self-understanding that diagnoses give?

How I Recovered from a Dissociative Identity Disorder

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As a child I experienced traumas that were so intense that I had to displace them. This caused a dissociative identity disorder (DIS) very early in my life. This had everything to do with my experiences with sexual abuse, not only in my parental family, but also by a pedosexual neighbor. In addition, it also had a huge impact on me that I was regularly the target of a number of bullies.

Lotta Borg Skoglund excluded from the Medical Products Agency’s expert council

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The Swedish Medical Products Agency finds that Charlotte Borg Skoglund can no longer be an expert in the Agency's Scientific Council. This follows the Agency's review of Borg Skoglund's conflicts of interest.

The zero vision for suicide can prevent people from developing the...

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DEHUMANIZATION OF PEOPLE?: - We are looking for the cause of mental illness in the wrong place. We should look at the socio-political causes of despair, stress and alienation, rather than the pathology of the psyche, writes philosopher Farhan Shah.

The Path of Foolishness

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This book brings together different genres of literature such as essay, memoir, diary, chronicle, poetry, manual, manifesto and decalogue. The book uses these various non-fiction literary styles to present reason, sanity, and coherence as a system of oppression that privileges sane people. From there "cuerdismo" is derived.

Escaping the shackles of psychiatry: what I’ve seen and survived, as...

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Psychiatry, of all the medical specialities, is the one which is supposed to hold wisdom when it comes to human behaviour, but there is none so blind as those who fail to see themselves. Unfortunately, psychiatry has always harboured those who crave power.

Manual of Critical Psychiatry, Chapter 7: Psychosis (Part Three)

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In the coming months, Mad in Brasil will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche's book, Manual of Critical Psychiatry. In this blog, he discusses the lack of evidence of benefit and evidence of harm for psychosis drugs used in early intervention or first-episode psychosis. Every fortnight, a new section of the book will be published and all chapters are archived here .

“The novel came out like a fire inside me” – Interview...

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We interviewed Silvina Lupión Avivar who was born in Moreno, province of Buenos Aires. She is an initial level teacher, writer and actress. She is a member of the independent theater group “Entrelazarte” and a few months ago she published the novel “Psychiatric, Today You Are Not Going to Die.”

Let’s Repaint Our Blank Canvas

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“Disturbed” I feel, seeing not just a woman but a “person”. Acceptance is important If not, equality remains, remains an empty word.

Irish psychiatry says chemical imbalance is ‘a figure of speech,’ so...

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The chemical imbalance theory of depression – what was once considered the gold standard reason for why people take antidepressants, was, apparently, ‘a figure of speech’.

Have you ever been disqualified?

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"I am slowly but surely learning to remove the extra weight in my suitcase. Courageous and strong work is what my psychologist calls it, I agree. I'm a mess of emotions, but I agree, I'm brave and strong."

The “cloud-wapper” – History of Marina

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I am a "cloud catcher" because if I hadn't had the dream of imagining myself "different", I wouldn't have survived. I remember the words of a doctor who said: “Everyone is born only if dreamed”. And so I did.

About recovery – what helped

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I have spent several years of my life in various psychiatric institutions and have come to be seen as a chronic patient whose chances of recovery have not been considered very high. However, the predictions made at that time have turned out to be wrong. In this article, I will concretely list the things that have supported my recovery and those that have made it difficult.

Quarterly theme ‘On the way’ or ‘Away’ – Getting clear what...

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How can we live a life that has more 'meaning' and 'purpose' and how can we become the best version of ourselves? In this theme we will look for answers to these questions. We can only achieve this by getting clearer who we really want to be and by becoming more aware of (and choosing) what is most important to us.

My father has dementia – how did it happen?

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Now if it is the case that we are eating wrong, why doesn't everyone get sick in exactly the same way at the same time? This is how I think: we don't have the same experiences in life. We have not thought the same thoughts, experienced the same emotions/trauma

Shared experience and knowledge about tapering off psychiatric drugs

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Provide human support and know what you are doing. With knowledge from researcher Anders Sørensen and experience from survivors, this year's Mad in Norway seminar gave hope to those who want to stop using psychiatric drugs. Here you get a summary and the opportunity to see the features from the seminar.

“A History of Psychiatric Marketing” – Talking to Robert Whitaker.

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What could I ask him that had not been asked before or that he had not already written? It was the question I asked myself every time I considered the possibility of dialogue, a question that was formulated based on my admiration for Robert and his work. Finally, under the pretext of the research project “Processes of Deinstitutionalization of Madness”, I decided to propose this interview.