Monday, August 21, 2017

Host: James Moore

Welcome to the Mad in America podcast where we discuss science, psychiatry and social justice.

This podcast is part of Mad in America’s mission to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care. We believe that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change. On the podcast over the coming weeks, we will have interviews with experts and those with lived experience of the psychiatric system. Thank you for joining us as we discuss the many issues involved in rethinking psychiatric care across the world.

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Episode 9 Dr. Rani Bora

Dr. Bora is a qualified Psychiatrist and Mental Health and Resilience Coach. She has studied a number of approaches to mental well-being – both traditional and non-traditional, and she focuses on holistic approaches to supporting people with their mental wellness.

Since deepening her own understanding of the paradigm of ‘Innate Health and Resilience’, she has committed herself to sharing this understanding in her coaching and training and has witnessed remarkable transformation in individuals whom she has supported.

In this interview we discuss Dr. Bora’s background in psychiatry, how she came to move away from more traditional psychiatric approaches and the concept of innate health and resilience.

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Episode 8 Professor Jim van Os

Professor van Os is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at King’s College, Institute of Psychiatry, London.

He trained in Psychiatry in Casablanca, Bordeaux and the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Royal Hospital in London. In 2011, he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW); he appears on the 2014 Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of the world’s most influential scientific minds of our time.

He is Director of Psychiatric Services at Maastricht University Medical Centre and runs a service for treatment-resistant depression and first episode psychosis.

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Episode 7 Kermit Cole

Kermit’s first career was in film and television, directing, amongst others, Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness in 1994.

Kermit has undergraduate and masters degrees in psychology from Harvard and he has over two decades experience working with people in extreme states. He likes to say that he likes to work with trauma, especially when it’s being called something else – such as “psychosis”. Together with his partner Louisa Putnam, he works with couples and families with members who have been labeled as having a mental illness, seeking other ways to understand their struggles – ways that often lead to better outcomes.

Kermit has been part of the team at Mad in America since it was founded in January 2012.

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Episode 6 Dr. Pratima Singh

This week, we interview Dr. Pratima Singh. Dr. Singh completed her medical degree in India, before moving to the UK to work at the Maudsley NHS Hospital in London as an adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Singh has a deep interest in alternatives to biological approaches to psychiatry and the use of psychotropic medications.

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Episode 5 Monica Cassani. Monica has seen the mental health system from both sides – as a social worker and as a person whose life was severely ruptured by psychiatric drugs. On her blog Everything Matters Beyond Meds she writes critically about the system, as well as holistic pathways of healing without medication. We discuss Monica’s experiences of the psychiatric system, how a persons sensitivity can be affected by psychiatric treatment and how she helps and supports others to achieve health in body, mind and spirit.

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Episode 4 Will Hall. Will is a mental health advocate, counsellor, writer, and teacher. Will advocates the recovery approach to mental illness and is recognised internationally as an innovator in the treatment and social response to psychosis. In this interview Will talks about a harm reduction approach to helping and supporting people with their mental health and also about how an alternative, less medicalised approach to mental health and wellbeing might work and bring benefit to many.

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Episode 3 This week, we have a special episode to join in with the events being held for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day.

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day seeks to raise global awareness of iatrogenic benzodiazepine dependence, the dangers of its adverse effects and the associated withdrawal syndrome, which can last for years. To give some context around the issues with Benzodiazepines, we have three interviews in this episode, Professor Malcolm Lader, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry from Kings College London and US and UK campaigners Jocelyn Pedersen and Barry Haslam.

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Episode 2 Dr. Mo Hannah talks about her personal and professional experiences of the mental health system and psychiatric drugs and how this has impacted on her teaching.

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Episode 1 Jim Gottstein talks about his own experiences with the psychiatric system, patient rights in mental healthcare and the recent trial involving the UK pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

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MIA Radio news

  • Our first podcast launches July 2017, read Robert Whitaker’s launch blog here
  • Look out for upcoming interviews with Professor Jim van Os, Monica Cassani, Dr. Gordon Warme, Kermit Cole, Bobby Fiddaman, Professor John Read and many more.

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