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Remembering Bhargavi Davar: A Global Leader in the Struggle for Human...

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Bhargavi Davar was a global leader in the struggle for human rights, with her work as a psychiatric survivor activist simply one aspect of that work.

When HVN Ireland Meets HVN Athens

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Chairperson of Hearing Voices Network Ireland Owen Ó Tuama on the joy and power of community for voice-hearers across the globe.

Can We Talk About Spirituality? The Medicalization of Transpersonal Experiences

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Even social work and psychotherapy rarely leave space for lived experiences of spirituality, though it instills hope, strength, and meaning.

Deconstructing the Word Trauma: What Does it Mean Today?

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"Trauma" is a pandora's box of a narrative. Most writings on the subject emanate from the Global North. Is trauma the 'same' in the Global South?

Is Public Psychiatry Responding to the Mental Health Crisis or Just...

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What sense did it make that he had been through hundreds of pages of notes worth of treatment and yet was still essentially un-helped?

Psychosis Treatment: Numbing the World of Spirit

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In my experience, antipsychotic drugs aimed at “managing” schizophrenia work by numbing the individual’s sensibility to the world of spirit.

Who Do We Leave Behind When We Ignore the Body? Why...

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Implications for those at the intersection of mental health and chronic illness.

How Danish Journalism Misleads About Psychiatry

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On the multiple errors found in a Danish newspaper article about adult ADHD.

Irish Open Dialogue Shut Down—Despite Expert Report Stating It Should Be...

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The value-base and proven positive outcomes of Open Dialogue need to be expanded, not closed.

Prescription Drugs Are the Leading Cause of Death

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Overtreatment with drugs kills many people, and the death rate is increasing. Why have we allowed this drug pandemic to continue?

What Is “Care” in a Psychiatric Medical Camp for the Unhoused...

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Indian doctoral scholar Neha Jain wonders what kind of ‘care’ and ‘help’ are possible in the absence of real consent.

Witless and Dangerous? Challenging the Assumptions of the ‘Schizo’ Paradigm

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Despite growing awareness that ‘schizophrenia’ is not a scientifically valid concept, the old assumptions still drive clinical practice.

Tapering Strips: A Practical Tool for Personalised and Safe Tapering of...

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Tapering strips are one of the practical tools mentioned in the new Maudsley Guidance.

From the Dopamine Theory to the Outcomes Paradox

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Why does long-term use of neuroleptics correlate with poorer social and occupational outcomes?

The Significance of Semiotics in Social Work

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Mental health treatment requires more than words; it demands a deep understanding of the unspoken, the symbols and signs that permeate our lives.

On the Brink of Murder Because of an Antidepressant

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After being put on antidepressants, Katinka started hallucinating wildly, thinking in very violent images.

Bad Science Revisited: “The Bell Curve” Turns 30

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Critiquing the wildly popular 1994 eugenicist book, which purported to link IQ and race, by reviewing the supposed genetic evidence.

Szasz and the Liberation of the “Mental Patient”

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By setting standards of equality, competence, and accountability, Szasz worked for the liberation of the "mental patient.”

The Experience of Survivors of Psychiatry in Brazil

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The suffering caused by physical, sexual or psychological violence, common in women's lives, is pathologized by psychiatry.

Medical Journals Refuse to Retract Fraudulent Trial Reports That Omitted Suicidal...

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The published articles underreported suicide-related events and provided false claims that the drugs were effective.