Mad in America is a webzine devoted to rethinking psychiatry’s current “disease model” for diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders. This Family Resources section is designed to provide information and resources for parents and other family members who wish to explore alternatives to conventional, drug-based psychiatric care for their relatives, especially children of all ages.

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Giving Caregivers a Platform: Chandra, Mother of Sophia

This is the story of Chandra and her daughter Sophia (not their real names), who has been in the mental health system since the age of 10.

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Driving Our Children into Suicide with Escitalopram and Other Happy Pills

The Lexapro study is marketing dressed up as science. It represents a flagrant abuse of ethics, deceiving readers at the cost of children's lives.

Giving Caregivers a Platform: Sam, Husband of Ka’ryn Marie

For many caregivers who assist their loved ones, the journey involves navigating the medical system and its many challenges. This time, the journey takes...

Challenging Western-Centric Child Psychology: An Interview with Nandita Chaudhary

Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Nandita Chaudhary about children’s lives across cultures, the problems with global aid agencies and their interventions, psychology’s bias in the study of children, the limits of attachment theory and more.

Blogs & Personal Stories

Giving Caregivers a Platform: Chandra, Mother of Sophia

This is the story of Chandra and her daughter Sophia (not their real names), who has been in the mental health system since the age of 10.

Medication Overload, Part I: A Mountain of Drugs in America’s Cabinets

The 25th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day takes place on Saturday, October 28—and this...
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Good Damage: How Community-Led Healing Challenges the Campus Mental Health System

Being re-grounded in my community reminds me that mourning and love are inseparable, and that “nothing about us, is for us, without us.”



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Editor's Corner

A Young Woman’s Words of Hope 

“You’re unique”: Wise words for anyone on this bumpy journey we call life, but especially for youths in mental and emotional anguish. This plain but often-neglected truth was articulated by a young woman who endured her own fraught journey of diagnoses, treatments, hospitalizations, and harms before arriving at a place of healing with the Now I See A Person Institute in southern California. 

I was privileged to speak with her father — as well as Susan Swim, founder and executive director of the Institute — in the latest Mad in America podcast. In the episode, they describe the power of seeing, and hearing, children and their parents in authentic human conversations devoid of judgment, assumptions, and labeling. The result is a moving and insightful dialogue that, I’m hoping, will reach a wide audience. 

Afterward, I asked Swim to reach out to the daughter and see if she might answer a few questions of her own to share with readers. They both agreed, and the young woman replied with powerfully heartfelt responses that I want to share in full here. 

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Support Groups

MIA offers moderated, online peer-support groups for parents of both minor and adult children. The U.S./Canada group meets each Tuesday on a drop-in basis. The U.S./Europe group meets on the second Thursday of each month.  Learn more and sign up here.

For info on other online and in-person support groups, including those for parents and families, click here. To suggest more for the list, please email [email protected].

How Can We See ADHD From Another Angle, and What Can We Do For Our Kids? Author, teacher, and advocate Ann Bracken challenges the standard conception and treatment of ADHD and looks at alternate approaches. 

Do you have a question of your own? Submit it for an online reply. For past Q&As on a range of topics, check out the archives.

Psychiatric Drug Info

Did you know:

  • That longer-term studies of children given a diagnostic label of ADHD have found worse outcomes for medicated youth?
  • In a large NIMH study, researchers concluded that few youth “benefit long-term” from antipsychotics (neuroleptic drugs)?
  • That use of marijuana, stimulants, and antidepressants increase the risk that a youth will receive a diagnostic label of bipolar disorder?

Research on psychiatric drug use in children and adolescents

Research on non-drug treatments

Resources Information on withdrawal from psychiatric drugs. Directory of therapists/providers who support drug withdrawal.

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