Tag: psychiatric labels
Here’s Why I Wouldn’t Use the Mental Health System
In this piece for The Spinoff, Graham Panther, a consultant in Australia's mental health system, speaks to some of the shortcomings of mainstream mental health support....
Olga Runciman: Moving Beyond Psychiatry
This week on the Mad in America podcast we interview Olga Runciman. Olga is an international trainer and speaker, writer, campaigner, and artist. In this interview, we discuss Olga’s professional and personal experiences of the psychiatric system and how she now helps and supports healing and recovery in others.
Why We Need to Get Better at Critiquing Psychiatric Diagnosis
In this piece for Mind Hacks, Vaughan Bell, a long-term critic of psychiatric diagnosis, points out the major flaws and logical fallacies in some of...
FDA Approves Drug for the Annoyingly Cheerful (The Onion)
From The Onion: "Made by Pfizer, Despondex is the first drug designed to treat the symptoms of excessive perkiness." Video →
Peter Breggin, MD: The Conscience of Psychiatry (part 2)
Dr Beggin tells us about recent developments with the Michelle Carter trial, and we discuss alternatives to psychiatric drugs and the value of the therapeutic relationship.
John Read: What the Science and Evidence Tell Us About Electroshock
Professor John Read talks about his research interests and in particular, the science and evidence base for Electroconvulsive Therapy (Electroshock).
Psychiatry’s Necessary Shadow: The Philosophy of Mental Illness
In this piece for Medium, Andrés Ruiz explores the reasons that psychiatry is the only medical speciality with an anti-movement and a history of sustained criticism....
The ‘A’ Word
In this piece, Keris Myrick critiques the usage of the word "anosognosia" and reflects on its power to harm the people it is directed...
Peter Breggin, MD: The Conscience of Psychiatry
On this episode of the MIA Radio podcast, we present part one of an interview with Dr. Peter Breggin about his career, his views on psychiatry and recent developments with the Michelle Carter trial in which he testified as an expert medical witness.
Rani Bora: Innate Health and Resilience, How It Differs to Mainstream...
Dr. Rani Bora is a qualified Psychiatrist and Mental Health and Resilience Coach who has studied traditional and alternative approaches to mental well-being, she focuses on holistic ways of supporting people with their mental wellness.
Jim van Os: Rethinking Biological Psychiatry
Psychiatrist Jim van Os is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He challenges current diagnostic conceptions of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, and offers a vision for creating a new paradigm of mental health care.
Kermit Cole: Dialogical Approaches to Extreme States
Kermit Cole tells of his experiences of supporting those in extreme states and his thoughts on Open Dialogue and dialogical approaches in general.
Pratima Singh: Exploring Alternatives to Biological Psychiatry
Pratima Singh, who got her medical degree in India, works at the Maudsley NHS Hospital in London as an adult psychiatrist. She has a deep interest in alternatives to biological approaches to psychiatry and the use of psychotropic medications.
Psychiatry Group Tells Members They Can Ignore Goldwater Rule
From STAT: The American Psychoanalytic Association has given its members permission to ignore the "Goldwater rule" and comment publicly on the mental state of government...
Overemphasis on Disease Entities in Psychosis
From Critical Psychiatry: Jim van Os, who has argued we should abandon the term "schizophrenia," recently wrote an article in support of a unitary model...
Monica Cassani: Achieving Health in Body, Mind and Spirit
Monica Cassini 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. She writes critically about the system, as well as holistic pathways of healing without medication.
Will Hall: A Harm Reduction Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing
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.
Lisa Forestell: Hearing Voices Movement and the Western Massachusetts Learning Community
What is it like to hear voices — and are all voices harmful or can they also be helpers? What does voice hearing say about the human mind – and the society we live in?
Mo Hannah: Changing the Teaching of the Biological Model
Maureen Hannah, a Professor of Psychology at Siena College, New York, tells of experiences with the psychiatric system, both personally and professionally, and how poor care in the mental health system led to an unexpected and devastating family loss.
Chaya Grossberg: A Naturopathic Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing
Chaya Grossberg shares her own experiences of the psychiatric system and how she now helps and supports those struggling to withdraw from their psychiatric medications.
Gary Sidley: Alternatives to Bio-Medical Psychiatry as Ways of Responding to...
Dr. Gary Sidley worked within NHS mental health services for 33 years in a variety of nursing, psychological and managerial roles. In the 1980s...
Lucy Johnstone: Why Underlying Causes of Emotional Distress are Often...
Doctor Lucy Johnstone talks about our reliance on the concept of diagnosis, how that doesn't fit well with psychological or emotional distress and how a predominantly biomedical view of tends to lead to a purely medication centred approach to mental healthcare.
Elaine: Feeling Judged By Psychiatry
Elaine has taken antidepressant and stimulant drugs for anxiety, she describes feeling humiliated and judged by her psychiatrists rather than helped.
Hold Your Heads Together to Reduce Prejudice of Mental Health
From Openforwards: The biomedical model of mental illness does not reduce prejudice against those who are suffering from mental health concerns. Words like "illness" and...
‘A Little Bit of OCD’: The Downside of Mental Health Awareness
From The Guardian: People often claim to experience mental health problems only to excuse their unpleasant or hurtful behaviors. This can exacerbate prejudice toward those...