A Talk with Journalist Kristina Marusic

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On our last podcast, Mad in the Family covered the effect of climate change and extreme weather events on children’s and mothers’ mental health. This one...

“Mental Health Units” in Prison Are Solitary Confinement by Another Name, Activists Say

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From Truthout: “Christian Hill has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and major depressive disorder. In the New York State prison system, this classifies him as...

World Tapering Day: November 5, 2022

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From World Tapering Day: “This is an invitation to researchers, scientists, patients’ advocates, healthcare professionals and experience experts from all over the world to join the...

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Rolled Ankles, RATs, and Invisible Abuse—The Final Obstacles Toward...

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Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series written by Sean Gunderson, who was detained by the criminal justice system for 17 years after receiving...

Pathologized Since Eve: Jessica Taylor on Women, Trauma, and “Sexy but Psycho”

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Our guest today is Jessica Taylor, author of Sexy But Psycho: How the Patriarchy Uses Women’s Trauma Against Them, which was published in March by Little,...

An Alternative to Psychiatric Hospitals: Report From Israeli Soteria Houses

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From Psychology Today/John Read, PhD: “The scientific journal I edit, Psychosis, is proud to have just published a rather remarkable article, entitled ‘The Soteria Model: implementing an alternative to...

Facebook Is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information from Hospital Websites

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From The Markup: “A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information—including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s...

Less Than a Quarter of Those with Depression Respond to Treatment in Real Life

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In a new study conducted in a real-life setting, only 24.2% of patients with depression responded to treatment, including treatment with multiple drugs, hospitalization, and add-on...

Experts Urge Caution as AAP Calls for Mental Health Screenings for Newborns to 21-Year-Olds

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From Children’s Health Defense: “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this month added recommendations for preventive pediatric healthcare to its 2022 Periodicity Schedule, also known as Bright...

Expanded Mental Health Services Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

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In the 23 years since the Columbine High School massacre, the school shooting in an affluent, formerly unknown suburb of Denver, Colorado (my hometown) that put...

Former Cerebral Employees Say Company’s Practices Put Patients at Risk

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From CBS News: “Dr. David Mou believes that Cerebral ‘saves lives.’ The startup ‘treats’ people for ‘conditions’ such as depression and ADHD, and is the largest online...

Peer Values Versus Violence: A View from Lived Experience

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Until recently, I lived in Portland, Oregon, working as Senior Director for a community mental health organization where I saw the employees giving everything to help...

Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Improve Disease or Reduce Mortality

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According to psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi, most psychiatric drugs are only effective at treating symptoms in the short term—like taking aspirin for pain—and don’t improve the long-term...

Cargo Cult Psychiatry – Mad In America

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“Any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”—Arthur C. Clarke (science fiction author) The noted physicist Richard Feynman gave the commencement address at CalTech in 1974 with a...

What Is Hatred? | Alice Miller

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From Alice Miller: Child Abuse and Mistreatment: “We tend to associate the word ‘hatred’ with the notion of a dangerous curse we need to free ourselves...

Psychedelic Therapy Will Not Save Us

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It was tempting to imagine that therapists of the psychedelic movement were going to be cut from dramatically different cloth than that of my parents’ generation....

Call Centers Struggling to Hire for New Nationwide Mental Health Crisis Line

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From Slate: “The people setting up 988 agree the counselors answering these calls, chats and texts will be critical to the new line achieving its goals....

The Power of Activism – Mad In America

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Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an essay adapted from Irit Shimrat’s keynote speech delivered at the 2014 conference of the National Association for...

Beyond Ritalin and Adderall | Psychology Today

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Patients seeking medication management for attention-deficit/hyperactivity...

How Drugmakers Influence Our Beliefs About ‘Mental Illness’

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From Medium/Markham Heid: “Nothing burns itself into memory quite like public humiliation. Even now, 20 years later, I can vividly recall the embarrassment I felt the...

Ecology, Trauma, Abuse, and Addiction: Industrial Society as Dysfunctional Family

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From Rex Weyler: “In In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor Maté concludes that ‘A hurt is at the center of all...

Behaviorists Must Confront Psychiatry’s Pseudoscience

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Since the late 1800s, beginning with Pasteur and Koch, we have known that health care depends upon the scientific method, long used by scientists interested in...

Psychiatrists Thought This ‘Antipsychotic’ Was a Miracle Drug. They Were Wrong.

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From Slate: “ had a curious effect. It didn’t seem to work as a painkiller. This Janssen could tell by measuring the pupils of his...

Patient Stories: Erik – PsychoTropical Research

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IntroductionAlthough this text describing Eric’s story is short, the length and extent of his suffering and distress was considerable.  It is difficult not to feel frustration...

Inmate Shuffle: How California Bounces Around Its ‘Mentally Ill’ Prisoners

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From CalMatters: “One in three California prisoners has a ‘diagnosed mental illness.’ The state’s solution for some? Move them around. On the last day of Adam Collier’s...

Trump, psychopathy, and the Goldwater rule

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Trump, psychopathy, and the Goldwater ruleThis commentary concerns the debate about whether psychiatrists should express an opinion about President Trump and his probable ‘diagnosis’ of psychopathy...

Psychiatry’s Medical Model: How It Traumatizes, Retraumatizes & Perverts Healing

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Before describing how psychiatry’s medical model traumatizes and retraumatizes—both overtly and insidiously—and before distinguishing genuine healing from psychiatry’s perversion of this term, I will begin by...

Vortioxetine: Hope or Hype – PsychoTropical Research

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In briefThis seems to be the latest in a persistently limp and desperate series of ‘new’ anti-depressants with ‘faster-better’ AD action. Evidence for any usefully novel...

Stimulants Don’t Improve Academic Performance in Kids with ADHD

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A new study found that stimulant drugs did not help kids with ADHD perform better on their schoolwork. Although the drugs improved children’s behavior in class,...

Endogenous Lithium & the claimed effect on dementia, suicide etc: A critique

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1. Greenland, S, Senn, SJ, Rothman, KJ, Carlin, JB, et al., Statistical tests, P values, confidence intervals, and power: a guide to misinterpretations. Eur. J. Epidemiol.,...

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or: Play by the Rules, Hysteric!

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From Surviving Psychiatry: “Sanctioned forms of ‘treatment’ – the ones your psychiatrist will tell you about – are often one-size-fits-all,  based on the assumption of pathology,...

Dopamine elevation MAO-A, B or both?

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I particularly acknowledge the assistance of Professor John Finberg in preparing this commentary.There is an enduring lack of appreciation of the fact that inhibiting both subtypes...

ADHD Meds Don’t Lead to Higher Grades or More Learning, FIU Study Finds

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From the Miami Herald: “Every year, tens of millions of kids and teens with attention-deficit problems in the U.S. take medications to try to do better...

Important news about Low Blood Pressure, MAOIs, and Beta Blockers

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AbstractPropranolol (predominantly a beta-2 blocker) prevents both the post-dose elevation of blood pressure that some people experience, especially after larger doses of MAOIs, and the exercise-induced...

The New York Times Comments Section: A Literary Rorschach Test for the Masses

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ―Anaïs Nin. It’s May 17, 2022. Daniel Bergner’s New York Times article was released...

P-hunting: The illogical in pursuit of the indefensible

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*A parody on Oscar Wilde *’Indefensible’, i.e., calling SSRIs antidepressants, when they are merely anxiolyticsA follow-on to Healy, “Do Randomized Controlled Trials Add to or Subtract...

Government Forum Reveals 988 Call Tracing Remains a Threat

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It actually wasn’t hyperbole when John Draper, the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/988 expansion initiative, said that America is “on the precipice of launching...

CNS ‘Stimulants’ and MAOIs Part 2

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Part one dealt with the reuptake inhibitors, methylphenidate, modafinil, and bupropion. This second part deals with amphetamine, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, adrenaline, pramipexole, midodrine, caffeine.Ecstasy (MDMA) is dealt with...

Risk of Depression Spikes When Kids Take Ritalin

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In a new study, researchers found that when kids were taking Ritalin (methylphenidate), their risk of depression increased. Once they stopped taking the drug, their depression...

Project: MAOIs, International Guidelines and WHO ‘Essential Medicines’ Listing

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On behalf of the PsychoTropical team (Vince, Philip, Lila, Sophie) and the many eminent co-authors of our first ever ‘MAOI treatment guidelines’ paper, I am announcing...

Are Violent Teens Suffering ‘the Rage of the Unparented’? | Gabor Maté, MD

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Such events, still shocking if no longer unusual, bespeak a deep current of aggression in present-day youth culture and also an emotional detachment that has drained...

Perspectives and Pros and Cons

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IntroductionFull details of the interactions between MAOI drugs and other drugs are dealt with separately, and in full detail, in the various other commentaries in this...

A Different Psychiatry Is Needed for Discontinuing Antidepressants

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A primary care physician looked for my advice. He had self-prescribed paroxetine 20 mg/day at a time when he was going through a painful divorce. He...

The Shady World of Shock Treatment

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“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness…” (Isaiah 5:20). Shock treatment is also called electroconvulsive...

The Failings of “Mental Health”: How a Seemingly Benign Concept Might be Dangerous

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Dr. Bruce Cohen is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. His career spans over thirty years where he has time and again...

Opposition Mounts Against Newsom’s Plan for Court-Ordered ‘Treatment’ of Unhoused People

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From Los Angeles Times: “Six weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a far-reaching effort to push more people into court-ordered ‘treatment’ for severe ‘mental illness’ and addiction,...

How to Build a Culture of Good Health | Gabor Maté, MD

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From Yes! Magazine: “‘I never get angry,’ says a character in one of Woody Allen’s movies. ‘I grow a tumor instead.’ Much more scientific truth is...

Is There A Difference Between Anxiety and an Anxiety Disorder? Billings MT

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You lie awake in bed, restless and tense. Your thoughts are circling your mind a mile a minute, and it’s not long before your heart rate...

Psychiatry and Abuse | A Letter to Alice Miller

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From Alice Miller: Child Abuse and Mistreatment: “In the last year of medical school, I was appointed personal ‘therapist’ of a 32-year old female ‘schizophrenic.’ After...

Spotlight on Situational Depression Billings MT

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When we think of depression, we often picture a person who is sad and withdrawn. This person experiences sadness much of the time, even when the...

‘Mental Illness’ Is Not in Your Head

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Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness Anne Harrington Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness Andrew Scull From Boston Review: “In 1990 President...

A Bad Day Doesn’t Mean A Bad Life! How To Stop Catastrophizing Billings MT

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“Well, that’s three more interviews this week; nobody will ever want to hire me.” “I can’t believe I caved at lunch and ate that cookie –...

Peer Support Research: Is It Time Yet?

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Recently, I found a thoughtful editorial by Steve Gillard (2019) titled, “Peer support in mental health services: where is the research taking us, and do we...

The Relationship Between Stress and Your Overall Health Billings MT

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You’re running late for work and can’t find your car keys. You feel a sense of panic rising in your chest. Your heart races as you...

An Interview with Jennifer Barkin, PhD

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May is Maternal Mental Health Month. Although we tend to hear a lot about postpartum depression, our podcast guest points out that perinatal distress is really...

5 Alarming Facts About Stress Billings MT

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Stress is a part of life to some extent. The problem is that everyone is stressed these days — and for a good reason! We’re constantly...

Sonic Doom: The Effects of Noise Pollution on Physical and Mental Health

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From The Guardian: “Shortly after I sat down to read up on the auditory and non-auditory effects of noise on health in the Lancet, the drilling...

Allowing Human Nature To Work Successfully | Jean Liedloff

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From ContinuumConcept.org: Jean Liedloff was a Manhattan socialite with a fascination for the wild. In the 1950s and ’60s, she made a series of expeditions to...

What It Really Means to Be Obsessive-Compulsive

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Source: yokunen/Shutterstock Have you ever heard or...

Is Mad in America Doing More Harm Than Good?

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Editor’s note: The following is a dialogue between psychiatrist Jim Phelps and Robert Whitaker, founder of MIA. Dr. Phelps submitted a blog in response to Whitaker’s...

How Critical Race Theory Can Help Heal Generational Trauma

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At Emory University, researchers conditioned male...

Psychiatry in Aeromedicine: Who Is Denied the Privilege of Piloting an Aircraft?

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This is what the FAA’s Chief Psychiatrist wrote about me in 1992. That diagnosis is a wound that has festered for 30 years. Modern airline travel is...

‘My Doctor Is Lacking Insight’: Alternative Experiences of Insight in Mental Health

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From Psychiatry Is Driving Me Mad: “Insight in mental health is pretty much exclusively thought of as the insight or lack of insight in people with...

The Bear in the Classroom – Trauma-Informed Teacher

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From Ransom for Israel: “Starting a new school year in a new town has given me the job of teaching those who work with my children...

Unity in Diversity: Rethinking Mental Health and Our Connection to Nature

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We are not only in the midst of a climate crisis, but also a “mental health” crisis… though I use this problematic phrase with hesitation. Unsurprisingly,...

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Cultivating the Superpower of Equanimity

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Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series written by Sean Gunderson, who was detained by the criminal justice system for 17 years after receiving...

What Is the Role of the Prosumer in the Mental Health System?

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First and foremost, I identify as a prosumer. As a prosumer, I have both lived and professional experience of the mental health system. The term prosumer came...

Top Mental Health and Prayer Apps Fail Spectacularly at Privacy, Security

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From Mozilla: “When it comes to protecting people’s privacy and security, mental health and prayer apps are worse than any other product category Mozilla researchers have...

ADHD: The Money Trail – Mad In America

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In this country, we spend over twenty billion dollars a year drugging children for something called “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” or ADHD. For that kind of...

How to Distinguish Antidepressant Withdrawal from Relapse

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In a new article in BJPsych Advances, researchers Mark Horowitz and David Taylor provide advice on how to tell the difference between antidepressant withdrawal and depression...

Do You Still Believe in the “Chemical Imbalance Theory of Mental Illness”? | Bruce...

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From CounterPunch: “The jettisoning of the chemical imbalance theory should have been uncontroversial twenty-five years ago, when it became clear to research scientists that it was...

Thomas Insel Makes a Case for Abolishing Psychiatry

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Thomas Insel’s book Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health is getting a fair amount of media attention, which could be expected given that...

The Abused Children to Bipolar Pipeline

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When I think of my childhood, I think of fear. I think of the constant worry that something would upset my parents. I think of trying...

Right of People on Disability to Refuse Psychotropic Medications

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From the People With Disabilities Foundation: “People With Disabilities Foundation obtained a judgment against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in federal court in the Northern District...

Autism Acceptance: Great Minds Don’t Think Alike

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Autism Acceptance Month – a shift...

How Melissa Lucio Went From Abuse Survivor to Death Row

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From The 19th: “Executions of women are rare in the United States — 17 in the last half-century, compared with more than 1,500 men — but...

That Time When the Psychiatric System Went Too Far…

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From Dr. Joanne Cacciatore: “Yes, this time, the psychiatric system has gone too far. Again. They’ve taken what is sacred and they’ve desecrated it. A few very persistent...

Eugenics, Lobotomy, Risperidone: “Science” Gone Awry

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I grew up in a suburb of Boston. My grandmother on my mother’s side of the family was a psychiatrist. I remember asking her when I...

A Tribute to Dr. Dean K. Brooks: The Fire Still Burns

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Note of appreciation: I am indebted to Dr. Brooks’ three daughters, without whom I could never have written this tribute. They corrected many items and supported me...

Ending Coercive “Help”: A Review of “Reimagining Crisis Support”

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Reimagining Crisis Support: Matrix, Roadmap and Policy by Tina Minkowitz Just leave me alone!Please, please don’t leave me alone! I have felt both ways, at different times, in...

An Open Letter to the Member Organizations of the Mental Health Professions

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From the Coalition Against Medicalized Psychiatry and Psychology (CAMPP): “The mental health professions are in crisis. After more than two centuries of earnest efforts to discover...

An American History of Addiction, Part 10: My Strange Path to Recovery

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I had entered into rehab with the belief that alcohol addiction (alcoholism) was the reason I ended up in the facility. However, during my first week...

Taking It Personally: Indignation as a Vehicle of Therapy | Alice Miller

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From Alice Miller: Child Abuse and Mistreatment: “Reports on cruelty to children have been common knowledge for at least 20 years, yet there are still no...

Books Under Review: Spring 2022

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Standing Still and Looking Back: A Memoir by Stuart Shipko (Independently published) “I like to think of myself as a healer,” says Stuart Shipko in the introduction...

Are You Really OCD? | Psychology Today

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Source: yokunen/Shutterstock Have you ever heard or...

From Labeled to Healer: A Road Less Traveled

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It is a beautiful road and satisfying journey from labeled to healing to healer. Yet after decades as a patient in the U.S. mental health system,...

Apples and Oranges in Peer Support Research

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Do you skip to the conclusions section at the end of research articles? We’re certainly at a crossroads now about the future of peer support, and everyone’s...

An Interview with Nicholas Haslam

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Nicholas Haslam is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. He is a prolific writer with nine books and around 270 articles to his...

A Profile of Mad in (S)pain

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The following is a Q&A with the team members who edit and run Mad in (S)pain. Launched first as Mad in Hispanohablante in October of 2016,...

A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health

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From Los Angeles Review of Books: “The importance of arriving at a political understanding of depression cannot be overstated. If the reader only takes one thing...

Interview with Sonja Styblo: Update on the Massachusetts Benzo Bill

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On November 8, 2021, Sonja Styblo spoke to the Joint Committee on Mental Health Substance and Use and Recovery in Massachusetts legislature to lobby for the...

The Dramatic Results of John Weir Perry’s Diabasis House Program

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Editor’s Note: Michael Cornwall originally presented this piece at the conference entitled “J.W. Perry and Analytical Psychology: Care and Compassion,” held by the Italian Center for...

‘I Felt Disillusioned and Abandoned’: Mental Health in the Medical Field

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From The Seattle Times: “Like many newcomers , I had ambitions of helping others and society. These dreams were quickly dashed as I discovered a field...

The Grief Pill is Coming!

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Ellen Barry set off a firestorm of commentary in her New York Times article titled, “How long should it take to grieve? Psychiatry has come up...

A Profile of Mad in Finland

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Epiphany, revelation, a-ha’s. The people who run Mad in Finland have experienced profound awakenings in the course of their lives, moments of awareness when they understood...

Anesthetized – Mad In America

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22 years old. He comes into the room. I hear him, but I can’t move. I can’t wake up. I sense his presence with my whole body....

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Calling in AIR Strikes

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Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series written by Sean Gunderson, who was detained by the criminal justice system for 17 years after receiving...

Inquiry Investigates Deaths of 1,500 NHS Mental Health Patients in Essex

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From The Guardian: “The first inquiry of its kind held in England is investigating the deaths of 1,500 people who died while being cared for as...

Tips for Families Dealing with Substance Use

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Source: Fizkes/Shutterstock As we discussed in Part...

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