Hospital Uses Court to Keep Patient for a Year, Charges $1.2 Million and Drugs...

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From ABC Action News: “A Florida family is wanting answers after they say a local hospital used the court system to hold their brother in the...

Johann Hari: Stolen Focus – Why You Can’t Pay Attention

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This week on the Mad in America podcast we hear from Johann Hari. Johann is an internationally bestselling author whose books have appeared in 38 languages,...

Suicide, Indian Farmers, Indigenous North Americans… and the Shame of Shrinks

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From Bruce Levine/CounterPunch: “Roland Chrisjohn, lead author of Dying to Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada, more effectively than anyone I know, confronts this tragic denial...

An Interview with Elia Abi-Jaoude

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In the face of the COVID pandemic, social and academic pressures, and an uncertain future, young people are struggling. Each week we see another news reports...

August 20, 1985: The Day My Psychotic Episodes Ended

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August 20, 1985, driving through Dallas, Texas, was the day that all days since August of 1971 were leading up to. How did I arrive at...

Grief: A Shamanic Perspective – Mad In America

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One may have heard the term Shaman. One may also have an idea of what a Shaman does. It is said that a Shaman works in...

New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is still given to approximately 2,500 people in England annually. A course of ECT consists of 6-12 sessions in which an electric current...

Feds Open Investigation of SC Group Homes for Adults With ‘Mental Illness’

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From The Post and Courier: “The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a new investigation in South Carolina involving adults ‘with mental illness’ who have been...

Opioids Feel Like Love. That’s Why They’re Deadly in Tough Times.

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From The New York Times: “The connections between brain opioids and motherly love were first explored by the neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp decades ago. Dr. Panksepp, who...

Fireside Project: Peer Support for Psychedelic Experiences

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Burning Man, 2019: The annual, radically inclusive pop-up city in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada was teeming with people, many of them pursuing alternate approaches...

Change.org: Coalition Against Coercive Psychiatry in Germany – Non-Violent Psychiatry Now

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From the International Association Against Psychiatric Assault: “The two Germany-wide ‘user’ and survivor organizations, the BPE and die-BPE, have launched a joint campaign in German and English as...

Love Can Fuel the Deep Empathy Needed to Understand Psychosis

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From Psyche: “In a sense, by looking beyond the surface level of what their loved ones said or did, our interviewees had been practising hermeneutics – the...

The Other Side of the Cage

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A month ago, I shared the story my friend Kathleen had written before she died. She had asked me to publish her words, her own suffering,...

Guardianship Destroyed My Family

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November 12, 2021 was a great day for Britney Spears and a great day for justice when a judge freed her from a conservatorship that controlled...

For Life: Opera on Psychiatry and Its Drugs Premieres on Jan. 15

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Dawn Sonntag and Kermit Cole have collaborated on creating a 30-minute opera, For Life, that explores the possible harms that can come from psychiatric drugs. It’s...

‘Our Son Has Been Locked Up Like an Animal for 21 Years… for Being...

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From The Daily Mail: “Pam Hickmott was beside herself when she last spoke to her 44-year-old son Tony. ‘Can I come home?’ he begged. ‘I want...

Abuse and Neglect at Private “Troubled Teen” Centers

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“Interview” features Q&As with both professionals and users of the mental health system on topics of special interest to parents and families. They are designed to...

The 4 Principles of Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Why It Works

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Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)...

Unscientific Diagnoses Medicalize Normal Human Experiences

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In this 30-minute podcast, Peter Simons reports on the latest scientific articles in psychiatry. The goal is to provide more detail than is usually found in...

She Tweeted That Alan Dershowitz Might Be Acting Crazy. So Yale Fired Her.

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From Intelligencer: “ Krystal declined to be interviewed for this article, but in a letter to Lee sent in September of 2020, he claimed that...

The Year Of Potentiality – Mad In America

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Ten years ago I experienced psychosis, which some people believed was a drug-induced psychosis. It was actually a quote, often incorrectly attributed to Albert Einstein, that...

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: The Ground Where Death Meets Life

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

Take Your Time: A ‘Slow Thought’ Manifesto

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From Aeon: “In 1986, a McDonald’s restaurant opened at the foot of the Spanish Steps, in the Piazza di Spagna, the most famous square in Rome....

Madness, Beauty, Love by Laurenne Kredentser

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There’s a beauty in madnessThat most will never understandA love that opens up your heartTo those you never met, never knew, never saw before.And you love...

The Psychiatric Hospital Is an Institution of Social Control

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The psychiatric hospital of today has an appeal to our human curiosity, just as it always has. After all, weird things do happen there. But it...

When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy?

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I start this blog with an apology. There may be people reading who, like myself, look back with frustration and despair that they cannot change the...

Antidepressants Come with Minimal Benefits, Several Risks

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A recent article published in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin examines the state of current research on the efficacy of antidepressant medications. The authors, Mark Horowitz and...

Consumer Regret – Mad In America

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Unlike many, I entered psychiatry of my own free will. I started out with a “soft” diagnosis. One of the worried well. No legal history or...

Therapy Before Pills Is Great, But Why Wait Till People Are Depressed to Teach...

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From Zac Fine/Medium: “Another way to see depression is as a message from a deeper knowing within us. Far from being broken, the depressed version of...

Interview with Vincenzo Di Nicola

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Vincenzo Di Nicola is an Italian-Canadian child and adolescent psychiatrist and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal where he co-directs the postgraduate course...

Tragic Schoolboy Was Prescribed Huge Increase in Anti-Depressants

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From the Belfast Telegraph: “A Newry schoolboy who tragically took his own life had been prescribed up to a 700% increase of controversial anti-depressant drugs in...

BBC Sitcom Pilot: “Disordered: The Health Assessment”

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From BBC Sounds: Available for a limited time: Listen to a new sitcom pilot written by George Mason about “an optimistic but struggling 42-year-old single father...

How Should Psychedelic Medicine Handle “Flashbacks”?

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I sat and stared at the television screen—wall to the left of me, parents to the right. My vision was tunneled, bordered all around by a fine...

Fatherland Dreamland Motherland Hinterland – Mad In America

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May, 2010: The first thing I said to my therapist when I sat down in her consulting room was “I need to find out what happened...

What Helps Long-Term Users of Benzodiazepines Discontinue?

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A new study, to be published in Health Expectations, investigates factors that support and impede the discontinuation of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs, referred to as benzodiazepine receptor...

Getting A Diagnosis Meant That My Sister Never Had the Chance to Resolve Her...

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My sister Valerie was just 15 years old when a professional described her as having depression and hypomania. I’m not sure when after that exactly, but certainly while...

How Emotions Affect Our Cognitive Functioning | Gabor Maté, MD

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From Gabor Maté: “Our capacity to pay attention and to learn have a lot to do with what’s happening internally on the visceral and emotional level...

A Love Poem for the Girls with ‘Borderline’ by Rebecca Donaldson

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I want to write a love poem for the girls who have been branded with, “Borderline.” I want to write a love poem for the girls who...

Surviving the Holidays with In-Laws

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The holidays can be a magical...

Mental Health Care Must Support Consent and Basic Human Rights

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“You don’t have the freedom to walk around as you wish. Most doors are always locked, and it wasn’t unusual for patients to aggressively bang on...

The Essence of Illness – Mad In America

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From David Hanscom MD/Psychology Today: “All physical and mental symptoms are the result of you gathering data from your surroundings through different sensors, your brain interpreting...

When It Comes to Mental Health Problems, The Disability Framework Fails

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This will be controversial, as I am going to argue against the idea that mental disorder is a disability. Nonetheless, it is a critically important issue...

A Politics of Care: How the Science of ACEs Deepens Our Emotional Vocabulary

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From SuzanneZeedyk.com: “One of the reasons we don’t have a richer vocabulary for emotional poverty is because, in Perks’ view, it hasn’t been regarded as...

Lithium No Better Than Placebo for Preventing Suicide Attempts

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A new study in JAMA Psychiatry found that lithium did not prevent suicide-related events. The study, which included veterans who had survived a previous suicide attempt,...

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Here’s How to Survive

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

Trauma, Trust and Triumph: Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk on How to Recover from...

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From The Guardian: “His thesis centres on trauma: the urgent work of the brain after a traumatic event is to suppress it, through forgetting or self-blame,...

It’s In Your Head: Why Reducing All Problems to ‘Mental Health Issues’ Hurts Humanity

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From RT: “This framing of an increasing array of social issues in mental health terms raises important questions about how we are being asked to think...

Why The C in C-PTSD Will Haunt You

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From Gemini Adams: “Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is the unfortunate cousin of PTSD, referring to an identifiable mental and emotional health condition that arises...

Concerning Forgiveness: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth

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From alice-miller.com: “In those by-now familiar groups in which addicts and their relations go into therapy together, the following belief is invariably expressed: Only when you...

MH Services in England Are Being ‘Uberised’ – That’s Bad for Patients & Therapists

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From The Conversation: “Over the past decade or so, mental health services in England have been undergoing a process of ‘Uberisation’. This refers to how services...

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

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In this podcast we discuss an educational program called Emotional CPR (eCPR), a form of peer support anyone can use to assist youth (or adults) in...

By Tracing Addiction (and More) to Childhood Trauma, Can We Find Compassion?

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From YES! Magazine: “Dr. Gabor Maté . . . is at the forefront of conversations about the long-term effects of childhood trauma, inspiring colleagues to transform...

He Cheered on Britney Spears—While Fighting a Guardianship Battle of His Own

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From The Washington Post: “It would be easy, given its brief but memorable bursts into the spotlight over the past few years, to mistake the #FreeBritney...

Strength in Numbers: Developing Resilient Communities

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Source: Halfpoint/Shutterstock By Cameron Johnson and Julia...

What if We All Became Preachers? by Laurenne Kredentser

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What if we all became preachers?Us madfolkWho’ve been locked up, lobotomized, and drugged into a living deathWho’ve been tied to trees and left to sit in...

Who Should Provide My Ketamine Treatment? Billings MT

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For decades, medical professionals have used ketamine as a surgical anesthetic to help ease their patients’ pain. While undergoing surgery, it works rapidly to diminish sensation,...

Punching, Predators, Neglect: Traumatized NC Children Suffer Inside Dismal Psychiatric Centers

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From The Fayetteville Observer: “On any given day, hundreds of children from North Carolina eat, go to school and sleep inside locked psychiatric facilities that operate...

ADHD as Cargo Cult Science

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I began seriously researching ADHD in 2010 with the purchase of Barkley’s Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment. Positive reviews indicated that this...

Family Deeds: Constellation Therapy & Generations of Trauma

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From Psychology Today: “Maybe you’ve had this experience: You’re a child at the dinner table in your childhood home. One of your parents mentions the name of...

The DSM Files: Investigating the Incoherence of Psychiatry’s Bible

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Sometime during the spring of 2021, I decided to read the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM, the so-called “bible” of psychiatry. I...

Break Down. Wake Up. podcast – 007 – Questioning Primary Beliefs to Reconnect with...

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How an unexpected business rejection launched a quest for a successful entrepreneur to understand his personal pain and protective strategies. Hesham El Gamal had it all –...

“For Life”: New Opera Tells the Stories of Those Harmed by Psychiatric Drugs

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Editor’s Note: Dawn Sonntag and Kermit Cole have collaborated on an opera, For Life, that will be performed on December 2 at 9 pm Eastern Time....

How CBT Harmed Me: The Interview That the New York Times Erased

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From Disability Visibility Project: “CBT as a modality is based around gaslighting. It’s all about telling a patient that the world is safe, bad feelings are...

Art, Music, Exercise, and More: What Are the Recommended Doses for Improving Mental Health?

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Those in the psychiatric profession are accustomed to talking about dose-response in terms of prescribed treatment — so many sessions per week, so many milligrams per...

What Is Climate Distress—And What Can Therapists Do About It?

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The world’s most prominent health organizations, medical associations, and health science journals are unequivocal: the climate crisis poses grave threats to public health, including mental health....

How Emotional Blindness Is Created – 21 Points by Alice Miller

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From alice-miller.com: Renowned Swiss psychotherapist and author Alice Miller traced the origins of emotional blindness – the emotional disconnectivity responsible for a host of ills in modern...

Reason and Madness: How Psychiatry Marginalizes Those Who Contradict Western Norms

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Psychiatry employs a biomedical model of disease to define madness. It does so because it reflects a scientific and philosophical tradition of ideas about human nature...

Withdrawal Symptoms Cloud Findings of Antidepressant “Relapse” Trial

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A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) appeared to find that people who stopped using antidepressant drugs were more likely to relapse....

The Visual Illusion of Efficacy in Psychiatric Drug Trials

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Published reports of clinical trials of psychiatric drugs typically include a graphic showing the efficacy of the study drug in reducing symptoms of the disorder compared...

APA Apologizes for Longstanding Contributions to Systemic Racism & Human Hierarchy

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From The American Psychological Association: “As part of the nation’s historic reckoning on racism, the American Psychological Association has apologized to communities of color for its...

“Make Psychiatry Healthy”: Analysis of a Leaflet From the Danish Psychiatric Association

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The Danish Psychiatric Association has a 21-page leaflet from 2020 on its website entitled “Make Psychiatry Healthy.” Since I also think psychiatry is sick, I studied...

Giovanni Fava – A Different Psychiatry is Possible

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In this podcast, we hear from the renowned clinician and researcher Dr. Giovanni Fava. Dr. Fava is a psychiatrist and professor of clinical psychology at the University of...

The Power of Saying “No”

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Source: Constantin Stanciu/Shutterstock While saying "no" can...

The New York Times Confidently Misinterprets a New ECT Study

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Nicholas Bakalar’s New York Times article, “ECT Can Be a Good Treatment Option for Serious Depression,” describes a study from Lancet Psychiatry that found patients in...

Remembering Dorothea Buck—Who Forced Psychiatry To Confront Its Deadly History

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From Ms. Magazine: “Dorothea Buck would be extraordinary by any means after reinventing her life after the horror of Nazi sterilization. She was also a visionary,...

Crisis on Campus: Mental Health Counselors Are Feeling the Crush

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Over the last two decades, mental health and suicide-prevention efforts have blanketed the nation, targeting young people at home and on campus with campaigns to raise...

Childhood Gaslighting: When Difference Receives a Diagnosis

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I was six the first time I was diagnosed as “abnormal” by a child psychologist. Let me repeat that age: six. Let me repeat it one more...

To Minimize Medication Withdrawal, Taper Slowly

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From Psychiatric News: “Taylor and Horowitz believe that symptoms arise when tapering antidepressants because traditional tapering protocols reduce the medication dose by fixed amounts (for...

How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall

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From The Atlantic: “There was a time, at the start of the 20th century, when the field of public health was stronger and more ambitious. A...

Researchers Provide Guidance for Reducing and Stopping Psychiatric Drugs

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In a new article in European Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers Mark Horowitz and David Taylor provide guidance for tapering psychiatric drugs, whether for full discontinuation or to reduce...

Adverse Childhood Relationship Experiences: The Most Underestimated Risk Factor for Chronic Illness

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From Chronic Illness Trauma Studies blog: “If you’ve heard of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and have a low score (such as 1 or ‘zero ACEs’), you...

“Tetris for Trauma” Viral Twitter Thread: A Master Class in Misleading Psych Research

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Confession: I love video games. I think they’re great. After a stressful day, it’s a joy to sink into the couch with a controller in my...

Remembering Darby Penney — A Fierce Advocate for Justice and Human Rights

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MIA Editors: This is a tribute written by Celia Brown, Ron Bassman and Peter Stastny. We mourn the loss of Darby, our friend, colleague, boss, comrade and...

Gas Being Released into New York City Subway System in “Terrorism Threat Test”

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By Ginger Ross Breggin         US Department of Homeland Security reports that non-toxic, “aerosolized and inert tracer gases” will be pumped into some of...

Break Down. Wake Up. podcast – 003 – Speaking About the Unspoken with Boukje...

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How a mysterious debilitating illness created a human foundation for breakthrough conversations in research and innovation. When she was 23, a colleague pointed out to her...

A Mental Health Day for Kids?

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Source: Photoroyalty/Shutterstock In the last two years,...

A Racial Disparity in Schizophrenia Diagnoses in Nursing Homes

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From The New York Times: “The share of American nursing home residents who are recorded as having schizophrenia has soared over the past decade. As The...

RIP: Ed White – Advocate, Researcher and Supporter

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It is with great sadness that we write about the loss of one of our colleagues from the psychiatric drug withdrawal community; Doctor Ed White. Ed...

An Interview with Shira Collings

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In this podcast, which comes on the heels of reports linking social media use to reduced self-esteem in teen girls, eating-disorders therapist Shira Collings discusses person-centered,...

More Than a Third of UK ECT Patients Underwent Procedure Without Giving Consent, Study...

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From The Daily Mail: “John Read, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of East London, who led the study, argues that providing the treatment...

Fate of a Whistleblower: I Spoke Out About Abrupt Med Withdrawal

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“Now you, as a professional, can get help to withdraw your patients from psychiatric drugs, including depression pills,” doctor and professor Peter C. Gøtzsche and psychologist...

An Interview with Helena Hansen

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Helena Hanson is professor and chair of translational social science and health equity and associate director for the center for social medicine at UCLA. As a...

Does Capitalism Make Us Crazy? | Susan Rosenthal, MD

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From Susan Rosenthal, MD: “For capitalists to accumulate capital, they must deny ordinary people any meaningful control over their work, their lives, or the direction of...

“Strategy of Terror” | Psychiatric Drug Facts

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By Ginger Ross Breggin   One of the main techniques for breaking morale through a “strategy of terror” consists in exactly this tactic—keep the person hazy as to...

‘French Psychiatry Has Gone Downhill in Part Because of American Influence’

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From France 24: “‘The state of French psychiatry is catastrophic,’ Marie-José Durieux, a children’s psychiatrist at a Paris hospital, says bluntly. It’s a diagnosis shared by...

Books Under Review: Fall 2021

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Frontier Struggles: Rollo May and the Little Band of Psychologists Who Saved Humanism by James Schlett (University of Akron Press) In the mid-20th century, an existential crisis gripped...

I Set Up a Suicide Crisis Centre to Provide the Opposite of What I...

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In 2012, I experienced a suicidal crisis following a traumatic event, and I was placed under psychiatric crisis services, first in the community, and then in...

Why We Lie to Our Doctors and Why They Lie to Us

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By Theodore A. Stern, M.D. and...

How Does Climate Change Affec Youth Mental Health?

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“Interview” features Q&As with both professionals and users of the mental health system on topics of special interest to parents and families. They are designed to...

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