Gradual Tapering Recommended for Antidepressant Discontinuation

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Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome (ADS) is best avoided by gradually tapering antidepressant medication. The gradual tapering approach, as opposed to more abrupt discontinuation, is supported by new...

Shedding the Limits of “Severe Mental Illness” Labels

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Would you label someone who decided to dramatically change their hairstyle labile or psychotic? How about someone who shaves their head? Such questions may seem silly,...

How To Help Someone Who Is Lonely Billings MT

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We’ve all been there before. That feeling of loneliness, when it feels like nobody cares and you’re all alone in the world, is especially tough to...

The Tyranny of the Prefrontal Cortex

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From Jeremy Lent: “Our civilization is changing the climate of our planet. People kill themselves and others in the name of God. Species are going extinct...

Negatively Charged: ECT and the Truth I Could Never Forget

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I can’t remember the first time Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT, aka “shock treatment”) was brought up to me as a potential remedy for my “mental illness.”...

Books Under Review: Fall 2022

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Crash: A Memoir of Overmedication and Recovery by Ann Bracken (Charing Cross Press) “Have you ever done everything a doctor told you, only to find yourself sicker...

Satan’s Shadow by Adam Slosberg

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It is a beautiful day. The Sun is out; not a cloud in the sky. Yet I am in the Depths of Darkness where light cannot...

The Tapering Team: “Medications: Where Do We Stand in Psychiatry?”

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From Underground Psychiatry: “The members of the Tapering Team make up each link in the chain that helps people in care withdraw from psychiatric drugs. They...

Denmark Is the Only European Country Where the Usage of Depression Pills Has Dropped

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Between 2010 and 2020, the consumption of depression pills increased by 37% in 24 European countries. Denmark was the only country where usage dropped (a 4%...

Debunking Pharma’s Spin on Racial Equity

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From Lown Institute: “Racial equity has been a growing topic of conversation regarding drug approvals. Confronting structural racism requires dialogue with all actors in the healthcare...

Feel Hopeless About Reforming a Broken System? Incremental Change Is Still Change

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Recently I went to a bowling alley—not my usual place to hang out.  But the reason I found myself there was that I had been invited...

The Danger of Inadequately Trained Therapists to Survivors of Childhood Trauma

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Recovering from childhood trauma is a long and difficult journey that can be aided by a mental health professional who is well-trained in the dynamics associated...

I Made Professor Before Ritalin. Now I Can’t Work Without It

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From Psyche: “Since joining the pharmaceutical congregation, I began attributing all my successes to the Ritalin, rather than to my own abilities. Instead of helping to...

AMI-Quebec Lecture: Rethinking Psychiatry With Robert Whitaker

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Last week, Robert Whitaker gave a talk at AMI-Quebec (Action on Mental Illness) entitled Rethinking Psychiatry: How the Failure to Identify the Biological Causes of Major...

The Ideology of Human Supremacy

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From Resilience: “The nonhuman creatures with whom we share the Earth are being systematically annihilated by the Great Acceleration, as they lose their habitat, get hunted...

‘What If Yale Finds Out?’

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From The Washington Post: “Confined to a room at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, S. asked her nurses and doctors with growing fear, ‘Do you have...

The Nurtured Heart Approach Goes Mainstream: Research and Experience Support “Celebrating Greatness in Every...

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Almost five years ago, a little guy in Cathy Childs’ pre-k class in Washington State tried to yank a beaded necklace from her hand. He was...

No Evidence for Psychiatry’s Depression Claims, Report Three 2022 Research Reviews

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From CounterPunch: “According to three 2022 comprehensive research reviews, there is no scientific evidence for what we have long been told by psychiatry—and the mainstream media—about...

Out of the Prison of Self-Blame | Alice Miller

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From alice-miller.com: “The striking thing about most of is the way they reflect an almost total denial of reality by the people who have written...

Are We Witnessing the Emergence of a New Paradigm?

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Today’s prevailing mental health system still, to a large extent, functions on an old paradigm. This paradigm reduces mental health issues to supposed inherent malfunctioning characteristics...

The Serotonin Zombie: Authors of New Study Try to Breathe New Life into the...

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In June, Joanna Moncrieff and others had appeared to put the final dagger into the low serotonin theory of depression (the so-called “chemical imbalance” theory). They...

Anders Sørensen – Tackling Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Through Research and in Practice

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On the Mad in America podcast this week we are sharing a special interview that’s being done as part of World Tapering Day. World Tapering Day...

Healing From Transgenerational Trauma: My Mum, My Daughter, & Me

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When my daughter, Connie, was a toddler, I held her on my hip and we spun around the living room dancing to “I Wanna Be Like...

Why Detox Facilities and Psych Wards Are Not the Place to Come Off Psychiatric...

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The following article is based on hundreds of cases seen in the layperson psychiatric drug withdrawal community. But, don’t take my word for it. You can...

Who Gets Believed: Abuse in Mental Health Services

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Form National Survivor User Network (NSUN): “In the past couple of months, we have seen exposures of a culture of abuse in mental health services. First...

When Psychotherapists Are Less Healthy Than Their Clients

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From Daniel Mackler: “Over time I started to formulate an idea of why it is so common — not always true, but so commonly true —...

The Problem of High Functioning Anxiety

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High Functioning Anxiety (HFA) is not a diagnosis recognised by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Nor is it limited to the discrete...

From the Health Minister Down, Nobody Is Seriously Interested in the Quality Control of...

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Last month I asked the newly appointed UK Health Minister, Dr Coffey, seven questions about whether our mental health services are credible. On October 12th 2022,...

How Big Pharma Monetized Depression

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From UnHerd: “We are, if you believe the headlines, living in the midst of an unprecedented mental health crisis, exacerbated by the stress and isolation of...

incantation (Gleaning the Truth/Torching the Rest) by Jacquese Armstrong

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treesstark and barren used to upset mei knew how they felt standing nakedbefore a mocking world waiting for a seasonto cover the indiscretions of their youth but...

Swords and Knives: A Review of Alice Miller’s ‘The Body Never Lies: The Lingering...

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From alice-miller.com/Stephen Khamsi, PhD: “Tragically, much of psychology is comprised of nonsense and noise…rats, statistics, medications. So we are fortunate to receive the rare and exceptional...

Re-humanising Mental Health Systems: A Discussion with Jaakko Seikkula on the Open Dialogue Approach

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Jaakko SeikkulaJaakko Seikkula, along with Markku Sutela, created the Open Dialogue approach to acute crises in Finland. Jaakko is a clinical psychologist, a researcher and a...

A Neuroscientist Evaluates the Standard Biological Model of Depression

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Editor’s Note: The following is an original research article by Peter Sterling, Professor of Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. We are...

Dear Psychiatry – Mad In America

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Step out of the dark into better light, and wear your scars like a badge of pride. You’ve come so far, you know who you are....

Failing to Report Child Sex Abuse Should Be Made Illegal: Major British Inquiry

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From the BBC: “Anyone who works with children and does not report child sexual abuse should be prosecuted, the final report of a huge, seven-year inquiry...

Even With Troubled Histories, Psych Hospitals Face Few Sanctions

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From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “On its consumer website, a high-profile accrediting organization displays its ‘Gold Seal of Approval’ next to the names of almost every Georgia psychiatric...

Can You Punish a Child’s Mental Health Problems Away?

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From The New York Times: “It’s known as the troubled teen industry. Spread across the country, this array of boot camps, wilderness therapy programs, therapeutic boarding...

A Moment to Reflect – Mad In America

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Reflecting on my most dimly lit days, I see a flurry of white coats, grey scrubs, stethoscopes, brown leather couches, and sullen, exhausted expressions of generously...

Mania or Marijuana? – Mad In America

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I began smoking marijuana in college in the late 1990s. It was illegal at the time and it was difficult to procure, so I started out...

The Spravato Controversy: A Row Over the Drug’s Efficacy Compels a Reassessment of its...

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The UK’s national drug regulator last month rejected an esketamine-based nasal spray that would have cost the National Health Service—and, by extension, the British taxpayer—almost £1,000...

Jim Flannery: Sorry It’s Not Funny – Comedy, Hip-Hop and Activism

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This week on the Mad in America podcast, we are joined by activist and artist Jim Flannery. Born and raised in suburban Weathersfield, Connecticut, Jim was committed...

The Social Side of Health: How Reducing Inequality Can Improve Health Outcomes for Americans

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From Pulte Institute for Global Development: “In 1961, twenty-year-old Peter Sterling left Cornell University to join the Freedom Rides in Jackson, Mississippi where he was arrested...

What I Wish I Had Known Before I Stopped Taking Antidepressants, and Before I...

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From the Washington Examiner: “My contact with the world of psychiatric medication began in 2001, when I was 15 years old. I was taken to a...

Women More Likely to Be Prescribed Anti-Anxiety Drugs ‘Harder to Come Off Than Heroin’

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From The Independent: “New information obtained under freedom of information (FOI) laws shows women in England were 59 per cent more likely to be prescribed benzodiazepines – better...

Psychiatry’s Nightmarish 2022 & Its Hysterical Defense Against Criticism

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This year has been an especially nightmarish one for psychiatry defenders. Receiving widespread attention in the mainstream media was the July 2022 article “The Serotonin Theory of...

The Answers Are in Our Weak Spots

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Throughout my entire career as a therapist, I have battled with imposter syndrome. The idea that I am not good at what I do, that I...

The Hidden Epidemic of Sexual Dysfunction Experts Are Blaming on SSRI Antidepressants

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From The Daily Mail: “Patients on antidepressants are not being warned of the risk that the pills could permanently ruin their sex lives, experts say. The Mail...

Self-Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder | Psychology Today

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Bipolar Disorder (BD) is one of...

Grief, Intense Feelings, and Pathologization: Can We Conceive a Different Approach?

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I remember when my grandma died how I was aching for days or weeks, even months. I remember when my beloved dog died how I frantically...

Health Risks to Babies When Antidepressants Used During Pregnancy

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A new study in Psychological Medicine finds that babies born to mothers taking antidepressants were more than six times as likely to have neonatal withdrawal syndrome—including...

Our Addiction to Control Is Enslaving Us

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From Uplift: “As a sustainability philosopher and social engineer, I spend much of my time contemplating the root of our unsustainable culture and civilisation. I believe...

“Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Fine”

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My story took time to uncover but eventually it became clear that my symptoms and the turn my life had taken were not so unusual, and...

Mental Health & Our Schools

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EDITOR’S CORNER Back in May, I wrote about the many ways that schools aren’t safe for kids’ physical and mental health. Since then, new threats are on...

Wisdom of the elders

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20 Concrete Steps to Achieving System Change

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Last year I watched how Kevin Fitts achieved a major victory for peers in Oregon.  He did something that went beyond well-founded criticism of the mental...

An Illness, or Risky Experimentation?

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When deciding how to organize treatment for “psychosis” we face a crucial question.  Should we defer to mainstream views and assume that “psychotic” experiences must be...

‘Speaking Grief’ Documentary Asks: What if We Got Better at Grief?

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From WPSU Creative Services: “Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a grief-avoidant society. It validates grief as a normal, healthy...

In Andrew’s Honor: Attorney Elizabeth Rich’s Fight Against Unjust Commitments

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Anyone detained and then formally committed under Wisconsin’s civil mental health laws can initially be held and forcibly drugged for six long months. Yet, for years,...

Antidepressants Work Better Than Sugar Pills Only 15 Percent of the Time

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From Newsweek: “Five years ago Mark Horowitz seemed an unlikely skeptic of psycho-pharmaceuticals. He had been taking the popular antidepressant Lexapro virtually every day for 15...

Why We Urgently Need New Approaches to Mental Health

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Mental distress can be an unknown territory. Consider, for example, being a 16-year-old boy and feeling like your whole world is crumbling, but not understanding why. You are...

Doctors Stopped Believing in the ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Theory. But They Didn’t Tell Us

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From National Post: “Psychiatry has known for quite some time that the ‘serotonin theory’ of depression, the notion that too little of the brain chemical can...

Thomas Szasz Versus the Mental Health Movement

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It has been 10 years since psychiatrist Thomas Szasz died on September 8, 2012 at the age of 92. During his lifetime he published 35 books,...

Dr. Caroline Leaf Podcast With Robert Whitaker: The Great Psychiatry Fraud

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From Dr. Caroline Leaf: “In this podcast I speak with best-selling author, journalist and mental health advocate Robert Whitaker about the myth of the chemical imbalance,...

Dissociative Identity Disorder in Marvel’s Moon Knight

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As a huge nerd and enthusiast...

Dramatic Decline in California’s Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Its Foster Children

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From The Imprint: Youth and Family News: “They use the words ‘zombie,’ ‘a blob’ and ‘drunk’ when describing what it felt like to be a kid...

The Psychiatrist’s Dilemma: In Defense of Placebo Psychiatry

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In a recent post, Robert Whitaker asked us to consider the psychiatrist’s dilemma: “Patients were told they suffered from a chemical imbalance in the brain, the public...

Is Service-User Research Possible in Mental Health? An Interview with Diana Rose

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Dr. Diana Rose wears many hats—academic, researcher, service user, and activist. She is a leading figure in user-led research and currently an Honorary Distinguished Professor at...

An Update on Guardianship Action

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On August 26, pop star Britney Spears dropped a new single, “Hold Me Closer,” with Elton John, her first musical recording since being released from her...

Some Schools Bringing Back Corporal Punishment; Parents Opt In as Students Protest

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From TODAY: “After one Missouri school district brought back corporal punishment, some parents are opting in on the new policy as a number of students protest. Dakota...

Child Frustration Breeds Race Hatred; Columbia Scientist Finds Punishment of Baby Is Seed of...

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From Project NoSpank/The New York Times, December 22, 1940: “Spanking the baby may be the psychological seed of war. Out of this and similar punishments are formed...

The Culture Is the Poison: Why Psychedelics Are Dangerous Medicine in a Neoliberal Society

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In the last decade, an entirely new kind of human has taken over the psychedelic scene. They could be not be more different from those I...

As a Cop, I Know Police Contempt for Drug Users Is Still Widespread—And It...

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From Filter: “‘Don’t bother replacing the injections. Let nature take her course!’ —Comment from a law enforcement-only forum, referencing naloxone provision; June 2018 It’s sometimes tempting, despite the current...

In Afghanistan, a Quiet Epidemic of Mass Psychogenic Illness

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From Undark: “Before Anita was admitted to the hospital, she had gotten into a fight with her brother. After the fight, she fell unconscious. ‘It was...

Our Gut Feelings Are Not Luxuries | Gabor Maté, MD

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From Sustainable Human: “Alienation is a separation. Being a stranger to something. You’re an alien to something. There are four alienations in this culture. One is we...

Relational Disconnection as ‘Mental Illness’ | Darcia Narvaez, PhD

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From Kindred Media: “We have a problem. We are raising too many to be unempathic and oriented to their own ego enhancement, dominating others, treating...

I Had No Idea That Gabapentin Could Do This…

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I have struggled with mental health issues for the majority of my life. As a child, I remember being afraid of various things, and anxiety became...

Call for Teen Art in All Media!

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Attention all family, friends, and other supporters of youths ages 13-19! Mad in America’s Family Resources and Arts sections are co-sponsoring an online multimedia art exhibition...

3 Ways to Help Your Child Manage Shame

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While often used interchangeably, guilt and...

Behavior Therapy Helped My Patients Through Antidepressant Withdrawal

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More attention is being paid to the adverse reactions associated with withdrawal from antidepressant drugs. Patients experience nausea, insomnia, anxiety, sadness, and flu-like symptoms with the...

Brainwashing in the Medical Training | Two Letters to Alice Miller

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From alice-miller.com: “I am writing this e-mail to Alice Miller, having just finished reading the book For Your Own Good. I was moved deeply and found...

Driving Ourselves Mad: Car Culture as Collective Madness

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From Mental Hellth: “I have always felt, on a deeply instinctual level, that cars represent a form of collective insanity, a terrifying and dangerous rush away...

Beyond Drugs: The Universal Experience of Addiction | Gabor Maté, MD

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From drgabormate.com: “With the carnage imposed by the current epidemic of opioids and associated overdoses across North America—many dozens of people dying every day—public alarm around...

The Phobic Avoidance of Attending to Real World Mental Health Outcomes

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When I look at mental health research, I notice a startling avoidance of real-world outcome measures. It seems almost phobic. Yet this type of outcome should...

Scots With Learning Disabilities and Autism Locked in Hospitals for Decades

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From the BBC: “Scots with learning disabilities and autism have been locked in secure hospitals and psychiatric wards for decades, a BBC investigation has found. They...

How China Weaponizes Psychiatry Against Dissent

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From The Washington Post: “A decade ago, China passed laws dealing with mental illness, seeking to bury the arbitrary practices of the past, when psychiatric treatment...

‘The Medical Model Has Presided Over Four Decades of Flat-Lining Outcomes’

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From The British Psychological Society: “Author, anthropologist and psychotherapist Dr. James Davies tells Fauzia Khan about his journey into the field of mental health and his...

“Holy Shit!” Psychiatry’s Cognitive Dissonance on Display

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After we published our report “Psychiatry, Fraud and the Case for a Class-Action Lawsuit” on August 13, psychiatrist Awais Aftab—who has staked out a public persona...

‘I Was a Rebel Without a Cause Before My Breakdown… I Saw Psychology as...

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From The British Psychological Society: “Rufus May had a breakdown at 18 years of age. He was diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia,’ which resulted in three hospital admissions....

‘We Are Engaged in Something Much More Complex Than a Debate About the Evidence’

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From The British Psychological Society: “Assistant Psychologist Fauzia Khan talks to Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lucy Johnstone about her journey as a psychologist. Lucy discusses her interest...

MAOIs – anti-hypertensive effect, history

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IntroductionThis brief commentary summarises the published research concerning MAOIs, platelet MAO inhibition, and blood pressure changes viz. hypotension.  These papers do not have adequate data to...

New Narrative Game Raises Awareness of ACEs & Their Impact on Youth Mental Health

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From iThrive Games: “‘Afraid.’ ‘Disturbed.’ ‘Sad.’ ‘Aware.’ These are some of the emotions that Malik, Dana, and Luisa—three of the SEED designers behind Children of the Flame—want people...

MAOI and TCA combinations: which first?

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AbstractMany of the myths concerning MAOI drugs can be traced back to the earliest writings from the late 1950s and early 1960s, before anything much was...

Condensing “Anatomy of an Epidemic” into a High-Level Summary Document

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Editor’s Note: The high-level summary document, “Why the Current Mental Health Care Model Must Evolve,” is available here. In September, 2020, I shared something on social media...

I Was a Cult Member in the Cult of Psychiatry

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From Mental Hellth: “I had tried prescription drugs on and off when I was a teenager and in college. My family doctor very casually gave me...

Trauma Survivors Speak Out Against Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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In 2021, I created the Facebook group “Stop Dialectical Behavioral Therapy” for mental health service users to have a space to discuss what happened to them...

Is the Serotonin Theory of Depression Dead?

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Recently, Moncrieff and colleagues published...

Behind Rolling Stone’s Hatchet Job on a Psychiatrist Critical of Neoliberal Capitalism

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From CounterPunch: “For quite some time now, the standard hatchet used by psychiatry apologists in their attacks on any critic of psychiatry is to include the extraneous...

John Read and Jeffrey Masson – Biological Psychiatry and the Mass Murder of “Schizophrenics”

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On the Mad in America podcast this week, we hear from the co-authors of a paper published in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry which documents...

The Anxiety Industry: At the Limits of Anxious Consumerism

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From Public Seminar: “Anxiety — that chronic, widespread uncertainty proliferating out of the insecurities that exemplify modern life — has become the lodestone of 21st century consumer...

Watch Dr. Amato’s Viral Breakdown Of The Treatment Billings MT

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As a drug used for years in the medical field to help with pain relief and anesthesia, Ketamine has become an “innovative” treatment in the mental...

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