Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 5)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

Boy, Interrupted: A Story of Akathisia

0
One of the side effects of the Covid epidemic has been a sharp rise in the use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. A Market Watch study...

My Personal and Professional Journey

0
In early adulthood, I believed that the source of psychological disorders was conflict and trauma. However, that view changed when I became a caseworker at my state’s...

Rejoining the World After Isolation

0
Source: View Apart/Shutterstock As the vaccination rate...

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

0
During the past decade, the World Health Organization (WHO) has regularly promoted the goal of improving “global mental health.” While it has often told of the...

An Interview with Critical Psychologist Ilana Mountian

0
Ilana Mountian is a researcher drawing on psychoanalytic, critical, decolonial, and feminist philosophies. She is the author of Cultural Ecstasies: Drugs, Gender, and the Social Imaginary,...

Does Insurance Cover TMS Therapy? Billings MT

0
TMS FAQs: Does Insurance Cover TMS Therapy? Insurance documents and calls  can be daunting and complicated. Coverage can be unclear, and policies difficult to read. It triggers...

Global Psychiatry’s Crisis of Values: Dainius Pūras, MD

0
From Psychiatric Times/Conversations in Critical Psychiatry: Awais Aftab interviews Lithuanian psychiatrist and human rights advocate Dr. Dainius Pūras, who served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur...

The Wisdom of Trauma: Film Premiere June 8–14

0
From Science & Nonduality: “Announcing the release of the documentary THE WISDOM OF TRAUMA, now four years in the making by directors and producers Maurizio and...

13 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

0
If you find yourself tossing and turning every night or waking up before the birds, you may want to try this list of recommendations for overcoming...

Treatment Providers Have the Power to Make or Break Recovery

0
I’ve been in treatment for severe mental illness for my entire adult life. One thing I’ve learned first-hand is how much power your treatment team has...

Supplementation with GABA Improves Decision-Making Under Stress

0
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that tends to calm down or inhibit your frazzled, over-excited nerves, literally.  This calming down of your “wired”...

Modern Psychiatry’s Allure: It Tells People What They Want to Hear

0
As a psychiatrist in the 1990s, I witnessed a huge change that seemed to make no sense: People began to eagerly seek out biological psychiatrists. These...

How Diet Affects Mental Health

0
Are you wondering about simple ways to reduce your feelings of anxiety and depression? If so, you’re not alone. Mental health issues are extremely common in...

Depression is as bad for your heart as obesity and high cholesterol.

0
Depression is as bad for your heart as obesity and high cholesterol.  This news, startling to some, comes from a report by researchers from the Helmholtz...

My Letter to an Advocate for Involuntary Treatment

0
Mental illness is my calling. I began life as an inconsolable wailing infant, became a suicidal toddler, and a taciturn, morbidly depressed teenager until I was...

A crucial nutrient for health

0
When we talk about a healthy diet, the first thing that comes to mind is eating vegetables and fruits. Plant-based foods are indeed an integral part...

The Abusive Society: Why Abuse Seems to Reach Into Every Corner of Modern Life

0
From Medium/Eudaimonia and Co: “A profound loss of the integrity of the self is what abuse genuinely is: the internalization of the harm that has one...

Adrenal Fatigue and How to Beat It

0
Your adrenal glands are two tiny pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue situated right above each kidney. Their job is to produce and release, when appropriate, certain regulatory...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 3)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America is publishing a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from...

A ‘Nappuccino’ Can Boost Alertness

0
For the price of a cup of coffee and 20 minutes of time, you could overcome those slothful slumps in the day and boost your mental...

Mental Health Liberation and Spirituality: Ex-Psychiatric Inmates Share Their Thoughts

0
My journey these days is a path of deep listening which brings me towards spirituality and, shall we say, unseen dimensions. I serve as a bridge...

WHO Online Launch Event Jun. 10: Rights-Based Transformation in Mental Health

0
From the World Health Organization: “‘Is rights-based transformation truly possible in mental health? … Yes, and it’s already started!’ Many mental health services in high-, middle- and...

Body Dysmorphia and the Age of Zoom

0
This post was written by Nicole...

Secure Attachment Is a Privilege by Rebecca Donaldson

0
Having an internal working model of secure attachment from childhood is a privilege. Yes, it’s a privilege.  It’s a privilege to not carry this hole. It’s a privilege to...

Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

0
Hanna Pickard is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. She is also appointed with the William H. Miller Department of...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 2)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

Shining a Light on Numbers Needed to Treat (NNT)

0
I see my cardiologist once a year about my high blood pressure and we also have conversations about the current state of healthcare, both the quality...

The ERNI Declaration: Making Sense of Distress Without “Disease”

0
The ERNI (Emotions aRe Not Illnesses) declaration is based on the idea that distress does not equate to disease, dysfunction, dysregulation, or chemical imbalance. Signatories believe...

My “Mother Wound”: De-Pathologizing Fear of Abandonment

0
I was about three years old when I first remember feeling that my mom may not be coming for me because I didn’t think she’d survive...

The Undervalued Potential of Living Without Psychiatric Drugs

0
I had never believed in evil until I met my psychiatric nurse. By evil, I do not mean malevolent, or sociopathic. We have all been evil at...

Allen Frances Takes on the Over-Prescription of Antidepressants

0
Eminent psychiatrist Allen Frances recently wrote an article exploring the reasons for the over-prescription of antidepressants. Writing in the HealthWatch Newsletter, Frances explains that industry corruption is...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 1)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

Grassroots Activism: Rethinking Psychiatry Builds A Community

0
In the United States and abroad, a growing number of groups have devoted their mission and mindset to rethinking psychiatry, doing their best to encourage dialogue...

Foster Kids Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Faced Abuse, Neglect

0
From ProPublica: “Across the country, child welfare officials have sent thousands of foster children to mental health institutions in distant states, including facilities where children reported...

5 New Psych Meds and What You Should Know

0
This post was written by Kelly...

Radical Acts of Community Healing and Self-Love

0
One thing has remained true for me as I’ve reflected on my journey into and out of the psychiatric system. My society—the education system, culture, economy...

Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients

0
From Kaiser Health News: “Addiction treatment facilities in Pennsylvania, like ASI, are licensed and regulated by the state to ensure they follow certain rules and keep...

Recovery Management: A Key to Successful Sobriety

0
This post was written by Vaughan...

Ethical Issues Raised Over FDA Collaboration with Biogen on Failed Drug

0
Two years ago, Biogen’s two trials of experimental Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab were canceled early after failing to show efficacy and demonstrating a high rate of fluid...

Reframing Britney: Press and Public Waking Up to Guardianship Harms

0
What a difference two years make. Back in spring 2019, the tabloids were training their gaze on the mental health of pop star Britney Spears—who’d recently reemerged...

Gabor Maté, MD: The Power of Connection: Finding Wisdom in Our Trauma

0
From Wholehearted.org: “Dr. Gabor Maté will take you on a journey of discovery; weaving together common struggles we all experience through his unique perspective and helping...

From Wonder Drug to Catastrophe: My Seroquel Story

0
At first, it was a love story. It was the winter of 2004. After more than three years of getting a minuscule amount of broken sleep...

Coalition Calls for Halt to Use of ‘Unethical and Unsafe’ Mental Distress Emergency Scheme

0
From Disability News Service: “Disabled activists are calling for an immediate halt to the use of a multi-agency scheme that they believe is unethical, unlawful and...

Study Confirms Overdiagnosis of ADHD

0
A new study has found that ADHD is overdiagnosed in children and adolescents. Growing diagnoses in those with mild symptoms may lead to children being exposed...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 9)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

How Can Mental Health Research Become More Relevant to Those it is Meant to...

0
Since 2004, I have been following New York Times writer Benedict Carey and his coverage of mental health issues. A few weeks ago, in his farewell...

Nutrition Is the Foundation of Resilience

0
One of the key messages of our book THE BETTER BRAIN is that nutrition is the foundation of resilience. Very often we hear people say that...

The Relapsing Peer Supervisor – Mad In America

0
When I first entered the professional world working in the mental health system, I never shared my lived experience of recovering from schizophrenia for a few...

An Interview with Hannah Zeavin

0
Hannah Zeavin is a leading scholar investigating how mediated communications and technology impact our intimate relations. Her most recent work tackles teletherapy and digital mental health...

Antidepressants Not Clinically Useful for Back Pain

0
Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for chronic pain, including back pain, sciatica, and osteoarthritis. Major pain guidelines recommend the use of serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), most commonly...

Cochrane Review Calls for More Research on Antidepressant Withdrawal

0
A new Cochrane review examines the current body of research on stopping antidepressant use, finding a major lack in this area. The researchers call for further...

Serious, ‘Unexpected’ Adverse Events From Nasal Esketamine

0
From Medscape: “Patients who receive esketamine for ‘treatment-resistant depression’ are at increased risk for serious and unexpected adverse events (AEs), new research suggests. . . . The...

6 Signs You Developed Health Anxiety During the Pandemic

0
This post was written by Samantha Desmond and Robyn Martin. Source: Phoenixns/Shutterstock The COVID-19 pandemic introduced a new health threat in the form of a disease about which little...

My 7 Years of Detention Hell

0
Back in 2013, I had a spiritual awakening of sorts. Being an atheist at that time made it an odd experience. My mind was a bit...

The Four Research Papers I Wish My Doctor Had Read Before Prescribing an Antidepressant

0
From BJGP Life: “In 1996, when I was prescribed an antidepressant, there was already published research that showed SSRIs caused withdrawal effects. However, at that time, the Defeat Depression...

5 Reasons You Should Have Your Neurotransmitter Levels Measured

0
Neurotransmitter levels can now be determined by a simple and convenient urine test collected at home. Knowing your neurotransmitter levels can help you to correct an...

As Hannah’s Diazepam Prescription Rose, So Did Red Flags in Victoria’s Addiction Warning System

0
From ABC NEWS (Australia): “A nurse practitioner told Hannah she had been flagged multiple times by SafeScript, the state government’s real-time prescription monitoring system. But neither her...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 7)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

Frequent Alert 201– Taking on COVID-19 with Gusto

0
Dear Friends: We posted this interview with Clay Clark on YouTube and within hours YouTube cancelled the video, censoring Dr. Breggin and Clay Clark. While we...

On Being Forced Out in the Clinical Psychology Field

0
Borderline personality disorder is a highly stigmatized diagnosis. Although I do not identify with it and do not consent to this diagnostic assignment, it was given...

An Interview with Julia Rucklidge, Ph.D.

0
This episode of “Mad in the Family” discusses the links between nutrition and mental health, and the science that’s showing that diet may help improve or...

Council of Europe: Mental Health Reform Is Urgent Need and Human Rights Imperative

0
From the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights: “While the additional strain generated by the pandemic is new, the mental health situation and lack of...

Stimulant Prescribing Patterns for ADHD Not Impacted by Scientific Evidence

0
A study from the Netherlands recently found that despite numerous high-quality publications casting doubt on stimulant treatment for ADHD over the past 20 years, prescribing rates...

“Operation Homebound” is actually Operation Horror

0
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has implemented “Operation Homebound” which has been organized to “vaccinate the most underrepresented, homebound, and underserved disabled residents in our...

Philosophy & Madness: A Discussion with Wouter Kusters

0
Wouter Kusters Wouter Kusters is a Dutch philosopher and linguist from the Netherlands. He is best known for his books, ‘Pure Madness, A Quest for the Psychotic Experience’...

Lack of Guidance Available for Discontinuing Psychiatric Drugs

0
The process of discontinuing psychotropic medication can be difficult to navigate due to a lack of clear information and support regarding how to best go about...

Mental Health Advocates Launch Campaign to Stop Continued Electroshock of 22-Year-Old MN Man

0
From MindFreedom: “MindFreedom International—a multi-affiliate human rights organization of people with psychiatric diagnoses, which has consultative status with the United Nations and helped craft the UN’s Convention on...

The Radicalization of a White Psychiatrist

0
From Psychiatric Services: “On June 3, 2020, I attended an emergency town hall meeting on structural racism, held by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. The...

Frequent Alert 199: Important Virtual Conference

0
Our friend Patrick Coffin is sponsoring an upcoming online summit titled: Truth over Fear: COVID-19 and the Great Reset. This is an exciting two day virtual event...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 5)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the course of several months, Mad in America is publishing a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal...

Antidepressant Withdrawal Misdiagnosed as Functional Disorder

0
In a new article in the Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling, and Psychotherapy, psychotherapist Marion Brown and service user and campaigner Stevie Lewis present the dangers...

Science Plays the Long Game. But People Have Mental Health Issues Now.

0
From The New York Times: “Like most science reporters, I had wanted to report on something big, to have a present-at-the-creation run that would shake up...

ALERT: PROTECT CHARLES HELMER FROM FORCED ELECTRO-SHOCK IN MN BEFORE THIS FRIDAY

0
From MindFreedom: “Last year, we issued a Shield alert for Charles Helmer, 21 years old, when he was locked up at Regions Hospital in Minnesota. Thanks...

What Does Our Species Require for a Healthy Life? An Interview with Peter Sterling

0
Peter Sterling, now retired from the University of Pennsylvania, is a well-known neuroscientist, having co-authored a popular text, Principles of Neural Design. He is a lifelong...

Surviving the Bipolar Label with Karin Jervert

0
From The Courageously.u Podcast: “Karin Jervert is a fine artist, writer, and psychiatric survivor labeled Bipolar at 21. She is currently working on a memoir exploring...

Getting Ahead: Why Women Need Workplace Friends

0
This post was written by Nancy Trowbridge and Andrea Preisinger. Source: Artem Podrez/Pexels One of the lessons the pandemic has taught us as women is that our workplace friendships are as...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 4)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

An American History of Addiction, Part 6: The Reagan Reaction

0
While the 1960s and ‘70s saw major upheavals in culture and knowledge, the 1980s would turn out very differently. Riding a wave of reactionary politics, Ronald...

Assault and Exploitation: My Peer Worker Experience

0
I was a “revolving door patient,” trapped inside a cycle of admissions to psychiatric wards for nearly 20 years. The doctors attached numerous labels to my...

Beyond Benzos: Jordan B. Peterson’s Trip to Hell and Back

0
“Things fall apart of their own accord, but the sins of men speed their deterioration.” —Jordan B. Peterson Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for...

A Difference That Can Make a Difference: Mental Distress as a Call of Being

0
I was reading Rollo May’s book The Discovery of Being the other day. I came upon a quote that I find important as the intro to...

Internet Forum for Tapering Psychiatric Drugs Provides Novel Insights

0
A new article published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology reveals how the internet, and the website SurvivingAntidepressants.org in particular, has become the leading...

Online Exhibition: Art-Making During the Pandemic

0
The online exhibition “Creativity and COVID: Art-Making During the Pandemic,” now live here, features nearly 100 artists with lived experience with mental distress who shared with...

COVID-19 and the Global Predators: We are the Prey–Latest Breggin Book

0
Dear Friends, Peter and I began to investigate and research COVID-19, the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the pandemic in February as the disease began its spread through China...

A Thief in the Hospital

0
I ended up in a psychiatric hospital one day. Psychosis was the diagnosis. I wasn’t scared of the psychosis but I got scared of the diagnosis,...

Federal Mental Health Agencies: Remember Ivory!

0
Xavier BecerraAfter weeks of arguing, the US Senate approved President Biden’s nomination for the new head of the powerful US Department of Health and Human Services...

Get Out of the Explain Lane

0
From Benzo Brains: “When you’re broken, it’s too hard to carry both yourself and others. And by carrying I mean with your words, whether in explaining,...

How Psychiatry Turned General Difficulties in Adaptation into “Real Illnesses Just Like Diabetes”

0
Disease, illness, disorders, etc. INTRODUCTION    One of the problems in the present debate about neurochemical imbalances is that almost every word in the English language has at...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 2)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

Sherry Julo, Ed White and John Read – Online Support Groups for Psychiatric Drug...

0
This week on the MIA podcast, we discuss a recent paper that considers the support provided by online support groups when people seek help for psychiatric...

How to Parent Young Adults Who Move Back Home

0
Many young adults have moved back in with their parents as a result of the pandemic. The transition can be difficult, as both children and parents adapt...

How to Support Healing from Psychosis Versus Imposing Social Control

0
When a person has a break from reality, others often feel a sense of urgency. Most people think that if this does not get treated with...

Confused, Accused, and Retraumatized

0
I felt dazed as I looked at my new surroundings, listening to the sound of the door locking behind me.  I had been taken into custody...

Why Mental Health Researchers Are Studying Psychedelics All Wrong

0
From Salon: “As psychedelic advocates and practitioners with decades of experience, having worked with thousands of people, we believe we need a serious examination of whether...

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 2: Is Psychiatry Evidence Based? (Part 1)

0
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, Mad in America will publish a serialized version of Peter Gøtzsche’s book, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric...

Our Culture Is Abusive – Mad In America

0
We are so steeped in our own culture that we have no idea how high the decay is rising, the amount of loneliness, gaslighting, overworking, and...

Why Is Electroshock ‘Therapy’ Still a Mainstay of Psychiatry?

0
From Aeon: “In the early 1970s, I was a naive 21-year-old, in love with my first job since graduating university, as a nursing aide on a...

Must Read

- Advertisement -