Monday, June 14, 2021

Knot in the Throat

From Mad in Brasil: Psychologist Vanessa Furtado writes that our fight is a struggle against a form of society that medicates and imprisons the...

Open Dialogue in Spain

From Mad in Spain: Survivor and medical anthropologist Enric Garcia, from the Spanish Open Dialogue Network, presents a summary of the basic features of...

Philopsychiatry and Antipsychiatry, the Different Visions Between Users and Professionals

From Mad in Italy: Italian engineer and service user Gio Beppini reflects on the function of biomedical psychiatry and the perception of it within...

Pandemic and Genocide: Aboard the Ship of Fools

From Mad in Brasil: Brazilian psychoanalyst Luciana Jaramillo makes a call for resistance against what she calls the empire of the banality of evil,...

Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery

From Mad in Finland: Tapio Gauffin, a survivor of psychiatry and current president of the association Ascending Mind, narrates his journey of recovery from...

Conversation with Prof. Dainius Puras

Dainius Puras, the former Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the right to health (2014 - 2020), talks about the inadequacy of the currently dominant biomedical model in mental health care.

Statement on the Human Rights of Psychiatric Patients to the Finnish...

Finnish activists express their opposition to the additional protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder concerning involuntary placement and involuntary treatment.

Antidepressants Are Not the (Only) Answer

From Mad in Sweden: Swedish journalist Liv Beckström advocates for the need to emulate the Norwegian example and institute the right for drug-free psychiatric...

My Torturer Died Today

Survivor-researcher Vanessa Furtado writes a eulogy for the man who labeled her as schizophrenic when she was a child, sentencing her to a life of forced (mis)treatments, compounded trauma, and marginalization.

Creating a Habitable World For Us All

Survivor-activist Marta Plaza reminds that a more livable world is not only possible, but is already being created by grassroots networks and mutual aid groups all around us.

Psychotropic Withdrawal: A Meaningful Inferno

Survivor Julia Green writes about tapering from all her psychiatric medications, and how she found solace and support in loved ones to make it through that "Hell."

Dealing With Layers of Grief in the Pandemic

Indrani Ghose narrates the distress, grief, fear, and guilt suffered by those who have gone through the traumatic experience of losing loved ones during the pandemic.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read: Words Matter Desperately

Paula Caplan writes about how and why words such as "depression", "anxiety", "guilt", "bullying" and "microaggression" can be harmful and should be used with care in order to reduce suffering.

Legal Campaign Against Mental Health Services That Do Harm

The Campaign Against Psychiatric Drugs Abuse in the UK aims to change the current psychiatric paradigm that relies on drugs that cause debilitating side effects.

The Low Serotonin Theory of Depression Lives on in Sweden

The low serotonin theory of depression lives on in Sweden, long after it has been discredited elsewhere. Why?

Everyone, Read This!

Survivor and activist Dunja Grisell presents an adaptation of The Queer Nation Manifesto into a Critical Psychiatry Manifesto.

The Geopolitics of Indigenous Trauma

In her essay "The Chaos Outside Versus the Calm Inside," Nina Sangma writes: "Whoever said an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop was probably someone who puts profits over people under the assumption that a state of stillness is unproductive and disastrous to one’s wellbeing."

No Mental Health Without Human Rights

From Mad in Asia Pacific: Adishi Gupta analyzes a recent report by UN Special Rapporteur  Dainius Pūras. Read here.

Neoliberalism and Me Culture Undermine Mental Wellness and Human Dignity

From Mad in Sweden: Lars Lundström writes that in a healthy society, finding meaning should be about achieving a balance between feeling appreciated and...

Pathogenic Societies and Collective Madness

From Mad in America Hispanohablante: Enric García Torrents writes on how it is critical to rethink mental health services from a collective perspective, highlighting the impact of inequality and other social determinants.

“We are concerned about the risk of suicide in the elderly”

Create new national guidelines for the use of antidepressants for the elderly, suggests Barbro Westerholm (L) and Professor Yngve Gustafson in a reply. We thank Ludvigsson, Sparring Björkstén, Sigström, Waern, Karlsson, Aguilar-Palomino, Gustavsson and Skoog for the comment on our previous debate article on depression in the elderly…

Emotional Pain is the Cause of ‘Mental Illness’

Mental illness is a multifaceted concept and encompasses a wide range of symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, dependence, addiction, insomnia and suicidality. Depending on who defines mental illness, and in what context this occurs, the meaning of the term can look very different.

“We See With Our Brains, Not With Our Eyes”

In the 90's I came to talk with a school nurse who claimed that our brains do grow but do not really change after birth and are therefore completely genetically determined. A not uncommon notion, as well as the notion that modern man's brain is unchanged since the Stone Age but is stressed by the demands of modern society.

Per Os – An Art Project About the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Connection...

From Mad in Sweden. In June, the art project Per os was launched. A project that aims to reveal the link between pharmaceutical industry and government, healthcare and psychiatry. The Per os project is a research-based project initiated by Markus Sjöborg who runs an artistic internship in Malmö.

Electroshock is Still Used in 2020: is 80 Years of Electrocuting...

My own view is ECT should be treated as an experimental, unproven procedure (because it is) and stopped nationally pending rigorous controlled research which monitors whether it works better than placebo 6 months or years after the final session has stopped.

Induction to Virus Psychosis

Psychiatry: the science of the obligation to adhere to the norm. The norm has changed, and also changes whatever can be defined deviant and erroneously made pathological.

The Launch of Mad in Sweden Culture Section

Today we launch our brand new culture section where you can find tips on books and films related to mental health issues, and which contribute to the critical review of the current health paradigm in the psychiatric field. The page also has its own section for poetry.

Recovery – From Personal Reform to Social Change

From Mad in Sweden. One of the most important contributions made by research on recovery, is understanding people diagnosed with “severe mental health problems”, as not merely victims of an illness, but as agents in their own lives.

Injuries in the Children of Parents Living With Mental Illness

Parental mental illness is associated with increased risk of injuries among offspring, particularly during the first years of the child’s life. Efforts to increase access to parental support for parents with mental illness, and to recognize and treat perinatal metal morbidity in parents in secondary care might prevent child injury.

“Depression Among the Elderly Must be Prioritized”

Older people are the group that gets the most antidepressants in Sweden. 17 % of those over 65 used antidepressants in 2019, and in the group over 75 the medication comprised 26 % of women and 16 % of men, according to the statistics from National Board of Medicines statistics.

Mad in Brasil TV

Mad in Brasil launches MIB TV, an innovative communication space open to public participation. Every two weeks mental health professionals, researchers, users of psychiatry, family members and leaders of popular movements will discuss articles of interest on Mad in Brasil.

Why Did I Stay?

I was in psychiatric treatment for eighteen years. For eighteen years I didn’t get the help I needed. Why didn’t I leave psychiatry long before? What made me stay in something that couldn’t help me and on the contrary worsened my mental health? Why did it take so many years before I turned my back on psychiatry and looked after alternatives?

The Field of Mental Health Has Gone Astray, But We Can...

People should have real choice. The research and knowledge about how to work differently are already there. Now we need politicians and policymakers to force the change and make it happen in the established services. Mad in Norway will be a leading voice in ensuring this change.

Power Threat Meaning Framework and Tapering Strips in Brasil

On October 29 to 31, the National School of Public Health (ENSP / FIOCRUZ) in Rio de Janeiro will hold its 3rd International Seminar on psychiatric drugs. UK Clinical Psychologist Lucy Johnstone will discuss the Power Threat Meaning Framework and Peter Groot will discuss his work in the Netherlands on tapering strips.

Berlin Manifesto for Humane Psychiatry Released

Changing the mental health and psychosocial support system in Germany requires public debate about the ways our society should help and support people in mental crisis and with chronic mental health problems. We believe the driving force behind all help and support should be humanitarianism and respect for inalienable human rights.

Dog Assisted Psychotherapy Most Effective With Children

Dog assisted psychotherapy is mostly used within the psychodynamic theory. It's especially useful in treatment with children and adolescents, where dogs seems to pass "under the radar" of children's logical defense.

Together for Sustainable Change: The Launch of Mad in Sweden

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Mad in Sweden launches today. The number of people receiving a psychiatric diagnosis in Sweden has increased dramatically in recent years, and the need for alternative perspectives to today’s biomedical and pharmacologically oriented paradigm of mental health has never been greater.

Mad in the UK

Today sees the culmination of many months of effort with the launch of Mad in the UK. Acting in concert with MIA, Mad in the UK will carry UK-specific content and provide a voice for UK professionals, service users/survivors, peer activists, carers, researchers, teachers, journalists and others who are working for change in the field of what is usually referred to as ‘mental health’.