Dr. Adam Urato is the Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. He writes and lectures on medication exposures in pregnancy.
Akiko Hart is the Chair of ISPS UK, a Committee Member of the English Hearing Voices Network and the Hearing Voices Project Manager at Mind in Camden. She has previously worked as the Director of Mental Health Europe. Her research interests include critical suicidology, psychosis and dissociation.
For the past twelve years, Al Galves, PhD, has been fighting biopsychiatry and advocating for safe, humane, life-enhancing approaches to helping people who are experiencing emotional distress, life crises, difficult dilemmas, spiritual emergencies, terror and overwhelm.
The Wrong Profession? After nearly 15 years of working in the pharmaceutical industry, Amy's mission is to help women avoid, reduce, and eliminate their need for prescription medications. She believes in the healing powers of food, sunlight, exercise, sleep, and community. For more information, visit her website.
Madness in Civilization: Andrew Scull is Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at UC, San Diego. He is the author of many books and articles on the history of psychiatry, including Decarceration, Museums of Madness, The Most Solitary of Affllctions, Masters of Bedlam, Undertaker of the Mind, Hysteria, and several others.
Art Levine is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, a recent Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a former Fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute. He has written for The New Republic, The Atlantic and numerous other publications, and is the author of 2005's PPI report, Parity-Plus: A Third Way Approach to Fix America's Mental Health System.
Ashley Bobak is a PsyD student in Clinical-Community Psychology at Point Park University and has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She is interested in the intersections of philosophy, history, and psychology and is using this intersection as a lens to examine substance addiction. She hopes to develop and promote alternative approaches to conceptualizing and treating psychopathology that maintain and revere human dignity.
Fixing A Broken World: A psychiatric survivor activist contemplates the mental health system, stigma, science, law and culture, politics, and the practical realities of fighting what some have called one of the "Last Great Civil Rights Battles."
Deconstructing the Institution: Dr. Burstow is a faculty member at University of Toronto, and an antipsychiatry activist. She writes about language, institutional ruling, resistance, and social change. Works include The Other Mrs. Smith, Psychiatry and the Business of Madness, Radical Feminist Therapy and Psychiatry Disrupted. For more information, see bizomadness.blogspot.ca
Commonsense Rebellion: Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist often at odds with the mainstream of his profession, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect. His latest book is Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person's Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian―Strategies, Tools, and Models. His website is www.brucelevine.net
All of Us or None of Us: Chaya questions the idea that some of us are "mentally ill" and others of us are not. Her book Freedom From Psychiatric Drugs is available on Kindle and in paperback. She shares lessons learned through coaching people coming off psychiatric drugs and/or looking for alternatives to taking them. Get a free E-Book on nutritional and creative alternatives here. Her certificate course in consulting with those coming off psychiatric drugs is here.
The Silenced Child: As a pediatrician bringing perspectives from developmental psychology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience, Dr. Gold explores the ways in which listening to parents and children promotes growth, healing and resilience. In parallel, she exposes the various forces in our culture that obstruct listening. Her forthcoming book is The Silenced Child.
Wellness Wordworks: Corinna West writes about the business she founded, which coordinates people suffering from emotional distress to provide instant peer support for one another in exchange for helping anyone interested in expanding their online presence.
ADHD: A Return to Psychology: Amid concern that we are proposing the existence of a medical problem with which no biological markers reliably correspond, Craig explores "ADHD" behavior and interventions that encourage self-reliance and cooperation. Read more at www.craigwiener.com.
The Politics of Diagnosis and Treatment - An Evolutionary Biological View: A practicing clinical psychologist, Dan Kriegman explores the negotiation of conflicting realities that lies at the heart of successful treatment, and how a healing discipline can help prevent the dictating of meaning and truth from one party to another.
Recovery Through Voice and Dialogue: Co-founder of the National Empowerment Center, Daniel Fisher, a psychiatrist, writes on alternatives to the medical/institutional model of distress and healing. In particular, he tells of the Empowerment Paradigm of Development and Recovery.
Beyond Health and Illness: David Cohen, a researcher, author, professor of social welfare at UCLA and practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years, writes about social and cultural constructions of reality.
Getting From Here to There: David Ross writes about the efforts in Ashland, County Ohio to move its mental health and drug/alcohol system towards a recovery-oriented system of care, one that puts into practice the core principles of recovery, medication optimization and trauma-informed care.
Psychiatric Survivor Activist Tells Mad Movement Stories for Mental Health Justice: After the mental health system abused David with forced psychiatric drugs and labels of schizophrenia and bipolar, David worked as a psychiatric survivor activist for decades. He blogs here and at http://www.davidwoaks.com.
Speaking in the Borrowed Language: David Walker, PhD, is a Missouri Cherokee descendent, psychologist, writer, and musician. He consults with the Yakama Indian Nation, and writes about Western mental health system complicity in the oppression of indigenous people. His website is www.davidedwardwalker.com.
Dennis D. Embry, PhD, was responsible for drafting the letter signed by 23 scientists, who collectively represent scores of randomized prevention trials of mental illnesses published in leading scientific journals. His work has focused on children and adults with serious mental illnesses. He serves on the Children's Mental Health Network Advisory Council.
Dick Russell is the author of twelve books, including My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism, as well as The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: Volume I: The Making of a Psychologist. His website is www.dickrussell.org.
The STAR*D Scandal: A psychologist who has spent five years “deconstructing” the NIMH’s large study of antidepressants tells of his findings, discusses his published articles, and posts the documents that reveal the bad--and dishonest science--at the heart of this trial.
Psych Drug Action Campaign: Edward Opton writes of his work with colleagues at the National Center for Youth Law's PsychDrugs Action Campaign to reduce harmful uses of psychotropic medications, especially drugs that are used, intentionally or not, as chemical restraints for children in foster care. He is a co-author of The Mind Manipulators.
Ekaterina Netchitailova is a Doctor of Philosophy residing in the Netherlands. She has lived in four different countries and speaks four languages. She worked as a financial analyst of banks and portfolio manager in Amsterdam, and as a head-hunter in Brussels. Ekaterina has been teaching media studies, and is fascinated by different cultures and walks of life. She is interested in how different manifestations of human psyche have been medicalized and put into the domain of mental health.
Enrico Gnaulati, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and nationally recognized reformer of mental health practice and policy. He is the author of Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Beacon Press, 2013) and Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care (Beacon Press, 2018).
Healing Madness: Eve A. Wood is an integrative psychiatrist and award-winning author who left her Medical Director position due to concern about the toxic shift in her field during 35 years of practice. She is worried about the well-being of her colleagues in medicine, and now works with them as a coach, outside the medical model, to remove stigma and fear of professional consequences.
Father John (Russell Grigaitis) is ordained clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canada and is, therefore, called to be a physician of souls (i.e., a psychiatrist). He is also a Certified Engineering Technologist with training in computers and electronics (including electrical theory and safety), being a Life Member of The Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta.
Tales from the Madhouse: Gary is a freelance writer and trainer who opted to leave his Consultant Clinical Psychologist post after 33 years of employment within the UK’s psychiatric system. Drawing on extensive clinical experience, his writings highlight the deficiencies of traditional psychiatric practice. He is the author of Tales from the Madhouse: An insider critique of psychiatric services.
Men on Hooks: George Atwood, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Rutgers (retired), where he taught for 41 years. George has devoted his life to psychotherapy, specializing in extreme psychological disturbances. He is author of The Abyss of Madness, Faces in a Cloud: Intersubjectivity in Personality Theory, and many other works.
George Mecouch is an osteopath, board certified psychiatrist and currently the medical director at a community mental health center in Vancouver, WA. He also maintains a small, analytically oriented private practice. He has always had a special interest in working therapeutically with psychosis and its connection to the reality of dreams.
Awakening Children to Their Greatness: Creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach and the Inner Wealth Initiative, Howard Glasser writes of ways to help children flourish in school and in all aspects of their lives, without the use of psychotropic medications.
Iden Campbell believes that The Great Turning is happening, and though our generation may not see the full fruits of our labor it’s up to us to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to live their lives as freely as possible.
Ira Steinman, M.D. has focused on the psychotherapy of the severely disturbed, including schizophrenia, for more than 50 years. For more than 45 years, he has pursued an out-patient psychiatric practice in San Francisco where he has demonstrated that an intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy, in conjunction with the judicious use of antipsychotic medication, can help even the most lost and disturbed schizophrenic and delusional patients recover, heal and, at times, achieve a cure.
Up the River: A social worker, Jack Carney writes on the contradictions and hypocrisies of the public mental health system, and promotes and applauds acts of resistance to it. In the words of the immortal Joe Hill, spoken just before being executed by a Utah firing squad, he likes to advise: “Don’t mourn, organize!"
Just Thinking: Jim Schroeder's writings focus on natural, readily accessible interventions for parents and professionals. Most recently, he has published the book Wholiness: The Unified Pursuit of Health, Harmony, Happiness, and Heaven. It focuses on the ways in which the pursuit of holiness is synonymous with the drive towards wholeness.
The Gene Illusion: Jay Joseph brings a critical perspective to claims in the media and the academic literature that disordered genes underlie psychiatric disorders. His most recent books are The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015), and his 2017 e-book Schizophrenia and Genetics: The End of an Illusion.
Innovator and emergent designer for US Peer to Peer Public & Private Health Peer Workforce models embedding the Certified Peer Specialist and all Endorsements (2020) into co-located networked care environments. Community Public Mental Health US Peer Workforce frontier, rural, urban infrastructure development. Public Health Messaging. Regional and National Crisis Management Services. Subject matter expertise in Suicide, Homicide, Secondary Education.
Dr. Bahr specializes in mental health and endocrine conditions with expertise in mood disorders and child/adolescent mental and behavioral health. Her mission is to end stigma so that quality treatment will not be delayed out of fear. For more information, visit www.DrJenniferBahr.com.
Life Style Can Change the Brain: A clinical psychologist, Jill Littrell writes about research studies of psychiatric medications, and interventions to bolster natural resilience through talk therapy, proper diet, exercise, and support from your friends.
Jo Watson is a UK psychotherapist trainer and activist who started out in the Survivor & Rape Crisis movements 25 years ago. Jo campaigns for a paradigm shift away from the bio medical model narrative of mental distress toward a more appropriate trauma informed response. Jo formed the Facebook group "Drop The Disorder?!" in September 2016 and organizes the event "A Disorder For Everyone!" that is currently making its way around the U.K.
Grieving for Grief: Joanne Cacciatore is Associate Professor at Arizona State University and founder of the Center for Loss and Trauma. She writes about and researches traumatic grief, and trains providers in "green" mental health care. Her latest book, Selah: An Invitation Toward Fully Inhabited Grief, is used by grief therapists worldwide.
Johanna Ryan is a workers’ comp paralegal and a union and healthcare activist in Chicago. She may or may not have a biological brain disease, but she is definitely allergic to capitalism and addicted to asking questions.
Joshua Kendall has written on psychiatry for numerous publications, including BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Psychology Today and Undark. He is also a biographer, whose most recent book is First Dads: Politics and Parenting from George Washington to Barack Obama. For more on his work, see his website.
Kelly Brogan, MD is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the newly released book Own Your Self, the NY Times Bestselling book A Mind of Your Own, the children’s book A Time For Rain, co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression, a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher and a mother of two.
Dr. Ken Blatt trained when psychiatry was steeped in a humanistic, philosophic and social/relational tradition. He believes that in the last decades psychiatry has shifted to a reductionistic bio-medical disease orientation. His passion is to develop a peer-run integrated dialogical network for young adults in an an extreme state.
Pushing the Mad Envelope: As CEO of a peer-run organization, mental health consumer, advocate and visionary change agent, Keris writes about pressing issues facing mental health treatment such as choice, peer support, wellness and recovery, culture and language and leadership development.
Journeying Back To Self: Laura Delano is an ex-mental patient who writes about her thirteen years of psychiatric indoctrination, how she woke up in 2010, and what it's been like to come off psychiatric drugs, leave the "mentally ill" identity behind, and rediscover an authentic connection to self and world.
Mental Health Liberation: Lauren facilitates trainings and Dialogues of Discovery, inspired by her recently published memoir, Living for Two: A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace. She is spreading Emotional CPR (which she co-founded), creating peace, and reclaiming our shared humanity. Visit her online.
Lauren Tenney, PhD, is a psychiatric survivor and activist first involuntarily committed at age 15. Her work aims to expose the institutional corruption which is a source of profit for organized psychiatry, and to abolish state sponsored human rights violations, such as murder, torture and slavery. www.laurentenney.us
Lawrence Kelmenson has practiced psychiatry for 32 years, working with children, adults, and families. He graduated medical school from State University of New York, and completed psychiatric residency training at Cornell. He then became staff psychiatrist, and later medical director, of Craig House Hospital in Beacon, New York until 2000, and has since conducted a psychotherapy-based private practice in Cold Spring, New York.
Laysha Ostrow is the CEO of Live & Learn, Inc. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2014, and Master’s in Public Policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School in 2010. She identifies as a person with lived experience of the psychiatric system, the special education system, the disability system, and the family court system.
How To Get Psychology Out Of Our Lives: Lois takes a practical-critical approach to exposing how the biases of psychology permeate our everyday lives—by supporting people to create conceptual tools and practices that empower them to transform the alienation and passivity of our culture.
Seeing Gray: Malaika coordinates peer support services in a non-alternative mental health agency. She writes about the conflicts, opportunities, and triumphs of offering peer support in a traditional setting as well as the grassroots organizing and advocacy she balances this with in her free time.
Marilyn Wedge, PhD is a family therapist with decades of experience helping children and families. She is the author of three books on child therapy. Her most recent book is A Disease called Childhood: Why ADHD became an American Epidemic (Penguin/Random House Group).
Megan Wildhood is a writer and advocate for the marginalized and vulnerable. She is the author of Long Division, released September 2017 from Finishing Line Press, and has been published, among other places, in The Atlantic, Litro Magazine, and America Magazine. More information about her fiction, poetry and essays can be found at meganwildhood.com.
Killer Brain Candy: After 2 years of Ativan for pregnancy-related insomnia, and the knowledge that the drug was slowly disassembling her brain and body, Melissa Bond went through a hellish withdrawal. She writes about it on her website, and in her forthcoming book, Dear Little Fish. The Kickstarter campaign launches October 28.
An Alternative Understanding of The Nature of Madness: Dr. Cornwall wants this blog to help deepen our understanding of the mystery of madness and help us learn ways to lovingly self-care when we are mad, and lovingly respond to others when they are mad. He can be reached at his website - "What is Madness?"
Michael Fontaine is Professor of Classics at Cornell University. In 2016 he received the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties.
Dr. Michael W. Corrigan, a former problem child who somehow became a psychologist, is a tenured Associate Professor at Marshall University. His teaching expertise focuses on child development, educational psychology, research methods and advanced statistical analysis. He has served as the evaluator or primary investigator for more than $19.5 million in federally funded research studies, and his academic work has been published in dozens of peer-reviewed journals and publications. He is the author of Debunking ADHD: 10 Reasons to Stop Drugging Kids for Acting Like Kids.
Miriam Larsen-Barr is a clinical psychologist who works with young people and their families in New Zealand. Her doctorate research explored experiences of taking, and attempting to stop, antipsychotic medication. Before training as a psychologist, Miriam worked within the service-user movement as part of a national project to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems, where her greatest qualification was her lived experience of recovery.
naas has 15 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field in various capacities, including in peer support, training, research, clinical work, advocacy and strategic planning. Currently she is an academic writer and researcher with the Temple University Collaborative for Community Inclusion of People with Psychiatric Disabilities and works as the part time Cultural Competence and Linguistics Coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services System of Care federal grant. Recently, as a volunteer, she co-founded and coordinated the group Spiritual Emergence and Other Extraordinary Experiences at CIIS from January 2014-June 2016 and produced Holding the Shadow, a community collaborative social commentary theatre project for survivors of the mental health and substance abuse systems. She is especially interested in exposing, resolving, and repairing disparity and discrimination issues- racism, homophobia, sexism, classisism- in mental health and substance abuse services- including power disparities between providers of services and the people receiving services. She holds a BA in Psychology, Neuroscience Track, from Yale University, and a Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from CIIS. She is a long time psychiatric survivor and is psychiatric drug free (and beyond happy and grateful about this) after 15 years of psychiatric drugging.
Ms. Shaheen is a director and founding member of the Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation. Her daughter was the first positively identified case in Canada in January 2008. Ms. Shaheen holds an Honours B.A. in German from McGill University and a certificate in Publishing Studies from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. She is fluent in English, French and German.
Noel Hunter is a clinical psychologist, specializing in a psychosocial approach to emotional distress. Her work focuses on the link between trauma and altered states, human rights, and alternative approaches to healing. She is the author of Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.
Norbert Wetzel has practiced and taught family systems therapy in the US and Germany. He co-founded the Princeton Family Institute, which focuses on relational aspects of issues and assisting family members to withdraw from drugs, and the Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Inc., which has worked with families in the poorest districts of NJ.
The Breggin Blog: The Conscience of Psychiatry: Dr. Breggin has been called "The Conscience of Psychiatry" for his decades of successful efforts to reform the field. He criticizes psychiatric drugs and ECT, and promotes more caring, empathic and effective therapies. His newest book is Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.
Behaviorism and Mental Health: Philip Hickey is a retired psychologist. He has worked in prisons (UK and US), addiction units, community mental health centers, nursing homes, and in private practice. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Colorado, and have four grown children. His posts can also be seen on his website, Behaviorism and Mental Health.
Crossing Over: EMMY-nominee PJ Moynihan has spent years immersed in the world of alternatives to the psychiatric paradigm. He writes of his work as Producer and Director of Healing Voices, a forthcoming feature documentary that examines mental health care in the United States and the re-visioning of psychosis.
Addiction, Biological Psychiatry and the Disease Model: Richard D. Lewis, MEd, has worked with addictions for the past 19 years in New Bedford, MA. Richard discusses the relationship of addictions to severe psychological distress often labeled as a “disease” and/or a so-called “mental illness".
Robert Berezin has been in private practice and taught psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for thirty years. He is the author of Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain and Do No Harm: The Destructive History of Pharmaceutical Psychiatry and its Bedfellows. He blogs at www.robertberezin.com.
Policy for Recovery: As a former state mental health and addictions commissioner, Bob Nikkel writes about policy and practice changes that are needed to promote recovery and resilience while decreasing the over-reliance on psychiatric medications in community and hospital treatment settings. Bob serves as executive director of Mad in America's Continuing Education program.
Rights, Inclusion, Dignity - RECOVERY: Ron Bassman is a licensed psychologist who writes about "the recovery path, an individual struggle of becoming." He seeks to challenge the misconceptions of both mental health professionals and the general public, while inspiring fellow travelers. More articles are available for download at www.ronaldbassman.com.
Dialogues with Madness: A therapist and educator specializing in cognitive therapy for psychosis, Ron Unger explores emerging understandings of psychosis and of efforts to change mental health treatment to support human rights and full recovery.
No More Psychiatric Labels: A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sami Timimi writes about the Critical Psychiatry movement, an international network of doctors (primarily psychiatrists) who critique current mainstream practice in mental health and are hoping to reform it.
Dr. Steingard is Chief Medical Officer of a community mental health center, chair of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, and a member of the board of Mad In America Continuing Education. She is the editor of Critical Psychiatry: Controversies and Clinical Implications, published by Springer in 2019.
Sarah Knutson is an ex-lawyer, ex-therapist, survivor-activist. She is an organizer/ blogger for Peerly Human (http://peerlyhuman.blogspot.com), and the Wellness & Recovery Human Rights Campaign. Sarah organizes free, peer-run, peer-funded opportunities for ordinary people to offer, receive, share and experience the radically transformative power of unconditional personhood and our own authentic, vulnerable humanity.
Advocacy to Action: Scott is Founder and Senior Partner of Spicer's Consulting, dedicated to improving health, one step at a time. He has worked in Supported Education, Supported Employment and clinical mental health. Scott has a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis on Global Health from Loma Linda University.
Tangible Intangibilities: Sera writes here to share her thoughts on how the language we choose and our apparent need to concretize the inherently complex is leading to violations of rights and humanity on a daily basis.
Sharna Olfman Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Point Park University, Pittsburgh and a psychologist in private practice. Her latest book, The Science of Sanity, is under contract with Praeger Publishers. Dr. Olfman is editor/author of the Childhood in America book series which includes The Science and Pseudoscience of Children’s Mental Health (2015) and Drugging Our Children (coedited with Brent Robbins, 2012). Dr. Olfman has lectured internationally on the subjects of children’s mental health and parenting.
Steven Morgan is Operations Manager and a trainer for Intentional Peer Support. Over the past decade, he’s worked various peer support roles in both traditional service agencies and peer-run settings. In Vermont, he was director of a peer-run community center, helped launch a peer-run respite house, and was project developer for Soteria-Vermont. On full moons, he enjoys writing, playing music, woodworking, and taking long long walks.
Shooting The Odds: Dr. Shipko is a psychiatrist in private practice in Pasadena, CA and author of Surviving Panic Disorder and Xanax Withdrawal. Drawn from his clinical experience, his blog concerns adverse effects of SSRI antidepressants, particularly withdrawal related effects.
Susan Musante, LPCC was the founding director of Soteria-Alaska and CHOICES, alternatives to conventional community mental health services directed and provided primarily by people who themselves have a “lived experience” with recovery. Currently she is involved in advocacy and development projects as a contracted consultant.
…Changing the Things I Can’t Accept: Active in the movement for social justice since 1984, Susan Rogers is inspired by Angela Davis’s response to the Serenity Prayer: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I’m changing the things I can’t accept.” She writes in hopes of speaking truth to power.
The Uncertain Real: Timothy Kelly is a doctoral student with interests in psychosocial approaches to, and the sociocultural contexts of, states often under the description of psychosis. He is a survivor of the juvenile justice system, foster care, public welfare, a state psychiatric institution, and is also a mental health services user.
Tom Benjamin, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Australia, engaged in mental health professionals’ networks, expert witness and consumer consultation, and online professional development courses. He was a lecturer in mental health services and review board research officer.
Twilah Hiari is a recovering patient with a B.A. in Philosophy. She's the author of Regression, a memoir that chronicles her medically induced descent from undiagnosed Asperger's to lower-functioning autism. She's an impassioned medical freedom advocate who supports holistic, non-coercive recovery methods for neuroimmunological conditions such as autism, PANS/PANDAS, and autoimmune encephalitis.
Trauma-informed Care Meets Pharma-informed Care: Social worker Wayne Munchel will focus on the intersection between trauma informed care/recovery models and biological psychiatry. Early intervention programs for psychosis will also be discussed.
Will Hall is a therapist, mental health trainer, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, and host of Madness Radio. Will trained in Open Dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice and is author of Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness and the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medication. He is a PhD Candidate at Maastricht University and lead researcher on Maastricht University's antipsychotic withdrawal study.
Transformation Through Peer Respite: Yana is the Senior Program Officer with the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. She brings 30-plus years of experience working in the mainstream public mental health system, as a passionate and fierce ally and advocate for alternatives to mainstream mental health.
MIA Research News Team: Zenobia Morrill is a graduate of the dual master’s counseling psychology program at Columbia University. As a doctoral student and researcher at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, she seeks to understand the context informing psychology research and the underlying social factors that influence individual psychology. She is currently involved in projects examining the impact of structural violence.
Troubling Mental Health Nurse Education: Alec is employed as Reader in Narrative Mental Health at the University of Brighton, UK. His main research and scholarly interests are in narrative inquiry in mental health and related issues, and in the demedicalization of human misery. For more information, click here.
Benzodiazapine Drugs: My Story of Survival: Barry Haslam, former chairman of Oldham Tranx, writes about his campaign in the UK and Europe over the last 28 years to highlight the dangers of prescribed benzodiazepine drug addiction, and his 25 years of work providing peer support to prescribed drug addicts.
Ben Furman is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and internationally renowned teacher of the Solution-Focused approach to preventing and treating mental health problems in both children and adults. His numerous books have been translated into over 20 languages.
The Delusional Pharmacist: Bertel Rüdinger is a psychiatric survivor and the only clinical pharmacist in Denmark working with people in supported living. He focuses on empowering people to take control of their psychiatric medication, and if their goal is to reduce or taper off them, he supports them in that process.
Bhargavi Davar is a childhood survivor of psychiatric institutions in India, and has survived acute depression and trauma, healing through the use of arts-based, body-based, nutritional and other alternative approaches. She has published and co-edited several books, including Psychoanalysis as a Human Science, Mental Health of Indian Women, and Gendering Mental Health. She is an international trainer in the UNCRPD and founder of the Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse.
Nutrition and Mental Health: Bonnie has published on the biological basis of mental health – in particular, the contribution of nutrition to brain development and function, micronutrient treatments for mental disorders, and the effect of intrauterine nutrition on brain development and maternal mental health.
Ordinary Life Therapy: Carina Håkansson is founder of the Family Care Foundation and The Extended Therapy Room Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. She writes about psychiatry and societal treatment of children in foster care, and the ongoing challenges of helping people withdraw from psychiatric medication.
Dr. Monasterio is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the Christchurch School of Medicine. His interests include off-label use of psych meds, metabolic complications, and cross-cultural psychiatry. He is concerned about overreliance on psych meds and their interference with adaptation and resilience.
Steps to a Post-Therapeutic Future: With a strong interest in how popular culture and psychiatry/psychotherapy reflexively influence one another, Eugene writes critically about aspects of the therapeutic era or therapeutic state in which we, (that is, those of us living in parts of the western first world), find ourselves.
Psychologist. Master in Psychology (PUC-RJ). Doctorate in Psychology from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Professor and researcher of the Laboratory of Studies and Research in Mental Healthn (LAPS) / Department of Human Rights, Health and Diversity (DIHS) / ENSP-FIOCRUZ.
Medical Essentials from England: A Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and a medical practitioner of nearly 40 years, Hugh Middleton writes on the folly and shortcomings of using "illness" as a euphemism and metaphor for "madness." His book Psychiatry Reconsidered: From Medical Treatment to Supportive Understanding was published in June of 2015.
James Moore has experienced the psychiatric system and psychiatric drugs firsthand following a stress-related breakdown. Believing himself to be fundamentally broken, he spent many years on psychiatric drugs before awakening to the reality that psychiatry has few answers for human difficulties. James produces and hosts the Mad in America podcast, in which he interviews experts and those with lived experience to challenge some common misconceptions about psychiatry, psychiatric drugs and the bio medical model.
Reclaiming the Unconscious: Jay writes about how conventional psychiatry treatment can work against and damage the psyche’s attempts to recover from trauma. She focuses on developing an irreverent approach to psychoanalysis which listens for the unsayable, and takes power inequalities seriously.
The Recovering Psychiatrist: Jeremy is a British trained psychiatrist, working in the public sector in Finland. His primary workplace is within a psychosis rehabilitation clinic. He has become increasingly critical about the way psychiatry is practiced and taught globally. His special interests are in psychosis care, cultural psychiatry and medical education.
Dr. Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer at University College London. She is one of the founders and co-chairperson of the Critical Psychiatry Network. She has written three books: The Bitterest Pills, The Myth of the Chemical Cure, and A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs.
John Read is on the Executive Committee of ISPS, and editor of its scientific journal "Psychosis." In 2015, he became Professor of Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He is author of several books, most recently, Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (Routledge, 2013).
Healthy Skepticism: Jon Jureidini, a child psychiatrist in Australia, writes on the quality use of medicines, misleading drug promotion, suicide, medical education and child abuse.
Opening a Dialogue: Dr Jonny Martell, MBBS is a psychiatrist training in London. He's hanging on in there in spite of many of his worst expectations of the UK's mental health system being met. He hopes to find more rewarding ways of working in the Open Dialogue movement.
Nutrition and Mental Health: Julia's interest in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with psychiatric illness despite conventional treatments. She has been investigating the role of micronutrients in mental illness.
Recovery for All: Karen Taylor, RMN has 16 years experience in the NHS in England. Based in Scotland, Karen is Co-director of Working to Recovery, Ltd alongside Ron Coleman. Karen and Ron are passionate that recovery is for all, and together they travel the world spreading a message based on hope.
Seeing the Positive in the Negative: Kjetil Mellingen is a clinical psychologist working in an anxiety and OCD clinic at the University of Oslo, Norway. He was previously an NIMH researcher of so-called schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism and psychopathy. He also blogs on his website, Psychology – Hope and Research.
Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis: Lucy writes about replacing psychiatric diagnosis with a formulation-based approach that explores personal meaning within relational and social contexts, and she reflects on the challenges of working within biomedically-based services. See her book: A Straight Talking Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis.
The Alchemy of Trauma: A wilderness guide, speaker and writer, Meaghan leads journeys of discovery through wild spaces and medical realms. She studied veterinary medicine, then completed a degree in Life Sciences with a capstone examining psychiatric drug use. Meaghan is a 47-time national champion and world record holder in the sport of inline speed skating. See more at www.meaghanbuisson.com.
Locomún is a group of people related to the mental health world, including people who have received a psychiatric diagnosis as well as committed professionals critical with the ways in which we address and understand psychological distress. We live in Spain. In October of 2016 we launched Mad in America for the Spanish-speaking world: “Mad in America Hispanohablante”.
Jock McLaren is an Australian psychiatrist who worked 25yrs in the remote north of the country. He occupies himself delving into the philosophical basis of psychiatry, only to find there isn't one. This has not helped his popularity with his colleagues, now well into negative territory.
Denmark: Voices From the Inside Out: Olga Runciman has worked as a psychiatric nurse and been a patient of the self-same system. She was told that she was an incurable case. She writes on the ethics of psychiatric practices and alternative ways to heal.
Rethinking Madness: With the rare perspective of someone who has experienced extreme states from both sides — as a psychologist/researcher and as someone with lived experience — Paris draws from multiple perspectives to explore what it means to be “mad” in a "mad" society.
Patrick Landman, MD, is a French psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, lawyer, and Chairman of STOP DSM. His interests include how institutions — such as Institutional Psychotherapy — can be helpful or harmful, the link between psychoanalysis and neuroscience, and the issue of diagnosis in psychiatry and in particular in ADHD.
Psychiatrist. Master in Social Medicine at the Social Medicine Institute of UERJ. PhD in Public Health, FIOCRUZ. Professor and researcher of the Laboratory of Studies and Research in Mental Health (LAPS) / Department of Human Rights, Health and Diversity (DIHS) / ENSP-FIOCRUZ. Specialization Course in Mental Health and Psychosocial Care and Education Course. Distance of Mental Health Policy and Institutional level of Improvement and Development. Honorary President of the Brazilian Association of Mental Healthn (ABRASME). Professor Honoris Causa from the Universidad Popular Madres de Plazande Mayo.
Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial: Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, co-founded the Cochrane Collaboration. He has published more than 70 papers in the top five general medical journals, and six books, most recently, Death of a whistleblower and Cochrane’s moral collapse (UK link). He is currently crowdfunding to launch the new Institute for Scientific Freedom with the goal of preserving honesty and integrity in science.
Stop The Professional Monologue: Peter Lehmann, Honorary Doctor for "scientific and humanitarian contribution to the rights of the people with psychiatric experience," writes about coming off psychiatric drugs, suicidal effects of neuroleptics, and alternative approaches of humanistic antipsychiatry.
Rachel Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, U.K. Her publications include Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Karnac, 2014), Psychiatry and the Philosophy of Science (Acumen, 2007) and Classifying Madness (Springer, 2005).
Director of Changeways Clinic and a practicing psychologist in Vancouver, Canada, Randy Paterson blogs about psychotherapy, mood disorders, mental health policy, and the disturbing gap between science and practice. He is author of The Assertiveness Workbook, Your Depression Map, and How to be Miserable: Forty Strategies You Already Use. Dr. Paterson's blogs also appear on his website, Psychology Salon.
Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson has been the Parish Minister of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver in British Columbia since 2002. Prior to entering professional ministry, he worked as a university professor in the history of religions, and as a museum curator. He’s married to Diana Girsdansky; they have four children and three grandchildren.
Psychiatry, Science & Values: Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His research interests include childhood trauma, psychosis and public mental health. Books include Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good? and Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature. Twitter: @RichardBentall.
Rufus May is a psychologist in Bradford, England. He believes everybody can flourish with the right support network. His work is part of an emancipatory movement that includes the hearing voices movement, community development approaches and other self-help and holistic health movements.
Dr Sarah Carr is Senior Fellow in Mental Health Policy, University of Birmingham, UK. She was formerly Chair of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN), England.
Power and Alternatives: Tamasin is a public health doctor in England. She writes about power issues in the mental health system and alternatives to the medical model.
Dr. Terry Lynch is an Irish physician, psychotherapist, author, mental health educator and provider of a recovery-oriented mental health service. For nine years (2003-2012), he was a member of three Irish Government-appointed expert mental health groups. He is committed to the much-needed paradigm change in global mental health. Details of Terry’s mental health courses, books, blog and work available at his website, which is listed above.
It's All About Control: The articles in this blog focus on the implications of the phenomenon of control for both practice and research. The centrality of control to people’s lives is explored, as well as the way in which psychological distress can be conceptualised from a control perspective.