Risky Pills: David Healy on Madness Radio


Adverse effects from prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in America. How can we know if the pills we take are actually safe? What can we do if they aren’t? Dr. David Healy, internationally renowned psychiatrist, whistleblower, and author of 20 books, discusses industry corruption of pharmaceutical regulation and proposes better ways to protect patients and prevent harm. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Medical Coercion — Tomi Gomory, Madness Radio


If madness isn’t like other illnesses, what is it? Should psychiatry have the power of legal coercion? How can the legacy of Thomas Szasz inform new ways of helping people? Tomi Gomory, associate professor of social work at Florida State University and co-author of “Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs,” explores thinking beyond the medical model of emotional distress. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Psychology of Power ~ David Bedrick

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Does psychotherapy cover up issues of power and social justice? Are talk show therapists providing help, or blaming individuals for their problems? … [click on title to read and view more]

Effective family support — Krista MacKinnon on Madness Radio


How can family members help a relative in extreme crisis – instead of worsening the situation? Is there a way out of treatment power struggles and arguments about “insight”? And what do families need to change about themselves? Psychiatric survivor Krista MacKinnon, formerly at Toronto’s Family Outreach and Response program and now Director of Practice Recovery, discusses practical methods for turning family relationships into tools for healing. … [click on title to read and view more]

Responding To Organizational Conflict

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By Will Hall
The extraordinary hope we invest in idealistic projects can even sometimes make things worse: the more we believe our group is the answer to a world gone wrong, the more our world does go wrong when the group unravels. As we feel circled by enemies and victimized by mistreatment, we spawn a terrible shame: the feeling that there must be something basically at fault with us and even our movement. Our core values are shaken, and we risk giving up our aspirations for change. We can burn out, turning our backs activist organizing entirely. … [click on title to read and view more]

Are elders living with forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s, and dementia unreachable?


Are elders living with forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s, and dementia unreachable? Are there parallels with states called psychotic? Can meaning be found in the confusion of brain injury and coma? Stan Tomandl, MA, DiplPW and author of Coma Care & Palliative Work, and An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party: Unveiling the Mystery, Inner Experience, and Gifts of Dementia, explores communicating with memory loss and how to make an end of life transition with dignity. [click on title for the rest of the post]

Mental Health Matters – Coming Off Psych Drugs with Will Hall

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Will Hall is a nationally recognized mental health advocate, counselor, and speaker. He is also the author of the “Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs,” a 52-page pamphlet containing valuable information on reducing and ultimately ending the use of psychiatric medication. Host Shannon Eliot catches up with him at the recent WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland to chat about about mental health stigma, the controversy around psychiatric medication, suicidal feelings, and how society defines normality. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, Gary Greenberg (Madness Radio)


Why did the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual become so controversial? Is it possible to alleviate human suffering without classifying it as a mental disorder? Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist, author of Manufacturing Depression and The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, and journalist for Harper’s, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, discusses the politics behind psychiatry’s new Bible. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Gary Greenberg, Author of “Book Of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry” at Powells Bookstore (audio included)


When I interviewed Gary Greenberg, author of “The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry” for Madness Radio last month, I knew it would be great to invite him to an event at Powell’s bookstore in Portland. Powell’s and Portland Hearing Voices have co-sponsored Robert Whitaker and Ethan Watters in the past, and when Gary got into town we once again filled the store’s upstairs lecture room for an awesome and thoughtful evening. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Will Hall at Grand Rounds, OHSU Department of Psychiatry – Oregon Health And Sciences University


My Grand Rounds talk at OHSU Department of Psychiatry was both video archived on their website, as well as live broadcast to several remote sites, including Oregon State Hospital. Much of the presentation followed my APA talk last October, compressed into an impossibly short timeframe made even shorter by a late start. With one or two exceptions, the crowd filling the lecture room was very welcoming and positive; it was an overall inspiring experience for me to see so much openness to change. A special thank you to Dr. Neil Falk, who helped out when OHSU asked that I have a doctor as sponsor for my talk. … [click on title for the rest of the post]


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