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]

UPDATE: SUCCESS! One Day Left for Madness Radio Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign!

UPDATE! WE DID IT! We made the goal! Thanks to everyone who helped out, with 198 donors raising more than $23,000 for Madness Radio! Hi everyone, Happy New Year! Today is the last day -- more than 150 people have become part of the Madness Radio Kickstarter campaign, and we need your help! Please join... Continue Reading →

Madness Radio: kickstarter campaign

Madness Radio needs your support! Please join the crowdsourcing funding effort on Kickstarter and support more Madness Radio episodes in 2013 and a Madness Radio book of interviews. Click here to join the Kickstarter campaign Madness Radio is hosted ¬†by Beyond Meds editor Will Hall who has producing shows since 2005. This is Madness Radio's... Continue Reading →

Will Hall’s updated recovery story

I posted Will Hall's story a couple years ago and at that point it was already at least a couple of years old. He updated his story six months ago and asked that I publish the newer version here as well. So here it is. Since I was a child I've struggled with extreme emotions,... Continue Reading →

Christopher Lane: on Madness Radio and on making a splash in the mental health blogosphere

From Madness Radio: Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? British-American literary critic and historian Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, including the way politics and profits drive the bible of mental health treatment,... Continue Reading →

An open letter to liberals and feminists

As someone with left leaning¬†political views who also identifies as a feminist I am repeatedly frustrated, disappointed and angered by the left's neglect of the human rights of those who have been psychiatrized. On this blog I tend not to emphasize my politics outside the political issues surrounding mental health because regardless of our political... Continue Reading →

Robert Whitaker on Madness Radio talking about how psychiatric drugs may be making many people worse

Robert Whitaker's latest interview on Madness Radio with Will Hall. The description on Madness Radio's website is this: Has society's embrace of psychiatric medications led to recovery -- or chronic disability? What would honest medical policy and treatment standards be if they were free of pharmaceutical company corruption? Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Whitaker, author of... Continue Reading →

Decolonizing Our Minds, Freeing Our Spirits: Guest blogger Leah Harris

Leah Harris is one of the many wonderful people I've met through all the varieties of work I do online. We had a conversation about language one day and and how it can define how people feel about themselves. Leah volunteered to write about it for the blog.¬† I was tickled that she'd be interested... Continue Reading →

Gianna on Madness Radio

Will Hall interviewed me for Madness Radio in early December 2008. Listen¬†here: The interview deals with my experience being a psychiatric survivor and takes a look at the work I've been doing with this blog. Since December a few things have happened. I am indeed, now, completely housebound. I can no longer drive. I remain... Continue Reading →

David Lukoff—more on spiritual emergence with psychotic features

Clinical Psychologist David Lukoff talks about his madness experience and the spiritual transformation it triggered. David went on to become a leading figure in the field of Transpersonal Psychology and works to bring greater spiritual awareness into mainstream mental health practice. His website is here. I've posted a video with him in it here before.... Continue Reading →

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