Category Archives: Mad in America

‘ADHD: A Destructive and Disempowering Label; Not an Illness’ Philip Hickey

http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/07/adhd-a-destructive-and-disempowering-label-not-an-illness/ ‘Psychiatry has created and promoted the self-serving fiction that childhood distractibility/impulsivity and various other human problems are illnesses that need to be “treated” with neurotoxic chemicals and other brain-damaging interventions.  Suggesting at this very late stage in the proceedings … Continue reading

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Medical Education: Psychiatry and Reductionism as a First-year Medical Student – Evan Einstein

http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/07/medical-education-psychiatry-and-reductionism-as-a-first-year-medical-student/ This is interesting and hopeful… Gratitude to Evan for his willingness and openness to think, question, and challenge – rather than conform and comply, as we are encouraged/constrained to do in our cultures, both here and on the other … Continue reading

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Does Not Exist – Jay Watts

http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/03/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-not-exist/ Interesting, politically savvy post by Jay Watts on the Mad in America site. Just as relevant here…. ‘By conflating a number of vastly divergent approaches with strikingly different ideas of what it means to be human and to suffer, … Continue reading

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Laura Delano on grieving for ‘all we lose to being labeled “mentally ill”’

”It is an important, meaningful, entirely valid experience to feel grief and despair at the thought of all we lose to being labeled “mentally ill” and put on psychotropic drugs. In fact, feeling these feelings – including anger and rage … Continue reading

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The Drugs Don’t Work, and Bipolar Disorder is the Proof – Chrys Muirhead

http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/08/the-drugs-dont-work-and-bipolar-disorder-is-the-proof/ Interesting personal perspective from Chrys Muirhead on Mad in America. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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