coercive psychiatry

‘Toxic culture’ of abuse at mental health hospital revealed by BBC secret filming

This report comes from the BBC’s Panorama team and Joseph Lee. It begins: “Humiliated, abused and isolated for weeks – patients were put at risk due to a ‘toxic culture’ at one of the UK’s biggest mental health hospitals, BBC Panorama…
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It’s Time for Us to Stop Being So Defensive About Criticisms of Psychiatry

This article by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab has been published in the Psychiatric Times. It begins: “I read the article “ It’s Time for Us to Stop Waffling About Psychiatry ”2 by Daniel Morehead, MD, with great interest, particularly since it makes frequent references to some of my work in Psychiatric…
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Conscientious Objection to forced pharmaceutical interventions: FAQ

This list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) – with a response to those questions – has been put together by Mick Mckeown and Jonathan Gadsby and published by the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network. It begins: “Following is a list of frequently asked…
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Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent

This book has been written by American psychiatrist Dr. Grace Jackson. The publishers say: “Are patients aware of the fact that pharmacological therapies stress the brain in ways which may prevent or postpone symptomatic and functional recovery? Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A…
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My Name Is Rachel

In this 27 minute audio recording from the BBC, Rachel Waddingham tells her story of being sectioned multiple times. At various different times, Rachel has been given a large number of different psychiatric labels/ diagnoses. These include schizophrenia (three times), depression, anxiety,…
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Are kindly and efficacious mental health services possible?

Prof. David Pilgrim writes (in the Journal of Mental Health ): “The above question was explored by Peter Sedgwick in his classic text PsychoPolitics at the very moment when ‘anti-psychiatry’ was giving way to ‘critical psychiatry’ and the emergence of a New Social Movement…
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Coercion in Community Mental Health Care: International Perspectives

Coercion in Community Mental Health Care: International Perspectives, July 2016, edited by Andrew Molodynski, Jorun Rugkåsa and Tom Burns … The publishers say: “The use of coercion is one of the defining issues of mental health care. Since the earliest…
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