Major Depression: The “Chemical Imbalance” Pillar Is Crumbling—Is the Genetics Pillar Next?

This article by Dr. Jay Joseph has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “The Pillars of Biopsychiatry In a widely discussed July, 2022  analysis , psychiatrists Joanna Moncrieff, Mark Horowitz and colleagues reviewed numerous studies and found ‘no consistent evidence…
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Remembering a Quarter of a Million “Mental Patients” Murdered in the 1930s and 1940s

This article by Dr. John Read has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “In 1941, the staff of the Hadamar  Psychiatric  Institution—psychiatrists, nurses and secretaries—attended a ceremony and were each given a bottle of beer. The occasion was the murder of…
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Brief response to queries about the new All Wales Psychiatric Genomics Service

This article by Jonathan Gadsby has been published by the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network. It begins: “Thank you to all those who have been in touch about this. It would be wrong to say that the Critical Mental Health Nurses’…
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Medicating Preschoolers for ADHD: How “Evidence-Based” Psychiatry Has Led to a Tragic End

This article by Robert Whitaker has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In its May 25, 2021 issue, JAMA published a  report  on the comparative efficacy of two medications for treating preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD. Both methylphenidate and guanfacine were deemed to…
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Twenty Billion Fails to “Move the Needle” on Mental Illness

This report by Dr. Gregg Henriques has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “ Former NIMH head Thomas Insel recently made a remarkable concession . He acknowledged that the biomedical framework he adopted while directing $20 billion dollars in NIMH research funds failed to “move the needle” in improving the lives of the millions…
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Scientific supremacy as an obstacle to establishing and sustaining interdisciplinary dialogue across knowledge paradigms in health care and medicine

This article by Birgitta Haga Gripsrud has been published in Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. The article stems originally from a debate about genetics in relation to breast cancer. However, its discussion about qualitative research (as distinct from quantitative research) and…
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I studied neuroscience to understand my addictions. Now I know it’s not the cure

“Substance misuse is not a simple problem of brain chemistry. The most powerful influences lie outside our heads” Writing in The Guardian , Judith Grisel says: “I used to think addiction was caused by screwy molecules in the brain, and would be…
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Madness and Genetic Determinism: Is Mental Illness in Our Genes?

“As I researched this book, I came to realise that there were actually two separate stories that needed telling. One was the story of biological psychiatry, with its emphasis on bio-genetic explanations for mental illness and somatic remedies, and the…
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