John Read

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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Depression: why drugs and electricity are not the answer

This article from Prof. John Read (clinical psychologist) and Dr. Joanna Moncrieff (psychiatrist) has been published in Psychological Medicine. The abstract says: “The dominant view within mental health services and research suggests that feeling depressed is a kind of medical illness,…
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Creating A Mental Illness Called Schizophrenia

Subtitled “A brief history of an archetypal psychiatric diagnosis”, this article by Dr. John Read has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “During the pandemic, increased incidences of distress can be portrayed as proliferations of mental illnesses such as ‘Depressive…
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4 activists talk about the campaign for an independent review on ECT

This 36 minute video about ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) comes from the AD4E ( ADisorder4Everyone ) Festival 2021. It features Dr. Lucy Johnstone, Prof. John Read, Dr. Chris Harrop, Sarah Price Hancock, and Dr. Sue Cunliffe. You can watch it below:

W.H.O. and U.N. Join Calls to Transcend the Medical Model

“I cannot be the only person to be sickened by the sight of parties of psychiatrists standing at the airport desk with so many gifts with them that they might as well have the name of the drug company tattooed…
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Are Children and Adolescents Overprescribed Psychiatric Medications?

“The psychiatric drugging of our children: A developing international crisis.” This article by Dr. John Read has been published in Psychology Today. It begins: “On August 13th [2021] several hundred people registered to take part in an online “town hall meeting,”…
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Positive and Negative Effects of Antipsychotic Medication: An International Online Survey of 832 Recipients

This study by John Read and James Williams has been published in Current Drug Safety. The abstract says: “Background: Antipsychotic medication is currently the treatment of choice for psychosis, but few studies directly survey the first-hand experience of recipients. Objective: To…
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Withdrawal From Antidepressants: A Review

“We were dismayed to discover, in both the New Zealand and international surveys, that only 1 percent recalled being told anything about withdrawal effects when first prescribed the drugs.” This article from Dr. John Read is subtitled “UK authorities stop minimising…
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