Lucy Johnstone

Are you mentally ill, or very unhappy? Psychiatrists can’t agree

This article by Sophie McBain has been published in The New Statesman. It begins: “One afternoon in December 2004, Samantha* left her house in northern England and walked to the nearby river. She tried not to think about her five young…
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Are critics of psychiatry stranded in a ‘Jurassic world?’

This article by psychotherapist James Barnes has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “In a recent Psychiatric Times interview with Lucy Johnstone, 1  the interviewer took the very unusual step of seeking ‘clarification’ from two psychiatrists that she mentioned…
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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:

My summary of the dire state of ECT regulation (or lack of) …

This tweet is from Dr. Lucy Johnstone, who writes: “My summary of the dire state of ECT [Electroconvulsive Therapy] regulation (or lack of) on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester. No one will accept responsibility, and we have yet to find a…
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Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice

This book has been written by clinical psychologist, Dr. Lucy Johnstone. The publishers say: “Users and Abusers of Psychiatry is a radically different, critical account of the day-to-day practice of psychiatry. Using real-life examples and her own experience as a clinical…
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A Straight Talking Introduction To The Power Threat Meaning Framework: An Alternative To Psychiatric Diagnosis

This book has been written by Mary Boyle and Lucy Johnstone. The publishers say: “The current mainstream way of describing psychological and emotional distress assumes it is the result of medical illnesses that need diagnosing and treating. This book summarises a…
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Interview with Prof. John Read about the campaign for an independent review of ECT

This video-interview with Prof. John Read was conducted by Dr. Lucy Johnstone as part of the A Disorder For Everyone online festival, held September 18, 2020. It includes a discussion of ECT compared to the placebo effect, the risks of brain…
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Crossing Cultures with the Power Threat Meaning Framework – New Zealand

“This is the first of two blogs about my invited tour of New Zealand and Australia with the Power Threat Meaning Framework (joined by contributing author John Cromby in Australia).  The PTMF is an ambitious attempt to outline a conceptual…
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Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy: Making Sense of People’s Problems

This book has been co-edited by Lucy Johnstone and Rudi Dallos. It contains an overview of many different models of formulation. The publishers say: “The first edition of Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy caught the wave of growing interest in formulation in a…
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