Mad in America

The Schizophrenia Genetics Illusion—A Century of Failure and Hype

“As psychologist John Read has  shown , there are 15 ways that two people can meet the DSM criteria for schizophrenia without sharing any symptoms in common.” This article by Dr. Jay Joseph has been published by Mad in America. It begins:…
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The Medicalization of Childhood Behaviors Does More Harm than Good

This article by Samantha Lilly has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In a new article for a leading Brazilian sociology journal,  Fernando Freitas  and Luciana  Jaramillo Caruso de Azevedo argue that psychiatry and psychology are medicalizing the normal parts of…
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Study Highlights Benefits of Non-Medical Approaches to Voice Hearing

This article by Ashley Bobak has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “New research supports a new, dialogic, non-medicalized approach to helping people who hear upsetting voices. The “ Talking with Voices ” (TwV) approach, which frames voice hearing relationally and understands…
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Leading Psychiatrists Unwittingly Acknowledge Psychiatry Is a Religion, Not a Science

This article by Dr. Bruce Levine has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “Since the seventeenth century, Enlightenment thinkers have distinguished science from religion, and by at least one critical distinction, leading psychiatrists have unwittingly acknowledged that major constructs…
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A Revolution Wobbles: Will Norway’s “Medication-Free” Hospital Survive?

“The oldest psychiatrist who’s been working in mainstream psychiatry in Norway for so long said, ‘It’s so tragic to see how little impact the psychiatrist actually has in the recovery process of a patient.’” In this interview , Robert Whitaker talks…
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And Now They Are Coming for the Unhoused: The Long Push to Expand Involuntary Treatment in America

This article by Leah Harris has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “On November 29, New York City Mayor Eric Adams  announced  his administration’s 11-point  legislative agenda , which seeks to enforce an expanded interpretation of the state’s existing mental hygiene laws…
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ADHD Diagnosis Leads to Worse Quality of Life, Increased Self-Harm in Kids

“When comparing kids with the same symptoms who were either diagnosed with ADHD or not, those who received the diagnosis had worse outcomes.” This report by Peter Simmons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In a new study,…
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