Mad in the UK

Doctor knows best, poisoned chalices, and beings on drugs: Young people’s accounts of getting the diagnosis of bipolar disorder

This account by JP Marshall of part of a research study has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “Not long ago, as part of a research study, I asked six young people how it was for them to…
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Despite More Treatments for Depression, Prevalence Doesn’t Decrease—Why?

This article by Peter Simons has been published on the Mad in the UK website. It begins: “Between 1987 and 2007, the number of people receiving treatment for depression in the United States increased fourfold (and has continued to rise more…
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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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Philosophy & Madness: A Discussion with Wouter Kusters on his new book

Wouter Kusters is a Dutch philosopher and linguist from the Netherlands. He is best known for his books, ‘Pure Madness, A Quest for the Psychotic Experience’ and ‘A Philosophy of Madness: The Experience of Psychotic Thinking.’ The latter was translated into…
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The Emperor’s New Clothes

“‘The good ones leave, the weak ones follow the crowd, and the leaders bully and intimidate …” This blog-article comes from   Dr Creatively Maladjusted and has been published on Mad in the UK. It begins: “The anonymous blogger of  The Double Life of the Recovered Professional  wrote: ‘The good ones leave, the…
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The ERNI Declaration: Making Sense of Distress Without “Disease”

This article was originally published on Mad in America. It begins: “ The ERNI (Emotions aRe Not Illnesses) declaration  is based on the idea that distress does not equate to disease, dysfunction, dysregulation, or chemical imbalance. Signatories believe that there needs to be a shift from illness and…
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Lasting Damage from Prescribed Drugs

“There is a large-scale failure to appreciate the risks involved in taking drugs that alter brain function on a long-term basis.” This article by psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff has been published by Mad in the UK. It begins: “The recent furor…
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