Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America

Little discussed, there is another aspect to the issues surrounding psychotropic drugs. It concerns the use of such drugs, not for psychiatric reasons, but simply to keep more-or-less captive sections of society – e.g. prisoners and those in care homes,…
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Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry: An Interview with Helena Hansen

In this interview , published on Mad in America (and relating more to an American context), Richard Sears talks to psychiatrist and anthropologist Helena Hansen about bringing structural competency to psychiatry while rebuilding communities through activism and mutual aid. Here is…
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The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

The publishers describe this book as a “… powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness.” They continue: “The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But…
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Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry: The Struggle Against Racism

This book explores the view that the two main psychiatric diagnostic ‘bibles’ [1]  in use across Europe and North America rest largely on the social norms of white, western culture, and as such are forms of pseudo-science. It examines how and why…
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