schizophrenia

The Neurodiversity Paradigm in Psychiatry: Robert Chapman, PhD

Subtitled “Is neurodivergence to be cured or is it a healthy part of our social ecology?“, this interview with philosopher Dr. Robert Chapman is conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab and has been published by the Psychiatric Times: “Aftab: Let’s start…
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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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Brief response to queries about the new All Wales Psychiatric Genomics Service

This article by Jonathan Gadsby has been published by the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network. It begins: “Thank you to all those who have been in touch about this. It would be wrong to say that the Critical Mental Health Nurses’…
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What Is the Importance of Nassir Ghaemi’s Conclusion that Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Provide a Long-term Benefit?

“… [Nassir] Ghaemi, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, concluded that psychiatric drugs, except for lithium, do not provide a long-term benefit and thus should mostly be prescribed for short-term relief of symptoms.“ This article by Robert Whitaker has…
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Want to Understand Delusions? Listen to the People Who Have Them

This article by Grace Huckins is subtitled “A small group of schizophrenia researchers thinks that personal narratives can tell us what test scores and brain scans can’t”. It has been published by Wired. It begins: “FOR THE FIRST decades of Sohee Park’s…
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People with psychosis can heal by rebuilding their life stories

This article by Henry R. Cowan has been published on the Psyche website. Although it uses the scientifically meaningless term “schizophrenia”, it nonetheless has valuable things to say. It begins: “What would you say if I asked you to tell the story…
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Intensive Home Treatment for Acute Mental Disorders: An Alternative to Hospitalization

This article by David Heath has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In 1978, I became the medical director of a general hospital psychiatric unit serving the twin cities of Kitchener/Waterloo in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Over the next four…
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Skepticism, Psychosis, and Hallucinations as Evidence for Our Beliefs

This essay by Bradley Astra Aldridge has been published on the website of the BC Hearing Voices Network. It begins: “Sextus Empiricus was a physician and ancient philosopher who argued that human beings should be suspicious of our capacity for knowledge,…
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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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