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Sunday, 27, November, 2022

Electroconvulsive Therapy …. What does Canada have to say?

Electroconvulsive Therapy, also known as ECT, shock therapy, and electroshock, is a psychiatric treatment that uses electricity to induce a seizure in the person...

Rethinking Psychiatry …. Robert Whitaker Speaks in Montreal

Robert Whitaker, founder and president of Mad in America, gave a public lecture at Concordia University on November 10th. 'Rethinking Psychiatry: How the Failure to...

Responses to the ‘No Chemical Imbalance Study’: A Long-awaited Watershed Moment?

Initial reactions to the 20 July publication of the Moncrieff et al. study have included widespread media coverage in some places, and the metaphorical...

Loss, Grief, and Betrayal: Psychiatric Survivors Reflect on the Impact of New Serotonin Study

Loss, grief, and a sense of betrayal are felt deeply by many who have been affected by the myth of the chemical imbalance—a myth...

Personality disorders? Please, tell us what you really think.

This week on Twitter, there was an uproar in response to a UK Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPUK) advertisement for a course on ‘personality...

New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

While there has been little (if any) sign of interest in reviewing ECT practices and guidelines in Canada, a group in the UK has...

The Ethics of Psychiatry

A government cannot legitimately own its citizens' bodies. Yet, under British Columbia’s (BC) Mental Health Act the BC government, not to mention governments around...

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed Without Informed Consent

This article was written by Samantha Lilly and originally published by Mad in America, March 23, 2022 New research reveals that patients are often not...

What is “Psychosis”?

There are different hypotheses about what psychosis is.  One hypothesis that has been repeatedly disproven is that of the medical model belief that psychosis...

No evidence of a chemical imbalance in depression

The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence. Joanna Moncrieff and 5 colleagues undertook a systematic umbrella review of evidence aimed...

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

During the past decade, the World Health Organization has regularly promoted the goal of improving “global mental health.” While it has often told of...

Review of the Conference on Withdrawal and Side Effects: IIPDW

The online conference Withdrawal From Psychiatric Drugs was held on Friday May 6th and 7th. An extremely important topic for us at Mad in...

When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy?

I start this blog with an apology. There may be people reading who, like myself, look back with frustration and despair that they cannot...

Bell Let’s Talk: Are These “New Conversations” Helpful?

January 26th is Bell Let’s Talk Day. From the Bell Let’s Talk website: "In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk began a new conversation about Canada’s...

Evidence of change?

Working outside the dominant biomedical narrative can feel perilous and sometimes even risky. Taking a critical perspective of psychiatry (mental health care more broadly),...

Thomas Insel Makes A Case for Abolishing Psychiatry

Thomas Insel’s book Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health is getting a fair amount of media attention, which could be expected...

A Disorder for Everyone! – The Online Festival 2022

The 3rd annual AD4E festival will bring you a whole day of change-making talks, presentations, conversations, poetry from far and wide. About this event In...

887 Deaths from Psychoactive Meds Reported to Health Canada in 2021

I guess I started seriously considering the potential of antipsychotics to kill after I lost my friend Cameron. Cameron Fray was a husband, father...

Research Reveals Mental Health Professionals’ Participation in Rape Culture

Standard clinical practices often enforce anti-blackness, rape culture, and sanism, normalizing sexual violence and misogyny. New work from social work professor Merrick Pilling investigates...

“Global Psychiatry’s Crisis of Values”

American psychiatrist Awais Aftab, leads the series 'Conversations in Critical Psychiatry' for Psychiatric Times. His June 3rd installment, an interview with Dainius Pūras, MD,...

Voicing the Views of the Psychiatrized for 35 Years!

Our Voice is turning 35! 2022 marks an important milestone in the publishing of resiliency and plight from those of us who are living with...

Medical Assistance in Dying for ‘Mental disorders’: Fatally flawed without expertise of service users/survivors

Now that people suffering exclusively from mental distress will be eligible for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) from April, 2023, the debate has shifted...

Remembering Don Weitz, 1930-2021

My hero, mentor, and very dear friend Don Weitz died comfortably, in his home, on the afternoon of September 1, attended by his loving...

Honoring Jane Whittington: 1950-2021

It’s with great sadness that I am writing of the sudden and unexpected passing of my former husband and best friend Jane. Many of...

RIP: Ed White – Advocate, Researcher and Supporter

To read the original of this post click here to go to the Mad in the UK site By James Moore -17/10/2021 It is with great...

On “knowing,” activism and writing: Remembering Graeme Bacque

  We owe a debt of gratitude to activists who over the years have written, recorded, created art and cultural work that exemplifies how, when,...

Is psychiatry such a fragile house of cards?

On October 9, 2021 an opinion piece was published in the Globe and Mail entitled ‘Woke’ psychiatrists have lost sight of the biological causes...

The ERNI Declaration: Making Sense of Distress Without “Disease”

The ERNI (Emotions aRe Not Illnesses) declaration is based on the idea that distress does not equate to disease, dysfunction, dysregulation, or chemical imbalance....

Shamanic Approaches to Dis-Ease: Working with the Whole Person

The shamanic practitioner approaches illness, or “dis-ease” from a spiritual perspective. The focus is not on treating a condition, but on working with the...

Mental Health Advocacy and Activism: Perspectives from Living Experience-Based Practices

From Mad in America Continuing Education Thursday, September 23rd, 2021. 1pm Eastern, 12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10 am Pacific Participants will be introduced to highlights of...