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Essays from a diverse selection of writers, which aim to change the professional and public discourse about emotional distress and unusual experiences.

SSRI exposure in pregnancy connected to delayed neonatal adaptation

A new article published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition finds that...

Antipsychotics lead to worse outcomes in first-episode psychosis

What happens when you give antipsychotic drugs at the first sign of psychosis? Worse outcomes,...

It’s health’s illusions I recall, I really don’t know health at all

There is a core concept shaping the ‘market’ in health, the concept of an assay,...

ADHD tests lead to mass overdiagnosis, researchers warn

ADHD rating scales and screening measures lead to a high number of people inappropriately diagnosed...

Psychiatrists call for transition to social rather than biological treatments

“Something is wrong with American psychiatry.” With that statement, Helena Hansen, Kevin J. Gutierrez, and Saudi Garcia opened...

Challenging the biomedical imperative in global mental health with clinical-community psychology

A new article titled “Reflexivity on the medicalization of the mind and the biomedical invasion...

ADHD drugs linked to Cardiovascular Disease

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that long-term use of ADHD drugs is linked to...

In my career as a psychologist, I’ve seen many children misdiagnosed as autistic. It’s a clinical catastrophe

The All-Purpose Diagnosis The one-size-fits-all Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, as configured in the Revised Fifth...

Bridging subjectivity and science: Lived Experience expands mental health research

A new paper by Anna Bergqvist, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University,...

Not just a dream: finding the mental health community I’d been longing for

Several weeks after being committed under the Mental Health Act, still dopey from mandated antipsychotics,...

From local insights to global impact: The role of indigenous psychologies in developing global psychology

In her latest article in Psychological Studies, Parul Bansal writes about the promises and challenges of...

Escaping the shackles of psychiatry: what I’ve seen and survived, as both doctor and patient

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do...
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A list of groups and resources that you may find helpful. If you are aware of other resources that we should consider adding, please let us know by email: [email protected].

Mad in America – Mad in America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States (and abroad).

The Power Threat Meaning Framework – Towards the identification of patterns in emotional distress, unusual experiences and troubled or troubling behaviour, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis.

Drop the Disorder (Facebook) –  a group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress.

A Disorder 4 Everyone – Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis – creating change. Provides events, blogs and other resources.

A free-to-use guide to the healing of psychological trauma is available. It comprises information, approaches to healing and resources together with links to selected clinicians, organisations, projects and support groups. Download the pdf here: Healing Psychological Trauma

Hearing Voices Network – If you hear voices, HVN can help – we are committed to helping people who hear voices. We offer information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.

International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (UK) – works to promote greater knowledge of the different psychological approaches to psychosis and psychotic experiences – psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, arts-based, family and holistic approaches – and their better integration with each other and with pharmaceutical approaches.

The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry – CEP exists to communicate evidence of the potentially harmful effects of psychiatric drugs to the people and institutions in the UK that can make a difference.

The Inner Compass Initiative and Withdrawal Project – provides information, resources, tools, and connecting platforms to facilitate more informed choices regarding all things “mental health”.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence will address the growing problem of prescribed drug dependence by demanding appropriate services for those affected, proper training for medical professionals, reduced prescribing through adherence to new and existing guidelines, better data regarding the prevalence of PDD and more research into long-term harms associated with PDD.

More resources are listed here.