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Tuesday, 25, June, 2024

BLOGS

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

What are we overlooking? Reviewing current and alternative treatments for psychosis

In Part 1, I looked at the longer-term inefficacy of ‘maintenance treatment’ with antipsychotics, and also...

Living beyond labels: the example of a therapeutic community

I am a co-worker at Lothlorien Therapeutic Community in Scotland. Lothlorien provides a temporary home...

The “Madness” of Inpatient Psychiatry

Inpatient psychiatry is not a place of psychological healing; it is devoid of compassion and...

Psychiatric assessments impacted by gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, study finds

A new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology finds that gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status...

For suicide, hospitalisation may harm just as much as it helps

A new study found that hospitalization for suicide harmed about as many people as it...

How the medical profession pathologises emotions and the damage to patients

Disclaimer: some doctors have excellent bedside manner and a deep and compassionate understanding of the...

I heard some voices and they were magnificent

omeone asked me the other day: but what has changed in terms of psychiatric treatment...

Despite safety risks, prescribers receive little guidance of monitoring antipsychotic clozapine

Clozapine is an atypical antipsychotic that is often used as a last resort to treat...

Psychotherapy without antidepressants shows best results for depression

Psychotherapy without antidepressants is the best treatment for depression, according to a new study. According to the...

“Empire of Normality: neurodiversity and capitalism” a review: The Empire Has No Clothes

A review of “Empire of Normality: neurodiversity and capitalism” Robert Chapman, Pluto Press 2023.   Introduction Concepts of...

Treating eating disorders involves shifting ‘Eating Disorder Voice’

According to a recent article in Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, individuals with eating disorders often experience a negative...

“A Dangerous Substance”: the impact of social media on youth mental health

The teenager on the other end of the phone struggles with social media, struggles with...
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OTHER RESOURCES

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.