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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.

Everyone’s Afraid of an Angry Woman: Honoring Sinéad O’Connor

There is one thing about having been a “delinquent” teen, or a “freak” as we...

No benefit for adding antidepressants to CBT in severe depression

In people hospitalized for severe depression, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) was significantly effective, researchers write—and adding...

My resignation from Mental Health America

Intro to MHA Resignation Letter I considered leaving my position as a support group facilitator at...

Social Workers contribute to psychiatric oppression despite the field’s complicated relationship with mental healthcare

Using the mental health system in England as a case study, a recently published book...

Antidepressants increase suicide attempts in youth; no preventative effect

In a new study, researchers found SSRIs increased the risk of suicide attempts threefold for...

Disability research: inclusion in theory, exclusion in practice

A newly published article in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities reveals significant gaps...

Harmed by Psychiatric Drugs Prescribed for Acid Reflux

I was unaware that metoclopramide is in the same drug class as antipsychotics with the same potential for serious side effects.

Researchers call on psychiatry to abandon biomedical framework

A newly published study in the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology by researchers Sara Campolonghi and...

Psychosis patients prioritize non-psychosis issues in therapy, study finds

A new article published in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy finds that most service users participating in a...

Framing depression as a functional signal rather than a disease promotes hope and reduces stigma, study finds

New research reveals that individuals seeking depression treatment may benefit from an explanation of depression...

Depressed by happiness: emotional shutdown in the family and society

Let us take a man who wakes up at night from one of those nightmares...

Risks outweigh benefits for antidepressants in elderly, study concludes

A new review reveals weak evidence to support the use of antidepressants in the elderly...
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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.