Mad in the UK’s 10 most popular articles this year

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A round-up of Mad in the UK’s most popular posts of 2022, as chosen by our readers:

Doctor knows best – Dr JP Marshall talks to young people about their experiences of receiving the diagnostic label of ‘bipolar disorder’

Grief is never a disorder – questioning the DSM ‘diagnosis’ of ‘prolonged grief disorder’

The fortress of mental health services – a personal reflection by a mental health nurse and service user

No, one in five children do not have a mental disorder – The NHS claims 1 in 5 kids have a ‘probable mental disorder’. How are we STILL telling children their distress is a disorder, asks Charlotte Beale

What happened when I stopped believing in ‘mental health’ – Modern psychiatry has turned suffering into a health problem, with no scientific justification. Turning away from the medical construct of ‘mental health’ changed my life writes Charlotte Beale

Rehumanising our mental health systemsJames Barnes in conversation with creator of Open Dialogue, Jaakko Seikkula

Five articles that show the media is waking up to distress as political, not personal – a round-up of articles by writers who question diagnosis and medication, insisting that distress is, in fact, political

Our two-part series on the chemical imbalance myth – How to take the news that depression has not been shown to be caused by a chemical imbalance and Professor Joanna Moncrieff’s Response to criticisms of the chemical imbalance paper

Top 10 myths about the critics of psychiatryCharlotte Taylor-Page challenges some of the biggest voices on the broadly ‘critical’ side of the psychiatry debate to find out what they actually believe

Boarding schools are bad for children. Why do they exist? Boarding school can cause severe harm to children. I know – I was sent to one, writes Charlotte Beale.

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Charlotte is a Clinical Psychology Master’s student, lecturer and researcher. Charlotte facilitates Creative Writing for Mental Health service-user groups and is passionate about integrating co-production and peer-support in services.