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Top 10 Myths about the critics of psychiatry

Following the publication of Joanna Moncrieff and Mark Horowitz’s Chemical Imbalance review last month we at MITUK have been increasingly aware of the strongly held and often opposing opinions on social media. There are...

The summer I was sectioned twice

The summer of 2022 was quite a summer for me. I was detained not once,...

New app aims to predict whether people with psychosis are worth hiring

Editor’s Note: Part of MIA’s core mission is to present a scientific critique of the...

How to make Mental Health Act interviews more dialogical

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on The Critical AMHP and is shared here...

Doctor knows best, poisoned chalices, and beings on drugs: Young people’s accounts of getting the diagnosis of “bipolar disorder”

‘I guess prior to knowing, I didn’t really think it was a medical condition, I...

Lithium Use Leads to Chronic Kidney Disease

Editor’s Note: Part of MIA’s core mission is to present a scientific critique of the...

What happened when I stopped believing in ‘mental health’

Modern psychiatry has turned suffering into a health problem. It gives disease-sounding names to distressing feelings...

PODCASTS

Johann Hari: Stolen Focus – Why You Can’t Pay Attention

Johann Hari joins us to talk about his latest book Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, in which he examines the reasons behind our inability to focus and seeks to understand how this crisis affects our wellbeing and society.

John Read and Irving Kirsch – Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Does the Evidence From Clinical Trials Justify its Continued Use?

An interview with John Read and Irving Kirsch to discuss their paper which calls to prohibit ECT. This is because the negative effects of ECT are so strong, the evidence supporting it is so weak (especially in the long-term and beyond the improvement due to placebo) and there are other means of addressing the difficulties that the person is struggling with.

John Read – UK Esketamine Approval – Not so Fast

An interview with Professor John Read who joins us to discuss the UK licensing of esketamine nasal spray (Spravato) for so-called ‘Treatment Resistant Depression’. John led a group of 12 academics and professionals who wrote to the UK regulator expressing concerns.

Peter Kinderman – Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care

An interview with Professor Peter Kinderman about his new book, A Manifesto for Mental Health, Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care, in which he proposes a rejection of invalid diagnostic labels, practical help rather than medication, and a recognition that distress is usually an understandable human response to life's challenges.

Kate Ashley-Norman interviews Dr Gary Sidley

In this episode of the Mental Health Revolution podcast, Kate Ashley-Norman interviews Clinical Psychologist and author of Tales from the Madhouse, Gary Sidley.

Towards Resilience and Possibilities and Away from Diseases and Symptoms

An interview with Professor Jim van Os who says that, arguably, ‘love is the most powerful evidence-based treatment in mental health’. We discuss his recent paper published in World Psychiatry which envisions a future for mental health that moves away from symptoms and diagnoses and towards peer support and lived experience.