Essays by a diverse group of writers, in the United States and abroad, engaged in rethinking psychiatry. (The directory of personal stories can be found here, and initiatives here).

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How Does Untreated “Burnout” Manifest?

As I look back, I instinctively knew that I needed some type of "break" from my life. That came a few months early in a very different way than I was planning.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Thirteen)

Peter G√łtzsche discusses how network meta-analyses spin the data on antidepressants, especially when financed by pharma.

ChatGPT Changes Its Mind: Maybe Antidepressants Do More Harm Than Good

This week, I wanted to see what ChatGPT would have to say about the long-term impact of antidepressants and about the STAR*D study.
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“Borderline Personality Disorder” and Survivor Injustice

A common critique of the borderline personality disorder diagnosis is its complicity in oppressing abuse survivors.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Twelve)

Peter G√łtzsche discusses that depression pills increase mortality, and that psychiatry mistakes withdrawal effects for relapse.

My Sister Lucy’s Death and Life: Picturing an Alternate Timeline of Recovery

I’ll never forget standing beside my sister Lucy as she was strapped to a gurney during a midnight admission to an E.R. in Cambridge, Mass.

Akathisia and Prescribed Harm as Traumatic Chemical Brain Injury (TCBI)

I stopped thinking of akathisia in terms of the disease model and instead began thinking of it as an injury. Akathisia is not the car crash; it is a result of the car crash.

Can ChatGPT Defend the Long-term Use of Antipsychotics?

ChatGPT has perfectly captured the pattern of psychiatry’s response to the research that tells of harm done.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Eleven)

Peter G√łtzsche discusses the harmful effects of lithium and anti-epileptic drugs used for bipolar disorder.

Psychiatry Killed Tuva Andersson, Whose Problem Was Anxiety

During the last year of Tuva’s life, her psychiatrists took away her hope of ever leaving psychiatry and becoming better.
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What Does ChatGPT Say About MIA?

I imagine that I am like many people when it comes to AI, which is that I don‚Äôt really know what to make of it. My first request was ‚Äúwrite an essay about the Mad in America website.‚ÄĚ

Sleepwalking My Life on Seroquel

When my son was 5, I ended up as a single mum, with ‚Äėbipolar‚Äô disorder, in a foreign country. I had to always work harder to prove that I was worthy.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Ten)

Peter G√łtzsche discusses the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, including in children, and the lack of evidence for any benefit from lithium.

With the Launch of Mad in Denmark, a Global Network for Radical Change Grows...

Mad in Denmark, which is newly launched, is the 11th affiliate in the MIA network, and three others are expected to launch later this year.
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The Psychiatrization of Consumers after Harm from Plastic and Cosmetic Procedures

When plastic surgery goes awry, doctors defend themselves by labeling the harmed patient with mental illness.
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What Does it Mean to Be Borderpolar?

Psychiatrists believe people can have both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, referred to as ‚Äúborderpolar,‚ÄĚ although this is not an official DSM diagnosis.

Q&A: How Can We See ADHD From Another Angle, and What Can We Do...

We all want to help our kids or our students, and sometimes finding the right key to unlock a child’s gifts is a matter of time, patience, trial, and error.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Nine)

Peter G√łtzsche on more harms caused by depression pills, including akathisia and its connection to homicide.
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Psychiatry’s Denial of the Horrors of Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive dyskinesia, a serious and horrible harm of psychiatric drugs, is often overlooked or deliberately ignored by psychiatrists.

‘The Invisible Cage Called Freedom’: My Work, My Kids, My Mental Health

I see my 3-year-old’s innocent smile as she plays and rides her tricycle, and I can’t help but feel sad and worried about my daughters’...
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Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at the Crossroads: Mary Boyle Interviews Jay Joseph

The psychiatric genetics field is historically based in eugenics and diverts our attention from evidence-backed causes of human suffering and dysfunction.
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Splitting Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder

Recognition of C-PTSD might be a double-edged sword, further marginalizing the very individuals it aimed to assist.
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Eight)

Researchers have again and again demonstrated that depression pills double suicides both in children and adults.
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Stigma: But What if I Don’t Want to Be Like Everyone Else?

Should I keep silent when I am well, or continue talking about it, knowing that I will probably deal with stigma for the rest of my life?
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Critical Psychiatry Textbook, Chapter 8: Depression and Mania (Affective Disorders) (Part Seven)

Peter G√łtzsche continues to detail the increase in suicide attempts and deaths found in studies of depression pills.