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Mad in America: Rethinking Mental Health


Welcome to the Mad in America podcast, a new weekly discussion that searches for the truth about psychiatric prescription drugs and mental health care worldwide. This podcast is part of Mad in America’s mission to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care. We believe that the currentRead more

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Oryx Cohen and Briza Gavidia - Emotional CPR - Heart-Centered Peer Support

Nov 24 • 38:24

In this podcast we discuss an educational program called Emotional CPR (eCPR), a form of peer support anyone can use to assist youth (or adults) in emotional crisis....

Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn - How Western Psychology Can Rip Indigenous Families Apart

Nov 17 • 43:32

Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn is a professor at Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is currently part of several national and international research projects examining education in indigenous communities and the decolonization of mental health. Her writings explore alternate ways of understanding human suffering, challenge the dominant psychia...

Renee Schuls-Jacobson – Psychiatrized: Waking up After a Decade of Bad Medicine

Nov 10 • 01:03:30

On the Mad in America podcast this week, we hear from Renee Schuls-Jacobson. Renee was a teacher for two decades and she is now an author, artist, advocate and coach. In this interview, we discuss her book Psychiatrized: Waking up After a Decade of Bad Medicine which was released this year....

Giovanni Fava - A Different Psychiatry is Possible

Nov 3 • 54:53

In this podcast, we hear from the renowned clinician and researcher Dr. Giovanni Fava. Dr. Fava is a psychiatrist and professor of clinical psychology at the University of Bologna in Italy. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Since 1992, he has been the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed m...

Hans Skott-Myhre - Can Critiques of Psychiatry Help us Imagine a Post-Capitalist Future?

Oct 27 • 01:02:12

Hans Skott-Myhre is a Professor of Human Services at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Over the last 50 years, he has worked within a wide variety of human service settings, including residential homes, community health centers, inpatient psychiatric units, homeless youth shelters, transitional living programs, and prisons. About two decades ago, he transitio...

Shira Collings - New Perspectives on Eating Disorders

Oct 16 • 52:31

In this podcast, which comes on the heels of reports linking social media use to reduced self-esteem in teen girls, eating-disorders therapist Shira Collings discusses person-centered, socio-culturally aware approaches to dealing with disordered eating and other food-related challenges in youth (and adults)....

Helena Hansen - Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry

Oct 13 • 51:34

Helena Hanson is professor and chair of translational social science and health equity and associate director for the center for social medicine at UCLA. As a psychiatrist and anthropologist, she has spent much of her career researching how race, class, gender, and social determinants of health affect psychiatric diagnosis and treatment....

Matcheri Keshavan and Raquelle Mesholam-Gately - Why Some Experts and Patients Want to Rename Schizophrenia

Sep 29 • 01:06:14

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that carries a heavy social stigma. However, experts have also questioned the validity and utility of the label. In response, some experts and service-user groups have called for different conceptualizations and terms for those experiencing psychotic symptoms....

Jim van Os and Peter Groot - When Assessing Antidepressant Withdrawal Methods, RCTs Fall Short

Aug 27 • 39:32

This week we talk with Professor Jim van Os and Doctor Peter Groot about their latest study which looks at the effectiveness of tapering strips to help people get off antidepressant drugs....

Ursula Read - Rights Based Global Mental Health and Social Exclusion

Aug 25 • 53:12

Ursula Read is a research fellow and associate at King's College London. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from University College London, where she studied family experiences of mental illness and help-seeking and Ghana. Currently, her research addresses Global Mental Health, and she utilizes participatory research methods to explore the relationship between mental illnes...

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