How the CRPD Changed Us

This article was originally published on the WhatWENeed blog here as a part of CRPD refresh. My earliest interactions with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was in 2016, almost 10 years after my country...

UN Report: Involuntary Psychiatric Interventions “May Well Amount to Torture”

This article was originally written by Tina Minkowitz for Mad in America on March 5, 2020 and can be accessed here. In a new report, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture writes that "Involuntary psychiatric interventions...

Pathogenic Societies and Collective Madness: A Critical Look at Normalcy

This post was originally published on Mad in the UK and can be accessed here. Although experiences diagnosed as mental disorders undoubtedly have biological correlates, their nature goes beyond the body involving social, cultural, and psychological dimensions....

Learning From Each Other As Psychiatric Survivors: Mad in America

Chaya Grossberg writes on the importance of community in seeking emancipation from psychiatry. Her essay was first published by Mad in America and can be viewed here.  *** There are common themes among the thousands of psychiatric survivors I’ve known, worked alongside and consulted with over the...

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS DEMANDS A NEW LOOK AT PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS

An international Task Force of the American Psychological Association’s Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology has today issued a statement detailing concerns about major psychiatric diagnostic manuals. In an open letter already endorsed by leading international mental health organisations, the Task Force...