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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 and mental health. We believe that … read more

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Jim Gottstein - Patient Rights in Mental Healthcare

June 30th, 2017


This week on the Mad in America podcast, we talk to Jim Gottstein, president and founder of the organisation Law Project for Psychiatric Rights. Jim talks to us about his own experiences with the psychiatric system, …

Mo Hannah - Changing the Teaching of the Biological Model

July 8th, 2017


This week on the Mad in America podcast, we talk to Dr. Maureen (Mo) Hannah. 

Mo is a Professor of Psychology at Siena College, New York, where she …

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2017 - Raising Global Understanding

July 11th, 2017


This week, we have a special episode to join in with the events being held for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day.

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day seeks to raise global awareness of iatrogenic benzodiazepine …

Will Hall - A Harm Reduction Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

July 15th, 2017


This week, we have an interview with Will Hall. Will is a mental health advocate, counsellor, writer, and teacher. Will advocates the recovery approach to mental illness and is recognised internationally as an innovator …

Monica Cassani - Achieving Health in Body, Mind and Spirit

July 22nd, 2017


This week, we have an interview with Monica Cassani. Monica has seen the mental health system from both sides – as a social worker and as a person whose life was severely ruptured by psychiatric drugs. She writes …

Pratima Singh - Exploring Alternatives to Biological Psychiatry

July 29th, 2017


This week, we interview Dr. Pratima Singh. Dr. Singh completed her medical degree in India, before moving to the UK to work at the Maudsley NHS …

Kermit Cole - Dialogical Approaches to Extreme States

August 5th, 2017


This week, we interview Kermit Cole. Kermit’s first career was in film and television, directing, amongst others, Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit …

Jim van Os - Rethinking Biological Psychiatry

August 11th, 2017


 This week, we interview Professor Jim van Os.

Professor van Os is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University …

Rani Bora - Innate Health and Resilience, How It Differs to Mainstream Psychiatric Treatment

August 19th, 2017


This week, we interview Dr. Rani Bora. 

Dr. Bora is a qualified Psychiatrist and Mental Health and Resilience Coach. She has studied a number of approaches to mental well-being – both traditional and non-traditional, …

Peter Breggin - The Conscience of Psychiatry (Part 1)

August 20th, 2017


This week we have a very special guest for you, it has been my honour to be able to interview Dr. Peter Breggin.

Dr. Breggin is a Harvard-trained …

Bob Fiddaman - Taking on the Pharmaceutical Regulators and the Seroxat Scandal

September 2nd, 2017


This week we have an interview with Bobby Fiddaman.

Bobby is a very well known author, blogger and researcher who has been writing about psychiatric …

John Read - What the Science and Evidence Tell Us About Electroshock (ECT)

September 9th, 2017


This week we have an interview with Professor John Read. Professor Read worked for nearly 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental …

Peter Breggin - The Conscience of Psychiatry (Part 2)

September 18th, 2017


This week we have a very special guest for you, it has been my honour to be able to interview Dr. Peter Breggin.

Dr. Breggin is a Harvard-trained …

Irving Kirsch - The Placebo Effect and What It Tells Us About Antidepressant Efficacy

September 23rd, 2017


This week I have had the honour of interviewing Dr Irving Kirsch.

Dr Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and lecturer in …

Michael O’Loughlin - Exploring Narrative Approaches to Psychological Distress

September 30th, 2017


This week, Mad in America’s news editor Justin Karter interviews Professor Michael O’Loughlin.

Professor O’Loughlin is a college professor and …

Bonnie Burstow and Nick Walker - An Introduction to Cognitive Liberty

October 7th, 2017


This week, Mad in America editor Emily Sheera Cutler presents the first in a series of interviews that examine the many important issues around forced treatment and cognitive liberty. The series will examine …

Olga Runciman - Moving Beyond Psychiatry

October 14th, 2017


This week on the Mad in America podcast we interview Olga Runciman. 

Olga is an international trainer and speaker, writer, campaigner, and artist. …

David Mielke - Educating in the era of the psychiatric diagnosis

October 21st, 2017


This week we interview David Mielke. David is a psychology graduate and teacher in a California high school who has become increasingly concerned …

Gordon Warme - The Relationship Between Culture and Psychiatric ‘Disorders’

October 28th, 2017


This week we interview Dr Gordon Warme. Dr Warme is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He trained with Karl Menninger at the Menninger Clinic in the US and at Heidelberg University in Germany, and has been a …

David Healy - Seeking a Cure for Protracted, Medication-related Sexual Dysfunction

November 4th, 2017


This week we interview Dr David Healy. 

Dr Healy is an internationally respected psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author. A …

Jay Joseph - Why Schizophrenia Genetic Research is Running on Empty

November 11th, 2017


This week on MIA Radio we interview Dr Jay Joseph. Dr Joseph is a clinical psychologist and author who brings a critical perspective to claims in the …

Joseph Firth - The Role of Exercise and Nutrition in Early Psychosis

November 18th, 2017


This week on MIA Radio we interview Dr Joseph Firth. Dr Firth is a postdoctoral research fellow at Western Sydney University. His research focuses on …

Noel Hunter and Brett Francis - Diagnosis, Empowerment and Equality

November 25th, 2017


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This week on MIA Radio, we share the time between two interviewees; clinical psychologist Dr. Noel Hunter and …

George Atwood - Shattered Worlds, the Experience of Personal Annihilation

December 2nd, 2017


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Dr. George Atwood. Dr. Atwood has devoted a substantial part of his life to the study and treatment of what he refers to as ‘so-called psychosis’.  He has authored or coauthored …

Chris Hansen - Making Connections Through Intentional Peer Support

December 9th, 2017


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Chris Hansen. Chris started working in New Zealand as an activist after a psychiatric hospitalization 20 years ago. 

She has provided advice and media comment locally, regionally and …

Celia Brown - Surviving Psychiatry

December 16th, 2017


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Celia Brown. Celia is a psychiatric survivor and a prominent leader in the movement for human rights in mental health. She is the current president of MindFreedom International, a …

Sir Robin Murray - Reframing Psychotic Illness

December 23rd, 2017


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Professor Sir Robin Murray. Professor Murray is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Psychosis Service …

Jennifer Bahr - Treating the Whole Person

January 6th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Dr. Jennifer Bahr. Dr Bahr is a passionate advocate for naturopathic approaches to health and wellbeing. She is the founder of Resilience Naturopathic which was founded with a …

Kelli Foulkrod - Integrating Yoga with Psychotherapy

January 20th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Kelli Foulkrod. Kelli is the owner of the Organic Mental Health Center.  She is a therapist, yoga teacher, and …

Johann Hari - Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions

January 27th, 2018


This week, we interview journalist and author Johann Hari. 

Johann is one of our foremost social science thinkers and writers. In addition to writing …

Michael Fontaine - What the Ancient World can Teach us About Emotional Distress

February 17th, 2018


This week, we interview Professor Michael Fontaine. Michael is Professor of Classics and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Cornell …

Joanna Moncrieff - Challenging the New Hype About Antidepressants

March 3rd, 2018


This week, we interview Dr Joanna Moncrieff. Dr Moncrieff is a psychiatrist, academic and author. She has an interest in the history, philosophy and …

Lucy Johnstone - The Power Threat Meaning Framework

March 5th, 2018


This week, we interview Dr Lucy Johnstone. Lucy is a clinical psychologist, trainer, speaker and writer, and a long-standing critic of the biomedical …

John Read - The UK Royal College of Psychiatrists and Antidepressant Withdrawal

March 9th, 2018


Today on MIA Radio we have a special episode which is devoted to recent developments in the UK involving the Royal College of Psychiatrists. These …

Tina Minkowitz - The Abolition of Forced Psychiatric Interventions

March 10th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Tina Minkowitz. Tina is an attorney and survivor of psychiatry who represented the World Network for Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in the drafting and negotiation of the United …

Duncan Double - On Being a Critical Psychiatrist

March 17th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio we interview Dr. Duncan Double. Duncan is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. He is …

Russell Razzaque: Breaking Down Is Waking Up

April 9th, 2018


This week, we interview Dr Russell Razzaque. Dr Razzaque currently works as a consultant psychiatrist and associate medical director in east London …

Jeffrey Michael Friedman - Trauma and Forced Psychiatric Treatment

April 14th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Jeffrey Michael Friedman, a clinical social worker and an activist in the psychiatric survivor's movement. Jeffrey provides trauma-informed therapy to victims of various forms of …

John Read - UK Royal College of Psychiatry Refuses to Retract Misleading Statement about Antidepressant Withdrawal and Dismisses Complaint

May 2nd, 2018


Today on MIA Radio we have a special episode which is devoted to recent developments in the UK involving a formal complaint lodged with the UK Royal …

Laura Delano - Connecting people through the Inner Compass Initiative and Withdrawal Project

May 3rd, 2018


This week, we interview Laura Delano. Laura is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Inner Compass Initiative and The Withdrawal Project, which aim to create safe spaces for people to connect and the opportunity to …

Sera Davidow - Intersections Between Sexual Violence and Psychiatric Abuse

May 12th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio we interview Sera Davidow, a psychiatric survivor and prolific activist for the human rights of people labeled mentally ill. …

Peter Gordon - Addressing the Divide Between the Arts and Medical Sciences

May 17th, 2018


This week, we interview Dr Peter Gordon. Dr Gordon describes himself as a gardener with an interest in medicine. He trained in both medicine and landscape architecture before specialising in psychiatry and now works …

Sami Timimi and John Read - Latest Developments with The UK Royal College of Psychiatrists

June 19th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio we provide an update on a complaint made to the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists by a group of thirty academics, …

Peter Groot and Akansha Vaswani - Tapering Strips and Shared Decision-Making

July 6th, 2018


On MIA Radio this week, Akansha Vaswani and Dr Peter Groot discuss Tapering Strips, a novel and practical solution for those who wish to taper …

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2018 - Part 1 - Nicole Lamberson, Josef Witt-Doerring, Chris Paige

July 11th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we present a special episode of the podcast to join in the many events being held for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, …

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2018 - Part 2 - Robert Whitaker

July 11th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we present a special episode of the podcast to join in the many events being held for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, …

Julia Rucklidge - Nutrition, Mental Health and TED

July 28th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio we interview Dr Julia Rucklidge. Dr Rucklidge is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Canterbury in New …

Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Review of Prescribed Drug Dependence

August 21st, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we discuss the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists representation on a Government-led review of Prescribed Drug Dependence. …

John Read and Sue Cunliffe - The 57th Maudsley Debate - This House Believes that ECT has no Place in Modern Medicine

October 1st, 2018


This week on MIA Radio we turn our attention to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) or Electroshock as it’s known in the US. On Wednesday, September …

Zach Bush - Healthy Planet/Healthy Mind

October 4th, 2018


Sharna Olfman Ph.D interviews Zach Bush MD

One of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country, with expertise in Internal Medicine, …

Melissa Raven - The Global Mental Health Movement - Cause for Concern

October 10th, 2018


This week, we present the first in a series of interviews on the topic of the global ‘mental health’ movement. These interviews will be led by our Mad in America research news team and today’s interview is hosted by our …

Jhilmil Breckenridge and Bhargavi Davar - Global Mental Health - An Old System Wearing New Clothes

October 20th, 2018


Today, we bring you the second in our series of podcasts on the topic of the global mental health movement. These interviews are led by our Mad in America research news team.

On October 9th and 10th, 2018, World Mental …

China Mills - Global Mental Health - Coloniality, Technology and Medicalization

October 24th, 2018


Today, we bring you the third in our series of podcasts on the topic of the global mental health movement. Part one of the series featured Dr …

Derek Summerfield - Moving Global Mental Health "Outside Our Heads"

October 27th, 2018


This week, MIA Radio presents the fourth in a series of interviews on the topic of the global “mental health” movement.” This series is being developed through a UMASS Boston initiative supported by a grant from the …

Sandy Steingard - Anatomy of a Psychiatrist

November 10th, 2018


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Dr. Sandy Steingard. Dr. Steingard is Medical Director at Howard Center, a community mental health center where she has worked for the past 21 years. She is also Clinical Associate …

Will Davies - The Happiness Industry

November 17th, 2018


When we discuss the issue of forced treatment, coercive mental health interventions like involuntary commitment, forced drugging, and …

Darcia Narvaez - Reclaiming Humanity

December 21st, 2018


In this second interview in our Science and Pseudoscience of Mental Health series, Dr. Sharna Olfman interviews Dr. Darcia Narvaez. 

In 1955, Erich Fromm published a book called The Sane Society. The basic premise is …

Jim van Os - Towards Resilience and Possibilities and Away from Diseases and Symptoms

January 26th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Professor Jim van Os. Professor van Os is Chairman of the Division of Neuroscience at Utrecht University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Visiting Professor of …

Alita Taylor - Open Dialogue - Making Meaning

February 16th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we turn our attention to Open Dialogue and we chat with psychotherapist and Open Dialogue trainer Alita Taylor. Alita is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, trainer and facilitator based …

Gail Hornstein - First-Person Accounts of Madness and Global Mental Health

March 14th, 2019


This week, MIA Radio presents the fifth in a series of interviews on the topic of the global “mental health” movement.” This series is being developed through a UMASS Boston initiative supported by a grant from the Open …

Mark Horowitz - Peer-Support Groups Were Right, Guidelines Were Wrong - Tapering Off Antidepressants

March 20th, 2019


Interview by Peter Simons.

Dr. Mark Horowitz is a training psychiatrist and researcher and recently co-authored, with Dr. David Taylor, a review of antidepressant withdrawal that was published in Lancet Psychiatry,

Lee Coleman - The Reign of Error

March 23rd, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we chat with Doctor Lee Coleman. Lee trained in psychiatry during the 1960s, quickly adopting a sceptical attitude to the …

Vance Trudeau - Antidepressant Exposure Across Generations

April 3rd, 2019


On MIA Radio this week, MIA's Zenobia Morrill interviews Dr. Vance Trudeau, a professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Dr. Trudeau describes a recent study he conducted, alongside a team of researchers, led by …

Kelly Brogan - The Science and Pseudoscience of Women’s Mental Health

April 13th, 2019

Science and Pseudoscience of Mental Health Podcast: Episode 3

This past week, I had the great pleasure to talk with Dr. Kelly Brogan, a leading voice in natural approaches to women’s mental health. Dr. Brogan began her …

Jonathan Raskin - Constructing Alternatives to the DSM

April 17th, 2019



On MIA Radio this week, MIA’s Jessica Janze interviewed Dr. Jonathan Raskin, in the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at …

Lee Coleman – The Insanity Defence, Storytelling on the Witness Stand

April 20th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we present our second chat with Doctor Lee Coleman. In the first interview in this series, we discussed Lee’s career, his …

John Read - Fighting for the Meaning of Madness

May 8th, 2019


On MIA Radio this week, MIA’s Akansha Vaswani interviewed Dr. John Read, a clinical psychologist at the University of East London, about the …

David Cohen - Mad Science, Psychiatric Coercion and the Therapeutic State

May 15th, 2019


On MIA Radio this week, MIA’s Peter Simons interviewed David Cohen, PhD, a social worker, professor of social welfare, and Associate Dean for …

Adriane Fugh-Berman - Getting Pharma Out of Medical Education

June 5th, 2019


On MIA Radio this week, MIA’s Gavin Crowell-Williamson interviewed Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and …

Felicity Thomas and Richard Byng - Poverty, Pathology and Pills

June 12th, 2019


On MIA Radio this week, MIA’s Tim Beck interviewed Dr. Felicity Thomas and Dr. Richard Byng. Dr. Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow in the Medical …

Lee Coleman - Breaking Out of the Circle - Creating a Non-violent Revolution

June 22nd, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we continue our series of discussions with Doctor Lee Coleman. In previous podcasts, we have discussed Lee’s views as a …

Lucy Johnstone - The Creation of a Conceptual Alternative to the DSM

July 3rd, 2019


Last year, Lucy Johnstone and her colleagues in the UK launched the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF), a set of ideas that represented a sharp …

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2019 - Part 1

July 11th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we present a special episode of the MIA podcast to join in the many events being held for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, …

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2019 - Part 2

July 11th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we present a special episode of the MIA podcast to join in the many events being held for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, …

Diana Kopua - Learning a Different Way

July 18th, 2019


MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Diana Kopua about the Mahi a Atua approach, the global mental health movement, and the importance of language and narratives in how we understand our world and ease our suffering.

Diana …

Pat Bracken - Toward a Critical Self-Reflective Psychiatry

August 2nd, 2019


Pat Bracken is a psychiatrist who questions many of the fundamental assumptions of his field. He has worked as a psychiatrist in rural Ireland, …

Craig Wiener - ADHD, A Return to Psychology

August 3rd, 2019


On MIA Radio this week, in the first of a number of podcasts focussed on parenting issues, we interview Dr. Craig Wiener, a licensed psychologist …

Derek Blumke – The Mad in America Veterans Initiative

August 7th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio we turn our attention to veterans, service members and military families. MIA has recently launched a new resource for military veterans which will provide news, personal stories and resources …

Lillian Comas-Diaz - Addressing the Roots of Racial Trauma

August 14th, 2019


Lillian Comas-Díaz is a pioneer in the field of ethnocultural approaches to mental health. She is both a clinical practitioner and multicultural …

Dan Hurd - One Pedal at a Time

September 7th, 2019


In our second week of MIA Veterans & Military Families, we interview U.S. Navy Veteran Dan Hurd. Dan is the Founder of Ride With Dan USAand the One Pedal at a Time Movement. After surviving his third suicide …

Ben Furman - Understanding and Dealing With Adolescent Rage

September 14th, 2019


On MIA Radio this week, in the second of a number of podcasts focused on parenting issues, we interview Ben Furman MD. Ben is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and internationally renowned teacher of the …

Zhiying Ma - Recuperating the Social Person in China

September 23rd, 2019


On MIA Radio, we interview Anthropologist Zhiying Ma, who explores mental health care in China, including tensions between Western psychiatry and …

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

September 28th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we chat with Professor Peter Kinderman. Peter is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, honorary …

IIPDW - Carina Håkansson and John Read

October 2nd, 2019


This week on MIA Radio we turn our attention to psychiatric drug withdrawal and in particular the work of the International Institute for Psychiatric …

Jenny Freeman - Climate Change, Mental Health and Collective Action

October 4th, 2019


Jennifer Freeman is a marriage and family therapist and an Expressive Arts Therapist. Since 2017, she has been researching narratives centered on how humans are facing climate change and responding to these challenging …

Steven C Hayes - A Liberated Mind

October 5th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Professor of Psychology Dr. Steven C. Hayes.

Dr. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis …

Joseph Gone - When Healing Looks Like Justice

October 18th, 2019


Joseph Gone is a professor of both Anthropology and Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University. He is a clinical and community …

Dorothy Dundas - Survivorship, Resistance, and Connection

October 26th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, MIA Correspondent Leah Harris interviews psychiatric survivor Dorothy Dundas. Dorothy is an activist, a mother, a mentor, and an incredible supporter of the activists in all of our …

Lindsay Church – Military Mental Health – From the Brink and the Journey to Recovery

November 18th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we interview US Navy Veteran and Co-Founder of Minority Veterans of America, Lindsay Church. Lindsay served from 2008-2012 as …

Celia Brown - On Human Rights and Surviving Race

November 20th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, MIA Correspondent Leah Harris interviews Celia Brown. Celia is a psychiatric survivor and a prominent leader in the movement for human rights in mental health. She is the current Board President …

Psychological Support for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

December 4th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio we turn our attention to support for those who are struggling to withdraw from psychiatric drugs. Recently in the UK, this issue has become headline news with more and more attention being given …

Peter Breggin and Michael Cornwall - Stop the Psychiatric Abuse of Children

December 14th, 2019


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Drs. Peter Breggin and Michael Cornwall their new initiative, Stop the Psychiatric Abuse of Children (SPAC!).

Peter Breggin, MD is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and a former …

Peter Mayfield - Healing Youth with Nature and Connection

December 22nd, 2019


Peter Mayfield is the founder and executive director of Gateway Mountain Center in California, an innovative program for helping youth learn, heal, and thrive

As a teenager growing up in California, Peter became an …

Mary Watkins - Opening Doors in the Borderlands

January 8th, 2020


Mary Watkins is a psychologist at Pacifica Graduate Institute who focuses on reorienting psychology toward social justice and liberatory ends. She …

Anthony Ryan Hatch - The Management of Captive Populations with Psychiatric Drugs

January 15th, 2020


Dr. Anthony Ryan Hatch is a sociologist and associate professor of Science in Society, African American studies and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan …

Amanda Burrill - Self-Advocacy and Self-Belief – Escaping Psychiatric Drugs

January 18th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Amanda Burrill. After a successful career as a Surface Warfare Officer and Rescue Swimmer in the United States …

MIA Report - The Whistleblower and Penn - A Final Accounting of Study 352

January 22nd, 2020


Welcome to MIA Reports, showcasing our independent and original journalism devoted to rethinking psychiatry. We take selected MIA Reports and provide them as audio articles. Click here for the text version of this and …

Wendy Dolin - Making Akathisia a Household Word

January 25th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Wendy Dolin founder of the MISSD foundation. MISSD stands for Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and …

John Read - UK Esketamine Approval - Not so Fast

February 1st, 2020


This week on MIA Radio we chat with Professor John Read of the University of East London. John worked for nearly 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist …

David Joslin – Remedy Alpine, Giving Veterans the Power to Seek Personal Discovery

February 9th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio we share what is something of an anniversary for us at MIA. This interview marks one hundred episodes since we launched our …

Sarah Kamens and Peter Kinderman - Moving Mental Health Work Away From Diagnosis

February 12th, 2020


Psychiatric diagnosis has come under increased scrutiny in recent years following the release of the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric …

Peter Statsny - Reimagining Psychiatry

February 19th, 2020


Peter Stastny is a New York-based psychiatrist, documentary filmmaker, and a co-founder of the International Network toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR). He has been working on the development of services that …

Laysha Ostrow - Live and Learn

February 26th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Laysha Ostrow. Laysha is the founder and CEO of Live & Learn, a research and consulting company that …

Beatrice Birch - Inner Fire and Soul Health

March 7th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we chat with Beatrice Birch who is the initiator of the residential healing community Inner Fire. For over 35 years, Beatrice worked as a Hauschka artistic therapist in integrative clinics and …

Ian Parker - Psychology is Not What You Think

March 11th, 2020


Ian Parker is one of the most important contemporary critics of the discipline of psychology. A prolific writer, with over 25 books to his name, he …

MIA Report - Medication-Free Treatment in Norway - A Private Hospital Takes Center Stage

March 14th, 2020


Welcome to MIA Reports, showcasing our independent and original journalism devoted to rethinking psychiatry. We take selected MIA Reports and provide them as audio articles. Click here for the text version of this and …

Paula Caplan - Listen to a Veteran

March 21st, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we chat with Paula J. Caplan. Paula is a clinical and research psychologist, author of books and plays, playwright, actor, …

Mab Segrest - Narrating Asylum History Through an Anti-Racist Lens

April 15th, 2020


Mab Segrest is Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at Connecticut College and the author of Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the …

Ian Puppe - Where Western Medicine Meets Indigenous Healing

April 18th, 2020


Ian Puppe is an instructor and research associate in anthropology at the University of Western Ontario in Ontario, Canada. Puppe’s work focuses on …

Sam Himelstein - The Impact of COVID-19 and Social Distancing on Adolescents

April 25th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Sam Himelstein, PhD, about the impact of the Coronavirus crisis and “social distancing” policies on adolescents, …

MIA Town Hall 1 - Are We Living in the Most Dialogical Time Ever?

April 29th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio we share the audio from our first Town Hall panel discussion. Mad in America, Open Excellence and the HOPEnDialogue project …

Nicole Beurkens – What If This Pandemic Is the Best Thing to Happen to Children with Challenges?

May 9th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we interview Nicole Beurkens, PhD, about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and “quarantine life” on children with different …

Sunil Bhatia - When Psychology Speaks for You, Without You

May 15th, 2020


Sunil Bhatia is a professor and chair of the Department of Human Development at Connecticut College. He is the author of two books and over 50 …

Dainius Pūras - Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care

May 27th, 2020


Dainius Pūras is a medical doctor and human rights advocate. He is currently serving the final year of his term as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest …

Scott Greenspan - Exercise for Youth Mental Health in the Lockdown

June 10th, 2020


Scott Greenspan recently received his doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a mental health counselor, he …

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

June 13th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio we turn our attention to electroconvulsive therapy (known as electroshock in the US). It’s fair to say that ECT remains a …

Awais Aftab - Bridging Critical and Conceptual Psychiatry

July 3rd, 2020


MIA’s Justin Karter interviews psychiatrist Awais Aftab about how “conceptual competence” uses philosophy to transform psychiatry.

Awais Aftab is a psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio, and Clinical Assistant Professor of …

Angela Peacock - Medicating Normal

July 5th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio we present a special episode of the podcast in advance of the events being held to mark World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, …

Jim Wright - World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2020

July 11th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio, we present the second part of our podcast to join in the events for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2020 (W-BAD). In part one, we interviewed Angela Peacock and talked about her experiences …

Baylissa Frederick - World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 2020

July 11th, 2020


For our second interview for this World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day podcast I'm so pleased to get the chance to chat with Baylissa Frederick.

Baylissa is a psychotherapist, coach, and author with two decades of …

Ian Tucker - Mental Health and Emotion in the Digital Age

July 15th, 2020


Ian Tucker is a professor and director of impact and innovation in the school of psychology at the University of East London. His expertise is in …

Claudia Gold - Embrace the Messiness!

July 18th, 2020


This episode of the “Mad in the Family” podcast discusses the role of human interaction in child development. Specifically, how conflict and …

Jussi Valtonen - How to Know What We Don’t Know

July 29th, 2020


Jussi Valtonen is both a novelist and a psychologist. As a novelist, his work has been compared to both George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's

Nikolas Rose - Psychiatry and the Selves We Might Become

August 19th, 2020


Nikolas Rose is a professor of Sociology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London. His work explores how …

Jodi Aman - Anxiety, I'm So Done with You

September 5th, 2020


This episode of “Mad in the Family” focuses on how adolescents can better manage and even overcome anxiety—something the news media and our own eyes …

Stuart Shipko - SSRI Withdrawal: Shooting the Odds

September 12th, 2020


This week on MIA Radio we interview Dr. Stuart Shipko. Dr. Shipko is a psychiatrist in private practice in Pasadena, California and author of the books Surviving Panic Disorder, Xanax Withdrawal and Dr. Shipko’s …

Rhonda Speight - I Found My Lion's Roar - Combining Peer Support and Open Dialogue

September 19th, 2020


Ronda "Ro" Speight is a mental health peer specialist and recovery advocate at the Mental Health Association of Westchester in Westchester County, New York. She is a person with lived experience with the psychiatric …

Kirk Schneider - Leading Psychology in Existential Times

September 23rd, 2020


Kirk Schneider is currently running for President of the American Psychological Association (APA). He is a licensed psychologist and adjunct faculty …

Natalie Campo - Can We Move Toward Mindful Medicine?

October 14th, 2020


Natalie Campo, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist practicing in Nashville, TN. She became interested in holistic treatment modalities in her first …

Adele Framer - Surviving Antidepressants

November 1st, 2020


dele Framer, also known by her online handle Altostrata, is the founder of, a critical and comprehensive peer-support website that features several thousand case histories of psychiatric …

Tanya Luhrmann - How Culture Influences Voice Hearing

November 13th, 2020


Tanya Luhrmann is a Watkins University Professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford. Her work explores how cultural contexts shape the …

Jennifer White - Rethinking Suicide Prevention

November 25th, 2020


Jennifer White is one of the founders of the Critical Suicidology Network, a growing international network of scholars interested in exploring …

Piers Gooding - Psychosocial Disability Rights and Digital Mental Health

December 23rd, 2020


Piers Gooding is a Mozilla Foundation fellow (2020) and researcher at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne Law …

Thomas Teo - Fascist Subjectivity and the Subhuman

January 6th, 2021


Thomas Teo is a Professor of Psychology in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology Program at York University, Toronto, …

Trailer - Online Town Hall - Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

January 11th, 2021


Mad in America, in partnership with the Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry and the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug withdrawal is arranging a series of free to attend online town hall discussions on …

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal - Setting the Scene

January 18th, 2021


This week we are sharing the audio taken from our recent psychiatric drug withdrawal town hall held on January 15th 2021.

This was our initial, scene-setting discussion and the panelists are Adele Framer, also known as …

Lucas Richert - Psychiatry and the Counterculture

January 27th, 2021


Lucas Richert is the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and historical director for the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. His work explores prescription …

Howard Glasser - The Nurtured Heart Approach

February 6th, 2021


This episode of “Mad in the Family” focuses on a non-drug method to bringing out the best in challenging children, particularly those diagnosed with …

Janice Haaken - Trauma and Mental Health in Social Movements

February 10th, 2021


Janice Haaken is a professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and a documentary filmmaker. In addition …

Jill Nickens - The Akathisia Alliance for Education and Research

February 13th, 2021


This week on the Mad in America podcast we turn our attention to prescription-drug-induced akathisia and joining me to discuss this is Jill Nickens. Jill is the president and founder of the Akathisia Alliance for …

Helen Spandler - Uncomfortable Truths in Survivor Narratives

February 24th, 2021


Helen Spandler is a Professor of Mental Health Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She is the managing editor of Asylum, a …

Donzaleigh Abernathy - Creative Maladjustment

February 27th, 2021


Actor, singer, writer, and civil rights activist Donzaleigh Abernathy is goddaughter of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and daughter of the Reverend Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, King's best friend and partner in …

Sherry Julo, Ed White and John Read – Online Support Groups for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

March 13th, 2021


This week on the MIA podcast, we discuss a recent paper that considers the support provided by online support groups when people seek help for …

Bethany Morris - Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Critical Psychology

March 17th, 2021


Bethany Morris is an assistant professor of psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she teaches and does theoretical …

Peter Sterling - What Does Our Species Require for a Healthy Life?

March 31st, 2021


Peter Sterling, now retired from the University of Pennsylvania, is a well-known neuroscientist, having co-authored a popular text, Principles of …

Anne Guy - How Therapists Can Help With Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

April 14th, 2021


Anne Guy is a member of the council for evidence-based psychiatry (CEP) and works with the secretariat for the All-party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence. She's the lead editor and author of “Guidance …

Julia Rucklidge - Nutrition and Mental Health

April 17th, 2021


This episode of “Mad in the Family” discusses the links between nutrition and mental health, and the science that’s showing that diet may help …

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal - Exploring the Science

April 26th, 2021



Our next psychiatric drug withdrawal town hall discussion will be held on May 14 2021, register here:


This week on the MIA podcast we are providing the audio taken …

Hannah Zeavin - Questioning the Moral Panic Around Teletherapy

April 28th, 2021


Hannah Zeavin is a leading scholar investigating how mediated communications and technology impact our intimate relations. Her most recent work …

Katrina Michelle - Psychedelics, Transformative Experiences and Healing

May 12th, 2021


Katrina Michelle is a psychologist and the founder and director of The Curious Spirit, a transpersonally oriented psychotherapeutic practice that …

Hannah Pickard - Responsibility Without Blame in Therapeutic Communities

May 26th, 2021


Hanna Pickard is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. She is also appointed with the William H. Miller Department of Philosophy, the Berman Institute of Bioethics, …

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal - Post Withdrawal Experiences

May 28th, 2021


This week on the MIA podcast we are providing the audio taken from our recent psychiatric drug withdrawal town hall held in May 2021.

For our third discussion, we are examining protracted problems that can arise after …

Ilana Mountian - Discourse, Drug Use, and Psychiatry

June 9th, 2021


Ilana Mountian is a researcher drawing on psychoanalytic, critical, decolonial, and feminist philosophies. She is the author of Cultural Ecstasies: …

Michelle Funk - WHO and the Sea Change in Mental Health

June 12th, 2021


Michelle Funk is the Unit Head of the Policy, Law, and Human Rights at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use at the World Health …

Marcela Ot'alora - MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Humility

July 9th, 2021


Marcela Ot'alora works with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) as the principal investigator for government research …

Patricia Rush - Getting to the Root Causes of Suffering

July 10th, 2021


Patricia Rush, M.D., M.B.A. is an internal medicine physician whose scientific focus is complex chronic illness.  Her over 40-year career has focused …

Michael Ungar - Looking Beyond Self-Help to Understand Resilience

July 28th, 2021


Michael Ungar is the founder and director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University in Canada. He is also a family therapist and professor of social work. He has received numerous awards, such as the …

Ursula Read - Rights Based Global Mental Health and Social Exclusion

August 25th, 2021


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 …

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

August 27th, 2021


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 …

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

September 29th, 2021


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 …

Helena Hansen - Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry

October 13th, 2021


Helena Hanson is professor and chair of translational social science and health equity and associate director for the center for social medicine at …

Shira Collings - New Perspectives on Eating Disorders

October 16th, 2021


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 …

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

October 27th, 2021


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, …

Giovanni Fava - A Different Psychiatry is Possible

November 3rd, 2021


In this podcast, we hear from the renowned clinician and researcher Dr. Giovanni Fava. Dr. Fava is a psychiatrist and professor of clinical …

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

November 10th, 2021


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, …

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

November 17th, 2021


Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn is a professor at Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is currently part of several …

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

November 24th, 2021


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 …

Vincenzo Di Nicola - The Crisis in Psychiatry and The Slow Way Back

December 22nd, 2021


Vincenzo Di Nicola is an Italian-Canadian child and adolescent psychiatrist and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal where he …

For Life - Opera on Psychiatry and Its Drugs Premieres on Jan 15

January 8th, 2022


Dawn Sonntag and Kermit Cole have collaborated on creating a 30-minute opera, For Life, that explores the possible harms that can come from …

Sebastienne Grant - Critical Psychology for a Better Society

January 12th, 2022


Sebastienne Grant is a professor of critical psychology at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. She currently serves as the program director for a …

Elia Abi-Jaoude - Understanding the Youth Mental Health Crisis

January 19th, 2022


In the face of the COVID pandemic, social and academic pressures, and an uncertain future, young people are struggling. Each week we see another news …

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

January 25th, 2022


This week on the Mad in America podcast we hear from Johann Hari. Johann is an  internationally bestselling author whose books have appeared in 38 languages, and he was twice named National Newspaper Journalist of the …

Michael Hengartner – Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription

February 2nd, 2022

This week, we hear from Dr. Michael Hengartner. Michael is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in …

Dana Becker - The Medicalization of Women’s Suffering

February 16th, 2022


Dana Becker is professor emeritus of social work and social research at Bryn Mawr College and has practiced as a psychotherapist for over three …

Lynne Layton - The Social Unconscious and Character Formation in Neoliberal Culture

March 9th, 2022


Lynne Layton is a psychoanalyst in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and part-time assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. …

Sera Davidow - Trusting People as Experts of Themselves

March 30th, 2022


Sera Davidow is a filmmaker, activist, advocate, author, and mother of two very busy kids. As a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse as …

Allan Horwitz and Sarah Fay - The Impact the DSM Has Had On All of Us

April 6th, 2022


In this interview, MIA speaks with Allan Horwitz and Sarah Fay about the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and its impact on our society and our personal …

Nicholas Haslam - Psych Concepts Creep Into Our Everyday Experiences

April 13th, 2022

Nicholas Haslam is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. He is a prolific writer with nine books and around 270 articles to his …

Trans Lifeline - Naming Trans-Specific Harm in Mental Health

April 27th, 2022


Executive Director Jahmil Roberts and Advocacy Director Yana Calou from the Trans Lifeline work towards connecting trans people to the community support and resources they need to survive and thrive. Trans Lifeline is a …

Alice and Kenneth Thompson - Bringing Integrative Community Therapy to Pittsburgh

May 11th, 2022


The Visible Hands Collaborative in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is run by Alice Fox Thompson and Kenneth Thompson. Together, the father and daughter team …

Jennifer Barkin - New Tools to Support New Moms

May 18th, 2022


Note: To find out more and to register for the 26th International Network Meeting for the Treatment of Psychosis 2022, click here.


May is Maternal Mental Health Month, and although we tend to hear a lot about …

Bruce Cohen - The Failings of “Mental Health”: How a Seemingly Benign Concept Might be Dangerous

May 25th, 2022

Dr. Bruce Cohen is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. His career spans over thirty years where he has time and again …

Tara Thiagarajan - Mental Wellbeing Among Internet-enabled Populations of the World

June 8th, 2022


Tara Thiagarajan is founder and chief scientist of Sapien Labs, a nonprofit organization that runs the Mental Health Million Project and its annual Mental State of the World Report, which uses an online survey to track …

Jock McLaren – The Biopsychosocial Model is a Mirage, Time for a Biocognitive Model?

June 15th, 2022


On the podcast this week, we hear from Dr. Niall McLaren. Niall, known to many as Jock, is an Australian psychiatrist who worked for 25 years in the remote north of the country. Also an author, Jock's latest book is …

Jessica Taylor - Pathologized Since Eve - Women, Trauma, and Sexy but Psycho

June 29th, 2022


Our guest today is Jessica Taylor, author of Sexy But Psycho: How the Patriarchy Uses Women’s Trauma Against Them, which was published in March by Little, Brown and quickly hit the London Times bestseller list. Based …

Kristina Marusic - Pollution's Mental Toll

July 6th, 2022


On our last podcast, Mad in the Family covered the effect of climate change and extreme weather events on children’s and mothers’ mental health. This one continues the conversation on environmental links to emotional …

Andrew Scull - Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness

July 13th, 2022


Our guest today is sociologist and author, Doctor Andrew Scull. Andrew is a professor of Sociology and Science Studies at the University of …

Kaori Wada - How Grief Became a Disorder and What This Means About Us

August 3rd, 2022


In March 2022, a new grief-related disorder was officially adopted into mainstream mental health diagnosis nomenclature. Prolonged Grief Disorder …

John Read and Jeffrey Masson - Biological Psychiatry and the Mass Murder of “Schizophrenics”

August 10th, 2022


On the Mad in America podcast this week, we hear from the co-authors of a paper published in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry 

Beverley Thomson – Antidepressed - Antidepressant Harm and Dependence

August 17th, 2022


Our guest today is Beverley Thomson. Beverley is a writer, researcher and speaker with a focus on psychiatric medication including antidepressants, benzodiazepines and ADHD drugs. She is interested in their history, how …

Liam MacGabhann, Martha Griffin, Harry Gijbels and Elaine Browne - The Launch of Mad in Ireland

August 22nd, 2022


This week on the Mad in America podcast, we are really pleased to be announcing the launch of a new global affiliated site: Mad in Ireland.

Mad in Ireland launches on August the 22nd and joins our other global sites …

Jon Jureidini – Evidence-Based Medicine in a Post-Truth World

September 7th, 2022


This week on the Mad in America podcast, we are joined by Dr. Jon Jureidini.

Jon is a child psychiatrist who also trained in philosophy, critical appraisal and psychotherapy. He has a continuing appointment as a …

Diana Rose - Is Service-User Research Possible in Mental Health?

September 14th, 2022


Dr. Diana Rose wears many hats—academic, researcher, service user, and activist. She is a leading figure in user-led research and currently an Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. Dr. …

Jim Flannery - Sorry It's Not Funny – Comedy, Hip-Hop and Activism

October 12th, 2022


This week on the Mad in America podcast, we are joined by activist and artist Jim Flannery.

Born and raised in suburban Weathersfield, Connecticut, Jim was committed at four mental hospitals across the United States. …

Justin Karter - Exploring the Fault Lines in Mental Health Discourse

October 19th, 2022


Justin Karter is a staff psychologist at Boston College University Counseling Services. He is a recent graduate of the doctoral program in Counseling …

Anders Sørensen - Tackling Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Through Research and in Practice

November 5th, 2022


This week we are sharing a special interview that’s being done as part of World Tapering Day. World Tapering Day is being held on the 4th, 5th and 6th of November 2022 and it aims to raise global awareness of the need …

Morgan Shields - Breaking Academia's Silence on Inpatient Psychiatry

November 9th, 2022


Morgan Shields is one of the few health policy researchers who focuses on quality of care and issues of coercion within inpatient psychiatry. Her …

David Healy – Polluting Our Internal Environments: The Perils of Polypharmacy

November 16th, 2022


On the Mad in America podcast this wweek we are joined by renowned psychopharmacologist Dr David Healy.

David is a psychiatrist, scientist and …

Art and Transformation - Creating Justice in Mental Health Care

November 23rd, 2022


Madness: Fighting for Justice in Mental Health is an upcoming conference created by the Disruption Network Lab. The Lab examines the intersection of …

Changing Narratives - Reflecting on Mad in America's Mission and Work

December 14th, 2022


This week is a special one for us at Mad in America, as it’s the 200th episode of our podcast. Our first interview was with attorney and author of …

Ten Years of Rocking the Boat - Reflecting on Mad in America's Mission and Work

December 21st, 2022


Today we are continuing with our look behind the scenes of Mad in America for our 200th podcast. Mad in America got started in January 2012 and so to celebrate a decade of critical comment and appraisal we thought it …

A Revolution Wobbles: Will Norway’s "Medication-Free” Hospital Survive?

January 11th, 2023


In December 2019, we wrote about the Hurdalsjøen Recovery Center, which is a private psychiatric hospital located about forty minutes north of Oslo, on the banks of stunning Lake Hurdal. The hospital was set up by its …

Project LETS: Building Peer-Led Mental Health Alternatives on Campus

January 18th, 2023


The Mad in America podcast is sponsored this week by Drs Rani and Suraj Holistic Psychiatry and Mental Health Coaching. Are you Ready to make a …

Owen Whooley - Psychiatry's Cycle of Ignorance and Reinvention

February 8th, 2023

Owen Whooley is an associate professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico. His book On the Heels of Ignorance: Psychiatry and the Politics …

Adam Urato - Chemicals Have Consequences: Antidepressants and Pregnancy

February 22nd, 2023


On our podcast this week, we hear from Dr. Adam Urato.

Adam graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1997 and has been practicing medicine for over …

Erick Turner - Making a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear: How Publication Bias Threatens Research Integrity and Public Health

March 8th, 2023


Erick Turner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He is also a senior …

Camille Robcis - Uncovering Radical Psychiatry and Institutional Psychotherapy in Postwar France

March 22nd, 2023


Camille Robcis is a Professor of History and French at Columbia University. She is the author of two books, The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, …

Pata Suyemoto - Centering Racial Justice and Community in Mental Health Advocacy and Suicide Prevention

March 29th, 2023


Pata Suyemoto is a feminist scholar, educator, curriculum developer, activist, and artist. Her work focuses on promoting racial equity in mental …

Tanya Frank - Zig Zag Boy: My Family's Struggles With Broken Mental Healthcare

April 5th, 2023


On the Mad in America podcast this week, we chat with author and educator Tanya Frank.

Tanya has worked as a college and university lecturer in the …

David Carmichael - The Antidepressant Safety Tour

May 10th, 2023


This week on the Mad in America podcast, we hear from drug safety advocate David Carmichael. David has personal knowledge of the effects of psychiatric drugs, having experienced a family tragedy in 2004. David now uses …

Chris van Tulleken - Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn't Food and Why Can't We Stop?

May 17th, 2023


This week on the Mad in America podcast we are joined by Dr. Chris van Tulleken. Chris is an Infectious Diseases doctor at the Hospital for Tropical …

Chris Bullard - The Sound Mind Festival

May 18th, 2023


Chris Bullard is the executive-director of the Sound Mind Live Festival, scheduled for May 20 in Brooklyn, New York.

A former touring musician. …

Mia Berrin - Embodying Emotional Taboos: Musicians and Mental Health

June 14th, 2023


Mia Berrin is a songwriter, producer, and recording artist based out of Brooklyn, whose project, Pom Pom Squad, has garnered attention over the last few years for its grunge-pop sound and introspective lyrics. Her debut …

Nandita Chaudhary - Challenging Western-Centric Child Psychology

July 5th, 2023


Nandita Chaudhary is a foremost expert on child psychology. She served as a professor at Lady Irwin College in India for over 35 years and teaches in …

James Greenblatt - 'We Have a Neck' - The Links Between Body and Brain

July 12th, 2023


James Greenblatt is an innovator and longtime authority in the fields of integrative medicine and functional psychiatry, focusing on nutrition and other natural modes of treatment for people in distress—including teens …

Sharon Lambert and Naoise Ó Caoilte - Mental Health Podcasts: A Force for Good in a Contested Field

July 19th, 2023


According to Edison Research, there are more podcast listeners than ever, with 64% of the US 12+ population having ever listened to a podcast. With …

Sarah Fay - Cured: A Memoir

August 2nd, 2023


This week on the Mad in America podcast, we are joined by Sarah Fay. Sarah is an author, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University, a freelance writer at The New York Times and elsewhere, a certified mental health …

Can Psychosocial Disability Decolonize Mental Health? A Conversation with Luis Arroyo and Justin Karter

August 16th, 2023


Today on the Mad in America podcast we share a conversation between Luis Gerardo Arroyo Lynn and Justin Karter.

Luis conducted this conversation in …

The Radical Politics of Madness-Micha Frazer-Carroll

August 30th, 2023


Micha Frazer-Carroll is a writer, editor, and advocate whose work ventures into the radical politics of madness and mental health. Our exploration …

Sacred Conversations: A Talk with Susan Swim and a Father Whose Daughter Found Healing

September 13th, 2023


We have two guests today. One is Susan Swim, executive director of the Now I See A Person Institute, which she created in 2007 to provide therapy and …

Family Panel Discussion – Supporting a Child, Teen, or Young Person in Crisis

September 20th, 2023


This week we are sharing the audio from a recently held online discussion on supporting a child, teen or young adult in crisis. The host is Mad in …

Embracing the Shadow—Charlie Morley on Lucid Dreaming as Therapy

September 27th, 2023


On the Mad in America podcast today, we hear about the potential of lucid dreaming therapy to aid those struggling with post-traumatic stress. Our guest is Charlie Morley, a lucid dreaming teacher and bestselling author …

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