Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health explores 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.
Hosted by Will Hall, Madness Radio launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio and aired more than 150 shows since then. We're heard on KBOO in Oregon, syndicated on other stations through Pacifica, and podcasting on iTunes and Google Play. Check our About page.
Madness Radio Producer is Nina Packebush. Thanks to past Producers Leah Harris and Jeremy Lanzman.
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Harvard University faculty Paula Caplan, author of They Say You’re Crazy: How The World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal and editor of Bias In Psychiatric Diagnosis.
Paula was on one of the writing committees for the DSM and offers an insightful perspective on the politics behind psychiatric pseudo-science. She discusses mental disorder labeling, including bipolar and post-trauma stress disorder, from a feminist perspective.
Activist Carey Lamprecht on her experiences as a staffperson in high security locked facilities with violent children and adolescents, and her creation of successful alternatives to restraints and coercion, alternatives that were blocked by facility administrators. Carey is herself a psych survivor with a bipolar diagnosis.
Dr. Mike Smith, Director of Lincoln Recovery drug detox center in the South Bronx NYC, discusses the use of acupuncture to treat addiction, the war on drugs, and the NADA ear acupuncture protocol, which is the protocol used in the Freedom Center acupuncture clinic.
Judi Chamberlin is a leading organizer with the psychiatric survivors’ movement and one of its earliest initiators. She is author of On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System and staff with the National Empowerment Center. Show is co-hosted by Cheryl Alexander.
Louis Lee LePouttre, forced to take psych drugs as an outpatient in Northampton discusses his legal situation with Jim Gottstein of PsychRights. Louis, who has no history of violence, objects to drugging on religious and health grounds. When he fails to show up for appointments, police drag him to the hospital and he is forcibly injected under a “Rogers Order.” Louis is a client of ServiceNet, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Parkview, and the Department of Mental Health. He now has diabetes, a Zyprexa side effect.
Recovery leader Sherry Mead discusses how peer-run crisis alternatives are leading the way to a transformed mental health system.
Laurie Ahern, Associate Director of Mental Disability Rights International, on advocacy efforts to end human rights abuses in psychiatric facilities in Turkey, Romania, Paraguay, Kosovo, and world-wide.
Check out their website at http://www.mdri.org
Peter Bullimore, of England’s Hearing Voices Network, on his experiences with madness diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia, including violence and extreme deterioration.
Peter discusses sexual abuse and how he worked with his voices to recover and become one of the world’s leading psychiatric survivor activists. He also tells the story of how he got the Paranoia Network of support groups started.
Tim Wise, internationally recognized writer and activist, on racism, white privilege, and the psychology of discrimination.
Sharon Wise, psychiatric survivor activist on her story as a psychiatric survivor and organizing efforts to end “restraints and seclusion,” euphemisms for shackling and solitary confinement.
Paul Levy, counselor, teacher, and coordinator of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center in Portland, Oregon, speaking on his spiritual emergence from psychosis to mystical awakening.
Also check out Paul’s website and writing at http://www.awakeninthedream.com
Poetry special with psychiatric survivors Carey Lamprecht, Ashley McNamara, Oryx Cohen, Chaya Grossberg, Ellen Hayes, and Teddy Peterson.
Ashley McNamara, co-founder of the Icarus Project, discusses her struggles with experiences diagnosed as bipolar disorder, and her work organizing the Icarus Project, an alternative support network for people who challenge the medical and disease understanding of madness. Ashley also reads from her poetry and journal.
Gail Hornstein, Mt. Holyoke Professor and author of biography of Frieda Fromm-Reichman, on psychiatric patient first-person narratives and psychotherapy for schizophrenia and psychosis without medications.