Madness Radio

What does it mean to be called "crazy" in a crazy world? Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health brings you personal experiences of 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, and also features authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

Hosted by Will Hall, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Madness Radio was launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio in Massachusetts and is syndicated nationally on the Pacifica Network. Madness Radio is heard monthly on KBOO the first monday of the month from 11:30am to 12. Will is a leader in the peer recovery movement, a therapist in Portland, has a Diploma from Process Work Institute, and is the director of the support and education community Portland Hearing Voices.

Check out the website archives at www.madnessradio.net to listen online and download more than 100 Madness Radio episodes produced to date. Full hour-long versions of shows heard on KBOO are available. 

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Episode Archive

Deconstructing the Medical Model Tomi Gomory

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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Deconstructing the Medical Model Tomi Gomory

How does the medical model of psychiatry, which proposes that mental health challenges are biological brain diseases, operate under significant scientific fallacies? Can the assumptions of this model often cause more harm than good? Tomi Gomory, associate professor of social work at Florida State University, and co-author (with David Cohen and Stuart Kirk) of "Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs," discusses the limitations of the medical model, and how can we better support people experiencing emotional distress. http://csw.fsu.edu/faculty/tomi-gomory/  http://bit.ly/LoqI1L

Indian Country Psychology with David Edward Walker

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Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Indian Country Psychology with David Edward Walker

How does the legacy of colonialism impact American Indian mental health today? Does the Indian Health Service meet the needs of the people on tribal land? How are Native peoples revitalizing cultural traditions to reverse centuries of racism?

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness

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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with Robert Whitaker, author of "Anatomy of an Epidemic"

​Host Will Hall speaks with Robert Whitaker,  author, "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America." 

Robert Whitaker is also the author of Mad in America, The Mapmaker's Wife and On the Laps of Gods.  He worked as a newspaper reporter for eight years and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. As a journalist writing about mental health, Robert Whitaker won a George Polk award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writer's award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for the Boston Globe was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in public service. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Psychology of Power with David Bedrick

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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Psychology of Power with David Bedrick

Psychology of Power David Bedrick

How does mainstream or "pop" psychology avoid tackling issues of power and social justice, locating problems solely within individuals? Is there a better way to address and make sense of suffering? David Bedrick, counselor, educator, attorney, and author of Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology, discusses a "love-based" psychology, rooted in the belief that there is meaning in our struggles, which can be healed when we take the time to understand the context of a person's experience. http://talkingbacktodrphil.com/
 

Unlabeling Borderline Trauma with Debra Marshall

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Mon, 10/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Discussion of borderline personality disorder diagnosis
Unlabeling Borderline Trauma Debra Marshall How does unaddressed intergenerational trauma impact a family? Our guest on Madness Radio this month is Debra Marshall, psychiatric survivor and human rights activist, who will discuss the effects of intergenerational trauma, the social and political underpinnings of the controversial Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis, and new developments in the international human rights movement of users and survivors of psychiatry.

Madness Radio on 09/02/13

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Benzodiazepine Recovery with Matt Samet, author of "Death Grip"
Benzodiazepine Recovery with Matt Samet, author of "Death Grip
Benzodiazepine Recovery Matt Samet
 
Is it possible that your medication can worsen the very symptoms it is supposed to treat? Benzodiazepines, commonly used to treat anxiety and panic, can be extremely addictive, actually increase anxious feelings, and result in horrendous withdrawal experiences. Our guest Matt Samet, former professional rock climber and author of Death Grip: A Climber’s Escape From Benzo Madness, discusses his journey of recovery from anxiety, panic and Benzodiazepine addiction. http://us.macmillan.com/deathgrip/MattSamet 

Madness Radio on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Elders and Forgetfulness Stan Tomandl
 
How can we better understand the behavior of elders experiencing forgetfulness, Alzheimers, and dementia? This episode of Madness Radio explores how to uncover the deeper meaning behind these extreme states, and to support elders to make an end of life transition with dignity. Stan Tomandl, MA, PWD, has specialized in working with people in near death states, memory loss, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and coma, along with everyday life issues. His publications include Coma Care and Palliative Work, and An Alzheimer's Surprise Party.

Madness Radio on 06/03/13

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Mon, 06/03/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Will Hall interviews Gary Greenberg about "The Book of Woe"
Book of Woe - Gary Greenberg
 
Why is the DSM-V, also known as the "Psychiatric Bible," such a controversial publication? What are the political, ethical, economic, and social implications of psychiatry's tendency to label and diagnose every facet of human experience as a mental disorder? Today's guest is Gary Greenberg, practicing psychotherapist and author of several books including Manufacturing Depression, and most recently, The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, who has also written for many publications including Harper's, the New Yorker, Wired, Discover, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones.

Madness Radio on 05/06/13

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Mon, 05/06/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Sera Davidow on the Politics of Language and Labels

The Politics of Language - Sera Davidow

Mental health professionals create psychiatric labels ostensibly to make sense of madness, but at what point do labels shut down understanding and actually damage people experiencing extreme states and emotional distress? On this episode of Madness Radio, Sera Davidow, psychiatric survivor and director of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC), discusses the politics of language and labels, as well as the innovative programs being pioneered by the Western Mass RLC. Sera is also the co-producer of the new film, "Beyond the Medical Model."

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Laura Delano and Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 08/06/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Laura Delano. She graduated in 2006 from Harvard University, where she studied Social, Medical, and Psychiatric Anthropology. Her thesis,Psycho-pharmaceuticals and Selfhood: Negotiating Identity as a Consumer of Mood Disorder Medications, explored the ways in which individuals living with a psychiatric diagnosis and taking psychotropic medications construct a sense of self and negotiate agency. Initially diagnosed with and medicated for major depression at the age of fourteen and re-diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of eighteen, Laura tapered off of her last psychotropic medication in September 2010 at age twenty-seven and no longer lives with a psychiatric diagnosis.  She works today as a Peer Specialist in the mental health system, and also writes a blog for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. 

Sexual Trauma and Generative Somatic Healing

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Mon, 07/02/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall

Today's guest is Sexual Abuse Survivor and Generative Somatic Healing Practitioner, Staci Haines,   We'll talk about Healing Sex, and somatic aproaches to healing trauma.  She is also active at Generation Five, whose goal is to elaminate Child Sexual Abuse in Five Generations or less.

 

 

Understanding Hearing Voices with guest psychologist Eleanor Longden

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Mon, 06/04/2012

Hosted by Will Hall

In this episode Madness Radio asks, What is the meaning of hearing voices? Is it a malfunctioning brain, or a clue to childhood trauma asking to be understood?

UK psychologist Eleanor Longden survived a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and went on to be a leading researcher around voice hearing, trauma, and dissociation. She is a pioneer in the movement to understand voices as a normal human experience -- and truly help people by healing trauma.

What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness?

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Mon, 05/07/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall

What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness? Should we have more mental health treatment in prison -- or should we work to abolish our prison system?

Daniel Hazen spent three years in prison and experienced firsthand the ways prison creates madness. Today he is director of Voices of the Heart, a leading support agency run by and for people in recovery from a diagnosis of mental illness.

Dr. Toby Tyler Watson, Clinical Director of Associated Psychological Health Services

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Mon, 04/02/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Dr. Toby Tyler Watson, Clinical Director of Associated Psychological Health Services.

 

Why are so many children being diagnosed bipolar?

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 03/05/2012

Hosted by Will Hall

Today Madness Radio asks, Why are so many children being diagnosed bipolar? Are medications needed to treat disease - or just keep children under control? What else can parents do when faced with difficult behavioral problems? Sharna Olfman, Psychology Professor at Point Park University and editor of the book Bipolar Children,
discusses the growing trend of labeling children bipolar.

 
 
 

 

The promise and potential dangers of the psychedelic ayahuasca

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Mon, 02/06/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Every month Madness Radio explores mental health from outside the mainstream on KBOO FM.

On this show, Madness Radio asks, Can indigenous medicine, including the psychedelic ayahuasca, help anxiety, depression, and addiction? What do healers of Peru have to teach us about mental health? Francois Demange, a curandero who has studied for more than sixteen years with the Shipibo and Quechua Lamista peoples, discusses the promise and potential dangers of traditional Amazonian plant medicine for the west.

 

Grainne Humphrys talks about her Battle with Mental Health Systems

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Mon, 01/02/2012

 Madness Radio, Hosted by Will Hall

Today's guest is Mental Health System Survivor, Grainne Humphrys, who talks about her Battle with Mental Health Systems, both for herself, and for her partner John Hunt.

 

Healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 12/05/2011

Madness Radio asks, How can we truly help combat veterans facing the aftermath of war? Is veteran trauma a sign of mental illness, or a healthy response to violent situations? Are medications and therapy the answer?

Paula Caplan, author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, discusses healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities.

The treatment of elders in nursing homes

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 11/07/2011

 Hosted by Will Hall

 

How are our elders treated in nursing homes? Are powerful anti-psychotic medications being used for treatment, or for social control? Does living in a nursing home promote mental health -- or make it worse? Carole Hayes-Collier, psychiatric abuse survivor and longtime activist with the Grey Panthers, discusses her work to empower people as we age.

 
 
 

 

 

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