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

Madness Radio on 03/04/13

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Mon, 03/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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David Cohen on the adverse effects of psychotropic drugs and psychiatric drug withdrawal

Host Will Hall interviews David Cohen, Professor at the School of Social Work at FloridaInternational University.  His work focuses on describing and understanding the social, cultural, and clinical uses of psychiatric/psychotropic drugs. He has contributed to clinical practice by elaborating self-help and professional help methods for clients undergoing withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.

Madness Radio on 02/04/13

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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Speed skater Meaghan Buisson on trauma and eating disorders

Host Will Hall speaks with record holder speed skate champion Meaghan Buisson, who describes her ordeal with trauma and eating disorders - and how her medications only made her worse. She made a full recovery and now works to educate about body image and wellness.

(This program was originally scheduled for last month.)

Madness Radio on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Trauma and Eating Disorders

 Record holder speed skate champion Meaghan Buisson describes her ordeal with trauma and eating disorders - and how her medications only made her worse. She made a full recovery and now works to educate about body image and wellness.

Madness Radio on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Musician Susan McKeon on poetry and healing emotional suffering

Singing in the Dark - Susan McKeown

Is poetry the way to truly understand madness? Do rituals and music -- such as Ireland's tradition of keening -- have the power to heal emotional suffering? Susan McKeown, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and folklorist, supported her partner through an extreme state. She began a journey to uncover intergenerational trauma in her family and in the history of her native Ireland, and was inspired to take poems about madness -- by Anne Sexton, Theodore Roethke, James Clarence Mangan, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others -- and set them to music in her album "Singing in the Dark."

Madness Radio on 11/05/12

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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Beyond Biological Reductionism Raymond Tallis

Beyond Biological Reductionism — Raymond Tallis

Can people's behavior really be explained by neuroscience and our evolutionary needs as hunter-gatherers -- or is this just a popular fad? Does understanding the brain really solve the mysteries of being human? Neurologist Dr. Raymond Tallis, philosopher, Academy of Medical Sciences Fellow, and author of Why the Mind is Not a Computer and Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity, exposes the bad science and faulty logic behind pop obsessions with the brain and evolutionary psychology.

Madness Radio on 10/01/12

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Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 09/03/12

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Mon, 09/03/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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This episode of Madness Radio asks: What would happen if people experiencing madness had a safe and supportive sanctuary in which to work through their emotions and experiences?

Michael Cornwall is a Jungian/Laingian psychotherapist who went through his own intense experience of transformative madness without medication or treatment that formed his vocation. For over 30 years he has specialized in providing psychotherapy for people in psychotic states in medication-free sanctuaries and community settings.

Tune in to Madness Radio Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health this coming Monday September 3 at 11:30am, on KBOO 90.7 FM.

Madness Radio on 08/06/12

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Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 06/04/12

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Understanding Hearing Voices with guest psychologist Eleanor Longden

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.

Madness Radio on 05/07/12

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Mon, 05/07/2012 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness?

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.

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Laura Delano and Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

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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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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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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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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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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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