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

Healing Connection: Lauren Spiro

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Healing Connection: Lauren Spiro

How do we recover from childhood violence? When Lauren Spiro was 14, her father was murdered. Eighteen months later, she began to have unusual spiritual experiences and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Today she works today to promote peace and healing in communities, fulfilling the vision she had in her extreme state.
Lauren is co-director of Emotional CPR, associate director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, and her new memoir is Living For Two: A Daughter’s Journey from Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace.

Madness Radio: Violent Voices Erica van den Akker

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Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Madness Radio: Violent Voices Erica van den Akker

People who hear voices are no more violent than anyone else -- but what about the small number of voice hearers that do actually commit violent crimes? Are medications and locked wards the best way to help those who act on their aggressive "command hallucinations?" What is the relationship between trauma, violence, and voices? Dutch psychiatric social worker and Hearing Voices Movement member Erica van den Akker discusses her innovative counseling work with violent offenders in the Netherlands.

Rethinking Research Nev Jones

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Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Rethinking Research Nev Jones

Traditional mental health research treats patients more as objects to be studied, rather than individuals with valuable insights and perspectives. What if research on mental health was informed by people who themselves had had these experiences? How can people diagnosed with schizophrenia, who hear voices, and experience psychosis, help to change the way we understand and respond to these experiences? Discussing these questions and more will be Nev Jones, psychiatric anthropology interdisciplinary researcher, post-doctorate fellow at Stanford, founder of Chicago Hearing Voices and co-founder of the Lived Experience Research Network (LERN).

Risky Pills David Healy

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Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Risky Pills David Healy

Adverse effects from prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in America. How can we know if the pills we take are actually safe? What can we do if they aren't? Dr. David Healy, internationally renowned psychiatrist, whistleblower, and author of 20 books, discusses industry corruption of pharmaceutical regulation and proposes better ways to protect patients and prevent harm.

www.rxisk.com
www.davidhealy.org
http://1.usa.gov/LpbTvU

Suicidal Feelings: How Speaking Openly about Them Is the Best Prevention

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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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David Webb discusses "Thinking about Suicide"

How common are suicidal feelings? Is a psychiatric illness behind suicidal despair -- or a meaningful and even spiritual life crisis? Does forced hospitalization really provide help? Suicide attempt survivor David Webb, author of Thinking About Suicide: Contemplating and Comprehending the Urge to Die, discusses how speaking openly about suicidal feelings, rather than reacting with panic and fear, is the best form of suicide prevention.
http://www.jungcircle.com/DWebb.htmlhttp://thinkingaboutsuicide.org/

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.

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Linda Andre and Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You To Know About Electroshock Therapy

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Mon, 10/03/2011

 Hosted by Will Hall

This week's Madness Radio asks, Why is ECT, electroconvulsive therapy or electroshock, so widely used
today? Is the ECT industry manipulating research and public perceptions the way tobacco companies did about cigarettes? What are the real dangers of this lobotomy-era treatment? ECT survivor Linda Andre discusses her groundbreaking book, "Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know about Shock Treatment."

 

Suicide attempt survivor David Webb, author of Thinking About Suicide

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Mon, 09/05/2011

 Hosted by Will Hall.  

 How common are suicidal feelings? Is a psychiatric illness behind suicidal despair -- or a meaningful and even spiritual life crisis? Does forced hospitalization really provide help?

Suicide attempt survivor David Webb, author of Thinking About Suicide: Contemplating and Comprehending the Urge to Die, discusses how speaking openly about suicidal feelings, rather than reacting with panic and fear, is the best form of suicide prevention.

http://www.jungcircle.com/DWebb.html


http://thinkingaboutsuicide.org/

 

Dr. Daniel B. Fisher on Recovering from Mental Illness

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Mon, 08/01/2011

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Dr. Daniel Fisher, Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center, and noted Psychiatrist.  He'll talk about his own experiences with Schizophrenia, and how a more Recovery-oriented, Consumer and Family Driven System could help more people than our current system.

 

Ron Coleman, teacher and trainer with the Hearing Voices Movement

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Mon, 07/04/2011

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Are voices real -- or are they just auditory hallucinations and sign of mental illness? Is it best to try to control and get rid of voices -- or listen and discover their meaning? After being sexually abused by a priest and in grief at the death of his first wife, Scottish advocate Ron Coleman started hearing voices, was labeled a chronic schizophrenic and spent six years in psychiatric hospitals. Ron describes his remarkable recovery, and how he became a renowned teacher and leading trainer with the Hearing Voices movement in the UK. http://www.workingtorecovery.co.uk/

Leah Harris Spoken Word on Surviving Psychiatry

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Mon, 06/06/2011

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Leah Harris was orphaned after both parents were diagnosed with schizophrenia and died from medication toxicity. Today she is a leading voice in survivor activism, and her powerful spoken word poetry, including "I Was A Teenage Mental Patient," has been featured in publications including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, and DC Poets against the War: An Anthology. Leah is also the co-coordinator of the US Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. Buy her new cd "Take Refuge" at the National Empowerment Center.

 

"Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters

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Mon, 05/02/2011

 Host Will Hall speaks with Ethan Watters, author of "Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche," which looks at western mental disorders and pharmaceutical treatments are exported around the world."

The most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture across the globe has not been our golden arches or our bomb craters, says Ethan Watters in Crazy Like Us (Free Press), but our bulldozing of the human psyche itself. American-style depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anorexia have begun to spread around the world like contagions. Watters witnesses firsthand how Western healers often steamroll indigenous expressions of mental health and madness and replace them with our own. In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been homogenizing the way the world goes mad. Cosponsored by Portland Hearing Voices.

lwww.crazylikeus.com/CRAZY_LIKE_US.html

Christopher Lane asks if Shyness is a Disease

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Mon, 04/04/2011

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Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? British-American literary critic and historian Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, including the way politics and profits drive the bible of mental health treatment, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. 

www.christopherlane.org/

http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects

Dr. Arnold Mindell discusses communicating with people diagnosed with mental illness.

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Mon, 03/07/2011

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What is reality?  What does quantum physics tell us about reaching people in states labeled psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia? Are we living inside of a collective dream? Can therapists join with the alternate realities of their clients? Arnold Mindell, founder of Process Oriented Psychology, discusses his 40 years experience communicating with people diagnosed with madness.

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

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Mon, 02/07/2011

 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." Whitaker is the keynote speaker at MOVING MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY FORWARD/ RETHINKING PSYCHIATRY--A community forum, Thursday, February 10, 2011 at The First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1011 SW 12th, Portland.

ROBERT WHITAKER is the author of  Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America and three previous books: 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.

Ethan Watters and "Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche"

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Mon, 01/03/2011

Hosted by Will Hall

How did pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline create "depression" in Japan - and a billion dollar market for its anti-depressant drug Paxil? Why do people diagnosed with schizophrenia recover more in Tanzania than they do in the US? Can western-style psychotherapy help tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka? Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, discusses how mental disorders are cultural products, defined in the US and then exported around the world.  www.crazylikeus.com

 

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