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

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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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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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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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."

Madness Radio on 04/08/13

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Jacks McNamara talks about transformation and healing

Host Will Hall speaks with Jacks McNamara, a queer writer, artist, activist, educator, performer, and somatic healing practitioner and founder of the Icarus Project.

The Icarus Project is a radical mental health support network, online community, and alternative media project by and for people struggling with extreme emotional distress that often gets labeled as mental illness. We envision a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.

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.)

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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

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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

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 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

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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

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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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