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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Bert Karon, psychoanalyst and author of the classic textbook Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia
 

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Episode Archive

Communicating with Psychosis Dina Tyler

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Communicating with Psychosis Dina Tyler

Dina Tyler survived a psychotic break and bipolar diagnosis, including
toxic overmedication, hospital sexual assault -- and a vision of the
meaning of life. Today she works to reach young people in psychotic
alternate realities using the power of listening and deep connection.
She is co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Mandala Project, a
vision of a new, humane and spiritual system of mental health care.

Madness Radio on 09/01/14

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio: Family Homes Carina Håkansson

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Madness Radio: Family Homes Carina Håkansson
What if ordinary families could provide care for people psychiatry has
given up on? Is there a way out for people stuck long-term as mental
patients? Can human relationships and living together be more
effective than medications, diagnosis, and hospitals? Carina
Hakansson’s values wouldn’t allow her to work in the traditional
psychiatric system in Sweden. She left to create the Family Care
Foundation, providing foster homes, therapy, and supervision for
people with psychosis and extreme emotional distress. What can we all
learn from this visionary — and simple — solution?

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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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?

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Daniel Mackler, a former psychotherapist who specialized in treating people with psychosis without medication.

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 Host Will Hall speaks with Daniel Mackler, a former psychotherapist who specialized in treating people with psychosis without medication. He directed the recent film “Take These Broken Wings: Recovery from Schizophrenia Without Medication.” He is currently working on two new films about programs which treat people who have been diagnosed with psychosis. He is also the co-editor of "A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You Have Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder."

 

Gail Hornstein & "Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness"

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Host Will Hall interviews Gail Hornstein, Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College. Her research spans the history of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis.

Her widely-reviewed biography To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann tells the tale of a pioneering psychiatrist who dedicated her life to treating very disturbed patients. The Philadelphia Inquirer called it "fascinating and comprehensive," andContemporary Psychology hailed its "exemplary scholarship and lucid writing." 

Unlike most scholars who study mental illness, Hornstein has always been as interested in patients' experiences as in doctors' theories. She has compiled a bibliography of first-person narratives of madness which now lists more than 700 titles, and her current research focuses on the contributions that patients—past and present—have made to our understanding of psychology. Her new book, Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, shows how the insights of those diagnosed as "schizophrenic," "bipolar," "depressed," and "paranoid" can help us radically reconceive fundamental assumptions about madness and mental life.

www.gailhornstein.com

Sascha Altman DuBrul talks about his experiences with diagnosis and "treatment".

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 10/04/2010

 Madness Radio, Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Sascha Altman DuBrul, one of the founders of the Icarus Project.  He talks with Will about his experiences with diagnosis and "treatment" for mental illness.

 

Dr. Joanna Moncrieff and The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 09/06/2010
Madness Radio - Hosted by Will Hall

Is bipolar disorder a disease? Can medications like lithium correct chemical imbalances and stabilize mood? Do psychiatric drugs act completely differently on the brain than recreational drugs? UK psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, author of The Myth Of The Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, discusses how seeing psychiatric medications as treatments for disease misleads the public about how they actually work, and obscures their potential for abuse as tools of social control.

Robert Whitaker on Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

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Mon, 08/02/2010

 Hosted by Will Hall

Today's guest is Robert Whitaker, author of Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

 

Psychologist Rufus May talks about mental health from both a personal and professional perspective.

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Mon, 07/05/2010

 Hosted by Will Hall

UK clinical psychologist Rufus May descended into madness -- convinced he was on a spy mission and that animals were robots, he even walked into a family gathering naked. How did Rufus find meaning in these experiences, learn to live without medication, and become a successful psychologist and mental health advocate? Rufus was recently featured in the Channel 4 feature film The Doctor Who Hears Voices.

Mary Olson on Jaakko Seikkula's Open Dialog Approach to Mental Distress

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Mon, 05/03/2010

 Hosted by Will Hall

Is a 'psychotic' crisis inside one person's mind -- or does it happen between people, in their relationship? Can therapy untangle the web of madness by addressing the family, providers, and entire social network? Smith College social worker and Fullbright scholar Mary Olson discusses the innovative work of Jaakko Seikkula's Open Dialog Approach in Finland, which has achieved dramatic success in helping people through extreme states labeled 'psychosis' and 'schizophrenia' -- while relying much less on medication and hospitalization.

 http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/alternative-for-psychosis/, brassworks.millriver(at)gmail(dot)com

 

What should society do when people hear violent voices telling them to kill?

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 Hosted by WIll Hall

Today, Madness Radio asks: What should society do when people hear violent voices telling them to kill?

 
Are people who hear voices dangerous criminals to be locked up, or can their madness be understood and transformed?  
 
Listen to an interview with Dutch Psychologist Erika Van Den Aaker, who works with violent offenders who hear voices telling them to kill.

Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 03/01/2010

Hosted by Will Hall

 

The US incarcerates more people than any country in the world - and 70% are people of color. Do we need better mental health care inside prisons -- or do prisons themselves cause trauma and madness?
Psychiatrist and civil lawsuit expert witness Dr.Terry Kupers, author of Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It, discusses overcrowding, racism, sensory deprivation, isolation, and sexual abuse in the disgraceful US prison system.
 

www.afsc.org/stopmax www.criticalresistance.org www.aclu.org/prisoners

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