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

When Medications for Emotional Problems Become Worse than the Problems Themselves

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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When Medications for Emotional Problems Become Worse than the Problems Themselves

What do you do when medications for your emotional problems become worse than the problems themselves? Laura Delano went to a psychiatrist at age 18, and for the next decade was prescribed nineteen different psychiatric drugs. After devastating physical and emotional effects, she began a journey to become medication free — and re-discover who she is. What lessons did she learn?

Leah Harris on the Murphy Bill

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Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Leah Harris on the Murphy Bill

Host Will Hall speaks with Leah Harris, psychiatric abuse survivor and organizer in the Campaign for Real Change in Mental Health Policy, about the Murphy Bill, which proposes some controversial changes in mental health policy. 

The proposed Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (also known as The Murphy Bill), HR 2646 sponsored by Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, is currently before Congress. The Murphy Bill proposes some drastic changes to the mental health laws and policies in the United States. Are these changes in policy necessary to curb violence in America? Can the forced treatment and hospitalization of adults in mental health crisis end mass shootings in the United Sates? What does the pharmaceutical industry stand to gain from this bill?

Economic Austerity and Mental Health | Mary O’Hara

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Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Economic Austerity and Mental Health | Mary O’Hara

Is mental health about individual diseases, or the health of communities and countries as a whole? How do economic policies after the 2008 crisis impact disability rights, suicide rates, and community wellbeing? Are cuts in social spending really necessary for economic growth, or do they cause more problems in the long run?

Guardian columnist Mary O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, discusses the devastating impact of austerity economic policies in Europe, the scapegoating mindset behind social spending cuts, and the dangers of pursuing similar policies in the US and globally.

Madness Radio on 10/05/15

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

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

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Mon, 09/07/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, on "The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment"
Madness Radio presents 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.

Madness Radio on 08/03/15

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 07/06/15

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 06/01/15

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 05/04/15

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness with Christopher Lane

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness with Christopher Lane

On this episode of Madness Radio: Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health: Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? 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.

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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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Madness Radio
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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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