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

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.

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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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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."

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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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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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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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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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