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.
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.
Join KBOO Madness Radio host Will Hall and guest Myriam Rahman, who are both survivors of severe mental illness diagnosis but who no longer view themselves as sick. What does it mean to live with madness? What can people with psychiatric diagnosis do to empower themselves in a world of locked wards, diagnostic labels, and pharmaceutical company corruption?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How are our elders treated in nursing homes? Are powerful anti-psychotic medications being used for treatment, or for social control? Does living in a nursing home promote mental health -- or make it worse? Carole Hayes-Collier, psychiatric abuse survivor and longtime activist with the Grey Panthers, discusses her work to empower people as we age.
Every month Madness Radio explores mental health from outside the mainstream on KBOO FM.
On this show, Madness Radio asks, Can indigenous medicine, including the psychedelic ayahuasca, help anxiety, depression, and addiction? What do healers of Peru have to teach us about mental health? Francois Demange, a curandero who has studied for more than sixteen years with the Shipibo and Quechua Lamista peoples, discusses the promise and potential dangers of traditional Amazonian plant medicine for the west.
What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness? Should we have more mental health treatment in prison -- or should we work to abolish our prison system?
Daniel Hazen spent three years in prison and experienced firsthand the ways prison creates madness. Today he is director of Voices of the Heart, a leading support agency run by and for people in recovery from a diagnosis of mental illness.
In this episode Madness Radio asks, What is the meaning of hearing voices? Is it a malfunctioning brain, or a clue to childhood trauma asking to be understood?
UK psychologist Eleanor Longden survived a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and went on to be a leading researcher around voice hearing, trauma, and dissociation. She is a pioneer in the movement to understand voices as a normal human experience -- and truly help people by healing trauma.