Monthly Archives: April 2012

Rethinking Madness by Paris Williams PhD

Rethinking MadnessRecent domestic and international research suggests that full recovery from schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders is not only possible, but may actually be the most common outcome given the right conditions, a finding that flies directly in the face of the mainstream understanding of these confusing disorders.

In Rethinking Madness, Dr. Paris Williams takes the reader step by step on a highly engaging journey of discovery, exploring how the mainstream understanding of schizophrenia has become so profoundly misguided, while crafting a much more accurate and hopeful vision of madness. As this vision unfolds, we discover a deeper sense of appreciation for the profound wisdom and resilience that lies within our beings while also coming to the unsettling realization of just how thin the boundary is between so called madness and so called sanity.

“In Rethinking Madness, Paris Williams writes of how science, history, and personal stories of recovery from madness all tell of how the medical model of schizophrenia/psychosis is horribly flawed and needs to be fundamentally rethought. In a clear manner, he lays out the evidence for a ‘paradigm shift’ in our thinking that, at its core, would offer people who experience madness both hope and the knowledge that robust recovery is possible, and, with the right support, quite common. And as the personal stories in his book reveal, for some, a bout of madness can be a transformative personal journey.”  Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic.

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Dr. Harriet Cooke on KBOO

Is it possible that the drug-based psychiatric care industry has actually fueled an epidemic of mental illness?

Dr. Harriet Cooke of Rethinking Psychiatry was the featured guest on Lisa Loving’s KBOO FM radio show on April 14, 2012.  They discussed the mental health industry and Robert Whitaker’s award winning book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

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Robert Whitaker at ISEPP

Robert Whitaker defends Anatomy of an Epidemic

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert WhitakerISEPP (International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry) is a non-profit research and education network focusing on the critical study of the mental health movement.  Robert Whitaker spoke at the group’s 2011 conference in Los Angeles.  He discussed attempts by certain psychiatric groups to discredit the research and conclusions he presents in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

Whitaker’s talk can be viewed here:

Robert Whitaker at the ISEPP 2011 Conference in L.A. (part 1)
Robert Whitaker at the ISEPP 2011 Conference in L.A. (part 2)