Psychiatry seems to have lost its way in a forest of poorly verified diagnoses and ineffectual medications.— Edward Shorter, Professor of history of medicine & psychiatry
Community Building Dinner & Fun Fundraiser!
Fundraising dinner: Sept 21, 2012 Proceeds to send two volunteers to Michael Meade’s Mentorship Training. Event details…
Come and learn why MOMS:
- Fasted 100 days in 2010
- Walked 85 miles in 2011
- Walked 100 miles in 2012
- Shared their concerns at Oregon State Hospital in Portland, Washington State Governor’s Office, and Western State Hospital’s CEO office.
- Eugene on 9/7/12
- Portland on 9/14/12.
6 NASW CEU’s in ethics available. Register early for the 3 week in advance “early bird” discount, or the scholarship offered to c/s/x! See http://recoveryfromschizophrenia.org/home/
Two mothers, each with a child who was failed by the “standard of care” within the current psycho-pharmaceutical treatment model, will be walking 100 miles to shine a light on how our systems are broken and have failed us.
The walk begins in at the Portland First Unitarian Church, July 23 at noon. From there, stops will include the Portland Oregon State Hospital, the Clark County Courthouse in Vancouver, and the Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington.
Support this walk by making a tax deductible donation, and by joining these mothers in their walk.
For more information, contact Cindi Fisher,
“I Got Better” is an ongoing project defying the all-too-common message that recovery from mental and emotional distress is impossible. The “I Got Better” campaign will make stories of recovery and hope in mental health widely available through a variety of media.
Your Participation Could Save a Life
Any and everybody with a stake in mental health in our society is welcome to participate, including people who have used mental health services, psychiatric survivors, as well as their friends, family members, colleagues, and mental health workers. More information
Dr. Peter Breggin, MD was asked to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the link between antidepressants and suicide. He provided a detailed analysis emphasizing the science that demonstrates a causal relationship between the newer antidepressants and the production of suicide, violence, mania and other behavioral abnormalities. He emhasized the considerable risk in giving these drugs to heavily armed young men and women.
The newer antidepressants frequently cause suicide, violence, and manic-like symptoms of activation or overstimulation, presenting serious hazards to active-duty soldiers who carry weapons under stressful conditions. These antidepressant-induced symptoms of activation can mimic post-traumatic stress disorder, and are likely to worsen this common disorder in soldiers, increasing the hazard when they are prescribed to military personnel. Antidepressants should not be prescribed to soldiers during or after deployment.
View video of Dr. Breggin’s testimony (26 min)
Thank you to those who presented, volunteered and attended!
We want to share our deep appreciation for all who contributed to the amazing success of our May Symposium. The two days provided a rich abundance of individuals, ideas and programs supporting a hopeful, humane and effective mental wellness model. With your support, this symposium has the potential to expand; bringing individuals and organizations together, educating, inspiring, and empowering a diverse range of stakeholders within Oregon’s mental wellness movement.
Click here to enjoy more photographs from the symposium.
Recent 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.
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.
Robert Whitaker defends Anatomy of an Epidemic
ISEPP (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: