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I’m the Map!


If there’s a place you gotta get… I’m the map. -The Map   Maps are useful – they can help us making sense of our world and for navigating our way round. A  map is not the territory it represents. … Continue reading

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Psychiatry: the Drug Pushers – Will Self


Writer Will Self knows a thing or two about drugs – he was once [in]famously sacked for admitting he had snorted heroine on the [UK] Prime Minister’s plane – so he likely  also knows how to spot a drug pusher: … Continue reading

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DSM-5 and The Crisis in Psychiatry – Philip Thomas


We are delighted today to be able to share the text and slides from the talk given by Phil Thomas at  Now We’re all Crazy- What’s Next? on Mon 8th July as part of Mad Pride Toronto 2013. Phil Thomas … Continue reading

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Rosenhan – On Being Sane in Insane Places. pt 3


In this brief video David Rosenhan talks about the experiment, the experiences of the pseudo patients and observations on the environment inside psychiatric hospital – as warehouses for people whom society has given up on and lost sympathy for. Below the video is Rosenhan’s Paper published … Continue reading

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The Backlash – On Being Sane In Insane Places pt2


The response to David Rosenhan’s experiment [see part 1 here] from the  private members club the American Psychiatric Assciation was far from being a happy one. [see right] It was after all their game, their club and their ball and they’ll cry if they … Continue reading

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reducing the pool of normal


Has the biomedical myth : the one that has so completely dominated psychiatry and so, by extension, all “mental health” services , either by design or accident,  succeeded in reducing our idea of normal human experience  to the point that … Continue reading

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De Doo Doo Doo Dah Dah Dah Dah Disorder


Doo-doo-doo-doo Doo-dah-dah-dah Disorder This one did not make it past all the committees and golf games into the new and, we predict, the very last edition of the big book of mental disorders out this week. A secret source informs … Continue reading

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DSM5 – mad, bad, or just plain daft ?


Only days to go in the countdown to the publication of the worlds most expensive doorstop DSM5. If you really do need a doorstop try your  local dollar store – mine has two for $1.29 and they work perfectly well. … Continue reading

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Mama we’er all crazee now


Dateline 1972 The Slade: Don Powell, Jim Lea, Dave Hill,  and Noddy Holder . Two score plus one more years ago these fine gentlemen from The Black Country  like,   TOTALLY  predicted the contents of DSM5 and, unwittingly, also gave the American Pyschiatric Association their strategy … Continue reading

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HUAD – Head Up Ass Disorder


Head Up Ass Disorder A condition which typically affects members of professional bodies and representatives of large corporations that are built on claims of dodgy science and marketing untruths. Members of APA were found to be over represented in epidemiology … Continue reading

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