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Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health brings you personal experiences of 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, and features survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

Hosted by Will Hall, a survivor of schizophrenia diagnosis, Madness Radio was launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio in Massachusetts and aired more than 125 shows since then. Today we're also heard regularly on KBOO in Portland Oregon and other stations, and syndicated through Pacifica. Our podcast can be found on iTunes. Check our About page to learn more.

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Madness Radio: Risky Pills David Healy

First Aired 3-1-2014

Adverse effects from prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in America. How can we know if the pills we take are actually safe? What can we do if they aren't? Dr. David Healy, internationally renowned psychiatrist, whistleblower, and author of 20 books, discusses industry corruption of pharmaceutical regulation and proposes better ways to protect patients and prevent harm. www.rxisk.com www.davidhealy.org http://1.usa.gov/LpbTvU

Madness Radio: Medical Coercion Tomi Gomory

First Aired 1-1-2013

If madness isn't like other illnesses, what is it? Should psychiatry have the power of legal coercion? How can the legacy of Thomas Szasz inform new ways of helping people? Tomi Gomory, associate professor of social work at Florida State University and co-author of "Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs," explores thinking beyond the medical model of emotional distress. http://csw.fsu.edu/faculty/tomi-gomory/ http://bit.ly/LoqI1L

Madness Radio: Indian Country Psychology David Walker

First Aired 12-1-2013

How is the legacy of colonialism impacting American Indian mental health today? Does the Indian Health Service meet the needs of the people on tribal land? Can Native peoples revitalize cultural traditions and reverse centuries of racism? David Walker, mixed-heritage Cherokee, psychologist working at the Yakama Nation, and author of the award-winning novel Tessa's Dance, discusses healing the deep wounds of intergenerational trauma in Indian Country. http://www.tessasdance.com/

Madness Radio: Psychology of Power David Bedrick

First Aired 11-1-2013

Does psychotherapy cover up issues of power and social justice? Are talk show therapists providing help, or blaming individuals for their problems? David Bedrick, counselor, attorney, and author of Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology, discusses how to discover profound meaning in our struggles by taking the time to understand the deeper context of our lives. http://talkingbacktodrphil.com/

Madness Radio: Effective Family Support Krista MacKinnon

First Aired 9-1-2013

How can family members help a relative in extreme crisis - instead of worsening the situation? Is there a way out of treatment power struggles and arguments about "insight"? And what do families need to change about themselves? Psychiatric survivor Krista MacKinnon, formerly at Toronto's Family Outreach and Response program and now Director of Practice Recovery, discusses practical methods for turning family relationships into tools for healing. www.practicerecovery.com
http://kristamackinnon.net, www.familymentalhealthrecovery.org

Madness Radio: Benzodiazepine Recovery Matt Samet

First Aired 8-1-2013

Are Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and other benzodiazepines really more addictive than heroin? How can these common drugs for anxiety actually worsen the symptoms they're prescribed to treat? What are the dangers of protracted withdrawal? Matt Samet, former professional rock climber, Outside Magazine writer, and author of Death Grip: A Climber’s Escape From Benzo Madness, discusses his recovery journey from psychiatric drug addiction. http://us.macmillan.com/deathgrip/MattSamet http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/05/matt...

Madness Radio: Elders and Forgetfulness Stan Tomandl

First Aired 7-1-2013

Are elders living with forgetfulness, Alzheimer's, and dementia unreachable? Are there parallels with states called psychotic? Can meaning be found in the confusion of brain injury and coma? Stan Tomandl, MA, DiplPW and author of Coma Care & Palliative Work, and An Alzheimer's Surprise Party: Unveiling the Mystery, Inner Experience, and Gifts of Dementia, explores communicating with memory loss and how to make an end of life transition with dignity. www.comacommunication.com

Madness Radio: Unmaking Diagnosis Gary Greenberg

First Aired 6-1-2013

Why did the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual become so controversial? Is it possible to alleviate human suffering without classifying it as a mental disorder? Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist, author of Manufacturing Depression and The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, and journalist for Harper's, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, discusses the politics behind psychiatry's new Bible. http://www.garygreenbergonline.com/

Madness Radio: Politics of Language Sera Davidow

First Aired 5-1-2013

How do psychiatric labels shape our perceptions of others - and ourselves? Are there better ways to understand emotional distress? Does the "peer movement" offer real alternatives -- or present new problems? Sera Davidow, psychiatric survivor, director of the peer-run Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC), and co-producer of the new film "Beyond the Medical Model," discusses the politics of language and innovative programs to truly help people in distress.
http://www.westernmassrlc.org
http://www.madinamerica.com/author/sdavi...

Madness Radio: Queer Poetry Inbetweenland Jacks McNamara

First Aired 4-1-2013

Is trauma also a source of creative inspiration? Can sexual passion be a force for healing? And do we have to live in either/or boxes - or is there somewhere else? Artist and activist Jacks McNamara, co-founder of the Icarus Project radical support community, discusses their recently-published anthology Inbetweenland, including poetry about being genderqueer person, surviving with a broken heart, and how to travel the path from madness to the wounded healer. http://www.ashley-mcnamara.net, http://www.theicarusproject.net, http://www.crookedbeauty.com

Madness Radio: Meaning of Medications David Cohen

First Aired 2-1-2013

Why does the same psychiatric drug help one person - but harm another? Do psychiatric medications "work" by chemistry alone - or through expectation, placebo, and social factors? What is the difference between prescribed medications and mind altering substances like
alcohol? David Cohen, social work professor at Florida International University and co-author of Your Drug May Be Your Problem, discusses the role of social context in constructing how we experience psychiatric medications.
http://www.criticalthinkrx.org
http://bit.ly/15tSAXH
http://rscphsw.fiu.edu/social_work/facul...

Madness Radio: Breaking Barriers Meaghan Buisson

First Aired 1-1-2013

Is a champion athlete more powerful than madness and psychiatric medications? When Meaghan Buisson said she wanted to break the world record for inline skating, her psychiatrist diagnosed her as psychotic.Two years later, she won the title -- only to face the even greater challenge of self-harm, starvation, and psych meds withdrawal. Buisson now directs BodyWhys Canada, supporting youth with peer education. http://www.bodywhys.ca/ http://bit.ly/1g8zjE1
http://www.getwhys.ca/about/goals-and-ob...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b39vNso0vm4

Madness Radio: Singing in the Dark Susan McKeown

First Aired 12-1-2012

Is poetry the way to truly understand madness? Do rituals and music -- such as Ireland's tradition of keening -- have the power to heal emotional suffering? Susan McKeown, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and folklorist, supported her partner through an extreme state. She began a journey to uncover intergenerational trauma in her family and in the history of her native Ireland, and was inspired to take poems about madness -- by Anne Sexton, Theodore Roethke, James Clarence Mangan, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others -- and set them to music in her album "Singing in the Dark."
http://www.susanmckeown.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=affyiDgfIbE
http://irishphiladelphia.com/singinginth...

Madness Radio: Beyond Biological Reductionism Raymond Tallis

First Aired 11-1-2012

Can people's behavior really be explained by neuroscience and our evolutionary needs as hunter-gatherers -- or is this just a popular fad? Does understanding the brain really solve the mysteries of being human? Neurologist Dr. Raymond Tallis, philosopher, Academy of Medical Sciences Fellow, and author of Why the Mind is Not a Computer and Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity, exposes the bad science and faulty logic behind pop obsessions with the brain
and evolutionary psychology. www.raymondtallis.com http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/t... http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/book...

Madness Radio: Multiple Worlds Anusuya StarBear

First Aired 10-1-2012

Is it possible to navigate the "multiple worlds" that emerge during psychotic experiences? Are voices and altered states also like a shamanic journey, needing guidance to find your way? Anusuya StarBear has heard voices and gone through altered states her whole life. A tragic near-death experience 20 years ago left her with severe and chronic physical pain -- and the calling to be a healer. Today visionary painting and Native American spirituality transform her pain into a creative pathway as a Process Oriented therapist, coach, and energy healer.
http://www.anusuyastarbear.com/