Madness Radio

What does it mean to be called "crazy" in a crazy world? Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health brings you personal experiences of 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, and also features authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

Hosted by Will Hall, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Madness Radio was launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio in Massachusetts and is syndicated nationally on the Pacifica Network. Madness Radio is heard monthly on KBOO the first monday of the month from 11:30am to 12. Will is a leader in the peer recovery movement, a therapist in Portland, has a Diploma from Process Work Institute, and is the director of the support and education community Portland Hearing Voices.

Check out the website archives at www.madnessradio.net to listen online and download more than 100 Madness Radio episodes produced to date. Full hour-long versions of shows heard on KBOO are available. 

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Episode Archive

Madness Radio on 12/05/11

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Mon, 12/05/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities

Madness Radio asks, How can we truly help combat veterans facing the aftermath of war? Is veteran trauma a sign of mental illness, or a healthy response to violent situations? Are medications and therapy the answer?

Paula Caplan, author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, discusses healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities.

Madness Radio on 11/07/11

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Mon, 11/07/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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The treatment of elders in nursing homes

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.

Madness Radio on 10/03/11

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Mon, 10/03/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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"Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know about Shock Treatment."

This week's Madness Radio asks, Why is ECT, electroconvulsive therapy or electroshock, so widely used
today? Is the ECT industry manipulating research and public perceptions the way tobacco companies did about cigarettes? What are the real dangers of this lobotomy-era treatment? ECT survivor Linda Andre discusses her groundbreaking book, "Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You to Know about Shock Treatment."
 

Madness Radio on 09/05/11

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Suicide attempt survivor David Webb, author of Thinking About Suicide

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. http://www.jungcircle.com/DWebb.html
http://thinkingaboutsuicide.org/

Madness Radio on 07/04/11

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Mon, 07/04/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Ron Coleman, teacher and trainer with the Hearing Voices Movement

Are voices real -- or are they just auditory hallucinations and sign of mental illness? Is it best to try to control and get rid of voices -- or listen and discover their meaning? After being sexually abused by a priest and in grief at the death of his first wife, Scottish advocate Ron Coleman started hearing voices, was labeled a chronic schizophrenic and spent six years in psychiatric hospitals. Ron describes his remarkable recovery, and how he became a renowned teacher and leading trainer with the Hearing Voices movement in the UK. http://www.workingtorecovery.co.uk/

Madness Radio on 05/02/11

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Mon, 05/02/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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"Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters

Host Will Hall speaks with Ethan Watters, author of "Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche," which looks at western mental disorders and pharmaceutical treatments are exported around the world."

Madness Radio on 03/07/11

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Mon, 03/07/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Arnold Mindell on communicating with people diagnosed with madness

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.

Madness Radio on 02/07/11

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Mon, 02/07/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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ROBERT WHITAKER, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic

Host Will Hall speaks with Robert Whitaker,  author, "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America." Whitaker is the keynote speaker at MOVING MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY FORWARD/ RETHINKING PSYCHIATRY--A community forum, Thursday, February 10, 2011 at The First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1011 SW 12th, Portland.

Madness Radio on 12/06/10

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Mon, 12/06/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Former Psychotherapist Daniel Mackler on Alternative Treatments

Host Will Hall speaks with Daniel Mackler, a former psychotherapist who specialized in treating people with psychosis without medication. He directed the recent film “Take These Broken Wings: Recovery from Schizophrenia Without Medication.” He is currently working on two new films about programs which treat people who have been diagnosed with psychosis. He is also the co-editor of "A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You Have Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder."

Madness Radio on 11/01/10

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Mon, 11/01/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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The contributions that patients—past and present—have made to our understanding of psychology

Host Will Hall interviews Gail Hornstein, Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College. Her research spans the history of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis.

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Laura Delano and Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

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Mon, 08/06/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Laura Delano. She graduated in 2006 from Harvard University, where she studied Social, Medical, and Psychiatric Anthropology. Her thesis,Psycho-pharmaceuticals and Selfhood: Negotiating Identity as a Consumer of Mood Disorder Medications, explored the ways in which individuals living with a psychiatric diagnosis and taking psychotropic medications construct a sense of self and negotiate agency. Initially diagnosed with and medicated for major depression at the age of fourteen and re-diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of eighteen, Laura tapered off of her last psychotropic medication in September 2010 at age twenty-seven and no longer lives with a psychiatric diagnosis.  She works today as a Peer Specialist in the mental health system, and also writes a blog for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. 

Sexual Trauma and Generative Somatic Healing

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Mon, 07/02/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall

Today's guest is Sexual Abuse Survivor and Generative Somatic Healing Practitioner, Staci Haines,   We'll talk about Healing Sex, and somatic aproaches to healing trauma.  She is also active at Generation Five, whose goal is to elaminate Child Sexual Abuse in Five Generations or less.

 

 

Understanding Hearing Voices with guest psychologist Eleanor Longden

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Mon, 06/04/2012

Hosted by Will Hall

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.

What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness?

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Mon, 05/07/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall

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.

Dr. Toby Tyler Watson, Clinical Director of Associated Psychological Health Services

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Mon, 04/02/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Dr. Toby Tyler Watson, Clinical Director of Associated Psychological Health Services.

 

Why are so many children being diagnosed bipolar?

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Mon, 03/05/2012

Hosted by Will Hall

Today Madness Radio asks, Why are so many children being diagnosed bipolar? Are medications needed to treat disease - or just keep children under control? What else can parents do when faced with difficult behavioral problems? Sharna Olfman, Psychology Professor at Point Park University and editor of the book Bipolar Children,
discusses the growing trend of labeling children bipolar.

 
 
 

 

The promise and potential dangers of the psychedelic ayahuasca

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Mon, 02/06/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

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.

 

Grainne Humphrys talks about her Battle with Mental Health Systems

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Mon, 01/02/2012

 Madness Radio, Hosted by Will Hall

Today's guest is Mental Health System Survivor, Grainne Humphrys, who talks about her Battle with Mental Health Systems, both for herself, and for her partner John Hunt.

 

Healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities

program: 
Madness Radio
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Mon, 12/05/2011

Madness Radio asks, How can we truly help combat veterans facing the aftermath of war? Is veteran trauma a sign of mental illness, or a healthy response to violent situations? Are medications and therapy the answer?

Paula Caplan, author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, discusses healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities.

The treatment of elders in nursing homes

program: 
Madness Radio
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Mon, 11/07/2011

 Hosted by Will Hall

 

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.

 
 
 

 

 

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