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 06/28/10

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Mon, 06/28/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Madness Radio: Schizophrenia and Black Politics w/ Jonathan Metzl

 

Madness Radio on 05/03/10

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Mon, 05/03/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Alternative Community Based Therapy for "Psychotic" Crisis

 

Madness Radio on 04/05/10

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Mon, 04/05/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Violent Voices - A New Way To Heal

On the next edition, Madness Radio asks: What should society do when people hear violent voices telling them to kill?

 
Are people who hear voices dangerous criminals to be locked up, or can their madness be understood and transformed?  
 
Listen to an interview with Dutch Psychologist Erika Van Den Aaker, who works with violent offenders who hear voices telling them to kill.
 
Tune in to Madness Radio voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health on KBOO every first monday of the month at 11:30am, next month April 5th.
 
or check out www.kboo.fm/madnessradio

Madness Radio on 03/01/10

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Mon, 03/01/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It

The US incarcerates more people than any country in the world - and 70% are people of color. Do we need better mental health care inside prisons -- or do prisons themselves cause trauma and madness?
Psychiatrist and civil lawsuit expert witness Dr.Terry Kupers, author of Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It, discusses overcrowding, racism, sensory deprivation, isolation, and sexual abuse in the disgraceful US prison system.
 

www.afsc.org/stopmax www.criticalresistance.org www.aclu.org/prisoners

For more info -- http://www.madnessradio.net
 

Madness Radio on 02/01/10

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Mon, 02/01/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Schizophrenia recovery through psychotherapy - Catherine Penney, RN

Can people recover completely from schizophrenia through psychotherapy? Or is it a chronic disease with no cure and only medication to control symptoms? Catherine Penney, RN, was considered a chronic case of severe schizophrenia, left on a hospital back ward with no hope. A maverick doctor had faith that Cathy's catatonia and bizarre behavior were meaningful, and offered regular compassionate listening as the treatment. Slowly Cathy recovered, and went on to become a psychiatric nurse and worldwide speaker on mental health alternatives. She is profiled in the book Dante's Cure and featured in the video Take These Broken Wings.

Madness Radio on 01/04/10

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Mon, 01/04/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Psychiatry Survivor Spoken Word Poetry with Leah Harris

Madness Radio: Survivor Spoken Word Leah Harris

Duration: 52:14

Leah Harris was orphaned after both parents were diagnosed with schizophrenia and died from medication toxicity. Today she is a leading voice in survivor activism, and her powerful spoken word poetry, including "I Was A Teenage Mental Patient," has been featured in publications including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, and DC Poets against the War: An Anthology.

Madness Radio on 11/16/09

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Mon, 11/16/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Madness Radio

The topic is "Buddhist Meditation and Schizophrenia," with guest recovery leader and survivor Ed Knight. Will Hall hosts. (This program was originally scheduled earlier in the month. Because of technical difficulties it was rescheduled for today.)

Madness Radio on 09/07/09

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Mon, 09/07/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness.

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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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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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Madness Radio
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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

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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

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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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