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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Madness Radio on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Trauma and Eating Disorders

 Record holder speed skate champion Meaghan Buisson describes her ordeal with trauma and eating disorders - and how her medications only made her worse. She made a full recovery and now works to educate about body image and wellness.

Madness Radio on 12/03/12

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Musician Susan McKeon on poetry and healing emotional suffering

Singing in the Dark - Susan McKeown

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."

Madness Radio on 11/05/12

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Beyond Biological Reductionism Raymond Tallis

Beyond Biological Reductionism — Raymond Tallis

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.

Madness Radio on 10/01/12

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Madness Radio on 09/03/12

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This episode of Madness Radio asks: What would happen if people experiencing madness had a safe and supportive sanctuary in which to work through their emotions and experiences?

Michael Cornwall is a Jungian/Laingian psychotherapist who went through his own intense experience of transformative madness without medication or treatment that formed his vocation. For over 30 years he has specialized in providing psychotherapy for people in psychotic states in medication-free sanctuaries and community settings.

Tune in to Madness Radio Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health this coming Monday September 3 at 11:30am, on KBOO 90.7 FM.

Madness Radio on 08/06/12

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Madness Radio on 06/04/12

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Understanding Hearing Voices with guest psychologist Eleanor Longden

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.

Madness Radio on 05/07/12

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

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.

Madness Radio on 03/05/12

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Why are so many children being diagnosed bipolar?

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.

Madness Radio on 02/06/12

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The promise and potential dangers of the psychedelic ayahuasca

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.

Tune in to Madness Radio Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health this coming Monday February 6th at 11:30am, on KBOO 90.7 FM.

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Linda Andre and Doctors of Deception: What They Don't Want You To Know About Electroshock Therapy

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Mon, 10/03/2011

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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."

 

Suicide attempt survivor David Webb, author of Thinking About Suicide

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Mon, 09/05/2011

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 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/

 

Dr. Daniel B. Fisher on Recovering from Mental Illness

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Mon, 08/01/2011

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Today's guest is Dr. Daniel Fisher, Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center, and noted Psychiatrist.  He'll talk about his own experiences with Schizophrenia, and how a more Recovery-oriented, Consumer and Family Driven System could help more people than our current system.

 

Ron Coleman, teacher and trainer with the Hearing Voices Movement

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Mon, 07/04/2011

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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/

Leah Harris Spoken Word on Surviving Psychiatry

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Mon, 06/06/2011

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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. Leah is also the co-coordinator of the US Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. Buy her new cd "Take Refuge" at the National Empowerment Center.

 

"Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters

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Mon, 05/02/2011

 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."

The most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture across the globe has not been our golden arches or our bomb craters, says Ethan Watters in Crazy Like Us (Free Press), but our bulldozing of the human psyche itself. American-style depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anorexia have begun to spread around the world like contagions. Watters witnesses firsthand how Western healers often steamroll indigenous expressions of mental health and madness and replace them with our own. In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been homogenizing the way the world goes mad. Cosponsored by Portland Hearing Voices.

lwww.crazylikeus.com/CRAZY_LIKE_US.html

Christopher Lane asks if Shyness is a Disease

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Mon, 04/04/2011

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Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? British-American literary critic and historian Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, including the way politics and profits drive the bible of mental health treatment, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. 

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http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects

Dr. Arnold Mindell discusses communicating with people diagnosed with mental illness.

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Mon, 03/07/2011

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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.

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

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Mon, 02/07/2011

 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.

ROBERT WHITAKER is the author of  Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America and three previous books: Mad in America), The Mapmaker's Wife and On the Laps of Gods  He worked as a newspaper reporter for eight years and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. As a journalist writing about mental health, Robert Whitaker  won a George Polk award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writer's award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for the Boston Globe was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in public service. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ethan Watters and "Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche"

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Mon, 01/03/2011

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How did pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline create "depression" in Japan - and a billion dollar market for its anti-depressant drug Paxil? Why do people diagnosed with schizophrenia recover more in Tanzania than they do in the US? Can western-style psychotherapy help tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka? Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, discusses how mental disorders are cultural products, defined in the US and then exported around the world.  www.crazylikeus.com

 

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