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 04/08/13

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Jacks McNamara talks about transformation and healing

Host Will Hall speaks with Jacks McNamara, a queer writer, artist, activist, educator, performer, and somatic healing practitioner and founder of the Icarus Project.

The Icarus Project is a radical mental health support network, online community, and alternative media project by and for people struggling with extreme emotional distress that often gets labeled as mental illness. We envision a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.

Madness Radio on 03/04/13

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David Cohen on the adverse effects of psychotropic drugs and psychiatric drug withdrawal

Host Will Hall interviews David Cohen, Professor at the School of Social Work at FloridaInternational University.  His work focuses on describing and understanding the social, cultural, and clinical uses of psychiatric/psychotropic drugs. He has contributed to clinical practice by elaborating self-help and professional help methods for clients undergoing withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.

Madness Radio on 02/04/13

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Speed skater Meaghan Buisson on trauma and eating disorders

Host Will Hall speaks with record holder speed skate champion Meaghan Buisson, who 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.

(This program was originally scheduled for last month.)

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.

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Daniel Mackler, a former psychotherapist who specialized in treating people with psychosis without medication.

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Mon, 12/06/2010

 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."

 

Gail Hornstein & "Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness"

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 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.

Her widely-reviewed biography To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann tells the tale of a pioneering psychiatrist who dedicated her life to treating very disturbed patients. The Philadelphia Inquirer called it "fascinating and comprehensive," andContemporary Psychology hailed its "exemplary scholarship and lucid writing." 

Unlike most scholars who study mental illness, Hornstein has always been as interested in patients' experiences as in doctors' theories. She has compiled a bibliography of first-person narratives of madness which now lists more than 700 titles, and her current research focuses on the contributions that patients—past and present—have made to our understanding of psychology. Her new book, Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, shows how the insights of those diagnosed as "schizophrenic," "bipolar," "depressed," and "paranoid" can help us radically reconceive fundamental assumptions about madness and mental life.

www.gailhornstein.com

Sascha Altman DuBrul talks about his experiences with diagnosis and "treatment".

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Mon, 10/04/2010

 Madness Radio, Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Sascha Altman DuBrul, one of the founders of the Icarus Project.  He talks with Will about his experiences with diagnosis and "treatment" for mental illness.

 

Dr. Joanna Moncrieff and The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

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Mon, 09/06/2010
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Is bipolar disorder a disease? Can medications like lithium correct chemical imbalances and stabilize mood? Do psychiatric drugs act completely differently on the brain than recreational drugs? UK psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, author of The Myth Of The Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, discusses how seeing psychiatric medications as treatments for disease misleads the public about how they actually work, and obscures their potential for abuse as tools of social control.

Robert Whitaker on Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

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Mon, 08/02/2010

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Today's guest is Robert Whitaker, author of Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

 

Psychologist Rufus May talks about mental health from both a personal and professional perspective.

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Mon, 07/05/2010

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UK clinical psychologist Rufus May descended into madness -- convinced he was on a spy mission and that animals were robots, he even walked into a family gathering naked. How did Rufus find meaning in these experiences, learn to live without medication, and become a successful psychologist and mental health advocate? Rufus was recently featured in the Channel 4 feature film The Doctor Who Hears Voices.

Mary Olson on Jaakko Seikkula's Open Dialog Approach to Mental Distress

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Mon, 05/03/2010

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Is a 'psychotic' crisis inside one person's mind -- or does it happen between people, in their relationship? Can therapy untangle the web of madness by addressing the family, providers, and entire social network? Smith College social worker and Fullbright scholar Mary Olson discusses the innovative work of Jaakko Seikkula's Open Dialog Approach in Finland, which has achieved dramatic success in helping people through extreme states labeled 'psychosis' and 'schizophrenia' -- while relying much less on medication and hospitalization.

 http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/alternative-for-psychosis/, brassworks.millriver(at)gmail(dot)com

 

What should society do when people hear violent voices telling them to kill?

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Mon, 04/05/2010

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Today, 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.

Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It

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Mon, 03/01/2010

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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

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