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 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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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.

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

 

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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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 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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