Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.
Veteran journalist Reese Erlich discussed his experience by actually talking (imagine!) to some of the people vilified by our government as terrorists. His new book is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire.
Carrie talks to Bill after returning from Cancun where she attended the International Climate Change Conference as a representative of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. She relates her experience caravaning across Mexico to the conference. She emphasizes climate change and social justice as twin issues, and speaks of climate justice, especially in movements to localize food and energy systems.
Tom Becker hosts today's Old Mole, which features: US and Chinese Human Rights; a review of the film Marwencol; a profound and jarring disconnect between the will of the American people and their administration; and climate justice.