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Mad in America: Rethinking Mental Health

Welcome to the Mad in America podcast, a new weekly discussion that searches for the truth about psychiatric prescription drugs and mental health care worldwide. This podcast is part of Mad in America’s mission to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care and mental health. We believe that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change. On the podcast over the coming weeks, we will have interviews with experts and those with lived experience of the psychiatric system. Thank you for joining us as we discuss the many issues around rethinking mental health around the world. For more information visit To contact us email


John Read and Jeffrey Masson - Biological Psychiatry and the Mass Murder of “Schizophrenics” 63:09 08/10/2022
Kaori Wada - How Grief Became a Disorder and What This Means About Us 56:05 08/03/2022
Andrew Scull - Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness 63:11 07/13/2022
Kristina Marusic - Pollution's Mental Toll 28:19 07/06/2022
Jessica Taylor - Pathologized Since Eve - Women, Trauma, and Sexy but Psycho 44:23 06/29/2022
Jock McLaren – The Biopsychosocial Model is a Mirage, Time for a Biocognitive Model? 36:53 06/15/2022
Tara Thiagarajan - Mental Wellbeing Among Internet-enabled Populations of the World 33:19 06/08/2022
Bruce Cohen - The Failings of “Mental Health”: How a Seemingly Benign Concept Might be Dangerous 52:24 05/25/2022
Jennifer Barkin - New Tools to Support New Moms 41:36 05/18/2022
Alice and Kenneth Thompson - Bringing Integrative Community Therapy to Pittsburgh 59:54 05/11/2022
Trans Lifeline - Naming Trans-Specific Harm in Mental Health 42:12 04/27/2022
Nicholas Haslam - Psych Concepts Creep Into Our Everyday Experiences 39:03 04/13/2022
Allan Horwitz and Sarah Fay - The Impact the DSM Has Had On All of Us 54:02 04/06/2022
Sera Davidow - Trusting People as Experts of Themselves 36:54 03/30/2022
Lynne Layton - The Social Unconscious and Character Formation in Neoliberal Culture 40:30 03/09/2022
Dana Becker - The Medicalization of Women’s Suffering 43:24 02/16/2022
Michael Hengartner – Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription 51:10 02/02/2022
Johann Hari: Stolen Focus – Why You Can’t Pay Attention 56:10 01/25/2022
Elia Abi-Jaoude - Understanding the Youth Mental Health Crisis 58:57 01/19/2022
Sebastienne Grant - Critical Psychology for a Better Society 53:27 01/12/2022
For Life - Opera on Psychiatry and Its Drugs Premieres on Jan 15 51:41 01/08/2022
Vincenzo Di Nicola - The Crisis in Psychiatry and The Slow Way Back 50:37 12/22/2021
Oryx Cohen and Briza Gavidia - Emotional CPR - Heart-Centered Peer Support 38:24 11/24/2021
Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn - How Western Psychology Can Rip Indigenous Families Apart 43:32 11/17/2021
Renee Schuls-Jacobson – Psychiatrized: Waking up After a Decade of Bad Medicine 63:30 11/10/2021
Giovanni Fava - A Different Psychiatry is Possible 54:53 11/03/2021
Hans Skott-Myhre - Can Critiques of Psychiatry Help us Imagine a Post-Capitalist Future? 62:12 10/27/2021
Shira Collings - New Perspectives on Eating Disorders 52:31 10/16/2021
Helena Hansen - Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry 51:34 10/13/2021
Matcheri Keshavan and Raquelle Mesholam-Gately - Why Some Experts and Patients Want to Rename Schizophrenia 66:14 09/29/2021