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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. 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 we 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 psychiatric care around the world.

For more information visit madinamerica.com
To contact us email podcasts@madinamerica.com

Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Social Justice Mad in America

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    • 4.8, 52 Ratings

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. 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 we 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 psychiatric care around the world.

For more information visit madinamerica.com
To contact us email podcasts@madinamerica.com

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

One yogi ,

The future of integrated well-being

Chances are if you or a loved-one have encountered mental challenges, you or the loved-ones have been on anti-depressents, mood modulators or anti-psychotics. And these pharmaceuticals may have appeared to work...for a while. You may even have been temporarily grateful. But many people get on these medicines and stagnate or feel worse with new symptoms developing and become stuck. Stuck with a label; Stuck in bad social systems; Stuck on medicines that stop helping and stuck in a system that is propped up by so-called experts who would like the system to continue regardless of the true data and people’s experiences on these drugs.

I am a part of the Prozac Generation and we are speaking up. No more. Count me as one amongst your army speaking up for change. Silent No More.

pauliallen ,

Fantastic Resource - Pill Takers beware

These are massively informative podcasts featuring the stories of everyday people who have struggled to wean themselves off anti-depressants. This podcast promotes awareness to those who are contemplating taking anti-depressants of the following:

1) It is very difficult to come off anti-depressants and attempting to do so without proper support is a danger to one's own life and perhaps to others.

2) People who are on anti-depressants are often stuck between a rock and hardplate suffering from the adverse effects of being on drugs and then even worse effects when coming off them. The latter is far worse than the original condition that precipitated a visit to a GP or psychiatrist in the first place.

3) Doctors, whether psychiatrists or GPs, generally do not attribute the effects of the drugs on
the drugs themselves but rather on the patient's 'original condition'. For this reason as well as because of a lack of training, most GPs and psychiatrists simply do not know how to advise patients wanting to quit drugs.

4) Doctors do not inform patients of adverse effects when prescribing psychiatric drugs to a particular patient who has never been on drugs. The stories are almost all the same in this regard. Doctors do not explain the adverse effects and often minimise the possibility of them occuring or their impact once they do occur.

5) The general message from the podcasts is to have a structured tapering schedule with an appropriately skilled person (sometimes the skilled person is not a doctor). Often such skilled persons are not around.

6) The podcast shatters the myth that these drugs adversely effect a miniscule proportion of patients. Most patients, many doctors and people in general don't connect the dots of adverse effects, withdrawal and unusual behaviour.

James Moore communicates clearly and effectively. I wholeheartedly recommend this podcast to professionals and laymen alike.

Survivors of psychiatry (like myself) would also enjoy listening to these podcasts. We're not alone.

Andcox ,

Important and encouraging

This is a great podcast for anyone taking, thinking of taking, or withdrawing from antidepressants. Please consider having Kelly Brogan,MD as a guest on your program. She is one of the few physicians speaking out about the effects of these drugs and the alternatives to medication for anxiety and depression. Her book "A Mind of Your Own" has been critical in my withdrawal process and I know she could help many listeners as well.

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