The Fight for Pharma Accountability and Psychiatric Rights: Jim Gottstein, Esq
A lawyer weighs in on pharmaceutical corruption and involuntary psychiatric care.
The Biocognitive Model for Biopsychosocial Psychiatry: Niall McLaren, MBBS, FRANZCP
Does a computational approach to the mind pave the way for practicing a biopsychosocial psychiatry?
Neurodiversity and the Social Ecology of Disability
“This model challenges the idea that many neurodivergent individuals necessarily have neurological or cognitive pathologies, as well as the idea that neurotypicals are necessarily superior...”
Upon the Shores of Social Construction
Sami Timimi, MD, shares his thoughts on alienation and ADHD, and what role current systems of mental health play.
What Can Philosophy Learn From Madness?
Wouter Kusters, PhD, uses his experiences with psychosis to better inform his philosophy. What can we learn from him?
Traveling the Middle Road Between Skepticism and Scientism
What is the real-world clinical efficacy of SSRIs and other antidepressant medications compared to RCT placebos?
The Neurodiversity Paradigm in Psychiatry: Robert Chapman, PhD
Is neurodivergence to be cured or is it a healthy part of our social ecology?
Critique of Pure Madness: Wouter Kusters, PhD
What can philosophy learn from madness?
Trauma and the Politics of Diagnosis: Janice Haaken, PhD
How should the sociopolitical nature of PTSD as a diagnosis inform our understanding of trauma?
From Classic and Critical to Integrative Psychiatry: Dan J. Stein, MD, PhD, DPhil
Travelling the middle road between skepticism and scientism in psychiatric research and treatment.
Exploring the Evolution of Depression
Is depression the same today as it was in the 17th century? Is it the same thing in Nigeria as it is in the United States? One of the foremost historians of psychiatry weighs in.
Global Psychiatry’s Crisis of Values: Dainius Pūras, MD
In this installment of Conversations in Critical Psychiatry, a former United Nations Special Rapporteur discusses the need for a change in the status quo of mental health care.
10 Critical Conversations to Evaluate the Status Quo in Psychiatry
Noteworthy arguments that challenge the state of affairs in psychiatry.
Psychiatry and the Long View: Paul Summergrad, MD
In this conversation, a former APA president discusses mystical and meditative experiences, reconciling psychoanalysis and neuroscience, and tensions surrounding the medical model.
Reconsidering Care and Coercion in Psychiatry: Kathleen Flaherty, JD
A lawyer discusses how the legal system treats (and mistreats) those with mental illnesses.
Phenomenology, Power, Polarization, and Psychosis
Patient perspectives in academic discourse in psychiatry have historically been a neglected area. What are some of the consequences and implications of this absence? How has this affected both psychiatry and those who have been excluded? These questions and more are discussed.
Exploring Psychiatry and the Human Condition: Joanna Moncrieff, MD
How can we ensure that our attributions of meaning are not simply instances of creative storytelling?
Psychiatry and the Shores of Social Construction: Sami Timimi, MD
Are current systems of mental health care alienating children and adults from the meaning inherent in their own emotional difficulties?
A People’s History of Depression: Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD
The story of depression, through time and around the world.
A Psychiatrist Weaving Conceptual and Empirical Work
An interview with Kenneth S. Kendler, MD, vice-chair of the American Psychiatric Association DSM Steering Committee, author of more than 1200 articles, and one of the highest-cited researchers in psychiatry.
There and Back Again: Joseph Pierre, MD
How can the best insights of mainstream and critical psychiatry be brought together?
Integration, Common Principles, and the Future of Psychotherapy: Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD
How can psychotherapy become a mature science?
The Bureaucratic Takeover of American Psychiatry: George Dawson, MD, DFAPA
In this interview with Dr Aftab, Dr Dawson discusses how the rise of managed care industry and associated business forces have led to a profound deterioration of psychiatric practice environment in the United States.
Sense-Making and the Enactive Turn in Psychiatry: Sanneke de Haan, PhD
In this interview with Dr Aftab, Dr de Haan discusses her enactive approach to psychiatry which applies insights from enactivism to help conceptualize and navigate the immense complexity of factors that contribute to psychiatric disorders, and articulates the enactive view of psychiatric disorders as disorders of sense-making.
3E Approach to Psychopathology: Kristopher Nielsen, PhD
In this interview with Dr Aftab, Dr Nielsen discusses his approach to psychiatry which sees mental disorders as dysfunctions in the behavioral and experiential processes representing “sticky tendencies” in the human brain-body-environment system.
Phenomenology, Power, Polarization, and the Discourse on Psychosis: Nev Jones, PhD
Having experienced psychosis herself, a psychologist wants us to rethink how we understand and treat this complex condition.
Psychiatry’s Intellectual Crisis: Giovanni Fava, MD
"It is simply wishful thinking to believe that one course of treatment may entail the solution to problems that we encounter in complex cases," says Dr Fava. Dr Aftab explores a multitude of issues in psychiatry and science in this interview.
The Medical Model in Theory and Practice: Ahmed Samei Huda, MBChb, MSC
In this interview with Dr Aftab, Dr Huda discusses his views on the medical model in psychiatry, the misconceptions surrounding it, its strengths and limitations, and its relationship with other frameworks.
Moving Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis: Lucy Johnstone, PsyD
In this interview, Dr Aftab and Dr Johnstone discuss her criticisms of psychiatric diagnosis and her approach to psychological formulation as a conceptual alternative to diagnosis.
Psychoanalysis and the Re-Enchantment of Psychiatry: Jonathan Shedler, PhD
In this interview, Dr Aftab and Dr Shedler discuss the relationship between the psychoanalytic worldview and the medical model, and they reexamine the role of psychodynamic psychotherapy in contemporary psychiatry and psychology.
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