Monthly Archives: June 2013

Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up – Beyond Meds

Here is well developed advice for those wanting to reduce psych meds safely:

Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up – Beyond Meds.

Philosophy and Psychiatry Conferences, Workshops & Summer Schools in 2013

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There have been several additions and alterations to this year’s programme of philosophy of psychiatry conferences available on the International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry website. In particular there is a new address for the 16th INPP 2014 conference, and there are now available several details of the 3-centre 15th INPP UK conference / travelling symposium as follows:

Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, Hampstead NW3, UK 7pm – 9pm. Cost: £20 (some concessions)

Seminar 1: Envy. 22nd February 2013. Speaker: Jonathan Lear (Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago; Psychoanalyst). Discussant: Edna O’Shaughnessy (Psychoanalyst)

Seminar 2: Unconscious Phantasy. 15 March 2013. Speaker: David Bell (Psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic). Discussant: Sebastian Gardner (Philosopher, UCL)

Seminar 3: The Extended Mind. 26th April 2013. Speaker: Alva Noe (Professor of Philosophy, Berkeley). Discussant: TBA.

Seminar 4: Narrative. 24th May 2013…

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Suffering caused by seclusion never ceases

Suffering caused by seclusion never ceases.

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Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (Paperback) – Routledge Mental Health

Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (Paperback) – Routledge Mental Health.

Are hallucinations and delusions really symptoms of an illness called ‘schizophrenia’? Are mental health problems really caused by chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions? Are psychiatric drugs as effective and safe as the drug companies claim? Is madness preventable?

This second edition of Models of Madness challenges those who hold to simplistic, pessimistic and often damaging theories and treatments of madness. In particular it challenges beliefs that madness can be explained without reference to social causes and challenges the excessive preoccupation with chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions as causes of human misery, including the conditions that are given the name ‘schizophrenia’. This edition updates the now extensive body of research showing that hallucinations, delusions etc. are best understood as reactions to adverse life events and that psychological and social approaches to helping are more effective and far safer than psychiatric drugs and electroshock treatment. A new final chapter discusses why such a damaging ideology has come to dominate mental health and, most importantly, how to change that.

By Professor John Read and Jacqui Dillon, voice hearer and Chair of the UK Hearing Voices network.

Please use the ISPS members discount code to receive a 20% discount – “ISPS2”