Neuroleptics shrink brains in monkeys

Info In this study, both an older neuroleptic (Haldol or “haloperidol”) and a newer atypical neuroleptic (Zyprexa or “olanzapine”) caused significant shrinkage in the higher level parts of the brains in monkeys. Source: Neuropsychopharmacology 9 March 2005 Haldol, Olanzapine Cause Brain Shrinkage in Monkeys Three groups of six macaque monkeys each were exposed to oral…

World Hearing Voices Day is 14th September 2007

Info This is a news release from INTERVOICE about a day for celebrating humane alternatives for people who hear distressing voices. Prof. Marius Romme, President of INTERVOICE Press Release from: INTERVOICE International Network for Training Education and Research into Hearing Voices www.intervoiceonline.org For immediate Release: Press Release: Celebrate World Hearing Voices Day and 20 years…

Military and Mental Health

Info Military and Mental Health The intersection between the military and the mental health system has gained special attention because of veterans returning from war with a diagnosis of “post traumatic stress disorder” or PTSD. Paula Caplan on vets returning from Iraq Paula J. Caplan is an author, teacher, playwright, and long-time supporter of MindFreedom.…

Pharmentalism

Info MindFreedom Editorial: What is a “pharmentalist”? A pharmaceutical fundamentalist believes we can reduce some of life’s most complex problems down to a simple level of a genetically-caused chemical imbalance. This “pharmentalism” can be harmful to our planet’s health. Pharmamentalism is now a threat in the USA and the planet. by David Oaks, Director, MFI…

Terence McLaughlin Memorial

Info Mary and Jim Maddock from MindFreedom Ireland attended the memorial service for Terence McLaughlin, the editor of Asylum magazine. Here is their report. Jim and Mary are in the below photo (on left) and Terence, who helped publish their book, is celebrating on the right.                                  TERENCE MCLAUGHLIN. R.I.P. Jim and I have just…

Washington Post: “Va. Studies Directives Giving the Mentally Ill A Say in Their Care”

Info Document Actions Print this This Washington Post article about psychiatric advance directives quotes long-time mental health consumer advocate and MindFreedom member Yvonne Smith. Disclaimer: The article does not necessarily reflect MindFreedom position. Washington Post: “Va. Studies Directives Giving the Mentally Ill A Say in Their Care” Date Published: Sep 10, 2007 01:00 AM Author:…

Psychiatric Advance Directives

Info Psychiatric Advance Directives “Advance directives” on mental health topics can sometimes help prevent forced psychiatric treatment, but too often the psychiatric industry is allowed to override these documents. Washington Post: “Va. Studies Directives Giving the Mentally Ill A Say in Their Care” This Washington Post article about psychiatric advance directives quotes long-time mental health…