Mad in America: science, psychiatry and social justice
About This Show
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 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 psychiatric care around the world.
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Most Recent Episode
Episode 31 Professor Michael Fontaine: What the ancient world can teach us about emotional distress
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This week, we interview Professor Michael Fontaine. Michael is Professor of Classics and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Cornell University in New York. He regularly consults on Latin for museums, institutions, dealers, and collectors, having exposed forgery in Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age paintings. In 2016 he received the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties. In the episode we discuss: How Michael came to be a Professor of Classics and Literature. How studying the ancient world helps us to understand what the first scientists thought about mental or emotional distress. The first use of the phrase ‘psychiatric ward’ which can be found at the Library of Alexandria in Northern Egypt. That the phrase that ultimately became the word ‘Psychiatry’ in ancient times actually meant a “Healing Place for the Soul” and is inscribed above library entrances even today (ΨΥΧΗΣ ΙΑΤΡΕΙΟΝ or Psyches iatreion). The links between the Rosenhan experiment and a comedic play written 2,200 years ago by the ancient Roman playwright T. Maccius Plautus. That, in the ancient world, there was no long term incarceration in prisons or asylums. The relationship between the Hippocratic/medical model (the humoral theory) and the Epicurean model of mental or emotional distress. That, in the ancient world, depression didn’t exist, and that the solutions for unhappiness were based in the community or in Philosophy. That about 1700 years ago, the Ro
Episodes of This Show
Dec 23 2017
Rated 5 out of
enlightening and inspirational - thank you James !
An eye opening to the truth behind the adverse effects of psychiatric meds. The quality of guests from leading psychiatrists & researchers to real live experiences from the girl/guy next door - talking openly about the lasting damage on the brain caused by these drugs and how we've been lied to by main stream doctors who ignorantly trap people on them and become hopeless suffering huge side effects. Knowledge is power - this Podcast is essential for anyone seeking help and support to understand the pitfalls of the withdrawal stages from these psych meds.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of
Psychiatric drug truths revealed and myths exposed
This podcast is essential for anyone that has had any contact with psychiatric medications or the psychiatric system. The user experiences are powerful and the experts views are eye opening. A must listen, thank you for raising awareness of this important issue.
Date published: 2017-04-04