Madness Radio

What does it mean to be called "crazy" in a crazy world? Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health brings you personal experiences of 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, and also features authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

Hosted by Will Hall, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Madness Radio was launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio in Massachusetts and is syndicated nationally on the Pacifica Network. Madness Radio is heard monthly on KBOO the first monday of the month from 11:30am to 12. Will is a leader in the peer recovery movement, a therapist in Portland, has a Diploma from Process Work Institute, and is the director of the support and education community Portland Hearing Voices.

Check out the website archives at www.madnessradio.net to listen online and download more than 100 Madness Radio episodes produced to date. Full hour-long versions of shows heard on KBOO are available. 

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When Medications for Emotional Problems Become Worse than the Problems Themselves

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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When Medications for Emotional Problems Become Worse than the Problems Themselves

What do you do when medications for your emotional problems become worse than the problems themselves? Laura Delano went to a psychiatrist at age 18, and for the next decade was prescribed nineteen different psychiatric drugs. After devastating physical and emotional effects, she began a journey to become medication free — and re-discover who she is. What lessons did she learn?

Leah Harris on the Murphy Bill

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Madness Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Leah Harris on the Murphy Bill

Host Will Hall speaks with Leah Harris, psychiatric abuse survivor and organizer in the Campaign for Real Change in Mental Health Policy, about the Murphy Bill, which proposes some controversial changes in mental health policy. 

The proposed Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (also known as The Murphy Bill), HR 2646 sponsored by Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, is currently before Congress. The Murphy Bill proposes some drastic changes to the mental health laws and policies in the United States. Are these changes in policy necessary to curb violence in America? Can the forced treatment and hospitalization of adults in mental health crisis end mass shootings in the United Sates? What does the pharmaceutical industry stand to gain from this bill?

Economic Austerity and Mental Health | Mary O’Hara

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Economic Austerity and Mental Health | Mary O’Hara

Is mental health about individual diseases, or the health of communities and countries as a whole? How do economic policies after the 2008 crisis impact disability rights, suicide rates, and community wellbeing? Are cuts in social spending really necessary for economic growth, or do they cause more problems in the long run?

Guardian columnist Mary O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, discusses the devastating impact of austerity economic policies in Europe, the scapegoating mindset behind social spending cuts, and the dangers of pursuing similar policies in the US and globally.

Madness Radio on 10/05/15

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, on "The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment"

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Mon, 09/07/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, on "The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment"
Madness Radio presents Is bipolar disorder a disease? Can medications like lithium correct chemical imbalances and stabilize mood? Do psychiatric drugs act completely differently on the brain than recreational drugs?

UK psychiatrist Dr.

Madness Radio on 08/03/15

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Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 07/06/15

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 06/01/15

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Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Madness Radio on 05/04/15

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness with Christopher Lane

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Madness Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness with Christopher Lane

On this episode of Madness Radio: Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health: Do pharmaceutical companies control the social definition of normal? Can advertising and public relations campaigns turn acceptable personality differences into unacceptable disorders? Christopher Lane discusses his book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, including the way politics and profits drive the bible of mental health treatment, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

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Laura Delano and Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

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Madness Radio
program date: 
Mon, 08/06/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Laura Delano. She graduated in 2006 from Harvard University, where she studied Social, Medical, and Psychiatric Anthropology. Her thesis,Psycho-pharmaceuticals and Selfhood: Negotiating Identity as a Consumer of Mood Disorder Medications, explored the ways in which individuals living with a psychiatric diagnosis and taking psychotropic medications construct a sense of self and negotiate agency. Initially diagnosed with and medicated for major depression at the age of fourteen and re-diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of eighteen, Laura tapered off of her last psychotropic medication in September 2010 at age twenty-seven and no longer lives with a psychiatric diagnosis.  She works today as a Peer Specialist in the mental health system, and also writes a blog for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. 

Sexual Trauma and Generative Somatic Healing

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Madness Radio
program date: 
Mon, 07/02/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall

Today's guest is Sexual Abuse Survivor and Generative Somatic Healing Practitioner, Staci Haines,   We'll talk about Healing Sex, and somatic aproaches to healing trauma.  She is also active at Generation Five, whose goal is to elaminate Child Sexual Abuse in Five Generations or less.

 

 

Understanding Hearing Voices with guest psychologist Eleanor Longden

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Madness Radio
program date: 
Mon, 06/04/2012

Hosted by Will Hall

In this episode Madness Radio asks, What is the meaning of hearing voices? Is it a malfunctioning brain, or a clue to childhood trauma asking to be understood?

UK psychologist Eleanor Longden survived a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and went on to be a leading researcher around voice hearing, trauma, and dissociation. She is a pioneer in the movement to understand voices as a normal human experience -- and truly help people by healing trauma.

What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness?

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Madness Radio
program date: 
Mon, 05/07/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall

What is it like for a prisoner diagnosed with mental illness? Should we have more mental health treatment in prison -- or should we work to abolish our prison system?

Daniel Hazen spent three years in prison and experienced firsthand the ways prison creates madness. Today he is director of Voices of the Heart, a leading support agency run by and for people in recovery from a diagnosis of mental illness.

Dr. Toby Tyler Watson, Clinical Director of Associated Psychological Health Services

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 04/02/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Today's guest is Dr. Toby Tyler Watson, Clinical Director of Associated Psychological Health Services.

 

Why are so many children being diagnosed bipolar?

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Madness Radio
program date: 
Mon, 03/05/2012

Hosted by Will Hall

Today Madness Radio asks, Why are so many children being diagnosed bipolar? Are medications needed to treat disease - or just keep children under control? What else can parents do when faced with difficult behavioral problems? Sharna Olfman, Psychology Professor at Point Park University and editor of the book Bipolar Children,
discusses the growing trend of labeling children bipolar.

 
 
 

 

The promise and potential dangers of the psychedelic ayahuasca

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 02/06/2012

 Hosted by Will Hall.

Every month Madness Radio explores mental health from outside the mainstream on KBOO FM.

On this show, Madness Radio asks, Can indigenous medicine, including the psychedelic ayahuasca, help anxiety, depression, and addiction? What do healers of Peru have to teach us about mental health? Francois Demange, a curandero who has studied for more than sixteen years with the Shipibo and Quechua Lamista peoples, discusses the promise and potential dangers of traditional Amazonian plant medicine for the west.

 

Grainne Humphrys talks about her Battle with Mental Health Systems

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Madness Radio
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Mon, 01/02/2012

 Madness Radio, Hosted by Will Hall

Today's guest is Mental Health System Survivor, Grainne Humphrys, who talks about her Battle with Mental Health Systems, both for herself, and for her partner John Hunt.

 

Healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities

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Madness Radio
program date: 
Mon, 12/05/2011

Madness Radio asks, How can we truly help combat veterans facing the aftermath of war? Is veteran trauma a sign of mental illness, or a healthy response to violent situations? Are medications and therapy the answer?

Paula Caplan, author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, discusses healing the wounds of war by listening to the stories of veterans in our communities.

The treatment of elders in nursing homes

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Madness Radio
program date: 
Mon, 11/07/2011

 Hosted by Will Hall

 

How are our elders treated in nursing homes? Are powerful anti-psychotic medications being used for treatment, or for social control? Does living in a nursing home promote mental health -- or make it worse? Carole Hayes-Collier, psychiatric abuse survivor and longtime activist with the Grey Panthers, discusses her work to empower people as we age.

 
 
 

 

 

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