By Amy Biancolli

Peace, joy, healing. You can see it, plain and powerful, in the faces of those who make music on the path to recovery. You can hear it as they speak of music’s role in their journeys out of psychiatric darkness and into the light of reclaimed lives.


By Amy Biancolli

Music, essential on the path to well-being, has been a part of human existence since bipeds first flexed their larynxes into song. …


By Amy Biancolli

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
’Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

The words are Bob Marley’s, the music a lilting reggae. The voice belongs to James O’Flynn, child of Ireland, as he sings them with the Claddagh Rogues.


By Rob Wipond

Public support for the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is soaring. In 2017, the rapper Logic released a Grammy-nominated song titled with the Lifeline’s 800-number that peaked at №3 on Billboard. Since then, call volumes have increased more than 25% as bloggers, vloggers, health zines, and news…


65 Years of Drug-Induced Brain Damage That Rolls On and On

By Robert Whitaker

On November 15, Mad in America published a report on the marketing of two new drugs for tardive dyskinesia (TD), Ingrezza and Austedo, which cost up to $7000 per month and are being touted as “breakthrough medications.” …


By Joshua Kendall

In April of 2017, the FDA approved valbenazine (Ingrezza) as a treatment for tardive dyskinesia (TD), a neurological disorder featuring Parkinsonian-like involuntary movements, which is found in many people who have taken antipsychotic medications for a prolonged period. From the perspective of the FDA, which in 2014…


By Rob Wipond

Citizen-driven efforts to make communities more “resilient” or “adaptive to stress and crises” can be inspired by many challenges, from small-town sawmill shutdowns to COVID-19. However, climate change has been fueling a dramatic rise in community resilience-building. …


By Robert Whitaker

Twelve years ago, Ronald Kavanagh-who at that time was a reviewer of psychiatric drugs for the FDA-turned into a whistleblower, telling the Office of the Inspector General that his superiors at the FDA were turning a blind eye to the risks of a new atypical antipsychotic, asenapine…


The Galvin family is the quintessential example of “genetic” schizophrenia. But their history of sexual abuse, violence, and trauma provides a clearer and simpler explanation.

By Patrick D. Hahn

Once upon a time there was a family with twelve children — ten sons, followed by two daughters. …


By Caroline Colwill

The mental health professionals who make it as experts in mental health in mainstream media typically seem like kind, empathic, wise, insightful, good people. The kind of people who seem as though they might be able to really help you, and offer good life guidance. They sometimes…

Mad In America

Mad in America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States and around the world. https://www.madinamerica.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store