My guest Gretchen Watson, PhD takes us on a fascinating trip from helping children escape ADHD and drugs to helping companies overcome workplace errors and injuries. Her career expresses the truth that from family life to organizational life, many of the principles of healthy, successful living are the same. Gretchen is President of Safety and Leadership Solutions.
I begin with my role in an $11.9 million Paxil suicide case. Then a favorite guest, Robert Foltz PsyD and I talk about his research on the patients’ view of treatment and his continuing study of the risks of psychiatric drugs for children. Dr. Foltz is a role model for being an honorable and effective psychologist.
My guest, Melanie Sears PhD, is a trainer for the Center of Nonviolent Communications. Based on self-awareness and empathy, the approach improves communication on every level from working with individuals and couples to working with hospitals and businesses. It enhances any therapeutic activity or relationship, large or small. Genuinely holistic and clearly effective, the nonviolent communication approach should be a central part of our family, professional and community lives.
Wayne Douglas went through benzo hell and lived to tell the tale, leaving psychiatric drugs behind. His story teaches us how bad benzodiazepines are for the human body and soul, and also how hard work and determination, and healthy living, can help us triumph over the nasty mental and neurological effects of these drugs during both toxic exposure and withdrawal. He shares his experiences trying to get redress in the Japanese court system and, as a bonus, he also dramatically describes how he also survived the Fukushima earthquake and the subsequent nuclear meltdown. Very interesting stories from a courageous man!
Patrick D. Hahn takes us on an energetic tour of the Pharmaceutical Empire from fish exposed to Prozac and Xanax in contaminated rivers to corrupt doctors being paid off at Harvard. The Pharmaceutical Empire pollutes at every level. Patrick exemplifies how professionals outside the mental health field are appalled by what they find going on with psychiatric drugs and can make important contributions to critical psychiatry and pharmacology. Be informed and be inspired!
My guest scientist Thomas J. Moore, who tells greatly informatives stories, does peerless epidemiological research and education in the field of adverse drug effects. His science combined with anecdotes makes this a very important hour. Tom confronts the discrepancy between real neuroscience and drug-company inspired research. They are light years apart. Subjects include the smoking cessation drug Chantix and other medications that cause violence and suicide, and the overall complexity of brain function.
Joanna Moncrieff MD is a stellar British psychiatrist, a combination of scientist, clinician and caring human being too rarely seen in our profession. All of her books are worth reading. She talks to us about progress in the treatment of people labelled “schizophrenic” and how the British psychiatric establishment is responding to new information about drug-induced brain damage. You will get in on the ground floor of the study she is leading in Great Britain to try carefully withdrawing so-called schizophrenic patients from their antipsychotic drugs, which is an important event in our field. Join us!
Gina Nikkel PhD is President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. It funds a broad array of very positive mental health approaches such as Open Dialogue, the Hearing Voices movement, Continuing Education that actually educates, and even nutritional approaches. If you have a good idea of your own, you might even be able to get help or direction through the Fund and if you have money, there are wonderful projects that need your donations. Support the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care—it’s our future!
Katinka Blackford-Newman , a British filmmaker and author of "The Pill that Steals Lives," endured a year in psychiatric hell from which she escaped to tell the tale with remarkable grace, skill and clarity. Her story demonstrates the horrors created by psychiatric drugs as well as the good fortune of some who fully recover. Her voice is strong, uncorrupted by victimization, and determined to help sound the alarm. It is an honor to present her to you. Be inspired to speak out!