Archive for April 2017

James Davies PhD is a British academic, researcher, therapist, author and political activist in the psychology and mental health arenas.  He does it all.  To my delight, his activism began when a patient brought him a copy of Toxic Psychiatry!  This quickly flowing hour focuses on the politics of psychiatry in Great Britain and the US, its changes over the years, and where it is going now.  James is enthusiastic, perceptive and patient-centered in his observations on the mental health field, and his life and work will inspire you.

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Robert Whitaker calls himself a journalist but I believe he is one of the most important scientists in the world today based on his scientific analyses of the flaws in what passes for research in psychiatry. He is also an insightful social critic.  More than that, he is a major figure in the promotion of genuinely therapeutic approaches.  For this hour, Bob and I especially examine the larger psychological, moral and social damage done to individuals and institutions, and to society itself, by what Bob calls “the psychiatric narrative.”   

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The 300th airing of my PRN radio shows, and it’s a stunner.  Jeanne Stolzer PhD and I draw a holistic picture of how human evolution relates to understanding good nutrition, successful early child development, the health of mothers, the sources of physical and emotional disorders in later life, and what all this means for psychotherapy and medical treatment.   For me, the conversation is a high-water mark in becoming more holistic in my orientation and my career.    This is one of the most important interviews for me in my career, part of a turning point in my orientation toward my work in the world.  Some of the ideas may seem startling, but giving them a chance may enhance your life, too.

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