The Hypocrisy of Antipsychiatry

Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.

Mad to Be Normal: A Review of the New R.D. Laing Biopic

A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.

Tranquilizing Humanity into Oblivion

Modern psychiatry would be wise to heed the warning of Nathan S. Kline, the pioneering psychopharmacologist.

The Great Paradox of Psychiatry

If the treatments for mental illness are better than ever, why is there more mental illness today than ever before? Herein lies the great paradox of psychiatry.

On the Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

Why do so many people believe in the chemical imbalance theory?

Revisiting Berne's Theory of Sexual Frigidity

Are you living in a sexless marriage?

Predicting the Unpredictable: Hurricane Irma Media Coverage

Lessons from Hurricane Irma's terribly inaccurate, and ever-changing forecast.

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.

Thomas S. Szasz: One Hundred Years Ahead of His Time

Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., was a psychiatrist who didn't believe in mental illness as a category of disease. A new book captures the essence of his life and ideas.

Psychiatric Treatment as Religious Experience

Like all religions, psychiatry's aim is social control and the explanation of deviant and socially undesirable human behavior.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Not all psychotherapies are created equal.

The Psychiatric Scapegoating of Michelle Carter

The woman convicted in the texting-suicide case is guilty of no crime.

The Political Uses of Psychiatric Labels

The "Goldwater Rule" and the psychiatrization of sociopolitical conflict.

The Hubris of Neuroscience

Pop neuroscience represents a reductionistic misapplication of knowledge, ignores differences between persons, and negates explanations of human conduct in terms of free will.

Mental Illness as Strategy: Game Theory and Psychiatry

Mental illness--like depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia--is a game, a strategy, invented by the player (often without acknowledgment) to achieve some end, or "payoff."

Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

The psychiatrist as state agent, the psychoanalyst as contractual helper.