July 4th Tales: Focus on Veterans' Needs

Despite the common statement that those who fought in America's wars have defended our freedom, veterans receive far too little assistance, yet there are simple, concrete steps every citizen can take to help. The story of how one remarkable World War II veteran has been treated illustrates the appalling neglect of so many.

Celebrate Creative Maladjustment Week by Watching Video

CALL ME CRAZY, Paula J. Caplan's award-winning comedy-drama with music, is now available on YouTube and can be used to celebrate Creative Maladjustment Week!

Supremes Take Too Few Steps Toward True Equality

The Supreme Court decisions reveal the sad state of many aspects of equality, including ongoing sexism, racism, and discrimination about voting rights and in employment.

Remembering Both the Dead and the Lost Among Us

Ways to eliminate the soul-crushing "epidemic of disconnection" between veterans and nonveterans

My Recent Silence and a Voice That Matters

Voices of people harmed by psychiatric diagnosis are more important and eloquent than media frenzy about classification systems.

The Debate about Causes of Postpartum Depression

Consider lack of social support for mothers as a major cause of postpartum difficulties

How the NY Times Portrays Psychiatric Diagnosis

Vigorous debate in newspaper of record about psychiatric labeling

Comedy, History, and the Future of Mental Disorder Labels

Call for Congressional hearings about psychiatric diagnosis and for preventing and redressing the harm it causes

The Exquisite Lyricism of Equality

Two Broadway performers embody the possibilities of liberation from rigid rules about sex and gender.

What Is Mental Illness Anyway? Troubling Coopers Interview

Anderson Cooper and Bradley Cooper muddy the waters about what mental illness is.

Speed-Diagnosing Contest Run by Psychiatric Times

Psychiatric Times holds contest with "real gold" prizes for speed-diagnosing.

MLK Birthday Address: Stopping Gun Violence

It's one serious mistake to assume that therapists can prevent violence and another serious mistake to assume that background checks of people diagnosed with mental illness will reduce gun violence.

Hollywood Insists on Calling Normal People Crazy

Media hype about two award-nominated films presents people as mentally ill when actually they are not.

The Hurry to Heal: Therapists Cannot Explain Everything

The experts cannot yet explain the Newtown shootings and maybe never will be able to. But there are questions all of us can ask and actions we can take.

Human Rights Day Dec. 10: Freedom from Psychiatric Labeling

Being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder often deprives people of basic human rights while failing to reduce the suffering for which they initially sought help. Actions are being taken to end that deprivation.

APA Refuses to Listen to Voices of People Hurt

Activism Aimed to Hold Unregulated American Psychiatric Association Accountable for Harm Caused by Diagnostic Manual

APA Does Not Care about Weaponized Diagnosis

APA refuses to consider merits of ethics complaints from veteran and others seriously harmed by DSM labels.

Who Cares? Hard Data About Avoidance of Veterans

Keeping veterans at arms' length, too few American civilians recognize their common humanity with those who have served in the military. But we need to find that common humanity and connect.

Will the APA Listen to the Voices of Those Harmed?

APA takes little action about complaints about harm from psychiatric diagnosis.

Psychologists Participate in Torture of Illegal Detainees

Unethical for American Psychological Association to allow psychologists to participate in detainee "interrogations"

Sex and the Myth of Women’s Masochism

Helen Gurley Brown sought not just sexual liberation but also respect for women.

What do Exits Mean?

What we learn from thinking about and marking exits as much as we do entrances.

Military Sexual Assault: The Aftermath

Women raped in the military confront struggles about reporting and being pathologized

Is Anybody Listening to Veterans?

Veterans need listeners, alternative approaches to heal

A Mother's Day Conundrum

It's demeaning to mothers to claim that if they need care, that makes them children.

Patients Harmed by Diagnosis Find Their Voices

This weekend, in a pioneering move, a number of people harmed in a wide array of ways by psychiatric diagnosis are asking the creators of the diagnostic manual to take responsibility for the way that, through failing to follow ethical principles, they have misrepresented their book as scientifically-grounded and caused immense harm.

A Place for Women to Be Safe, Plan Their Futures

As Women's History Month continues, some of the least-recognized women are those who serve or have served in the military. Since women have until very recently accounted for only a tiny fraction of servicemembers and veterans, and since women have not officially been in combat positions, many people have not even been aware that they are considered "veterans."

Steps Anyone Can Take to Help Stop Interpersonal Violence

Women's History Month is a good time to look at the still painful, complicated problem of what used to be called "wife battering" and is now called the genderless "domestic violence" (DV). Although some people have claimed that there is no sex difference in the perpetrating of domestic violence, women are less likely to initiate such violence and more likely to be injured.

For International Women's Day, Consider Ongoing Misogyny

Manifestations of Bias Against Women are Legion