The boundaries of mental illness

Isn’t everyone a little mentally ill? This seems to be the prevailing idea on my FB feed via memes. One of these memes says, ” relax…we’re all crazy, its not a competition”. When I see this I feel annoyed but at the same time I wonder is there a clear boundary between normal and abnormal?…

Joanna Moncrieff and the anti-psychiatry movement

Recently I visited the Mad in America website and commented on an article and video by Joanna Moncrieff. Moncrieff is a psychiatrist in the UK who has written a number of books against the use of drugs and the idea of a bipolar spectrum. Since we both appeared to have the same opinion regarding the efficacy of antidepressants I…

Is Bipolar disorder over diagnosed?

Joanna Moncrieff believes that psychiatrists are over diagnosing Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder used to consist of extreme mood swings, hallucinations, bizarre beliefs and dramatic changes in energy which all occurred over weeks to months but now many “normal” people are receiving the label. The manufacturers of rare antipsychotic medication have set about changing the meaning…