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Mad World Archive

The way we deal with behaviour is a major issue of our time as we increasingly encounter the medicalisation of people for the way they feel and act.  This online resource is pieced together from many sources and persectives to try to facilitate a deeper and more outward looking idea of madness and psychiatry.  It is a public collection where people own their own perspectives to themes in psychiatry, psychology, sociology and critical methodologies.

Below is a map of various other websites and communities which champion and give voice to alternative views to the dominant voice of medical psychiatry. Use the slider control to navigate and click on one of the hexigons to visit the website…



Below is the Mad World Archive – a collection of critical perspectives in the area of Mad Studies. Borrowing ideas from the research methodology known as Action Research, the archive is concerned with gathering together people’s authentic personal accounts, ideas, opinions and experiences as they have chosen to define them.


It is informed by many of the contributions of individuals and communities which have opened out interesting and important new areas of critical thinking in psychology and psychiatry. Examples of collectives and groups that have inspired the creation of this archive are Asylum magazine, Mad Peoples History, Oor Mad History project in the Lothians, and the Mad Matters textbook which was brought together around this emerging area of study.

You are invited to contribute your experiences and personal research through writing or an interview if you want to define the issues and themes.  Anonymously or named with your consent, it will be published as part of an online course being developed over the next two years.

  • Asylum
    Critical Reflections On Being A Researcher Service User by Dina Poursanidou
    20th December 2012
    Mad World
    My name is Dina Poursanidou and I will be speaking as someone who is...
    My Experiences of the Mental Health System by 'N'
    1st June 2015
    Mad World
    Good, bad, ugly, sad, hopeful.It’s sad to anyone to have to visit or work...
  • Brain Scans
    "Another stupid man, or, reasons why I do not engage with services" By John Sawkins
    9th June 2015
    Mad World
    I was forced to take haloperidol and procyclidine for bipolar. I stopped taking them...
  • Questions of the mind
    Podcast and Transcript: Reflections On Schizophrenia by Kenneth Wilson
    13th April 2014
    Mad World, Ragged Podcasts
    On the 10th of April Kenneth Wilson gave a talk at the Counting House. ...
  • Black Dog
    A Perspective on Depression by Cathy Frank
    3rd June 2015
    Mad World
    As the only daughter of two estranged German Jewish immigrants, whose mother stood by...
    Asylum Magazine
    27th July 2012
    Eclectic Articles, Interesting Projects, Mad World
    ASYLUM magazine is an international forum for free debate, open to anyone with an...

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