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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
    The Marketing Of Madness by Dina Poursanidou and Lou Rawcliffe
    5th March 2013
    Mad World
    'A Journey Into Light'?  Psychiatric Drug Promotion And The Marketing Of Madness by Dina...
  • Keep talking about mental health
    Mental Illness: First Hand Experience by Joel White
    25th July 2014
    Mad World
    What is the meaning of life? From a lot of reflection and avoidance to...
  • ECT
    ECT Is Murder: The Historical and Political Roots of ECT and its Hold on Public Imagination By Sonia Soans
    10th June 2015
    Mad World
    Electro Convulsive Therapy is one of those psychiatric treatments that has a strong hold...
  • Asylum
    Podcast: Psychiatry; A Woman's Account of Being Sectioned
    23rd April 2015
    Mad World
    Here is an interview with a woman who recounts her experience of being sectioned...
  • Asylum magazine
    Podcast: The History Of Asylum Magazine by Helen Spandler
    16th June 2014
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Helen Spandler is an academic who has been involved in Asylum magazine for a...
  • Silencing The Past; Power and the Production of History
    Diagnostic Overshadowing and Psychiatric Diagnoses by Alex Dunedin
    5th June 2015
    Mad World
    The Mad World art exhibition is an aggregation of work by artists, groups, psychologists,...

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