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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 Magazine
    Asylum: A Journey Through Madness and Back by Dina Poursanidou
    3rd November 2012
    Mad World
    How I became involved with the Asylum magazine and what such involvement has meant...
  • 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...
  • Julia Macintosh
    The Holding Space by Julia Macintosh
    4th August 2014
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Like most people, you are not able to face more than one fear during...
  • Sonia Soans
    Podcast: Interview With Sonia Soans of Asylum Collective
    4th June 2015
    Mad World
    This is an interview with Sonia Soans, part of the Asylum magazine collective which...
    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...
  • Pills
    Reflections On Schizophrenia Etc by Kenneth Wilson
    23rd March 2014
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    To begin our considerations, I would like to draw your attention to a recent...

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