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Mad World Archive

The importance of oral history

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 a public collection where people own their own knowledge in respect to psychiatry, psychology and sociology.

This is the Mad World Archive – a collection of critical perspectives in the area of Mad Studies. Drawing on Action Research, the archive is a collection of people’s authentic personal accounts, ideas, work, opinions and experiences as they have chosen to define them….

Anonymous or named, you are welcome to contribute too.

Many and much has inspired the creation of this archive including 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. But specially, it is Dr Steve Tilley who shared a talk through the Ragged University which instigated the creation of this public resource… Thank you Steve.

  • Dr Joost Meerloo
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    Historical Source: Medication Into Submission; A Review of Mental Seduction and Menticide by Alex Dunedin
    11th September 2016
    Mad World, Poverty
    This article takes an excerpt of an important book for both its historical context...
  • John-Sawkins
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    Interview with John Sawkins: A Critical Voice in Psychiatry
    29th January 2017
    Mad World
    John Sawkins gained an interest in thinking through the issues of mental health when...
  • ECT
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    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...
  • Healthy Mind Imagery
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    ‘Future Shock’: The Crisis of Relationships Between Body, Mind and Environment by Anne Fernie
    6th May 2015
    Mad World, Poverty
    Nervous exhaustion, melancholy, Weltschmerz, ennui, alienation, neurasthenia, Americanitis, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, burnout ~...
  • Black Dog
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    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...
  • Questions of the mind
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    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. ...

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