Find conference presentations sponsored or co-sponsored by Excellence, journal articles, and a selection of books. Watch this page for new research results; when one of our grantees delivers a project report, it is published here.
• A Quick Guide to Research & Evidence on Peer Support
• Akathisia, What to watch for, what to try next
• Understanding Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD)
• Early Psychosis Intervention Program Directory Map | PDF
• RxISK Guide to Stopping Antidepressants
Grantee Reports & Publications
• Alternative National Treatment Guidelines Children, Michael J. Murphy, EdD
• Antipsychotic Medication for Schizophrenia Ineffective in the Long Term, Martin Harrow, MD
• Recovery from Schizophrenia, Martin Harrow, MD
• Bringing Open Dialogue to the U.S., Doug Ziedonis, MD
An international gathering at Yale University which reviewed new data generated over the last decade related to the treatment, course, and outcome of serious mental illnesses and the implications of these data for changing clinical practice in psychiatry. Co-sponsors included The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. | Symposium agenda
|The role of psychosocial interventions in promoting recovery | Larry Davidson, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video||What the antidepressant story tells us about recovery
David Healy, MD, FRC Psyc | Slides (PDF), Video
|Open Dialogue: The Advocates Experience – The Collaborative Pathway and Open Dialogue in Community-Based Flexible Supports | Christopher Gordon, MD | Slides (PDF), Video||Role of antipsychotic medications in the long-term treatment of psychosis, part II | Lex Wunderink MD, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video|
|Role of antipsychotic medications in the long-term treatment of psychosis, part I
Martin Harrow, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video
|Lessons we have learned from longitudinal research about what promotes recovery from psychosis | Courtenay Harding, PhD | Slides (PDF)|
Co-sponsorship of the Children’s Mental Health Summit, September 2012.
A national gathering in Syracuse, New York, with over 75 presentation documents. Co-sponsors included The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, It’s About Childhood and Family, Inc., The Gifford Foundation, Contact Community Services, Inc. and The David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.
Breggin, Peter. How and Why to Save Our Children from Psychiatric Drugs
Copeland, Mary Ellen. Building Self-Agency in Children
Leo, Jonathan & Lacasse, Jeffrey. Thinking Critically about the Mental Health Literature: Implications for Helping Professionals Working with Children
Pentz, Judith. Micronutrients in Clinical Care with Children/Teens
The second international summit (Chapel Hill, NC) was organized by Excellence with the goals of gathering and disseminating accurate information and helping to shift awareness. Participants presented the following discussion papers:
Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA), Ryan Melton, LPC, ACS, PhD (ABD)
Open Dialogue, Mary E. Olson, PhD
Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS), Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Healing the Body and Mind, Mark Foster, DO
Also discussed: Identifying Priorities for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for Serious Mental Illness. One of the investigators is past Foundation board member John Gilmore, M.D., UNC – Chapel Hill.
The first Excellence symposium (Portland, OR). An international gathering of mental health treatment professionals in response to Robert Whitaker’s shocking assessment of research on psychotropic drugs in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. We created discussion papers along four tracks: medication optimization, schizophrenia treatment, depression treatment and public policy:
Medication Optimization in the Service of Recovery
Guidelines for the Treatment of Schizophrenia
Effective strategies for positive long term outcomes in depression
Protocol for Antidepressant Use
The Evidence Base for Antidepressants.
Medication Optimization: Public Policy & Administration
Moving Forward: Public Policy Recommendations
This book is a guide for psychiatrists struggling to incorporate transformational strategies into their clinical work. The book begins with an overview of the concept of critical psychiatry before focusing its analytic lens on the DSM diagnostic system, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry, the crucial distinction between drug-centered and disease-centered approaches to pharmacotherapy, the concept of “de-prescribing,” coercion in psychiatric practice, and a range of other issues that constitute the targets of contemporary critiques of psychiatric theory and practice. Written by experts in each topic, this is the first book to explicate what has come to be called critical psychiatry from an unbiased and clinically relevant perspective.
Critical Psychiatry is an excellent, practical resource for clinicians seeking a solid foundation in the contemporary controversies within the field. General and forensic psychiatrists; family physicians, internists, and pediatricians who treat psychiatric patients; and mental health clinicians outside of medicine will all benefit from its conceptual insights and concrete advice.More Information
We need to face facts: psychiatric drugs don’t cure; they partially mask symptoms of mental illnesses—often at the cost of serious side-effects. Written for those who struggle with mental health issues and their loved ones, CHOICES IN RECOVERY demystifies the best non-drug therapies for every mental health diagnosis, from depression to schizophrenia, discussing their benefits, clinical evidence, and drawbacks.More Information
The great book of alternatives to psychiatry around the world. The book highlights alternatives beyond psychiatry, current possibilities for self-help for individuals experiencing madness, and strategies toward implementing humane treatment.
Sixty-one authors – (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives from all five continents – report about their alternative work, their objectives and successes, and their individual and collective experiences.
These are some of the questions, which are addressed by the authours: What helps me if I go mad? How can I find trustworthy help for a relative or a friend in need? How can I protect myself from coercive treatment? As a family member or friend, how can I help? What should I do if I can no longer bear to work in the mental health field? What are the alternatives to psychiatry? How can I get involved in creating alternatives?More Information
Extensively extended, revised and updated by Ron Coleman and edited by Eleanor Longden, with a new index and reference section. An exploration of the concept of recovery by Ron Coleman, including how he gave up being a “chronic schizophrenic” and went back to being Ron.More Information