Pharmaceuticals – risks and alternatives
The 15th of October 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden
More than 220 people from 13 different countries gathered in the ”Peoples House” in Gothenburg to hear about research findings and knowledge regarding risks with psycho pharmaceuticals and alternatives to the biological model within psychiatry.
An important day with sharing and meetings, new knowledge and reminders of things we already know.
During the weekend we announced the foundation of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW). Members of the Institute faculty are Olga Runciman, Sami Timimi, Birgitta Alakare, Robert Whitaker, Will Hall, Carina Håkansson, Jaakko Seikkula, Volkmar Aderhold, John Read, Peter Gøtzsche and Magnus Hald. More information about the Institute will be available shortly.
Read Kermit Coles blogpost about IIPDW: “Exploring Psychiatry’s “Black Hole”: The International Institute on Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal”
Here you can take part of the presentations from the symposium:
Birgitta Alakare, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Finland
Carina Håkansson, PhD, Lic. Psychotherapist, Sweden
Presentation at the scientific symposium
Jaakko Seikkula, Professor of Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychologist, Finland
Naturalistic study designs for developing the system to reduced medication
John Read, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Researcher, UK
The social causes of human distress: Implications for how to respond
Olga Runciman, Psychologist, Denmark
Building Bridges in Everyday Life
Robert Whitaker, Science Journalist, Author, USA
The Case for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal
Sami Timimi, Professor, Child Psychiatrist, UK
Empowering narratives and psychiatric diagnosis and medication
Will Hall, Counselor, Researcher, USA
Psychiatric Medications: a Harm Reduction Approach
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs
Volkmar Aderhold, Psychiatrist, Lic. Psychotherapist, Germany
Brain changes through neuroleptics and therapeutic consequences
Read more about the participants here.