The Real Causes of Madness: Creating a Paradigm Shift


Talk by Professor John Read

Mental health services and research have been dominated for several decades by a simplistic, reductionistic focus on biological phenomena, with minimal consideration of the social context within which genes and brains inevitably operate. This ‘medical model’ ideology, enthusiastically supported by the pharmaceutical industry, has been particularly powerful in the field of psychosis, where it has led to unjustified and damaging pessimism about recovery.

This short talk will summarize the evidence that hearing voices and being paranoid are often understandable reactions to live events, not symptoms of an imaginary ‘illness’.  Professor Read will also discuss whether we are getting any closer to the paradigm shift that so many are longing for.