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Theory and/or History of Madness


Bentall, R. P. (2003). Madness explained: Psychosis and human nature. London: Penguin Books.


Boyle, M. (1992; expanded 2nd ed., 2003). Schizophrenia—A scientific delusion? London: Routledge.


Chadwick, P. (1997). Schizophrenia: The positive perspective. London: Routledge.


Chadwick, P. K. (1992). Borderline: A psychological study of paranoia and delusional thinking. London: Routledge.


Clarke, I. (2008). Madness, mystery and the survival of God. Winchester, UK: O Books.


Clarke, I. (Ed.) (2010). Psychosis and spirituality: Consolidating the new paradigm (2nd ed.). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


Farber, S. (1993). Madness, heresy, and the rumor of angels: The revolt against the mental health system. Chicago, IL: Open Court Publishing.


Farber, S. (2012). The spiritual gift of madness: The failure of psychiatry and the rise of the mad pride movement. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions.


Geekie, J., & Read, J. (2009). Making sense of madness: Contesting the meaning of schizophrenia. New York, NY: Routledge.


Goodbread, Joseph (2008). Living on the edge: The mythical, spiritual, and philosophical roots of social Marginality (Health and human development). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


[VIDEO] Gottstein, Jim (2012). A human rights lawyer's perspective on the mental health system:


Grof, C., & Grof, S. (Eds.) (1989). Spiritual emergency. New York, NY: Tarcher.

Hornstein, Gail A. (2009). Agnes's jacket: A psychologist's search for the meanings of madness. New York: Rodale Books.


Icarus Project, The. (Ed.) (n.d.). [multiple handbooks on managing extreme states]:


ISPS. [Psychosis book series—a very comprehensive and scholarly series of books on psychosis]. (Available at:


[VIDEO] Knafo, Danielle (2017). Psychosis: Key Psychoanalytic Concepts:


[VIDEO] Koehler, Brian (2016). Social factors in Schizophrenia:


Laing, R.D. (1967). The politics of experience. New York: Pantheon Books.


Laing, R. D. (1969). The divided self. London: Penguin Group.


Levine, B. (2001). Commonsense rebellion: Debunking psychiatry, confronting society: An A to Z guide to rehumanizing our lives. New York: Continuum.


Mindell. A. (2008). City shadows: Psychological interventions in psychiatry. New York, NY: Routledge.


[VIDEO] Murray, Sir Robin (2015). The environmental causes of Schizophrenia--Developmental hazards, social defeat:


[VIDEO] Murray, Sir Robin (2016). 100 years of Schizophrenia--Is this enough?


Perry, J. W. (1999). Trials of the visionary mind. State University of New York Press.


Podvoll, E. (1990). Recovering sanity: A compassionate approach to understanding and treating psychosis. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc.


Read, J., Mosher, L. R., & Bentall, R. P. (Eds.) (2004). Models of madness: Psychological, social and biological approaches to schizophrenia. New York: Routledge.


[VIDEO] Read, John (2015). Who is right, psychiatrists or patients?


Watters, Ethan. (2010). Crazy like us: The globalization of the American psyche. New York: Free Press.


Whitaker, R. (2002). Mad in America. New York: Basic Books.



Biographies and Autobiographies


Bassman, R. (2007). A fight to be: A psychologist’s experience from both sides of the locked door. New York, NY: Tantamount Press.


Beers, C. W. (1981). A mind that found itself. Pittsburgh, PA: Univ. of  Pittsburgh Press.


Clover. (1999). Escape from psychiatry: The autobiography of Clover. Ignacio, CO: Rainbow Pots and Press.


[VIDEO] Cotton, T. (Director) There is a fault in reality. [An exploration of the stories of three people who struggled with psychosis]. Available at:


Dorman, D. (2003). Dante’s cure. New York, NY: Other Press.


Greenberg, J. (1964). I never promised you a rose garden. Chicago: Signet.


[VIDEO] Hornstein, Gail (2012). Why don't mental health professionals take first-hand accounts of madness seriously?


[VIDEO] Longden, Eleanor. The voices in my head (Ted Talk):


Modrow, J. (2003). How to become a schizophrenic: The case against biological psychiatry. Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press.


Penney, D., & Stastny, P. The lives they left behind: Suitcases from a state hospital attic. New York: Bellevue Literary Press.


[VIDEO] Rosenthal, K. (Producer). (2010). Mad dance: A mental health film trilogy [a trilogy of provocative and beautiful short films that re-envision the way we think, speak and feel about mental distress and wellness in today’s chaotic world]. Available at:


Sechehaye, M. (1951). Autobiography of a schizophrenic girl. New York, NY: Meridian.


[WEBSITE] Click Here  for a link to Gail Hornstein's Bibliography of over 1,000 autobiographies of madness


[WEBSITE] Click Here for a link to Kermit Cole's Large collection of video interviews and stories of people who've experienced recovery



Alternative Treatment Models


[VIDEO] Abramovitch, Yehuda (2013). Jung's understanding of schizophrenia:


[VIDEO] Beck, Aaron Tim (2014). Cognitive restructuring in Schizophrenia:


[VIDEO] Bergeron, Danielle (2012). A new perspective for treating psychosis (at TedXUdeM):


Bloom, S. (1997). Creating sanctuary: Towards the evolution of safe communities. London: Routledge.


Chadwick, P., Birchwood, M. J. & Trower, P. (1999). Cognitive Therapy for Delusions, Voices and Paranoia (Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology). New York: John Wiley and Sons.


Coleman, R., Smith, M. and Good, J. (2003). Psychiatric first aid in psychosis: A handbook for nurses, carers and people distressed by psychotic experience (2nd ed.). Lewis, Scotland: P&P Press (available from


[VIDEO] Compassion for voices: A tale of courage and hope:


[VIDEO] Davoine, Francoise (2015). The "stoppage of time" due to intergenerational trauma:


[VIDEO] DuBrul, Sasch Altman (2013). Navigating brilliance and madness (at TEDxHunterCCS):


[VIDEO] Fletcher, Paul. Psychosis: Bending reality to see around the corners (at TEDxCambridgeUniversity):


Greek, M. (2012). Schizophrenia: A blueprint for recovery. Athens, OH: Milt Greek.


Karon, B. P., & VandenBos, G. (1996). Psychotherapy of schizophrenia: The treatment of choice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, Inc.


[VIDEO] Kingdon, David (2013). Cognitive therapy for psychosis--introduction:


[VIDEO] Kingdon, David (2013). Cognitive therapy for psychosis--delusions:


[VIDEO] Kingdon, David (2013). Cognitive therapy for psychosis--negative symptoms:


[VIDEO] Kingdon, David (2013). Cognitive therapy for psychosis--voices:


Larkin, W. and Morrison, A. (2005). Trauma and psychosis: New directions for theory and therapy. Routledge: London.


[VIDEO] Mackler, D. (Producer). (2008). Take these broken wings: Recovery from Schizophrenia without medication. (Available at:


[VIDEO] Mackler, D. (Producer). (2011). Healing homes: An alternative, Swedish model for healing psychosis. (Available at:


[VIDEO] Mackler, D. (Producer). (2011). Open Dialogue: An alternative, Finnish approach to healing psychosis. (Available at:


Mackler, D., & Morrissey, M. (2010). A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You've Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.


Mosher. L. R., & Hendrix, V. (with Fort, D. C.) (2004). Soteria: Through madness to deliverance. USA: Authors.


[VIDEO] (2015). Open Dialogue presentation: New approaches to mental health services:


[VIDEO] PsychoseNet. Five phases of psychosis:


[VIDEO] RLC Film Productions (Producer). The virtues of noncompliance. (Available at:


[VIDEO] RLC Film Productions (Producer). Beyond the medical model. (Available at:


[VIDEO] Seikkula, Jaakko (2014). 7 principles of Open Dialogue:


[VIDEO] Seikkula, Jaakko (2015). A brief introduction to Open Dialogue:


Stastny, P. & Lehmann, P. (2007). Alternatives beyond psychiatry (available from


[VIDEO] Turkington, Douglas (2014). CBT Psychosis Techniques:


[VIDEO] Undercurrents (Producer). Evolving Minds—Psychosis and spirituality. (Available at:


[VIDEO] Unger, Ron (2008). Using cognitive therapy for psycohosis:


[VIDEO] Van Os, Jim. Connecting to madness (on TEDxMaastricht):



Support Specifically for Hearing Voices


Coleman, R. & Smith, M. (2006) Working with voices—Victim to victor (2nd ed). Lewis, Scotland: P&P Press (available from


Corstens, D., May, R. and Longden, E. (2007). Talking with voices: The voice dialoguing manual (available from


Deegan, Patricia. (n.d.) Coping with voices: Self-help strategies for people who hear voices that are distressing (available from National Empowerment Center,


[VIDEO] Demons on the boat--an Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) metaphor:


Downs, Julie (ed.). (2001). Coping with voices and visions and starting and supporting hearing voices groups. Manchester, UK: Hearing Voices Network (available from


Escher, Sandra and Marius Romme. (2010). Children hearing voices: What you need to know and what you can do (available from


[VIDEO] Krug-Metzinger, Anja. (2015). Hearing Voices [in English and German with English subtitles]. (available HERE).


[VIDEO] Leff, Julian. Avatar therapy--Silencing voices:


[VIDEO] Longden, Eleanor. The voices in my head (Ted Talk):


[VIDEO] Luhrmann, Tanya. Hearing voices in Accra and Chennai: How culture makes a differenct to psychiatric experiences:


Romme, M. and S. Escher. (2000). Making sense of voices: A guide for mental health professionals working with voice-hearers (includes the Maastricht Interview). London: MIND Publications.


Romme, Marius, Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dirk Corstens, and Mervyn Morris (eds.). (2009). Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery (available from


[VIDEO] Runciman, Olga (2013). Hearing Voices Network (Denmark).


Smith, Daniel. (2007). Muses, madmen, and prophets: Rethinking the history, science, and meaning of auditory hallucination. New York: Penguin Press.


[VIDEO] Waddingham, Rai (2015). On the edge? Working with taboo & violent voices.


Watkins, John. (1998). Hearing Voices: A Common Human Experience. Melbourne, Australia: Hill of Content.



Psychiatric Drugs (including withdrawal support)


Bentall, R. (2009). Doctoring the mind. New York: New York University Press


Breggin, P. (2008). Brain-disabling treatments in psychiatry: Drugs, electroshock and the psychopharmaceutical complex. New York, NY: Springer Publication Company.


Breggin, P. (2008). Medication madness: The role of psychiatric drugs in cases of violence, suicide, and crime. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.


Breggin, P. (2013). Psychiatric drug withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families. New York: Springer Publishing Company.


[WEBSITE] Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry (CEP). A very user-friendly website looking at the harms, benefits and myths of psychiatric drugs.

Click Here to link to the website.


[VIDEO] Harrow, Martin (2015). NIMH longitidunal research on antipsychotics & recovery:


[WEBSITE] Dr. David Healy. Dr Healy has compiled a very extensive list of resources and articles about the harms, benefits and myths of psychiatric drugs.

Click Here to link to the website.


Healy, D. (2012). Pharmageddon. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.


[Free Downloadable Guide] The Icarus Project and Freedom Center (n.d.). Harm reduction guide to coming off psychiatric drugs: Click Here to link to a free download.


[VIDEO] Harm reduction approach to coming off psychiatric drugs (Will Hall).

Click Here to link to the video.


Lehmann, P. (Ed.). (2002). Coming off psychiatric drugs (Available Here).


[WEBSITE] Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Resources. General guidance for coming off psychiatric drugs, as well as a list of related resources. Click Here to link to the website.


Whitaker, R. (2010). Anatomy of an epidemic: Magic bullets, psychiatric drugs, and the astonishing rise of mental illness in America. New York: Crown Books.


[VIDEO] Wunderlink, Lex (2015). Longitudinal research on antipsychotic drugs & recovery:





Bohm, D., & Hiley, B. J. (1993). The undivided universe. New York, NY: Routledge.


Capra, Fritjof. The Tao of physics: An exploration of the parallels between modern physics and eastern mysticism (5th ed., updated). Boston: Shambhalla Publications.


[VIDEO] Chasse, B., & Vicente, M. (Directors). (2004). What the bleep do we know!? [documentary]. USA: 20th Century Fox.


Goswami, A. (1993). The self-aware universe: How consciousness creates the material world. New York, NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam.


Mindell, A. (2000). Quantum Mind: The edge between physics and  psychology. Portland, Oregon: Lao Tse Press.


Prendergast, J. J., Fenner, P., & Krystal, S. (Eds.). (2003). The sacred mirror: Nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House.


Prendergast, J. J., & Bradford, K. G. (Eds.) (2007). Listening from the heart of silence: Nondual wisdom and psychotherapy, Volume 2. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House.


[VIDEO] Shadyac, T. (Director). (2009). I am. USA: Gaiam.


Ricard, M., & Thuan, T. X. (2001). The quantum and the lotus: A journey to the frontiers where science and Buddhism meet. New York: Three Rivers Press.



Attachment Theory


Karen, R. K. (1994). Becoming attached: First relationships and how they shape our capacity to love. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Neufled, G., & Mate, G. (2005). Hold on to your kids: Why parents need to matter more than peers. New York: Ballantine Books.


Schore, A. (1994). Affect regulation and the origin of the self: The neurobiology of emotional development. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.


Siegel, D.J., & Hartzell, M. (2003). Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive. New York: Penguin Putnam.


Siegel, D.J. (2012). The developing mind, second edition: How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are. New York: Guilford Press


Solomon, M., & Siegel, D.J. (Eds.). (2003). Healing trauma: Attachment, mind, body and brain. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


Wallin, D. J. (2007). Attachment in psychotherapy. New York: The Guilford Press.



Western Existential Theory


Becker, E. (1973). The denial of death. New York, NY: Free Press Paperbacks.


May, R. (1977). The meaning of anxiety. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.


Schneider, K. J. (1999). The paradoxical self: Toward an understanding of our contradictory nature. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books.


Schneider, K. J. (2009). Awakening to awe: Personal stories of profound transformation. United Kingdom: Jason Aronson.


Yalom, I. D. (1980). Existential psychotherapy. USA: Basic Books.



Mindfulness and Buddhist-based Psychology


Boyce, B. & Shambhala Sun (2011). The mindfulness revolution: Leading psychologists, scientists, artists, and meditation teachers on the power of mindfulness in daily life. New York: Random House Publications, Inc.


Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., & Fulton, P. R. (Eds.). (2005). Mindfulness and psychotherapy. New York: The Guilford Press.


Goldstein, J (1994). Insight meditation: The practice of Freedom. Boston & London: Shambhalla


Gunaratana, B. H. (2002). Mindfulness in plain English. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications.


Hart, W. (1987). The art of living: Vipassana meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. New York: Bantam Dell.


Kabat-Zinn, J. (2012). Mindfulness for beginners: Reclaiming the present moment--and your life. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc.


Kaklauskas, F. J., Nimanheminda, S., Hoffman, S, & MacAndrew, S. J. (Eds.). (2008). Brilliant sanity: Buddhist approaches to psychotherapy. Colorado Springs, CO: University of the Rockies Press.


Kornfield, J. (2008). The wise heart: A guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology. New York: Bantam Books.


Nisker, W. (1998). Buddha’s Nature: A practical guide to discovering your place in the cosmos. New York: Bantam Books.


Siegel, D.J. (2007). The mindful brain: Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of well-being. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


Siegel, D. J. (2010). The mindful therapist: A clinician’s guide to mindsight and neural integration. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


Welwood, J. (2002). Toward a psychology of awakening: Buddhism, psychotherapy, and the path of personal and spiritual transformation. Boston & London: Shambhala.

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