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That Time Sigmund Freud Nearly Killed a Patient—and Then Got Hooked on Cocaine

In 1895, the young psychoanalyst tried to treat a young woman’s stomach pains by stuffing her nose full of cocaine. His unexpected failure sent him on a course of drug addiction...

How My Panicked Trip to the ER Exposed a Major Flaw in Mental Health Care

As soon as the doctors confirmed there was nothing physically wrong with me, they sent me on my way—and I’m far from the only one who has been ignored.

Dementia Made a New Man Out of My Dad

Raised in Apartheid-era South Africa, my mixed-race father had no shortage of scars. But as dementia overpowered his brain, his anxiety and fears melted away, and I met a man I...

The True Story of the Hitchhiker Who Was Shot in Pursuit of Kindness

Ray Dolin was hiking across the U.S. when he was attacked and nearly died. At least that's what he said. His story quickly unraveled, but his real truth has never been told -...

Meet the Punk Activist Who’s Changing the Psychiatric System From the Inside

Sascha DuBrul is not your typical clinician: he’s been institutionalized multiple times and is best known as the bassist of Choking Victim. But upending the way delusional...

I Thought Trading Antidepressants for Marijuana Was Safe. I Was Dead Wrong.

One pot-shop worker got swept up by the anti-big-pharma mentality on the job. But going off her meds was a cold reminder that the magic green plant isn’t always the answer.

I Started Taking Zoloft Five Years Ago. I Haven’t Felt Sexual Sensation Since.

I was a seventeen-year-old virgin when my psychiatrist glossed over the serious side effects of antidepressants. Now I wonder if I’ll ever have a normal sex life.

Healing Hasidic Masturbators and Adulterers — With Psychiatric Drugs

These ultra-Orthodox Jews admitted to religious taboos ranging from same-sex attraction to extramarital affairs. The treatment they received was alarmingly severe.

The Painful Reality of Marriage After Alzheimer’s

My wife and I have been partners in everything for 48 years, but there’s nothing remotely romantic about full-time caretaking.