Faith Rhyne

is a parent, educator, and a radical mental health activist. She became interested in psychology and psychiatry at age 13, when she was put into forced treatment for the first time. Faith has abandoned her old diagnosis of bipolar 1, severe with psychotic features, in favor of a holistic understanding of madness.
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Epic Fail: The Legislation of Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

So, You Want to Be An Activist?  The chair creaked as the doctor shifted his weight.  “Well, Faith, what do you want to do?”   “I want to help save the world.”  Notes are made on a chart,  “So, you’ve been experiencing grandiosity?”   “No. I want to help save the world.”

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

Difference is Not Disease:  Scientific Integrity, Human Diversity, and the  Potentially Bleak Future of Psychiatry

a poem about scientific paradigm shifts as such things may relate to brain research and a picture that I drew during a period of involuntary outpatient commitment, while I was thinking about how strange it sometimes is to be human.

a poem about scientific paradigm shifts as such things may relate to brain research and a picture that I drew during a period of involuntary outpatient commitment, while I was thinking about how strange it sometimes is to be human.

Difference is Not Disease: Scientific Integrity, Human Diversity, and the Potentially Bleak Future of Psychiatry

Redemption Songs: Music and Madness The road was dark and I only half knew where I was going. East. I couldn’t see through the rearview mirror, because the backseat was piled high with boxes. It didn’t matter. There were no other cars on the highway. It was just me, in the middle of the night, driving and crying.

Redemption Songs: Music and Madness - Mad In America

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America On January 6th, 2014, a teenager with a diagnosis of schizophrenia died in North Carolina. He was shot and killed by the police that his parents called for help after he wanted to fight his mother. It is said that he was “having an episode.”

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

Talking Over Fences: Why I Am Helping to Organize Community Dialogues on Mental Health

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

Spirituality & Recovery,Faith & Mental Illness March 29, 2013   Last Fall, I was able to begin facilitating a class on the topic of Spirituality and Recovery. It is remarkable to me to have the opportunity to discuss spirituality in the context of recovery education and the feedback from students has been very positive. Because the class did not have an established curriculum,

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

The Intersection Between “Race” and “Mental Illness” The words “race” and “mental illness” appear in quotations here because these words signify constructs that inform us that physical features make us different and that some differences are diseases.  I consider these words to be formalized ideas that have been used to impose particular value on various attributes of a diverse species. These ideas, “race” and “mental illness,”

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

Reconstruction: A Recovery Narrative When I read recovery stories, I am sometimes challenged by the prospect of thinking about my life in linear terms, “Here are the years that I was Sick, here are the steps I’ve taken to become Well.”  Nothing is ever quite so simple in my mind. How does one adequately capture 23 years of distressed dysfunction, and all that such a span of time entails?

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

A Hand to Hold: Community  Mental Health in Times of Crisis

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

A Reflection on Mothers, Children, and Mental Illness

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

Trigger Warning: Why Is It So Hard to Think About Torture?

North Carolina Police Shoot and Kill "Mentally Ill" Kid - Mad In America

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