"Are Psychiatrists Betraying
Photo: Lars Martensson
Think about this question as you read these articles and letters by Loren R. Mosher, M.D., former Chief of the Center for
Studies of Schizophrenia, National Institutes of Mental Health:
and Other Alternatives ... Article
in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Shows that 85-90% of "severely
mentally ill" -- acute as well as chronic -- persons can be treated in humane non-hospital settings at least as effectively and
more economically than in psychiatric wards.
"I Want No Part of It Anymore"
Feature article in Psychology Today. Throws light
on the unholy alliance between psychiatry and Big Pharma that results in unnecessary, dangerous, destructive drugging of millions.
of Resignation from the American Psychiatric Association
Critiques the obsession of today's
psychiatry with molecules and drugs that results in the disregard of patients in their social contexts.
Mental Health Consulting from an Alternative Viewpoint
What We Are About. Our Mission. Our Name. Our Aim.
Two Alternative Viewpoints:
Psychotropic Drugs and Crises Response to Practical Questions
raised by this web site.
What can you do about neuroleptic/ antipsychotic drugs? Guidelines for dealing with severe
emotional / psychological crises.
The Biopsychiatric Model of "Mental Illness":
A Critical Bibliography Review of the literature. Debunks the notion that "serious mental illness" is a "brain disease." In addition,
documents how the drugs used to treat these presumed "brain diseases" instead cause real brain disease.
Crazy After All These Years Article
by Jeanette De Wyze in the San Diego Weekly Reader, January, 2003.
"Local Psychiatrist Assails the Schizophrenia Racket." This extensive popular article is a biography of Dr. Mosher as well as an overview of his
ideas, of the debate about schizophrenia treatments, and of the debate about the nature of the
Letter to the Editor by Carla Jacobs in the
San Diego Weekly Reader, May 29th, 2003. Jacobs assails Mosher's views
in the article Still Crazy After All These Years. Jacobs suggests it is time to retire Mosher and his psychobabble. "Schizophrenia is a neurobiological brain disorder as medical in nature, as diabetes, or
Alzheimer's," says Jacobs. Read the letter and Dr. Mosher's response.
Treatment of Acute Psychosis
Without Neuroleptics: Two-Year Outcomes From the Soteria Project by John R.
Bola, Ph.D., and Loren R. Mosher, M.D.
This is a manuscript as a PDF-file (372 KB) of paper published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
(191: 219–229, 2003). You will need
Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file.
Click here to get it.
Soteria in the Literature
– A Chronological Survey
Bibliography 1972 – 2004 as a PDF-file (108 KB). You will need
Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file.
Click here to get it.
Mosher 1933 – 2004: Tributes, remembrances, obituaries:
David Oaks: Psychiatric Survivors Movement Mourns Loren Mosher.
Other remembrances posted at
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, PsychRights.org
Society for Laingian Studies, LaingSociety.org. An interview with Loren
Mosher (PDF, 79 KB) appeared in the April 2004 issue of Mental Health Today (UK).
Through Madness to Deliverance
Loren R. Mosher, Voyce Hendrix, and Deborah C. Fort.
This book is the story of a place where young people diagnosed as
"schizophrenic" found an environment where they were related to, listened
to, and understood during their altered states of consciousness. Most
To learn more, to read what
Robert Whitaker, Oliver Sacks, and others have said about the book, and to
|| Models of Madness:Psychological, social and biological approaches to schizophrenia
Edited by John Read, Loren Mosher, and Richard Bentall
Mosher wrote or co-wrote the
`Schizophrenia' is not an illness,
Drug companies and schizophrenia: unbridled capitalism meets madness,
Non-hospital, non-drug intervention with first-episode psychosis
in this book published a few months before his death
To learn more about the book
|Mosher was held in high regard
by the Psychiatric Survivor movement as shown by his appearance in the
following two books.
Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs
Edited by P. Lehmann.
Click here to read preface by Mosher.
Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry
Edited by P. Lehmann & P. Statsny
Includes the article Soteria—A treatment model and reform movement in
psychiatry by Volkmar Aderhold, Peter Stastny & Peter Lehmann in honor of Loren R. Mosher.
Soteria 1972, A Movie
The Movie in higher
The Movie in lower
resolution, 7.5 MB.
Alternative 1: Download the movie to your computer:
1. R-click one of the
two links and choose "Save Target As."
2. You may open the downloaded file in Windows Media Player or in
some other player.
The movie plays in Windows Media Player 8, and higher, and probably in some
other players, as well.
Alternative 2: Watch the movie as
Click (or double-click) one of the two links.
If you have a dial-up Internet connection, you may have to wait 5-10
minutes or more for the movie to start, even if you select the 7.5 MB
version. Therefore, downloading the movie may be your best
If you do not see the video when you click the link, check if Windows Media
Player is set as your standard player to handle .wmv files.
Who was Professor Mosher? GO TO Biography
For over a decade Loren R Mosher, MD, held a
central position in American psychiatric research.
He was the first Chief of the Center for
Studies of Schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental
Health, 1969-1980. He founded the Schizophrenia
Bulletin and for ten years he was its Editor-in-Chief. He
led the Soteria Project.
The Soteria research demonstrated that there is
a better way: A better way to treat schizophrenia and other
psychoses that destroy the lives of so many young people. The
Soteria research showed that the prevalent excessive destructive
psychiatric drugging of all these young people is a huge and
tragic mistake. The psychiatric establishment was offended.
Prestige and Money won. Truth and Love lost.
The success ! of Soteria was the reason
that Dr Mosher was forced to leave his key position in American
When Dr Mosher died he was Director of Soteria
Associates, San Diego, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.
Web Site edited by
Lars Martensson, M.D.
Revised April 18, 2007
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