Welcome to ISEPP: The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry
The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) is an organization of people who find, study, use and promote safe, humane and life-enhancing approaches to helping people who are experiencing emotional distress, life crises, difficult dilemmas, spiritual emergencies and other forms of overwhelm and who, due to those experiences, are diagnosed with mental disorders.
Such approaches include various forms of psychotherapy, support groups, self-help programs and help with employment, relationships, education, housing, exercise, nutrition and other issues of living.
We are opposed to the use of psychotropic drugs and electroshock in “helping” people who are going through such experiences. Although they may help people feel better in the short run, drugs and electroshock don’t help people address the causes of their problems and, in the long run, they make people chronically ill and disabled.
We have reviewed the research that “finds” that mental disorders are caused by chemical imbalances, genetic dynamics and neurological anomalies and have found it lacking in scientific validity. Rather, our experience and our study tells us that the great majority of the states of being which lead people to be diagnosed with mental disorders are essentially how people are reacting to their life situations - avoiding pain, protecting themselves, feeling more adequate, gaining the illusion of control, dealing with fear and loss, seeking some degree of control and comfort – and that the best way to help them is to use the “symptoms” to learn about themselves, become more accepting of what is true about themselves and their lives and learn how to manage their thoughts, feelings, intentions, perceptions, reactions and behavior so they can live more the way they want to live.
Our membership includes mental health professionals, researchers, educators, lawyers, psychiatric survivors, consumers, family members and advocates. All are welcome. We support one another, inform the media, the public and fellow professionals and influence public policy about the risks entailed in biopsychiatry and the benefits of more safe, effective, life-enhancing ways of helping people who are going through hard times.
Our annual conferences are opportunities for us to connect with each other, learn, get re-energized and commit ourselves to making a difference in the world of mental health.
We invite you to join with us in making that difference. The best ways to do that are to attend our annual conference and become a member of ISEPP.
ISEPP Facebook Fan writes:
Today I called the psychiatrist who first labeled me as bipolar and drugged me out of my mind. He told me I should never stop meds, that my parents should place me in a group home, and that I would be a life long patient. I wanted to let him know that I won---I'm no longer on psychotropic drugs (3.5 years!), I have children, and I have just been accepted into a research 1 comprehensive PhD program with a chancellor's fellowship.
I win! I wanted to thank the ISEPP for what all of the work you do to promote approaches to the human experience without drugs. Life is not a disorder and thank you for getting the message out!
March 28, 2013
If you have questions or concerns about ISEPP, please contact:
Brian Kean, Executive Director
Michael Gilbert, Treasurer
If you have questions or concerns about joining ISEPP, renewing your membership or registering for the conference on this website, please contact:
Robert Sliclen, Membership Director
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- Maria Mangicaro