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Mad to be Normal | Los Angeles Premiere w/Cocktail Reception & Panel Discussion May 26th at the Moss Theater As I sit down to write this I am also preparing to head to Los Angeles in the morning for a sound check at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica, which is the sort of thing I never really expected to do when I got involved in mental health activism. I also never expected that my friends and I would be involved in running the main US theatrical release of...

What is schizophrenia? The fact is that none of us knows. It is a word, a label, that we confer on a person who we believe has lost his mind, or is acting crazy and perhaps dangerously so, and that in turn frightens us. Psychiatrists associate this condition with certain symptoms that are supposed to be obvious, such as delusional thinking — e.g., paranoia — or hallucinations — e.g., hearing voices — or speaking in a manner that is impossible to follow because it doesn’t make any sense,...

The West Coast Premiere of Mad To Be Normal will show at the Gunn Theater at the Legion of Honor museum on February 4th. Mad To Be Normal is a dramatic biopic about the life and work of R.D. Laing. The most famous and controversial psychiatrist in the 1970's, Laing was the first to start a non-treatment based community for people considered schizophrenic. These communities, first Kingsley Hall and later Portland Road and others, believed in living with one another without use of authority or "treatment", at least...