This is a deep and profound discussion on mental illness with Dr. Fred Moss (find him on Facebook and Twitter!). We touch on the epidemic of teen suicide and cultural stigmas, plus so much more. Fred is connected and generous sharing his wisdom from decades of work as well as the progressive new approaches he is pioneering. This one really moved me and touched my soul.
Dr. Fred Moss is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and a licensed psychiatrist who has served the mental health industry for nearly four decades. During that time he has consulted patients, practitioners, medical facilities, non-profit organizations, and community groups.
While his initial interest in psychiatry was to expand on communication as a primary healing tool, a shift in the medical paradigm in the 80’s led to physicians prescribing “magic pills” as a primary way of dealing with emotional distress. The medications, which initially seemed to briefly quell the symptoms, appeared to be exacerbating—even causing—the symptoms they were prescribed to treat.
In 2006, Dr. Fred began taking a new approach with his patients, working with a chosen few to assist in reclaiming their lives from the clenched fists of diagnoses and medication. Over time he saw that those who persisted gradually and reliably improved once they were free of the medication.
Patients began to report frequent success stories that began to open up a whole new set of questions about the actual definitions of mental illness and mental health and the conversations that are created around those definitions. It is around these basic principles that Dr. Fred began to shape his methodology and his work with clients.
In 2018, as a matter of conscience, Dr. Fred walked away from a lucrative position at a California State Prison after only one week, due to this growing and ultimately unignorable conviction that psychiatric medication actually harms the patients. He has since dedicated his efforts to establishing his brand, Welcome To Humanity, as a “home base” for his work as a speaker, consultant, and advisor, and for his mental health and life coaching practice as a “non-diagnosing psychiatrist.”
Dr. Fred is the founder of Global Madness, a breakthrough new documentary series currently in development that explores the global state of mental health, with a mission to discover new ways of talking about, diagnosing, and treating “mental illness” through authentic and inspirational storytelling.
In 2019, Dr. Fred launched Mastering Telehealth, an online course he designed to help mental health practitioners combine cutting-edge technology with revolutionary communication and human connection, enabling virtual provider-client visits that exceed even those conducted in-person.
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