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- Overall, we rate Mad in American Left-Center biased based on advocacy for policies favored by the left. However, they are rated Mostly Factual rather than High as the site advocates for alternative approaches to mental health.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Mad in America is a mental health news and opinion online magazine launched in 2012. The mission of Madinamerica.com is to promote a more critical and thoughtful approach to understanding and addressing mental health issues, as they believe the current drug-based model has failed society and requires profound change based on scientific research and lived experience.
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Funded by / Ownership
Robert Whitaker is the publisher of the site. It is funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
Madinamerica.com takes a critical and controversial stance towards the conventional mental health system and the pharmaceutical industry. It features articles and opinions that challenge it, such as the article “Dr. Pies and The Chemical Imbalance Deception,” which challenges Dr. Pies’ stance on the chemical imbalance theory, despite his claims of not supporting it. The author suggests that Dr. Pies’ past writings have contributed to the acceptance of the theory. The article argues that the theory oversimplifies mental health disorders and has been used to promote psychiatric drug use. The article cites credible sources, including Medscape.
While the site strives to provide accurate information, some content is considered fringe and may not be supported by evidence; one example of an alternative mental health disorder treatment discussed on Mad in America is Open Dialogue, a Finnish approach Developed in Finland in the 1980s. Open Dialogue is an alternative approach for treating psychosis and other mental health disorders: “Re-humanising Mental Health Systems: A Discussion with Jaakko Seikkula on the Open Dialogue Approach.”
Regarding sourcing, the website relies on mostly credible left-leaning sources like Raw Story, Washington Post, and Huffington Post, Cornell Law School, and medical journals, among others.
Editorially, Mad in America favors a liberal perspective with advocacy for left-leaning policies such as social justice “Unsafe, Unwelcoming”: LGBTQ+ Students Report Hostility at School and Race equality Psychological Science Is Rooted in Racism. In general, Mad in America is mostly fact-based and holds a left-leaning advocacy bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Mad in American Left-Center biased based on advocacy for policies favored by the left. However, they are rated Mostly Factual rather than High as the site advocates for alternative approaches to mental health. (M. Huitsing 05/03/2023)
Last Updated on May 28, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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