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Pleading Insanity Book

Pleading Insanity is a memoir cataloging the experience of both mania and depression. Available at and on Amazon.

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Chemical or Financial Imbalances? Mental Health, Income Inequality & American Culture

As societies become more unequal, the prevalence of all forms of mental illness increase—in part—due to the perception of extreme differences in status. The rise of mood disorders is caused by our social immersion in a digital culture—built and shaped via individualistic values—which is the financial machine for perpetuating income inequality.

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Teen Tech Use and Mental Health: The iGeneration's Digital Dilemma

Increased smartphone use has been linked to mental health issues such as depression. How might the tech choices of today's teens (the iGeneration) affect them?

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Right to Remain Silent

Swimming through the frenetic current of life (i.e., work, children, death, and pain) can be exhausting, and the idea of having a moment to come up for air, let alone silence, may seem outlandish. And maybe it is. Part of Pablo Neruda’s poem, Keeping Quiet, introduces this radical notion of silence.

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EMDR Theory and Trauma: The Strange, the Familiar, and the Forgotten

There are polarizing beliefs when it comes to eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. On one end, it is viewed as a+ cure-all treatment for mental health symptoms. On the other, critics see it as a treatment akin to modern-day snake oil.

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Recorded on October 18th, 2017 for Psychology & Stuff at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Andrew Archer talks with a psychology student about his memoir Pleading Insanity, bipolar disorder, lithium, mindfulness practices, mass incarceration and more.

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Invested Voices - My Secret Symptom - Podcast

Recorded on January 8th, 2018 at Pod Launcher Studios in northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. Andrew Archer discusses mania, the Truman Show delusion, psychotropic medications, social media, the concept of the self, American culture and the "iGen".


Andrew Archer has presented over 50 lectures and workshops across the United States. Below is a sample of some of the topics and descriptions. If you are interested in inviting Andrew to speak for your agency or group, please contact him at

Sum of Our Parts:
Internal Family Systems, American Culture & Mindfulness


Who are you? The critical inner voice, the impulsive and destructive force that takes over or the traumas that you can’t forget? We are complex beings with various parts to our identity. At our core, we are calm, confident and compassionate. This presentation will present the Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory through the lens of the individual psyche as well as a macro view of American culture. Mindfully study yourself and the forgotten parts of society.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn the Internal Family Systems model for “Self” (seat of consciousness) and “Parts” (i.e., managers, exiles and firefighters).

2. Use the IFS model to examine polarizing forces in American culture (i.e., psychiatry, mass incarceration, the use of digital technology).

3. Develop an understanding for the “parts” that make up our psychological and societal systems as well as a means for cultivating “Self” via mindfulness practices.

Conceptualizing Bipolar:
Questions & Answers of the Disorder


Who and where are the people that have bipolar disorder? What does it look like? What are the specific concerns and differential diagnoses? When do people get it? Why does it happen? This lecture will examine the differential diagnosis and pharmaceutical interventions for mood disorders. In addition, listen to anecdotes of what mania and depression feel like through the speaker’s own experiences.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain what meets the diagnostic criteria for mania and what does not.

2. Discuss psychotropic medication, suicidality and genetic predisposition related to bipolar disorder.

3. Address common misperceptions and differential diagnoses of bipolar disorder (e.g., substance use disorder).

Our Moment of Zen:
Mindfulness for Helping Professionals


Where is your mind when you are working with clients? Are you avoiding emotional content? Relational connectivity opens during moments of silence, void of conceptual thinking. Through this opening, mental health interventions are optimally delivered when the practitioner is simultaneously alert and relaxed. Awareness of one’s thinking and willingness to connect fosters a practice of compassion. But, what are the ways to cultivate this compassion? This workshop will utilize components of interpersonal neurobiology, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and meditation as means to illuminate our fundamental tendency toward intimate interactions. At the core, this seminar will provide a space to access personal needs through silence, dialogic communication and group process. Collectively, we will develop our moment of Zen by mindfully pausing, reflecting and breathing in awareness.

Learning Objectives

1. Experiential mental training via seated and walking meditation as well as mindfulness application strategies for daily living.

2. Apply interpersonal neurobiology (e.g., approach versus avoidance tactics) to understand mental health.

3. Cultivate compassion for the clients you work with by evaluating operational patterns of thinking and through periods of silence as well as group discussion.

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