MIA blogger and mental health advocate Leah Harris discusses growing up with parents diagnosed with schizophrenia, her personal experience with the psychiatric system, and psychiatric drugs. Leah is a psychiatric survivor and single mother who lost both parents to forced treatment. She has spoken and written widely to promote human rights, dignity, healing, and self-determination. Her writing has appeared in multiple publications, and she is co-founder of the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency, which uses public poetry as a means to promote social justice and move people into social action. This is latest in a series of testimonials featured on MadInAmerica.com produced by the “Open Paradigm Project”
Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.