Leah Harris: A Legacy of Psychiatric Diagnosis

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.


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