“I often have paranoid feelings concerning mental health practitioners even though these are the professionals who apparently are trying to help,” writes Jack Bragen in The Berkeley Daily Planet. “However, not all of this paranoia is unfounded… It is not my paranoid imagination that in some cases, mental health professionals do not perceive me as a person, but rather as a ‘subject.'” Bragen goes on to discuss some of the risks and pitfalls of psychotherapy.
“If a therapist wants to do some digging into deep emotions, how do you know they will be able to close you back up after the surgery is done?” asks Bragen. “In some therapy, it is like getting an appendectomy but leaving you in a state of having all of your organs hanging out. The flesh needs to be sewn back together and the incision needs to be closed, and not all therapists know how or are willing to do that… In fact, sometimes deep pain does get resolved, but the patient is left stripped of his or her defenses and abruptly can not function in the human environment.”
ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Paranoia Toward Psychotherapists (The Berkeley Daily Planet, October 24, 2014)