Last month, I wrote about how trying to avoid blame in the name of not hurting other people’s feelings is pathological and what we need to do is put blame where it belongs. It’s true in all areas of life; it’s especially important when it comes to the psychiatry industry. The horrors of involuntary commitment, forced drugging and the effects of diagnostic labels on the self-conception of those who bear them are widely known even if they’re denied or downplayed by providers. But those aren’t the only reasons to blame the psychiatry industry for causing more suffering than it’s ever cured. Psychiatry has turned out to be the practice of using someone’s suffering against them for profit. Victim-blaming for (tons of) money, in other words.
For example, if you don’t pay attention in school and find learning about the Pythagorean theorem difficult when the damn world is falling apart, you’re not just misbehaving — you’ve got a brain disease that needs to be medicated. Punishing a child for misbehaving in a situation like modern-day school would be bad enough, but psychiatry would not have us stop there. Disregarding the ever more rigid and ridiculous rules placed on and around childhood likely does scare those running the systems in power, and massive civil disobedience is exactly what we need if we’ve got a shot at saving the only planet known to sustain life. But psychiatry isn’t just about suppressing that which threatens the current structures of society. Psychiatry’s aim is to profit from framing what threatens their legitimacy as illnesses and then conveniently proposing the cures for those illnesses.
So when children are bored, when they can’t connect to memorizing dates or solving abstract problems that have no relevance to finding purpose in the world or tackling actual problems, psychiatry diagnoses them with an illness and medicates their “symptoms” so they can do better at school, an increasingly meaningless activity set up more to manage behaviors than to teach kids anything they will need for adult life. I mean no disrespect toward teachers who are in the trenches — er, classrooms — day in and day out, paying for supplies out of their own pocket, providing therapy and counsel to the students in myriad train-wreck home situations, being blamed for failing to control their overstuffed classrooms on the school administration side and for “failing” students on the my-kid-is-a-special-snowflake parent side. Teachers should get paid pro-sports salaries for the work they do. The issue is the system they are forced to do that work in. If you’re my age or younger, you probably went through a curriculum designed entirely for a test that determines funding, not an experience that prepares you for the future. I mean, did you learn anything about financial literacy in school? How about nutrition? Mental health? How to create and sustain meaningful relationships after you age out of all the structures of childhood? How to find (or, god forbid, create for yourself) dignified, fulfilling work? It’s no wonder kids are restless. Given the pressures of today’s world, it’s also no wonder parents are easily sold on the quick fix to behavior problems that psychiatry provides.
We shouldn’t be blaming kids’ brains for not being able to find meaning in the classroom, and we shouldn’t be blaming parents for struggling to survive today’s isolating, emotionally abusive culture. Psychiatry is what created not only the idea that a quick fix for children clearly experiencing distress was even possible, but also that it was necessary. Kids acting out in class is only a problem if school is more important than children (or the reputations of the parents of those children). What happens to kids who don’t want to take Ritalin because they’d rather be able to sleep, eat and feel like themselves? Are pill providers aware that such children exist? Parents, taken in by this lure of finally having peace in their house and A’s on Billy’s report cards, join forces with psychiatrists in a floridly patronizing “we know what’s best for the child” bond and maybe lower the dose, change the timing of intake, other tweaks here and there, anything but remove the chemical from the child’s daily regimen.
Psychiatry is not content with the colonization of the childhood market. If you have suicidal thoughts, psychiatry’s got a pill — or several — for that, too. They might suggest pairing their cocktail with therapy — or, for those who can’t afford therapy (even the sliding scales seem weighted these days), an app. But they would never consider the possibility that your neurochemistry is not the problem. Never mind that, even if it was, they don’t ask how it got that way — and they don’t ask if that hypothetical counselor they concede may help the medication take effect has made any inquiries along those lines, either. Psychiatry would never suggest, speaking of the affordability of non-medication forms of mental-health services, that actually, the pressures of modern life, particularly the financial ones, may have something to do with the rising rates of suicide in the United States, where economic inequality is higher than anywhere else in the world. (For reference, the global suicide rate is declining).
The industry would even rather basically admit that their own products may be contributing to the problem than consider alternative explanations for human suffering. Of course, the black-box warnings on antipsychotics and some antidepressants are for legal and liability reasons only. Such precautions are good business practices and psychiatry is first and foremost a business: the business of pathologizing as much of the human experience as possible and offering a seemingly easy, convenient solution. The business model of creating a problem and the solution is, in strictly business terms, brilliant. It’s similar to what Purdue Pharma did in the opioid space. This is all capitalism requires of those who wish to succeed, or these days even survive; it has no built-in moral or ethical constraints. As long as you’re expanding market share in your industry, capitalism doesn’t ask or take into account the damage you inflict in doing so. Psychiatry has gotten us to believe that its “market” is the human mind; really, it’s humanness in general.
If this were an old sci-fi movie, psychiatry would be the evil alien race on a collision course with earth that plans to completely take it over as soon as it can. While it’s thrilling on screen, what you want is for the meek, shivering underdog called humanity to pull through and save themselves and their fragile little planet. That we are not treating psychiatry as the malevolent invader that it is shows only how deeply we’ve fallen for its facade of helping people.
The combination of capitalism and individualism in our culture has dulled our sensitivity to the horrors our systems inflict on human beings in the name of healing. The common critique of this culture is that “people just want a quick fix for their problems.” Of course they do. Income inequality, the technology-charged speed of modern life, the combination of stagnant wages and increasing cost of living, the thousands of things we have to do to support our bodies’ detox pathways as more and more toxins fill our air and water and soil and land and food don’t leave much room or time for anything but a quick fix. We little people are not at fault. Psychiatry is taking advantage of and capitalizing on the desperation caused by the always-on yet radically disconnected, breakneck, noxious lives we are being forced to live if we want to survive.
There’s an aspect of our culture that makes looking outside ourselves very difficult: the explosion of the self-help industry. “Take radical responsibility.” “Keep growing.” Though this genre will give the occasional lip service to not bottling your emotions or suppressing them, you can’t really consistently follow much of the advice in those books without denying much of the “negative” half of human emotions. Constantly growing and changing may sound good, but it seems to serve an always-working, always-available mindset, which is just what a growth-at-all-costs economic model needs to stay alive. But constant growth is disastrous for a person just as it is for the planet. After all, ‘infinite growth’ is cancer’s philosophy, too.
But how much of this rather barbaric-sounding society we’re immersed in was psychiatry simply taking advantage of as any good entrepreneur would — find a pain point in the market and develop a product or service that assuages, however ethically or unethically, that pain? How much of this is psychiatry taking initiative to shape societal beliefs? If psychiatry hadn’t gotten its tentacles all over society, hadn’t been pushing so hard to define what’s “normal” and what’s unusual, we might not feel such a compulsive need to feel better immediately without working through the weltered parts of our lives that come with living as a human being in this world that we have. We might not feel compelled to force our kids to develop in cutthroat competition with each other rather than the mutually affirming relationships of belonging that all human beings need in order to be healthy. We might not interpret distraction in ourselves or our kids as a cardinal sin but rather welcome it as a part of developing creativity. We might not react to loved ones experiencing suicidal ideation with fear and exhortations to get help and inquiries about whether they’re taking their meds or if maybe they need to start.
If we see the psychiatry industry as the culprit, we might stop seeing ourselves as sick and start to see the system as the mentally and morally ill entity. We might begin to understand that the push to make everything from autism to schizophrenia a “spectrum” is not a kindness extended to account for the wide range of human experiences but a ploy to get more and more of us under psychiatry’s umbrella and using their “services.” We might see how stigma is actually one of psychiatry’s products — we don’t buy it but we do pay for it. If we’re the kind of sick psychiatry says we are, we’re likely scared. But we also likely feel ashamed of it, so we’re less likely to reach out to others or seek options and more likely to do what we’re told by those in power, which is take brain-damaging, personality-killing drugs. Or we might “rebel,” in which case, we’re committed and/or restrained ostensibly for our own safety. Most importantly, we might overturn the stigma of being labeled “mentally ill” and hand over the shame to whom it belongs: those who seek to profit from making up problems and “solving” them regardless of the pain it inflicts.
Psychiatry is to blame for the unremitting hell that more and more people find themselves in due to its medications, its will-violating procedures and its pathologizing effect on everything it touches. But it’s also to blame for the oversimplification of the world: here is the problem and here is the solution, psychiatry says in one breath. This is likely comforting to those who psychiatry hasn’t come for yet, but it’s bad to live in an oversimplified world. The world simply is not simple or simplifiable.
Psychiatry’s damage goes beyond that which medications and forced hospitalizations do. Psychiatry has forced society to become dependent on and compliant with its treatments and whims, which has left us few tools to deal effectively with a complicated world and the complexities of being fully human in it. Psychiatry has not defined the problem correctly because a diagnosis doesn’t explain anything even as it parses the deserving from the damned. Thus, psychiatry couldn’t possibly have a proper solution.
It may seem like the entirety of modern life is a lot to lay at the feet of psychiatry; there are certainly other factors involved in how deeply messed up the times we are living in are. But we should not underestimate, even if we can’t accurately measure, just how thoroughly the psychiatric lens has colored every aspect of our lives. Psychiatry has vast control over treatment options, insurance coverage, and, increasingly, things like job prospects and background checks. Perhaps the most important thing we need to blame psychiatry for is that it was intentional. The risks of medication, particularly long-term use, have been known for decades. The violation of will and the breaking of the human spirit that attend involuntary commitment, not to mention the stigma associated with being institutionalized, produces a stream of brutalized human beings who struggle to find work, housing, meaningful relationships and purpose long after their “treatment” is over. And yet psychiatry continues on, not as if it doesn’t know, but in spite of knowing.
It would be one thing if psychiatry was accidentally harming people without realizing it and would stop the moment its eyes were opened. But psychiatry deliberately goes after vulnerable people who can’t easily fight back. It doesn’t merely ignore the mounting accusations and criticisms against it, it defends itself or damages the credibility of those who speak out against it. It’s important to blame psychiatry not just for medication side effects or the stigma that comes from a diagnosis or the scars that involuntary hospitalization causes, but for the ways psychiatry continues to promote itself, shape public policy and thought and force itself into more and more areas of our lives and our world. Placing fault on psychiatry for the calamity that befalls the people it sucks in, as well as the ruinous ways our society is going in general, is just the first step in a much-needed cultural course correction. It will be a hard step to take, given how intertwined psychiatry is in every aspect of our lives, and we won’t know just how distorted and oppressed we really are by this industry until we take it — which is only just the beginning of why it’s necessary to do so.
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The intense anger I experienced at those who lied to and about me frightened me at first. But it cured my depression.
“Psychiatry has turned out to be the practice of using someone’s suffering against them for profit.”
If I may I will save that quote and use it profusely…brilliant.
Thank you so much
“Psychiatry has turned out to be the practice of using someone’s suffering against them for profit. Victim-blaming for (tons of) money, in other words.” I agree, so true.
Psychology and “psychiatry deliberately go after vulnerable people who can’t easily fight back.” And they proactively attack child abuse survivors, and child abuse survivors’ parents, prior to us even mentally comprehending our child was abused, or the medical evidence being handed over.
Covering up child abuse has been the number one actual societal function of the “mental health” industries for over a century, and covering up child abuse still is their primary actual societal function.
Psychiatry’s child abuse covering up system is a child abuse covering up system by design. All child abuse survivors MUST be misdiagnosed, since NO “mental health” worker may EVER bill ANY insurance company for EVER helping ANY child abuse survivor EVER, unless they’re misdiagnosed. Despite their false advertising that they’re there to “help” abuse survivors.
I agree, it is the entire “mental health system” that is the problem, because having a systemic, primarily child abuse covering up, group of scientific fraud based “mental health” industries,
only functions to aid, abet, and empower the pedophiles and child sex traffickers. So our society now has huge pedophile and child sex trafficking problems, thanks largely to our systemic, child abuse covering up “mental health” industries.
Although I must confess, our current society has a lot of systemic problems. As Chris Hedges points out, “We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy.”
But giving any one person (including psychiatrists) the ability to play judge, jury, and executioner, to any other person is unwise, because checks and balances are important. It means there is no rule of law. And so our “omnipotent moral busy bodies” of the psychiatric industry are, once again, participating in another – all of Western civilization this time – psychiatric holocaust.
End today’s modern day psychiatric holocaust of innocents. And all psychiatrists should likely be arrested for their murder of millions and millions of innocent people with their neurotoxic drugs. The psychiatrists should have been arrested after their Nazi German psychiatric holocaust and their Bolshevik led Russian holocaust. They’re repeating the worst of history again. Make it end.
500,000 elderly people are killed every year with the psychiatric drugs, how many younger people die every year from psychiatric drug poisoning? And every doctor is taught in med school that both the antidepressants and antipsychotics can make people “psychotic,” yet most claim ignorance of this fact?
The psychiatrists belong in jail for their intentional harm and mass murder of millions and millions of people, for profit. Where is the rule of law?
“My war – and I have yet to win a decisive battle – is with the modes of thought and conditioned feelings that prevail in psychology and therefore also in the way we think and feel about our being. Of these conditions none are more tyrannical than the convictions that clamp the mind and heart into positivistic science (geneticism and computerism), economics (bottom-line capitalism), and single-minded faith (fundamentalism).”
― James Hillman
FIGHT FOR PSYCHE OR DIE.
Hillman did a great job putting something I think we all face into words. Coincidentally, isn’t that kind of hyper logical mindset / pragmatism something you see with psychopaths?
I completely agree with blaming those who do not advocate for change, but to blame all psychiatrists exclusively excludes the “patients”, family, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and educational infrastructure that still insist on a so called “expert” for a multitude of reasons, realistic or not, it’s a broad system to break apart. How do we talk people out of pathology becomes a difficult question… Psychiatry has most often failed to provide informed consent which would be intentional harm, but that they all intentionally do harm is an overgeneralization when society supports and encourages the development of an “expert.” Sadly society offers few alternatives, like peer respite, when one is unconnected and causing disturbance or yes, unsafe, situations like running naked in the street. There is a time I want someone to help me but I hope to be found by someone who will take the time I need to help me find choices or meet me where I am rather than with their 20 minute agenda. Maybe taking over the industry is the only way, and while it seems impossible maybe the industry and educational and societal systems that surround us could all step up to being responsible to the facts and assist with finding a different way rather than the useless over diversification of funds that happens today due to the legislation driven by pharmaceutical and other giants.
” ‘Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”
Terrorism, suicidal death non compliance are the only way to change something. Suicide is more important than comfortable life built on false assumptions.
Comfortable life means nothing today. Nothing but complete ignorance. Happiness in this world is something infantile. What counts is how much you have done for the future.
Psychiatry is not the answer. Psychiatry is a political economical theological war against psyche.
Your depression, your psychosis, your suicide is more important than economy. Psyche is more important. And economy belongs to psychological reality not to materialists. Price. You have to pay a price for what you are, what you represent in psychological meaning. When you represent nothing you need to work, because work is easy for apollonians, they are natural born materialists. Apollonians pay nothing to psyche, so they should also pay for ability to live in that easy infantile way with easy opium in place of psychological reality.
We do not need psychiatry. We must now the price. The real price of living.
Pay for what you represent. And the price is high only for psychological man. The rest are having party.
I am against a state of materialists who reject their own psychology and are using infantile god and medical religion against it.
You know, the things you pay to Ceasar is not enough. The real currency is psychological work. Apollonians and spiritualists are having party. Psychological man is the only one who pays.
Unless you’re using the term differently than I understand it, how are spiritualists having a party? People who believe in things like shamanism and all that goes with it are basically automatically just schizophrenic according to psychiatry, aren’t they? There’s been a strange push recently to validate Christian versions (ya know, psychics and mediums) and differentiate them from pagans, but adding religious discrimination in any direction – no matter how veiled from the eye of the majority – just makes it worse.
Thanks for that bit about apollonians though – never seen the word, neatly explains how people like my mother that I would consider real life Dexter Morgans see themselves.
A good piece and well stated Megan. Much of what you have written had me saying ‘Yes, exactly’. So many points you made resonate with what I experienced during a brief encounter with a young psychiatrist.
I agree… “Psychiatry has turned out to be the practice of using someone’s suffering against them for profit.” I would add psychiatry will also use someone’s suffering against them for “punishment” too. The psychiatrist I saw not only used the insomnia I was experiencing against me, she also used the debilitating effects chemo had on my physical health against me.
The system is failing and harming people but psychiatry sits at the top of pyramid with their unbridled power. The harm and destruction starts with psychiatry and flows downhill.
It is good sense and good therapy to put the blame where it belongs. My best therapy came when I found the MIA site and the realization I was not alone in my experience and in speaking out about the harm and trauma I experienced from seeing a psychiatrist. Thanks!
The religion of magical pills is in power. This era started with the first antibiotic (penicillin) and the birth control pill.
“Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. “Thomas Szasz
Anger at the system will not help me/you sleep at night.
“The establishment will irritate you… to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you.” John Lennon.
It must be a cold anger, not hot.
I have forgiven the men who lied to me and damaged my life. But I will not claim they did me a favor. Nor stop fighting the institution of abuse which treats law abiding citizens the same as sadistic serial killers and punishes people for grief, Lyme Disease, or entering the Foster system.
Quit punishing those who suffer Psychiatry! Quit mutilating grieving widows, battered wives and the elderly by frying their brains. Quit forcibly drugging abuse victims, people with head trauma or digestive problems, and children who squirm in class.
I think I just really got the saying “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Thank you.
Hot anger i get but explain cold anger if you will.
Yes i too found a salve in putting blame where the harm was being perpetrated and agree that society colludes in maintaining this paradigm. But somehow we don’t move past the blame. Anger consumes us and deflects our energy and change alludes us.
So replacing anger and blame by redirecting our energy away from that which harms towards that which heals is a task we all in this MIA community must accept.
Psychiatry persists because we, survivors, families, friends are distracted by the cannons on the battlefield, (what terrible thing are they doing now?). Our attention should be focussed on the destination, peer respite and self determination. Let’s all do everything we can to point others in that direction. Stuff the enemy! Let them shoot themselves out of a job.
Its not so much “blaming the system”, I see it as “striking back at the system”, and its not for the purpose of therapy. No one needs any such “therapy”. Its simply a matter of wanting to live and to take back what of life has been usurped.
I don’t see why both things can’t be true-changing social paradigms will improve overall mental health, and medication improves mental health too. This country is not gonna change completely overnight, or over a decade even. It’s kind of dismissive of those of us who do benefit from medication, even if in many cases it’s just a stopgap measure and not a whole cure, to say medication is bad. Like… Your brain and body aren’t separate. Nobody would suggest that medication for any other physical disorder can and should be cured by social change. Yes, pharmaceutical companies create huge problems, but it’s more from hiking up prices of life-sustaining medications than inventing illnesses to treat. You cannot tell me that I do not have a physical illness and you cannot tell me that medication is not helping me manage it. That’s the point, medication management. Certainly some folks do not need medication but are put on it anyway. In no way does that delegitimize the experiences of those of us who do benefit from it. It’s actually… Kinda dangerous, I think, to suggest otherwise. Don’t be so quick to dismiss medication as a valuable tool, it helps many people and unfortunately is also held hostage by greed and capitalism. Saying psychiatry is a pseudoscience contrived to suck in more and more money instead of being exploited much in the way, say, insulin or HIV drugs (which you would never suggest are a ruse) are being kept expensive by artifice and a broken system is so dismissive of so many of us who deal with mental illnesses.
Those of us who’ve suffered are dismissed all the time. MIA is one of the few places we can share our experiences.
Have you ever read Robert Whittaker? Anatomy of an Epidemic is an eye opener. Also the works of William Glasser, Terry Lynch, Joanna Moncrieff, and Peter Breggin. All the latter are certified psychiatrists.
I don’t think anyone should invalidate your own perception of what works for you. Certainly, lots of people report finding psych drugs helpful. But that does not make psych diagnoses legitimate. They are not discovered, but literally voted on by committee. Read “So They Say You’re Crazy” by Paula Caplan, who served on the DSM IV task force.
And yes, they do invent “disorders”. Look at the cases if Juvenile Bipolar or Social Anxiety Disorder or Binge Eating Disorder. Not that such things are not issues for some people, but there is solid documentation that pharmaceutical companies conspired with leading psychiatrists to create these “disorders” in the DSM to sell pharmaceuticals and psychiatric “services.” I know it’s hard to believe, but it is true.
“You cannot tell me that I do not have a physical illness” double negatives? Converts to “you can tell me i do have a physical illness”
This is a bizarre statement when the illness is called mental illness, and a whole different set of rules are applied to mental illness.
In physical illness the patient can leave against medical advice AMA.
People do have the potential to make wrong or bad decisions ( or the right one) , if they do not have the choice they do not have their freedom.
Yes indeed the medication or drugs can inhibit cognition, keeping the patient in a trap of lack of insight into their problem(s). Indeed the doctor/psychiatrist can enjoy their position of power too much.
Bad Medicine, A Psychiatrist’s Control Over Patient’s Mind https://youtu.be/ha9vnLMrXeQ
Psychiatrists sneer at the idea that “mental illness is a social construct.”
It might more accurately be called an etiological one.
If it is indeed a brain disease–as they preach–why not call it a physical illness? (Like brain cancer or epilepsy.) Or simply an illness?
“Mental illness” is a reified metaphor (which using is itself a “symptom” of “schizophrenia,” also known as “concrete thinking”).
I’m sorry, but you can’t say truthfully to people: “don’t tell me I don’t have a physical disease,” when one would have to completely change the way of defining what physical disease is. Added to that psychiatric medications when tested conclusively prove to be causing chemical imbalance and addiction, to be causing physical disease, and that they are treating one has not been conclusively proven. Because disabling natural brain functions with psychiatric medications can push symptoms to the side for a period of time does not mean you have treated a physical disease, it means you have disabled the brain. And the worsening of relapsing that occurs after the initial period when symptoms were suppressed which isn’t occurring when people weren’t medicated shows that those that weren’t medicated have a healthier brain. This also points out statistically that psychiatric medications cause physical disease.
And does someone who is made sick by psychiatric medications forced on them, do they have the right to say that because of the psychiatric medications that they have a disease!? Despite conclusive evidence that such medications CAUSE disease, they statistically aren’t allowed to acknowledge the simple truth there.
That’s your business if you are convinced that psychiatric drugs help you, but that’s not scientific proof that they treat a physical disease you have. And the implementation of psychiatric drugs historically correlate with an immense spike in the occurrence of those diseases, along with a spike in disability. Psychiatric drugs also, after an initial period of lessoning symptoms by disabling natural brain functions, correlate with more relapsing, loss of life expectancy and brain damage.
Other people are convinced that they need chocolate, dessert, or the latest fashion everyone else has, or to be a member of a church, or potato chips with their hot dog, or whatever it is that they don’t feel happy or as part of society or functional without, but that doesn’t equivocate their conviction with the fact that when they have such needs fulfilled a physical disease is being treated.
And with your definition of physical disease, anyone addicted to a substance proven to cause chemical imbalance, and thus end up having withdrawal symptoms would they try to get off of the substance, the withdrawal symptoms aren’t acknowledged as such. Anyone coming down from a sugar buzz can say that they have a chemical imbalance that needs to be treated with sugar. Anyone losing their inebriation from alcohol can make the same claim. Street drugs the same. Shopping sprees also could be included. And if you take it to the extreme the adrenaline rush of fighting wars or assaulting someone.
It also allows anyone that can promote a substance that would disable the mind enough to turn off its ability to have concern in areas that were causing distress, treating a chemical imbalance, regardless of whether attention needed to be given to what was causing that distress. It’s called treating a chemical imbalance instead of what it scientifically has been proven to be, and that’s a controlled substance that disables the mind from natural functions, is addictive, can cause extreme withdrawal symptoms, can cause loss of life and disability.
Further more, Neither Insulin medications nor HIV medications (which you mention) correlate statistically with causing a spike in the occurrence of what they are purported to treat, which then is used to demand more treatment with them.
blame and hate can eat away at your own psyche…
Including self hatred because you believe you’re a “violent, dangerous defective SMI.” (All terms used by psychiatrists to describe their charges.)
At least that’s over. Thank God for agosognosia!
Blame is also where responsibility lies.
Exactly! Blame is where responsibility, accountability and transparency lie.
Excellent article. More and more of my clients are looking to get off pills, because I think they understand that it’s not helping them achieve their goals and in some cases doing much harm to them physically and mentally. Hopefully, society can find a way through all this toxicity, but to be honest I don’t see that happening until capitalism as we know it ceases to exist. Capitalists seek to exploit “opportunities” to make a profit, damned the consequences. Exponential growth is harmful and unsustainable in most cases, like in your cancer example. The system is broken but I’m unsure humans have found a system which doesn’t exploit the land, animals, or people to sustain itself.
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Sounds like an mh worker speaking — and judging from the name, Meghan has totally gotten under someone’s skin. 🙂
Hmm….yes, maybe it’s someone who is responsible or is to blame…after all this is Megan Wildhood’s (..’MW’) second article on putting the blame/responsibility/fault where it rightly belongs.
I agree with Oldhead.
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Megan sounds perfectly credible to us.
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Damn Meghan — did I miss something before or have you suddenly gone full-tilt anti-psychiatry? In either case I love the direction you’re taking.
Something about the word “blame” I don’t like, I think mainly the nuance that “blame” is a way of avoiding one’s responsibility for something. I like “accuse,” “charge” or “indict” better. Or just “fuck the system.”
From the comments there are a lot of pissed off people here……maybe it is time to do something……start a Hearing Voices Network….another Soteria type house……a crisis house where people might go when they feel like they need love and not drugs……….get to work people….it is up to us.
And/or protest human rights abuses and freedoms denied, boycott mental health services, shut down big state facilities, build the underground railroad, etc. Plus, celebrate diversity. You don’t have to start another “alternative” when you’ve eliminated the need for them.
Get churches and other nonprofits to shut their doors to NAMI.
Mostly I would say, outlaw Psyc Drugs, Lobotmy, Electro and Insulin Shock and Forced Treatment.
Prohibit out gov’t from issuing licenses for Psychotherapy or Psychiatry, or from acting as FixMyKid Doctors by doing procedures on children without reporting it and having court supervision.
Prohibit our government from providing money or sending people to Recovery or Salvation Programs.
After that there are things need to protect children, as other industrialized countries already have.
Once one is a survivor, then of course life will be hard, because you no longer go along with the denial system, you no longer worship the idols. You are at risk of getting further harmed by Therapy and Recovery.
But all of this changes once you have comrades!
Watching a video of a city council meeting, woman identifying as LGBTQ is saying, “We are the only group which our own families reject.”
I say that that is not really true. When you get into the area of ~~Mental Illness~~ or ~~ADHD, Aspergers, Autism~~, I say that generally that too is also rooted in rejection by the family. Its just that most survivors are still not ready to see or understand how this is working.
We survivors need to organize and win some public victories, instead of talking about Therapy, Healing, and Recovery.
In a now famous Arizona case, the state did remove 5 children from a Munchausen’s Family, plus an additional child the woman had from a prior marriage.
This meant pediatricians from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital testifying against their own colleagues who gave the 5 their Autism Diagnosis.
We survivors need to organize and act. The Mental Health System, Learning Disabilities, and the Middle-Class Family and belief in the Self-Reliance Ethic have never been separated. We need to come up with targets and act.
It won’t do anything. The mental health system is basically part of a proverbial hydra and just as it has supplanted other things in the past, so will it be replaced in the future. This all should’ve ended with WW2 if not the aftermath of the Salem witch trials – that it hasn’t, that there hasn’t been a lasting majority upheaval against it – says that things are working as intended. People almost invariably avoid admitting that they want systemic ways of keeping others down – because the crime apparently is in getting caught.
It should be fairly telling that racism itself has never become a mental illness..
I’m releived to read such a well-written well-expressed article. Psychiatry violates the most basic fondamental human rights world-wide – under a cloak of secrecy and superiority. I enjoy a glass of water occasionally and I feel better for it, but I shudder at the thought of anyone forcing a glass of water down my throat or worse, injecting it forcefully in my veins. In that field -informed consent and divulgation of risks are myths. Patients are obliged into treatments. Families are blindsided. The media talk about suicide, homicide and abuse and the relation with psychiatry is not explained. I would like for the industry to tell us how many were on psychiatric drugs. The blood test is problably not expensive and conclusive. I’m happy to read that people are discussing these issues. It validates our objections.
Awesome article Megan.
Realizing the system sure helps.
If they had not gone completely whack by accepting whack people who become
the leaders in whack therapies, and claiming that some are whack and some are not,
we would not be quite as whack as we are.