The Need for Deinstitutionalization

From Mad in Canada: People who behave strangely routinely get locked up at the instigation of friends, relatives, employers, landlords and others. Police are summoned, and we are handcuffed, forced into ambulances, and taken to the hospital. There, we are stripped naked, shackled, injected with dangerous drugs, and locked into solitary-confinement cells. Some of us are subjected to electroshock treatment. Only when we become helpless and submissive can we begin to earn such privileges as wearing clothes, participating in group activities, and, eventually, being discharged.

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