The Power of the Word

From Mad in Italy: The areas that emerged from the stories in this book and taken into consideration within this work are the lack of dialogue between patient and psychiatrist, psychiatric hospitalizations, Compulsory Health Treatments (TSO), control devices that are applied in hospital wards and residential contexts, psychopharmacological therapy, the stigma.

In this text we find food for thought and mechanisms of psychiatry that for years we have been denounced as an antipsychiatry. Interviews with patients are too short and keep you just long enough to give you the therapy and there is no chance to be heard or to express doubts and difficulties. The word of the person diagnosed (branded) mentally ill is not taken into consideration, indeed often, considered a symptom of the disease.

Read the article in Italian here, and read the article translated into English here.