From Psychiatry at the Margins/Awais Aftab: “This is probably partly why you felt my book did not deal well with the ‘ethical complexities of involuntary psychiatric care’—because I don’t think involuntary psychiatric care is ethically complex, I think it’s bad. I see forced psychotropic drugging and forced electroconvulsive therapy as blunt hammers smashing down on complicated circumstances and complex brains.
. . . You’re probably right that I have a relatively negative view of psychiatry, and that’s partly because nearly all of my exposure to it over two decades has been witnessing coercive psychiatry and its impacts. But it’s also because I don’t hear anywhere nearly enough psychiatrists speaking out and showing genuine understanding and concern about how harmful and unhelpful involuntary ‘treatment’ can understandably be for many people. That ongoing lack of collectively expressed public acknowledgement and concern does at times make me question the foundations of the core psychiatric enterprise.”
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