Paradoxical Reaction by J Ian

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Open up your jaw, In such and such. A serpentine fashion. Blue pill awaits. Your trembling mouth.

Your Versions by Tom Todd

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I’d like to work with you. To appreciate your versions. And not to have to defend myself Against them. Please let your version of treating me Incorporate ideas of...

Hope For The Mentally Ill by Richard Plowden

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How long does it take to totally change your life? One instant. How long does it take to turn hatred into love? One instant. How long does it...

Suicide is a Poem by Jay E. Valusek

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Suicide is a poem, I say, and pause. They do not look convinced. A tragedy, perhaps, reply their faces. No rhyme or reason. No heroic meter. A travesty, at...

Everything is Tammy by Ms. Dangerfield

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Me alive apparently - not sure. Jonah potential danger Dr. Ivorchuck is being paged. That's Shawn's voice. Dr. Oram- or him? I might have HIV so...

From Maggie’s Love to IDHS Hell by Marci Webber

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Love we shared with exquisite tenderness With the Dr’s scripts has long since vanished. They say it wasn’t my responsibility Not guilty because of acute insanity. Yet they...

Letting Go by Ashleigh

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Let go, Of all that shit, That is holding you back. Let go of fear, Let go of uncertainty, Let go of anger, Let the unpredictable be just that, Unpredictable. Let go of your need for control of things you cannot control, Hold on to your truths.

I Mistook Myself for a Scientific Label by Dr. Peter Gordon

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This is neither fact, nor expert advice: I am an artist, a poet, and all that may be in-between. This is neither fact, nor expert advice: Specialisms are making nonsense of sense.

The Chant of the Psychiatrist by Sheldon Carruthers

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A voice echoes in my mind, I need to rehabilitate mankind, I need to contain the schizophrenic, with drugs powerful and eugenic

Thank You for the Somatoform Disorder Diagnosis (or Psychiatry Needs Therapy) by Anonymous

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The psychiatrist sits across the room While asking me questions about how the Medication is going Seldom looking over at me As she types my responses at her...

Poetry By Ken Segal

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Inside my brain Inside my brain are pitch black bits, They cause me to forget. I got them many years ago, Do I hate them?  You bet! All sorts...

War in Utopia by Anonymous

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the sanest of men are here they are not carrying weapons even if they fight against ticking dynamite no gunshells against people who walk on eggshells they have pens...

The labels… by Clare-Star Knighton

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I’m peeling off the labels, The adjustment disorders, the bipolar disorder, I’m peeling off the labels, the borderline - the avoidant - the emotionally unstable personality disorders. I’m peeling off the labels, to find ME, MEEEE that’s hidden.under.all.these.labels!

The Autistic Person Speaks Out by Richard Plowden

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I really find it such a stigma That men to me are an enigma, (That, greatly to my consternation, I just cannot make conversation.) Yes, though I call...

Quandries of Perpetual Dischord by Elizabeth Moroz

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Permanent irreversible Attatchment disorder A lemonade stand at the Mexican Border A traumatised disorganised old lady hoarder The incriminating evidence on an old tape recorder Elements of...

Side Effects Include by Anonymous

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One day it all seems a little brighter, shoulders a little lighter, head a little higher. Was it the rain overnight, the smell of...

A Blessing for Those Who Have No Choice by Carlene Hill Byron

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Peace to those who are not safe whose locked doors do not hold whose words are given no meaning but are taken for authority to smash and enter and...

Psychiatry by Jenny

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Sighted through your pinhole spectacles: the mystery of consciousness; the timid eccentricity of suffering.

The Shadows by Hannah E

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I’ve lived a life of deep pain, sorrow and suffering. I’ve lived a life of light with the capacity to shine at every angle...

incantation (Gleaning the Truth/Torching the Rest) by Jacquese Armstrong

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trees stark and barren used to upset me i knew how they felt standing naked before a mocking world waiting for a season to cover the indiscretions of...

THEY WHO CANNOT SAY by Bunny

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I didn’t realise I was leaving till I was already gone. A strange face in the mirror. Stupid creature. And what good are you now to anyone? Seeking...

Shattered by Alan Moster

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall He shattered in pieces Then trauma ensued So we called several healers Who claimed that they knew They...

Credo by Sarah Walker

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A statement about grief, art, existence and “madness”

Untitled by Anthony Diliberti

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I’ll sit here in this desperate chair thinking tainted thoughts. I’ll cultivate anger and contempt for all that has been lost. My mind is...

Dear Doctor (Unsent Letters) by Rose Yesha

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Dear Doctor, Can we please rewind, slip back in time? To the first time that we spoke. You say you don’t remember me It’s no trouble, Let’s refresh your memory I’m...