Thursday, May 23, 2019

Comments by kwb1965

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  • It may be taboo (or simply very difficult to get away with) euthanizing seriously mentally ill people, but giving them medication which kills them off 25 years early seems an alternative way of euthanizing them. Not to mention that medicating them is much more a form of punishment than “healing”, as Robert Whitaker has shown that long term use of psych meds increases symptoms.

  • I don’t see what your example of physical pain has to do with emotional pain, the focus of this website. Clearly in this society physical pain is much more tolerated and empathized with than emotional pain. You never would have gotten pathologized or stigmatized for knee pain but plenty of Americans get pathologized or stigmatized for emotional pain. Americans are like Cro Magnons when it comes to how we view emotional pain.

  • What stands out most to me in Noel’s piece is the feeling that with a psychiatric diagnosis that one can feel that “my family and society are off the hook, too, for they have nothing to do with my internal brain disease……The status quo is saved.”
    In my experience of thirty years of the “depression” label, I see the exoneration of responsibility of parents and society as the primary forces of pathologizing me, even more than Big Pharma and mental health professionals profiting from my “disease”. My parents were affluent, my father a white collar professional; so when I got “depressed” in college and had to come home and started seeing a psychiatrist (another affluent white collar professional), I think he was really working for my parents rather than me (like he was trying to “get me in line”). A few years later when I saw PhD psychologists who were more enlightened about emotional pain than a psychiatrist, I think they still had a lot more in common with my parents and the values I was trying to escape than they did with me.
    I didn’t learn that I had been abused as a child from shrinks or psychologists, I learned it in a 12 Step program, which was virtually free, no one profiting from my pain there! I don’t see where else in an unempathetic society I would’ve learned that I was abused: I had gone to Christian churches in my early 20’s and also in my middle age, and most Christians seem loathe to point fingers at parents. But after all Christianity is a paternalistic religion: God is the Father. There is a commandment to “honor thy mother and father” but no commandment to “honor thy children”.
    Reading Bruce Levine PhD’s book “Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic” also highlighted for me how many mental health sufferers feel America’s consumer culture is oppressive, and he talks about our culture’s “unhappiness taboo” and “unproductivity taboo”.
    I stopped taking psychiatric medications over a year ago, and what is the primary change since then for me? Greatly expanded expression and creativity through writing! I never would have been making this post while I was on medication. Even though I have always had a talent for writing, in my first fifty years I’d only had one article published, and since going off psych meds I have had three articles published, all about depression and psychiatric medication.

  • I was abused, mostly emotionally, by parents growing up and have been pathologized with the depression label as an adult, with over twenty years of taking psychiatric medications (which didn’t help and I believe only made things worse) I wrote three articles about my experience in a local Northern California newspaper. I contacted a number of anti psychiatry authors, psychologists psychiatrists, psychiatric survivor advocates, and Mad In America by email telling them about my articles to see if anyone was interested in printing them elsewhere………Not one reply…….With Mad in America’s contact person I even tried to intentionally provoke a response by insinuating that Mad in America’s website is only interested in printing articles by professionals and not psychiatric survivors, but still no response.
    So some of us patients are trying to be heard and are being ignored by the mental health establishment.