Saturday, January 22, 2022

Comments by Louisa

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  • Such a revealing indictment of the abuses in a system that has terrorized people for over 200 years. And it is equally appalling that your personal story was so affected by psychiatry “from the other side”–by which I mean, not as a ‘patient’ but as a family member of a psychiatrist!

    Of course, this is not the first time we have encountered people being incarcerated in psychiatric institutions simply because they had done something ‘deemed’ to be illegal by more powerful and ruthless people. In other cases, patients were in some way seen as ‘inconvenient’ by their families and whisked away, often never to be seen again.

    It is very encouraging that brave people like yourself, Kate, are speaking up and writing about experiences that shine the light both on racial inequality and psychiatric persecution.

  • An interesting topical article! I am glad to see that the author is against ‘drugging’ and the current dreadful trend of “biological psychiatry”. And I agree that the answer is an individual one. I am coming from a Jungian perspective: Jung believed that only the single individual could effect change in societies. What the author has stated here about “emotional contagion”, Jung would call a “collective shadow”. We all, according to Jung, have a Shadow–undesirable traits that we prefer to ignore and repress, since we like to be seen as good rather than the complex self that we really are. When our shadow is not faced and acknowledged, we tend to ‘project’ our undesirable characteristics onto others. A whole group or society is also capable of this and we all know of corrupt leaders that have used a group shadow to their advantage: it is the fault of the ‘other nations’, never ours. And so, the answer can only be the difficult challenge of individual change–one person at a time who will eventually spread his/her understanding to others by example. We need to look inward instead of focussing our attention on popular social movements and messages.

  • What an excellent and revealing account, Mary. I am glad you are out of the grips of those who would ‘diagnose’ you, rather than just listen to you. We need a completely new paradigm for the psychiatry. The problem, as I see it, is of philosophical ideologies. We have long forgotten other modes of perception: symbols, metaphor, spirit, mystery, dreams and sacredness–the spheres that are so essential to the human psyche. Today’s ‘scientist’ is an empiricist who sees only the material world and attempts to fit everything into a narrow picture he can understand.

  • Dear Sean– Your story needs to be told and followed up in depth. People don’t realized that psychiatry is only about 150 years old and is actually an ‘experiment’ foisted on an unsuspecting and uncomprehending public who are now taught to believe in the great god “Science”. Psychiatrists will never understand the ‘psychotic’ mind, because they have no experience of that mode of thinking themselves. A great mistake was made during the Enlightenment era when a material philosophy began to replace the spiritual dimension of man. The idea of ‘soul’ became ‘mind’ (created *somehow* by chemicals in the brain–this is never adequately addressed) and psychiatry now treats brain ‘illness’ with terrible drugs.
    I am sure you would be interested in the work of Wouter Kusters a philosopher who himself, was labelled as ‘psychotic’. His book (A Philosophy of Madness:The Experience of Psychotic Thinking) looks at the issues of what it means to be psychotic and what the philosophical ramifications are. I am working on an essay covering the subject.
    All the best to you!

  • I am so glad you are free from the psychiatric system–my late husband worked on the problem of “schizophrenia” and “mental illness” for 40 years. (I am writing an essay.) You might be interested in the work of Dutch philosopher (and former psychiatric patient) Wouter Kusters who is attempting to see “madness” from a non medical view. I am reading his latest book, “A Philosophy of Madness”.