Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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  • Brilliant stuff, but you are right that a dedicated professional response is often needed but assumed to currently (and increasingly) available. And this is our bigger problem in so far as those deemed to be experts – and there are few enough like yourself Philip but more like Olga and Ted who have experientail expertise coupled with professional or academic skills. But the expert role requiring years of study really seems to ill-prepare folks for the task of sitting patiently in helplessness for the fog to lift. The sheer variety and ambiguity is very diffcult to deal with for professionals who must first face the frankly unedifying realisation that their current skill set is useless for the task at hand and actually what the need ar from being gained through a professional training program way well be the very attributes most valuable in responding sensitivly to persons experienceing prefound distrught šŸ™

  • Thank you for validating our outrage Tina. In a world where it is deemed outrageous to be outraged at outrageously oppressive practices we need to accept the validity of anger – but careful of when and where and with whom we express it.

    A psychiatric ‘diagnosis’ is both an insult, a cover up and a justification sometimes for torture. One of the primary goals is to challenge the language of disorder rather than its consequences. As long as people are allowed to label as an excuse for understanding then some means of ‘treatment’ can then be justified and if we are responding to myths disasters are bound to follow.

  • As a rather infamous psychiatrist once said – “Psychiatry could be, and some psychiatrists are, on the side of transcendence, of genuine freedom, and of true human growth. But psychiatry can so easily be a technique of brainwashing, of inducing behaviour that is adjusted, by (preferably) non-injurious torture. In the best places, where straitjackets are abolished, doors are unlocked, leucotomies largely forgone, these can be replaced by more subtle lobotomies and tranquillizers that place the bars of Bedlam and the locked doors inside the patient.”

  • I agree as we all seem to agree what we are against, being kept in the states of oppression and fear which if we aaren’t when introduced to psychiatry we soon will be. It is more important however to agree what we favour, what are the answers that can guide a response to extreme mental distress which avoid as far as possible abandoning people totally or allowing vulnerabilities to be unduely exploited.

    This article is very thoughtful in this It suggests not targetting psychiatry but rather it’s beliefs, particularly it’s habit of defeating thought by means of simplistic labeling of complex but understanable predicaments.

  • I’m sort of schocked that these things still seem to be need to be said. That the errors, uses and abuse of the mental health still need to be highlighted by declaring pride in being anti-psychiatry, it is not a term I use much as it is loaded with emtions but it should be pointed out how it is used as a term of abuse so dissolving its power to silence might make it appropriate to adopt the term pridefully rather than allowing the use of it to intimidate.
    The more important task is That we are best encouraging the development of spaces which allow people to ‘cure’ their pain, gain calarity about their lives, minds and histories and find the support needed for life. Saying we are anti-psychiatry in accusatory tones has silenced debate, as being deemed ill in a blase fashion just avoids the reality of dealing with, trauma, loss and isolation and the simple reality that with the right supports and an ongoing effort we can break the dependence on services which sustain people in avoidable predicaments.
    This is somewhat of my veiw on what wrong with how society approaches mental distress

  • Marvellous article – People obviously end up entangled within the mental health system for individual personal reasons but it is clarifying to analyse the various means people are so seduced at vulnerable times in their lives – It sadens , frightens and angers me how children in particular are so abused.
    But in the spirit of people just ‘ making shit up’ in orde r to parlay their snake oil have a sneak at this –

  • Thanks Faith for your thoughtful reflections on the struggle we face ā€œI know,it sucks. Iā€™m so sorry that this is happening in your life.ā€ It seems quite true to me to suggest that when a person is excluded by community from community and the support it provides how can a stranger replace what is lost – what can a person do – how do we respond – I would say if can do nothing but be present, even as you are worn out listening that is so much more than our society can provide at this stage so applaud yourself for that. And we must always be humble in our belief – each individual can do so little and its unfair to ask more of ourseleves than is humanly possible – It will take much time and energy and maybe alot of resentment needs dissolving as the means of justice are to vast to be real – It is more wise to attempt the development of alternative recourses, to mature new communities that welcome passionate feelings as valid responses to lifs darker experiences – emotions that currently are all too easily exploited to sell drugs and therapy rather tham as signs that need acknowledgement.

  • Hi Olga, this is actually an extraordinary evocative piece, it truly encapsulates the simple terror and fragmentary existences of people place in situations of abuse and terror. Worthy of Kierkegard maybe, or the inner thoughts of a character from Kafka, but this is not fiction, this is real, really real. I can certainly empathise with anyone who finds it difficult, I have, as your words are of such strenght as to bring out ones own deep emotion, not always an easy experience. And your kind responses show the beauty of your soul. Thank you!