Sunday, December 15, 2019

Comments by Emma Goldman

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  • Paul, I appreciate your sharing your experience in such incredible detail, and, like many of us who’ve found ourselves trapped and harmed by psychiatry, I applaud you for being willing to share this with the world. I found a couple things a bit troubling, but maybe I misunderstood your points. First, you seem to draw a distinction between people experiencing spritual emergence and those who are “actually” “sick” – I don’t think any such distinction exists. And as someone who also expreienced extreme parental abuse, I was troubled that you, who rejected “mental illness” labels placed on you by psychiatry, seemed quite willing to label your abusive father as “sick” and “ciminally insane.” In my world, you can’t have it both ways – either psychiatry and its labels are social constructs that harm people and should be rejected out of hand, or not. Why do you feel it’s OK to apply such harmful lables to another when you (rightly) reject them for yourself?

  • while I share your views about the lack of scientific basis for psychiatric diagnoses,one thing that seems missing from this discussion is that the primary use of psychiatric diagnosis is billing. Until insurance companies and government programs stop requiring DSM diagnoses for payment, their use will continue, no matter how useless they are.

  • RIP, Thomas Szasz. I always appreciated his ability to find new ways to extend and express his ideas. A few years ago he wrote a piece in the BMJ suggesting that people with psychiatric histories should be able to take out restraining orders against the mental health system to protect themselves against forced treatment. You can imagine the outrage from some quarters, but I thought it was a great strategy!

  • It would have been helpful to the lay reader if you had defined “translational medicine” up front. Don’t assume your non-scientific researchers are familiar with the term. And doing our own research is not a new idea; in fact, there have been psychiatric survivors around the world doing research for the last 25+ years at least, people like Jean Campbell, Jeanne Dumont, Janet Wallcraft, Jasna Russo, and on and on, and more than 20 years ago there was a National Consumer/ Survivor Research and Policy Workgroup that advised SAMHSA and its predecessors. It’s important to acknowledge our history.

  • While I agree that the “distress model” (or the trauma model)is much more accurate and in tune with people’s real experiences, I don’t understand the distinction you’re trying to make between the medical model and the disease model (not thta I like the term “model” at all). To my knowledge, the “oppressors” don’t refer to their position as the “medical model” – they just call it the truth (without aknowledging that their “truth” is totally unproven). I really don’t see why it’s a problem to refer to the medical model. The points you made about distress are much more important than quibbling over “medical” and “disease.”