Monday, December 5, 2022

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  • So sorry to hear about your awful experience, KateL… it’s certainly aligned with my experiences with “mental health” providers as well, in the sense that providers can refuse to adjust their assumptions to reality and instead try to force the service user to meet their assumptions (which, all too often, involves invalidating our lived experiences and threatening us with dangerous “treatments”). Sadly I don’t see these issues going away until the public recognizes DSM labels for what they are: hypotheses attached to patients by biased providers. The doctor/patient power imbalance in psychiatry isn’t supported by the scientific findings nor by psychiatry’s awful track record, and it needs to end.

  • “Treatment interfering behavior” – yikes! Service users should have the right (and perhaps even be encouraged) to remove themselves from harmful situations, always! Sounds like DBT is yet another “therapy” geared towards creating perpetual patients rather than facilitating recovery. Who wants the “skills” to stay miserable indefinitely? I loathe how psychiatry and psychology distract from social problems by blaming marginalized people for reacting to their circumstances. Imagine how much service users could improve their lives by prioritizing their quality of life instead of expending their precious energy on DBT exercises…

  • I don’t consider “therapies” with a significant chance of traumatizing or otherwise severely harming participants a net good, no. They can help a fraction of patients and still be unacceptably risky. Unfortunately at this time we have no reliable way of predicting who will be helped vs. harmed by DBT… and I hope it gives you pause that some abuse survivors find DBT “skills” like “radical acceptance” and “benefit of the doubt” triggering or even tantamount to grooming. DBT is not the only option for help… frankly I suspect the risk/reward profile looks much better for hobbies than DBT.

  • I was labeled SMI while making a six-figure income, supporting not only myself but my family. Providers are so blinded by bias that they don’t think to examine patients’ lives at all… interviewers choose their questions so they only find what they’re looking for… the SMI designation is as deceptive and harmful as any DSM label, perhaps more so.

  • This article reminds me of the counselor who reacted to my revelation of abuse by telling me I needed IOP, and when I declined, he fired me from his practice and then yelled, “I’m not abandoning you!!!” I’m frightened by the prevalence of invalidating and referral-hungry practitioners. Seems like the subtext from many therapists is, “Remake yourself in my image or be destroyed.” I’m not interested in lessons to become a better abuse object by practicing “radical acceptance” and frankly find the whole concept disgusting.

  • As someone who was misdiagnosed with “SMI,” I can share what it means: following a 30-minute interview, you’re placed on a list for the purpose of social control; you’re unable to access the medical and justice systems without risking your civil and human rights; others are permitted to abuse you and blame you for their own actions, because you will never be believed; and the only path to safety is moving across state lines.