Thank you so much! This is a brilliant article. Viewing psychiatry as a cult with indoctrination makes perfect sense to me. Your personal story is reminiscent of my own. I suffered trauma as a youth (12-15) and was taken into to mental health “care” and ended up with more than one diagnosis, was medicated and my self esteem/perception was forever skewed. “You have a bio-chemical imbalance in your brain” was taught to me like the word of god! I also came to internalize an inferiority and inability to participate wholly in society. I graduated to “bi-polar” was labelled “medication resistance” and spent my twenties fighting with myself and eventually becoming a full fledged indoctrinated person. What the Psychiatrist said, goes. Word of God! I too came to realization! (good for you! I am happy you are free!) I went to University and studied psychology, wgst, rlst, history and put the pieces together. I became a critical thinker. I started Social Work classes recently and we are discussing social implications of psychiatric care and medication use on those who are suffering from unbearable emotion. Well, it clicked. Hey, that’s me! These are my experiences. The veil was lifted! Neural pathways change with experience, right? So, I am in control of my own healing…drug-free. This is the first time in 18 years that I have been able to feel emotions fully, make decisions without questioning myself and my self esteem is rising! I think your article is very important because it shows how complex human experience is being simplified to the detriment of those who are going through struggling times. I became a dependent, afraid person with very low self esteem and the diagnosis kept me from being able to love myself because I felt I was a “genetic defect.” NO MORE. This cult, this dominant narrative about how to help people who are struggling with emotions needs to change. Bring on the compassion! Bring on the love. Thanks again. My self esteem just went up, again! Great article. I am very happy for you!