Thank you to all the people who have commented above. Certainly a tragedy shared has been helpful. I find I thirst for open dialogue on ways in which peers and family can find common ground as a means to strengthen the impetus for change. IT’s a funny thing that this world is changing so rapidly but psychiatry is stuck in a time warp, and the institutions and people within them stay stuck. Just like the freaked out animal cornered in a trap, fear based practice continues; the broken record. I do wonder that if we all, en masse, just said “NO!” when confronted with labels and drugs, what would happen? (We would need to be trained in how to physically protect our loved ones). Direct action at the coal face. 1. Always go to psych interviews with at least two other support people. 2. Be prepared to stand up and walk out. 3. State your position clearly and decisively. 4. Have your decision on paper and legally endorsed ahead of your interview. 5. Draw up your recovery plan and have a copy ready for your doctor. 6. Should he choose not to endorse it, leave the room and find someone who will. Am I just dreaming?