Nice piece of exploration. There ARE so many contradictions and I think that when we begin to examine the language used it IS helpful. Otherwise we risk putting potential allies on the defense. Allies for change. Period. And “they” risk putting us on the defense as well. We have to be able to listen and communicate somewhere in the middle, I believe, for real change to happen. The current standards for FEP(first episode psychosis), in the U.S. anyway, really worry me. Young folks being put on AP’s/neuroleptics/dumb adjuncts to AD’s and then never, ever, being given a chance to come off with proper guidance in tapering and/or with an understanding of withdrawal. Lives often so very limited by over-medication and for too long. Families and friends believing that their loved one is damaged and hopeless due to the media, and/or the proliferation of “diagnonsense”. That darn DSM-5 bible thing. And oh, I loved the spiritual stuff. And this too: One other possibly helpful metaphor for madness is that of wilderness. It can be disturbing when young people wander off into the wilderness. What if they become lost, and need to be rescued? Sometimes people do need to be rescued. But a society too sure that the wilderness is nothing but bad will seek to prevent young people from ever wandering off, won’t recognize when people are doing OK in their explorations and don’t need to be rescued, and/or will even seek to destroy the wilderness so that everything can be “civilized” — aka, sane. “Not all who wander are lost” Yah…..what does being lost mean anyway? Maybe just not being accepted? Or being different from what others expected of us? I don’t know. Yes, change is badly needed. I think explorations like this will help. Jiddu Krishnamurti: It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. signed: psychiatric survivor I wondered though, if, when I used that term for myself for the first time in a mixed group of peers, offline, in person, if it was understood…..what I meant by that. I guess I just figure they will ask me if they’d like to know more about what it means to me. Some do know that I feel my healing or recovery only really began when I left the psych system and carefully finished my medication tapers. Boy was I getting sicker being “compliant” and riding the merry go round of medications. Maybe I should say I’ve been found(no longer lost and wandering/wondering anymore ) I get to be me. Thanks for the space. I’m practicing my words.