Great article. I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said, as someone in a similar position. I’m a nurse and counsellor but have had to quit nursing for exactly the reasons you cite. I don’t want to be a cog in the wheel of an oppressive (and utterly unscientific) system. Most of my fellow nurses are aware that not only do mainstream psychiatric treatments do no good, they do active harm, including wrecking people’s health and relationships, turning them into invalids and perpetrating appalling violations of their human rights and dignity. This is what happens all too often to “consumers”–the dehumanising label for those unfortunate enough to get sucked onto the psychiatric merry go round. If I ever do a PhD it will be an academic enquiry into how lower level “health care” providers like psychiatric nurses can continue to work in a system they secretly hold in contempt (while humouring the psychiatrists of course) and which fills them with moral conflict. How do you go on doing harm, once you realise that is what you’re doing? It’s like an ongoing version of the Stanley Milgram “shock machine” experiments. In that study, experimental subjects were instructed by a man in a white coat (posing as a scientist of some kind) to deliver what they believed to be electric shocks to an unseen man in another room, whose (feigned) screams they could hear. A majority were prepared to keep dialling up the voltage, even to lethal levels, because that’s what the man in the white coat kept telling them to do.