Monday, April 6, 2020

Comments by chris reed

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  • Francesca: one last thought in addition to successfully confronting the psychiatrist over lithium, I am also challenging my primary care physician to hold his beliefs about psychiatry up to scrutiny, and I have openly challenged the psychiatric establishment in The Charleston gazette the state’s most widely circulated newspaper.

  • Thanks for your work. I look forward to reading your book when I can find a significant block of time to read and reflect upon it. In a space frm about tree to five years a ago I read about ten books by Szasz and most of the articles from ethical human psychology and psychiatry journal, also goffman
    I posted on francesca’site today. I think that I am intertwining a historical and a sociological narrative in a personal way. I also think that it is crucial to link this to the science while at the same time making a political stand. For me as a person, I maintain because I see my MI label as but one part of me but at the same time something valuable that has been given to me. I am searching as to leverage it for my bebifit as well as the benefit of others. I like how Tina minkowitz and others link our struggle to the struggle of others.

  • Francesca: As a person who has taken psychotropic drugs for twenty-five years i have decided mixed feelings about articles and subsequent postings that appear on MIA. My strongest emotion relates to the fact that opposing views were hidden from me. When I was strong armed into taking the psychotropics it was presented to me as an edict from on high. Over the last two years I have been taking two steps forward and one step back in reducing the amount of medication. I became especially concerned when the psych told me that the lithium was causing kidney damage but continued to prescribe it any way. Perhaps cursed by knowing to much, I became aware that thanks to MIA ethical psychology and psychiatry that there existed outpatient commitment laws. I had no idea what the law was in my state of WV. So I was more than a little scarred when I confronted the psychiatrist with the fait accompli of my withdraw from lithium. So as far as the science goes I would like to know more. I do wonder if I would have gained 50 pounds luckily I have lost 35. Also there is no guarantee that the lithium caused the kidney damage-I have medical records from the urologists linking low kidney function to the lithium. I guess for me, the inconvertible truth with which I can confront the psychiatric establishment is that I have been put in a situation where I am still dependent people, who by their own admission have admitted to harming me. I tried to find legal council. I did get to talk to one lawyer out of about a dozen, but since his partner was a friend from my circle of friends at my son’s school I dropped it. I am looking to leverage my situation in the public arena. Really I get the impression most of the subsideray personnel in psych hospitals are basically decent but, but the general public is entirely clueless about the implications of involuntary commitment, and history of mental illness designation. This most glaringly obvious when it comes tot the gun debate. It is earily similar to a commitment hearing where you are being talked about as if you are not in the room. I feel empowered to speak out. I believe that my list of accomplishments in the last quarter of a century leaves the psychiatric authorities in the dust. I am searching for a larger forum. I posted on Bruce levines’ site. His work appears on the counter punch website which best reflects my broader range of interests. Postings like yours are encouraging. Thank you.