I was on Reddit a couple of days back. It was pathetic. The stuff that people write there about “our crowd”. “Mentally ill”, “denial of illness”, “frustrated because of illness”, “treatment didn’t work on them”, “they’re personality disordered”, “more treatment”, “scientologists”, “anti-vaxxers”. There’s also a psychiatry sub-group there full of the usual psychiatrist/mental health worker/patient talk. Then there’s the skeptic movement type. “Show me the study”, “just anecdotal evidence”. Despite the flaws of “anecdotal evidence”, not everything in life will have a journal paper associated with it. An individual can’t be omniscient and omnipresent. Some of the perpetrators of things like this tend to be the patient population themselves. Frankly, a large chunk of the patient population and their “caretakers” are just as pernicious as mental health workers themselves. And they’re everywhere! On chat rooms, YouTube pages, social media. It took me some time to regain my composure after reading that vomit. Psychiatry’s behavioural labelling and its concepts of mental illness tend to attract a lot of vicious individuals who are absolutely masters at gaslighting. Individuals use it as a weapon against other individuals who in some way or form pose a problem to them. How can you not be equally harsh as a means to defend yourself, especially given the fact that the opposite side has vastly more power than you?