Monday, October 21, 2019

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  • Though this was not the focus of much of your article, I wanted to thank you for your mention of one of the axes you suggest for refocusing reform efforts : “The identification of areas where interests and perspectives align among advocacy groups that may otherwise strongly disagree about the role of psychiatric treatment in recovery.” As a mental health consumer and professional, I have long felt that we will be better served in reforming mental health care by meeting on common ground than by presenting a divided front. While I am not against the eventual dissolution of psychiatry, I think we have a long way to go. Regardless of my personal or others’ individual beliefs, I don’t see us making significant progress with black and white anti-medication and anti-psychiatry stances. I would love to see us be able to make more significant progress by uniting together with a common goal of advocating for change.

  • I am sorry it took such a tragic event for this blog to be written, but your conclusion is profound. I have long believed that professionals, myself included, are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have, and it is the job of the recovery community to educate us about, not oppose, our practices. You so eloquently expressed a key approach to this very idea: try and understand “what happened” that led to each of our current thought processes and methodologies. I believe a lot of ground can be gained with this approach. Thank you for your contribution!

  • In all seriousness, though, what do you propose well-meaning professionals do in order to provide heartfelt, recovery-based treatment for any and all who seek it in order to receive compensation from insurance companies? After all, the majority of individuals, whether they simply want someone to talk to or if they have been labeled with a diagnosis, rely on insurance companies. Thanks in advance for your guidance!

  • I just want to thank you for presenting both sides. I have been labeled with diagnoses and overmedicated for years, and I am finally coming off of my medication. I align myself with many of the beliefs expressed on the Mad in America website, but often find myself frustrated by some of the extreme views. I believe that acknowledging, not denying, the reality of individuals like the one quoted in this article is the best way to effect change. Otherwise, we are met with resistance rather than a willingness to engage in a dialogue and an opportunity to fully explain our perspective.