Friday, October 7, 2022

Comments by Lyn

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  • Face Of Change is an interesting name for someone regurgitating the same psychiatric pseudoscience that has been oppressing our true understanding of “altered states and mental conditions” for decades. How is it that the World Health Organization’s comparative study of mental health recovery in developing nations versus industrialized nations proved definitively that a major indicator for NOT recovering from mental illness was living in an industrialized country where the “medical model”, (drug therapy), is practiced. I mean no disrespect by this post. I believe that you are passionate about your beliefs and sincerely concerned about the welfare of psychiatric patients. My opinion stems from a very personal place. Watching my brilliant, empathetic, altruistic and schizophrenic Father (who spent a lifetime on neuroleptics) decline into dementia, a scientifically known contraindication of long-term use of neuroleptics. My Father’s life was not improved by drugs. He was debilitated not only by drugs but the stigma attached to the label. This has been my personal and professional experience. I spent years working with mental health clients who were drugged into oblivion, for their own good of course, what folly! I have become fervent advocate of approaching these conditions in the most human way, with compassion and respect, not labels and destructive chemicals, both of which “steal” lives. Pity and pills only further dehumanize and humiliate. Hope, humanity and help, which programs like Open Dialogue provide and perhaps modeling what happens in developing countries – a humanistic approach that often doesn’t include “chemicals”. I am not adverse to chemicals if they are used responsibly with discretion and in conjunction with other therapies. I will never in this lifetime “reduce” another human being, simply, to neurological malfunction. We’re more complex than that, in my opinion. In closing another important, documented fact: despite the proliferation of psychiatric drugs and diagnoses, mental illness rates are steadily increasing in the western world. What accounts for this if the “medical model” is actually working? Maybe if we approach these issues in a multi-faceted way instead of using the one dimensional medical modality: DRUGS, we might have greater success. You spoke many times of “enlightenment” and “science”. May I suggest you pick up Robert Whitaker’s book Anatomy of an Epidemic, you’ll enjoy it. It’s packed with research, science and enlightenment.