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Yes Megan, the self help industry always reeked of competitive consumerism… Right now I need YOU!
Sharma, I simply want to say what a wonderfully integrative piece detailing long held concerns for the conceit of psychiatry and skilfully linking it to the latest thinking on epigenetics and the biome.
I agree, Joanna. See Chavs: the demonisation of the working class by Owen Jones (Verso 2011)
I would like to shed some light on Michael’s question: “Why are some people deemed crazy and others sane, when they exhibit the same symptoms?” Having received ECT for an “acute hypermanic nervous breakdown” and diagnosed a schizophrenic a year later and sectioned to a mental asylum in 1971 it seems to me that the difference between everyday bouts of aberrant behaviour consistent with those psychiatric labels and my manifestation of those “psychopathologies” was their duration and intensity. I am currently writing about my experiences from that time and would be happy to share them with any one interested.
Wonderful stuff, Seth! Much of your engagement with Laing chimes with my experience of being diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic in the early 1970s. There was always a seductive grandiosity at the core of my intricately woven ‘delusional’ tapestry. I’m trying to write about my time in a large mental asylum in UK in 1971– surprisingly I can remember quite a lot of detail, at least before the largactil put my brain in a mental straight jacket– and your last comment about escaping the psychiatric control has given me hope.