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“Strengthened” families, I mean.
Most liberals do not hate stay-at-home moms. And policies like universal health care, living wages, and paid maternity and paternity leave actually strengthenjoyed families.
Thank you all for sharing these touching stories.
Great points! Society’so standards of what makes a “real man” and a “real woman” are unrealistic and damaging for most people.
I agree, Steve! But that is a valid point that it makes more sense to use the term “drugs ” rather than “medications” in this context.
I understand what you mean, but some people swear medications help them, and we want to respect people who choose to take medications. Also, many people who do want to come off psychiatric drugs say it’s a very difficult process. As you may know, advocate Will Hall has created an excellent guide for people who do choose to go off their medications:
Great points, Steve and Cat!
In “Crimes Against Nature,” Dr. Kilmartin talks a lot about some men feeling pressure to pretend they like sports. He also talks about how bad he felt when he “sucked” at hockey as a kid. Sports are great for some people, but no one should feel like they have to pretend to like them!
And well said, Steve!
Well said, Harriet!
We understand – many people have personal and professional reasons for being afraid to speak up. I hope one day you will feel safe to join this movement.
Yes, many members of our group are very concerned about the Murphy Bill. And yes, it is infuriating to be called “wacko’s”. There is so much ignorance and misinformation out there, but we are trying to combat this.
Thank you! It certainly is frustrating when it is so difficult to bring about change, but Ms. Ford’s talk was very encouraging.
Good question – there are many schools of thought on this. Some people in our group believe in a radical overhaul of the system and in doing away with psychiatry altogether. Other members of our group are actively engaged in psychiatric treatment and/or work in the mental health system, and favor more gradual and incremental change. Then we have members who are somewhere in the middle. We welcome a wide range of opinions and perspectives, as long as everyone is respectful. The variety of opinions leads to a lot of interesting discussion.
Yes, I think that trauma is very often incorrectly diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder. Thank you for sharing your experience, and for bringing up the importance of respecting individual’s spiritual beliefs. As for the last question, this blog is not requesting money. Rethinking Psychiatry suggests that participants give a small donation at our meetings, but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. We do encourage people who work in the mental health system to participate in our group – many people who work in the system truly want to help people, and many of these professionals are also unhappy with the status quo.
Thank you, this are excellent resources!