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    What a great speech you gave! –




    Thank you for all of these posts, especially Emily’s who I think puts my feelings so succinctly and astutely. I’m 56, and have been living a tormented life with stigma and the drugs, and finally came to enlightenment after cold-turkeying off Abilify back in January where I then commenced my research and sought out as many resources as I could about my this horror story. The withdrawal has been horrifying and agonizing, no help from the perpetrators here in Syracuse.

    I got on this site yet again to tell my agonizing tale of misery, but these posts are spot on, and I’ve got to get back to my tasks at hand.
    I was going to describe my life as an untouchable in society, after having voluntary submitted to “treatment” and drugging; how foolish and naïve I was when at a young age, I voluntarily signed the nut house form and thus begun my journey to the Netherworld, where few escape, though many have tried (I still try after 29 years). The nut disciplinarians rule in my area, and the sadistic, banal psychiatrists lord over everyone who’s been part of the “system.” They made sure I didn’t leave their “control” (they never really give it up anyway), until I was sufficiently incapacitated and no longer a “concern” to anyone, especially them.

    My soul was ripped from my body when I signed that intake form 29 years ago, and my life as an leper started. I suppose I’m not dead, but one of the undead, zombified, by those psychopaths “doctors” who enforce ‘social control’. Who will cry for us, those who’ve been so deceived by the “mental health” system?


    Psychiatrists make no mistakes and they don’t cause random, “unfavorable” effects. They know, how to destroy the humans nature. They transform a human to an alive nothing. And it quite satisfies them. They are the criminals. And we have to struggle with them as with the criminals. Don’t lie to yourselves, gentlemen. Support the petiton This is necessary as air. It’s enough to open eyes to understand it.


    I’ll be running a workshop at the MindFreedom 1-day conference in Philadelphia on November 1st about this topic, and figured it would be a good idea to start a thread. I’m copying and pasting something I just wrote in a comment on the ‘Launching Beyond Anatomy’ post:

    I haven’t used the word “consumer” in a long time, because in my opinion it perpetuates a power dynamic that I see as inherently oppressive and damaging to human dignity. To call a person a “consumer” implies either literal consumption (i.e. of psychiatric drugs), or economic consumption (i.e. of “mental health” services). To be defined by either of these two things is, in my opinion, to be reduced to a role as a passive recipient, a dependent; a person with unfulfilled needs until they are satisfied by whatever it is they are consuming from a “professional” source.

    I actually have been struggling a lot with phrases like “mental health”, “recovery”, “wellness”, “peer” (full disclosure— I currently work as one, although I have no “formal” training, i.e. CPS), because I believe they perpetuate a medical paradigm. To me, “wellness” implies “illness”; “recovery” implies that someone has gotten better from a sickness or abnormal condition; and using the word “peer” in this context perpetuates an otherness, as though there are those of “us” who have been labeled, and then there’s everyone else. Of course those of “us” who have been labeled have experienced trauma and oppression that those who are unlabeled haven’t, so we share a common bond, but in my opinion the only “peer” I feel like I am is a human one.

    Thoughts on what words, if any, to use? In my opinion, the true dilemma is that we feel a need to label experiences in the first place, but is that an unavoidable part of being human?

    laura a peer specialist with no formal training? A friend wishes to pursue peer outreach, and reading this tells me he won’t necessarily have to have formal training? What questions might one ask when deciding to be trained, or not? He has talked about going to the Empower meetings, back in the nineties, not sure if anyone here has attended them. He described them as being funded by the mental health field, but was an opirtunity to offer criticism. Althoug, I guess the meetings fell out. He has great insight, and think he would make a great peer specialist, and given him connections to a peer specialist, who is trained, and am actually seeing. Luckiliy out of the largely corupted, despite having a handful of good staff, like him. That is who haven’t gotten fed up, and left. Either way wherever, and however he decides, to reach out, I’m sure it will be great. Even if for a time it lost in the “alternative” program, that’s just as clinicalized as any.

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