An excerpt from this piece:
Barbro Sandin, who is one of my mentors, used to see people in therapy who were defined as chronically “schizophrenic.” She describes how she, during her training at a psychiatric hospital, was shocked by the attitude amongst the professionals and how the so-called patients were met by standard questions and, seen as if recovery was not possible. However, she showed in action that it was not true; that change was possible even though it sometimes took a long time. Her ideas at the psychiatric hospital during the 1980s were seen as so oppositional and radical that she had to be stopped! Rumors went around that she herself was crazy and that she “used” the patients. As time passed she and her team realized they could not stay at the hospital and created a foundation where they worked for many years. Sandin took a stance since she could not stand not to do so. She used to say that it would have been unethical and impossible not to react to a system which oppressed people. Sandin has taught me so very much about the art of therapy and human life. Of the very many things she taught me one thing stands out more than anything else; the main thing is not to explain theoretically but to live things through together with the other one. To be there.
Read the rest of this very informative article here: How Come the Word “Antipsychiatry” is so Challenging? – Mad In America.