Today a share from 2013 over at Mad In America that is addressing the ways in which psychiatry continues to resist, rather than embrace, change that in other countries like Finland that has closed asylums because they no longer have enough residents to fill them. (You can read about the approach developed in Finland here.)
My personal observation has always been that psychiatry and the mental health system in general, function much like that of an abusive, dysfunctional family, intimate relationship or cult. In these oppressive dynamics the goal is to isolate the victim so they are unable to realize they are not as crazy as their abuser(s) tell them they are. To separate the victim from mainstream by telling them how different they are then slowly conditioning (grooming) the mainstream to accept this as a social norm assuring a plentiful influx of new victims over time.
The past 60+ years of this grooming, conditioning and dare I say, brainwashing, to believe in a theory that has never been proven (chemical imbalance causes mental illness and there is no cure but one so diagnosed will have to take drugs “for life” to manage symptoms) but has often been disproven has left us with a society that both fears being diagnosed and the diagnosed. Yet families are left with no other options than funneling vulnerable family members into this ineffective and often harmful system for “help”.
Today this post at Mad In America discusses the resistance of those who, if ethical, would perhaps be jumping for joy, fist bumping and chest thumping that those who have been so distressed are finding freedom…
I believe this video, ‘Voices Matter’ not only captures these first moments but also hints at the dangers that inevitably are present when a movement threatens the established order of things. The HV movement that arose from a gathering of, in psychiatry’s eyes, schizophrenics talking about their symptoms are today threatening to destabilize the biogenetic illness paradigm that is required for psychiatry to retain power over distressed individuals. For we introduce meaning and understanding, acknowledging the often dreadful life events that those labeled ‘schizophrenic’ have experienced and by so doing, to use psychiatry’s words, ‘cure’ people, something psychiatry is notoriously unsuccessful at. Indeed, Robert Whitaker’s book Anatomy of an Epidemic shows that psychiatry has introduced a state of chronicity that is reaching epic proportions throughout much of the world, not to mention a shortened life expectancy of, on average, 25 years for those labeled ‘schizophrenic’.
Read the rest here via Colonization or Postpsychiatry? – Mad In America.
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