I read this and this today. I read this yesterday. I’m feeling rage. I actually read this sort of stuff every day. We (the psychiatrically labeled) are marked for life and people like NAMI, TAC, psychiatrists in general as well as Big Pharma will do everything in their power to keep us marked. If they have it their way the future could hold a “registry” of psychiatric “pre-offenders.” Because that is what we are becoming in the eyes of the public. People who are “potentially” abusive, dangerous and violent and therefore in need of social restraint. Hysteria is all over the land. “Minority Report” is alive and well as seen in the story of the young woman in England (above link and here) and as seen in cases of outpatient commitment happening in our country now. (“Minority Report” is a futuristic movie in which people are arrested before they commit a crime by use of psychics who foretell the future–we are very nearly there when it comes to how the psychiatrized are being treated in this country and others.)
As long as mental illness is considered genetic, biological and incurable in virtually all cases, stigma, prejudice and bigotry is all we have to look forward to. If we are hopeless and incurable as the propaganda has it then the TAC witch hunters will continue to have a field day asserting that we are potentially violent deviants. (Regardless of the fact that we commit fewer violent acts than the public at large and are more often victims of such acts. But the stats are twisted to raise fear and loathing in the public so that we can be controlled with no one to support us because the powers that be buy into the bull.)
We have to wake up. We have to stop letting “adovocacy” groups like NAMI and TAC dictate to America what mental illness is and who we who are labeled are. And we must take responsibility for ourselves and those of us who need our help and start offering viable alternatives that prove to the world that we are not hopeless incurable “sick” people.
Human rights are systematically being violated in the name of psychiatry. I recommend your reading Charlottesville Prejudice Watch regularly if you have any doubt of this fact. We are routinely abused. This aspect of psychiatry is not generally covered on this blog–not because I don’t care, but because the idea was to share one persons journey of hope–but this is a call to those of you who care about our futures and the futures of millions of others who are labeled as psychiatric patients who may not have hope at this time. I don’t think it’s paranoid to say we are not safe in this society at this time. Please do your part in educating yourselves then legislators and people with influence and advocating for the human and civil rights of those of us who are labeled.
*For an intro to TAC see this post from Furious Seasons and the links it leads to–it’s a place to start educating oneself about the hatred that this so-called advocacy organization spews.
Addendum: Just to show how they poison us in the name of treatment see today’s Furious Season’s post as well.