News and blogs on Monday

Monday reading:

  • Holistic Recovery from Schizophrenia: Like diabetics need insulin I must confess that reading Robert Whitaker’s book Anatomy of an Epidemic is getting me down. He has nailed the human carnage that usually begins with the psychiatrist saying to the patient, “you have an incurable disease and you are going to need meds for the rest of your life just like a diabetic needs insulin.” We have all heard this Orwellian phrase and it is absolutely untrue but that is what we have all been told. So begins the slippery slope that we have all been on. And when I say “we” I include people like me in this because I am collateral damage. I suffer too from being told my son is incurable and needs the drugs.

  • Help Make Mental Health Reform Real— Bipolar Advantage —I don’t agree with either/or here. We work where we’re called to work. It takes all of us wherever our strengths lie to change the system from inside and out. I happen to like talking to both sides myself. For better or worse, since I too have been damned for my willingness to talk to the “enemy.” I don’t see anyone as enemy here. Only people who need to learn and trust and listen to the experience of others. And that goes for everyone involved. Not one side or the other. My anti psychiatry friends ask me why I work with doctors and therapists. Some accuse me of being a sell-out or a stooge for the pharm industry. They think that the way to change the system is to oppose it completely. — I don’t agree. I think the way to change the system is to work with it, not against it. If we can find ways to influence the thinking of those who are working with the greatest number of people, we will have the greatest effect. Communicating with them as a partner is the way to do that.

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