New Tab – Professional or Patient: The *topic* is one of most important on this blog

Patients, consumers, the mentally ill, the crazy, the insane, survivors, clients...whatever the heck you want to call people who have been psychiatrically labeled are considered OTHER. They are not considered credible or equal to their "care providers" in pretty much any regard even by the *most* enlightened/alternative practitioners. It is a rare individual who provides services to those with psychiatric labels who does not also imagine some sort of superiority over them. The system encourages this. The best of us fall prey to it. I know this intimately in a way many don't only because I've been on both sides of the divide. When I first published this I actually got a lot of mail from people like me. Those with psychiatric labels who are still working in the system. It's hard for a lot of people and most such people still in the system don't reveal their histories to their coworkers.

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