‘mad’ identity, medication, co-optation, mom etc.

(note from Monica) — Please go read this.

Malingering Normal

Lately I’m even more unsettled than usual in conversations about the politics and practices surrounding ‘madness:’ talk where I might occupy any number of roles including doctoral student, nascent researcher, counseling and psychotherapy practitioner, family member, ‘survivor’, ‘service user’, ‘mad’ person, friend. You name it.

What follows will be in three parts:

  • Some thoughts and questions on these issues.

  • An edited transcript of a recent discussion with my mother on this topic.

  • An excerpt from a recent list serv exchange I was in, also on this topic.

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