As a person who has experienced involuntary commitments, seclusion, restraints, forced medication, and intentional humiliation as part of my “mental health” treatment, I am still working through the severe and persistent effects of force and coercion. Being in relational dynamics in which I had no voice and in which I was not treated as a human being with viable thoughts and legitimate feelings impacted my sense of self in ways that were incredibly destructive.
I didn’t have a word for it when it was happening. Torture was something that happened to prisoners of war in faraway places and in terrible movies.
It was not something that happened to young Americans in modern hospitals. … [click on title for the rest of the post]