“The seriously mentally ill die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population…”

(exploring the source of a statistic) Are you familiar with this oft-quoted statistic: “people with serious mental illness served by the public mental health system die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population”?  You see it everywhere – for example in TIME magazine, USA Today, and throughout the mental health blogosphere. It comes from this 2006 report... Continue Reading →

Suicidal ideation gone…for a long time now

Something that comes up quite often in discussions with my friends and readers who have been on meds and have come off of them is how many of the "psychiatric" symptoms they were being "treated" for disappear upon discontinuation of the medications. This is widely known and experienced among those of us who have decided... Continue Reading →

Involuntary mental health “treatment” = torture

I can agree that all the treatment I received involuntarily was indeed torture. From The Diamond Valley Leader a piece about Tina Minkowitz who works tirelessly for our rights: IF someone decides not to have chemotherapy in Victoria; that’s their choice. If they want to opt out of an organ transplant, or forego taking daily... Continue Reading →

New Tool To Improve Patient Understanding Of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic Therapies

How about "New Tool to Manipulate and Coerce People to Take Meds Against Their Will??" I have no problem calling this bullshit. But if someone wants to take a drug? Who the hell are we to question that?? From Medical News Today: A new instrument for improving patient understanding and acceptance of long-acting injectable antipsychotic... Continue Reading →

The manifesto of a noncompliant mental patient

This is a beautiful piece. Please read! Submitted and authored by Aubrey Ellen Shomo I see it everywhere: People with mental illness need medication. It sounds reasonable. Today, there are even political organizations that seek to make it easy to force a person to take it. It's easy to look at another and assume things... Continue Reading →

The 39 psychotropic drugs I’ve taken

It's potentially dangerous to come off psychiatric drugs rapidly. For guidance in safer withdrawal methods see here. You think maybe something wasn’t quite right? This journey started the summer of 1985 and is about to end this summer of 2009. I have been withdrawing the past 5 years. Nothing ever did work and in retrospect... Continue Reading →

Coercion in Psychiatry

I have been blessed lately with multiple submissions. Today Mary Maddock of Ireland's MindFreedom, author of Soul Survivor submits a piece. By Mary Maddock Coercion in Psychiatry You would think people who study medicine would see that a young woman who had a difficult pregnancy, a very long labour, deprived of sleep and who had... Continue Reading →

An open letter to liberals and feminists

As someone with left leaning political views who also identifies as a feminist I am repeatedly frustrated, disappointed and angered by the left's neglect of the human rights of those who have been psychiatrized. On this blog I tend not to emphasize my politics outside the political issues surrounding mental health because regardless of our political... Continue Reading →

Very scary microchip tells docs if you’re taking your meds!!

Okay this is damn scary and you know people like Treatment Advocacy Center and NAMI are going to be all over it. It's a forced medication philosophy's wet dream. This is hard-core, big brother stuff and you know it will be marketed real hard here in America if some people have their way. Microchip that... Continue Reading →

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