The 9 Stages of Antipsychiatry/ Critical Psychiatry Activism
Emily S. Cutler
1) Excitement! You are going to be the one to convince lots and lots of people that the mental health system is screwed up and needs to be reformed/abolished!
2) Anger. You've tried to educate tons of people about all of the abuses within the mental health system and they still don't believe you!
3) Desire for unity. If you can just unify the whole antipsychiatry/critical psychiatry movement around some common goals, then maybe people will start to believe you.
4) Realization. As you start to reach out to more and more people within the antipsychiatry/critical psychiatry movement in order to unify them around some common goals (your goals), you will realize that no one agrees, everyone hates each other, everyone has had complicated sexual and romantic relationships with one another, and everyone has different biases against one another's intersecting identities.
5) Discovery. You will discover that many of the people you wanted to convince aren't even worth convincing. You will discover that many people just can't/won't think critically (EXTRA note: you may even begin to question free will and wonder if there is even a difference between "can't" and "won't," but that is a separate post for another day) and are not worth trying to convince or engage with.
6) Acceptance. You will accept #4 and #5 and realize that it is okay because at least you have a few close friends and mentors within the critical psychiatry/antipsychiatry movement, and you have carved out a tiny safe space for yourself.
7) Disillusionment. You will realize that even those close friends and mentors can be horrible sometimes.
8) Despair. You will realize that life is awful and worthless.
9) Epiphany. You will gradually come to realize that you should have joined the anti-natalist movement instead of the antipsychiatry or critical psychiatry movement.