All tagged critical psychiatry
I look at my youngest son as he studies. There is something about how excited he becomes when he talks about any variety of science that makes me smile. I can't believe how much he has changed from a frightened child into a strong almost adult. At one time, he sported the Autism Spectrum moniker, which he himself stripped away. After having violent and terrifying hallucinations on Risperdal, he chose to never take a psychiatric drug again. I supported his decision because it was wholly logical and the "meds" never made his distress any better. It actually did just the opposite.
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!
Today I had my scheduled phone call with my anesthesiologist. The first thing I said to him was, "I am extremely anxious about all medical procedures and get very very frightened in medical settings. Do you feel comfortable dealing with issues like that?" He immediately replied, "Oh yes, of course. We have plenty of anxiety medications for you."