Documentary about current practices in Psychiatry

(I’ve reblogged this documentary because I believe with all my heart that psychiatry needs to evolve in radical ways.  I am personally very distraught by the care that is available to people, like my family, who do not have the financial means to access private care and/or are without support from extended family, leaving ‘us’ with only one option, which is the current practices in modern-day America’s mental healthcare system).

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

The producer of this film, Lise Zumwalt,  is looking for funding to continue making it. See here and donate please, even a small amount.

Powerful commentary and documentation on the coercive nature of psychiatry. 

If you’re not aware of just how brutal and coercive psychiatry can be, you should really watch this. This may seem extreme to those who’ve not seen it happening but it’s very common and the bottom line is psychiatry, in general, at best, is subtly coercive. Drugs are generally presented as necessary rather than one, often far less than ideal, possibility for treatment.

CLINICAL SUMMARY: THAT’S CRAZY is the story of Eric and two others who are on the frontlines of a revolution in mental health. They are part of a new phenomenon – a growing number of people who say we need to rethink mental illness. The critics are the patients.

STATUS: Eric, a genetics major…

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  1. Michelle, thanks for reblogging this. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting tragedy, we are being deluged with uninformed commentary in the mass media regarding mental illness.

    Much of the talk is about autism and Asperger’s syndrome, which I don’t think should even be classified as mental illnesses. They certainly shouldn’t be lumped in with illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

    In this public climate, people with real mental illnesses, and people who are simply “different,” are being stigmatized. I’m afraid there may be increasing popular support for police surveillance of people who are ill or different, and efforts to force people into treatment — treatment which, ironically, is usually not available even for those who desperately seek it. A complicating factor is that many people may be given prescriptions by medical doctors who are not specialists in mental health.

    All that being said, I have lived long enough and interacted with enough human beings to be distressed whenever I hear about a mentally ill person refusing to take their medication. “Noncompliance” is extremely common with some illnesses, and all too often leads to relapses, emergencies, and heartache.

    This is a sensitive area, and generalizations are to be avoided. I think it is tragic that so many suffer without treatment. I personally would urge suffering persons and families to err on the side of seeking treatment, rather than suffer for years.

    Decisions about treatment and medications have to be made for each individual situation by the patient and family, with due regard for the advice of qualified mental health professionals.

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    • John, I wanted to say thanks for your comment and that I’m glad we were able to communicate via your blog. Your view and thoughts mean a lot to me and I’m always very pleased to hear from you.

      Honestly, I would like to be able to write more about my own experiences in mental healthcare in the coming year. This is such an important issue to me personally.

      You have been in my thoughts and I hope you are doing well.

      Warm regards,
      Michelle.

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      • You’re making a contribution to the common sanity through your blogs, Michelle. If everyone had the opportunity to experience the joy of dogs and flowers on a daily basis, the world would be a kinder place. (I prefer dogs, but for other people, cats do the trick.) 🙂 And art, music and dance. So many routes to healing.

        Writing and talking about the experiences we’ve had and the lessons we’ve learned can be therapeutic, and also instructive for others. But everything in its own time. There is also a time and place for silence.

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