I Have My Reasons For Anti-Psychiatry
I am reading The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg (seriously, get a hold of a copy!) and I read a quote that made me put my book down and think for a minute.
Some of the DSM-5′s harshest critics have been former DSM task force chairs (Ie: Allen Frances, DSM IV and Bob Spitzer, DSM III) and prior to the release of the DSM-5 this year Frances in particular published many articles online about his concerns in regards to the DSM revisions and the revision process.
The American Psychological Association (APA) was obviously threatened by this, especially because anti-psychiatry and other alternatives to our current medical model of mental health are really gaining steam. The quote was made by APA president, Alan Schatzberg, and it made me think about how people have parts of anti-psychiatry all wrong.
“The news media thrive on controversy…and some of these discussions have…provided ammunition for those who are anti-psychiatry as a science and opposed to treatment.” -pg. 133, The Book of Woe
What bothers me about what Schatzberg said is it makes it sound like people who are anti-psychiatry have no basis in being so. I cannot speak for everyone, although the facts are there to support psychiatry needing to be most likely abandoned, but I do have reasons to be anti-psychiatry and to oppose treatment! I’m very bothered that people can make it just sound like some radical nonsense that should be ignored!
I know what happened to me at the hands of what and who was supposed to help me. I know that the psychiatrist gave me drugs I shouldn’t have been on, I know that he did not listen to me when I said they weren’t working, I know that the drugs I was on caused my attempt to end my life, I know that psychiatrists threw labels at me for the sake of it and I know that what has helped me the most has been taking the bad out of my life and putting more good in it.
That is why I’m anti-psychiatry and oppose treatment, because it didn’t work for me! I know many people who psychiatry is not working for and they have abandoned it as well or just don’t have any other alternative to help them. I didn’t need Frances or Spitzer to tell me that there is something wrong with psychiatry. Anti-psychiatry was been around long before the DSM-5 and I hope it continues to grow. We need something better than what we currently have!
Posted on September 12, 2013, in Madness, Mental Health, Stigma/Discrimination and tagged Allen Frances, anti-psychiatry, Bob Spitzer, DSM 5, Gary Greenberg, psychiatry, The Book of Woe. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.