I spend a good deal of my adult life thinking about the mental system. I’ve spent years working in it, criticizing it, making movies about it, visiting programs within it, giving lectures about it, trying to help people escape from it, interviewing people about it, trying to improve it, and often just thinking that it needs to be scrapped, melted down, and rebuilt. Although the mental health system helps some people, it harms so many — so unnecessarily. I have seen many lives destroyed by it. That sickens me.
Below I present a variety of essays on the subject. Some are links to essays I’ve written for other websites. I am a blogger on madinamerica.com, and have published essays there and elsewhere (such as on mindfreedom.org and beyondmeds.com).
Unfortunately I don’t always get notified of comments on the other websites, so if you read those essays feel free to share your comments about them here on this page.
- Is My Therapist Good or Not? (on madinamerica.com)
- An Essay on Finnish Open Dialogue: A Five-Year Follow-Up (on madinamerica.com)
- Is it Better to Be a Life Coach or a Psychotherapist (on madinamerica.com)
- Ode to Biological Psychiatry (on madinamerica.com)
- Deconstructing Psychiatric Diagnoses (on wildtruth.net)
- Reflections on Being a Therapist (on madinamerica.com)
- Ten Ways to Revamp the Mental Health System (here on wildtruth.net)
- Some Observations of Soteria-Alaska (on madinamerica.com)
- Finnish Open Dialogue: High Recovery Rates Leave Many Psychiatric Beds Empty (on beyondmeds.com)
- Components for a Good Neuroleptic Withdrawal Program (on madinamerica.com)
- Therapy Without Force: A Treatment Model for Severe Psychiatric Problems (on mindfreedom.org)
- A Visit into the Lithuanian Mental Health System (on madinamerica.com)