Exclusion and invisibility. Yes. Thats the origins of the Asylum. Or rather, what it did. Still, something different now. Community is the oomph. Put ’em on the street. Even when it might kill ’em. So it goes. The mad wander among the sane as weirdos. Here’s a thing. Voice-hearers will often put a telephone to their heads, no connection, to allow them to respond to things they hear.

One thing I can’t stand though. Where I work. The staff tell them its not real. This is patent bullshit. I’m with Willie James. If it can be experienced its real because experience produces a difference. How can a difference be made in a thing- a mind, a tree, a buspass, a word, a cottage- if there is nothing to make that difference? Real but inaccessible to others. Must be horribly lonely. And to be told it isn’t real. Of course it is. But what is its nature? Is it painful or uplifting…then what else matters?

Romantisation has its allures but finally it fails where all Romantic endeavour fails. And the Romantics knew this (cf. Schlegel). Making Romance with things means you never get at the things. Its a disavowal. Sometimes this is a terrible thing, like where other cultures are considered ‘more natural’ or ‘closer to the earth’, and sometimes its wonderful, such as with love.

Creativity abounds. Except in psychiatry its known as accident. Almost everything we know of the mindbrain has been discovered as a byproduct of some other failed experiment.

Anyway…must sleep. 5AM.


3 Responses to “Reflection”

  1. Hey Blogger!

    Phil Thomas and his buddies in critical psychiatry seem to be making a play for creative work in psychiatry, some nice stuff here:

    Best Wishes


    • 2 dronemodule

      Thanks muchly for the link! I rather like Richard Bentall’s term for the work he does….”Rational anti-psychiatry”

      • Came across this today,
        maybe you heard about it.

        From SpeakOutAgainstPyschiatry’:

        ‘We believe psychiatry does more harm than good.

        We invite you to Speak Out Against Psychiatry at 4 – 6pm on the 27th July 2011 outside the Royal College of Psychiatry, 17 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PG.

        Bring your stories and opinions about psychiatry, we will provide a chance to have them heard.

        We believe psychiatry does more harm than good because:

        Chemical cures are a myth. Psychiatric drugs numb the brain. They can be addictive and damage both the brain and body. Sometimes they seriously disable and sometimes they kill.

        Electro-convulsive therapy is dangerous and not very effective.

        Community Treatment Orders are a human rights disgrace.

        Detention under the mental health act confuses helping people with controlling people and often puts people in dangerous places where they are forced to take dangerous medication.

        Serious mental distress under the current mental health system often results in people being pensioned off for life and given no real help.

        Diagnosis is stigmatising and often does not help people who are mentally distressed. It does however help the powerful and rich drug companies sell their products.

        The serotonin hypothesis of depression and the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia have never been proven and yet they are the basis of modern so called Anti-Depressants such as Prozac and so called Anti-Psychotics such as Risperidone, which are the most common treatments offered or forced on people.

        Most people who are seriously distressed have horrible things happen to them, such as family violence and sexual assault yet psychiatry ignores this, preferring to label people with imagined “diseases,” such as, “Borderline Personality Disorder,” and then proscribes dangerous, addictive medication. This means the sufferer is unlikely to resolve their problems and society fails to deal with the causes of mental distress.

        A proper state funded mental distress system would look at the causes and feed into other areas of social policy to try and reduce the causes. Psychiatry does the opposite; it individualises and medicalises what are essentially social problems.

        What people who are mentally distressed need is intense social support. Psychiatry, on the whole, does not provide this.

        Things have got to change.

        There are many people and organisations working for better treatment for people experiencing mental distress, Speak Out Against Pschiatry is providing a place for them to gather and voice their concerns.

        After the Speak Out we will gather in Hyde Park for a picnic and planning session. Bring food to share and ideas of what you want and do not want from a state funded service for people facing mental distress.

        if you would like to be part of the coordinating committee please get in touch:


        Maybies of interest?
        It’s pretty sweeping in some of it’s deplor/declar-ations though, hey what?

        Best Wishes

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