Saturday, November 26, 2011

Psychiatry bears much of the blame

Patients have been saying for years that their delusions are meaningful, but psychiatry hasn't listened. Psychiatry, favoring the chemical cure for reasons we are only too well aware of, turned its back on the likes of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, and let psychologists, non-medical therapists and their former patients do the job of finding meaning in madness. As New York Times Lives Restored article notes, there is a movement now to take back one's "delusions" from the authority of psychiatry. Psychiatry dropped the ball decades ago and actively discouraged people from getting better. Psychiatry became part of the medical/pharmaceutical/industrial complex that oversold the virtues of antipsychotic medication while underselling, or outright discouraging, talk therapy and other forms of innovative help. What a collosal waste of human potential! Let's not give the ball back to them.

Lives Restored

Finding Purpose After Living With Delusion

Doctors generally consider the delusional beliefs of schizophrenia to be just that — delusional — and any attempt to indulge them to be an exercise in reckless collusion that could make matters worse. There is no point, they say, in trying to explain the psychological significance of someone’s belief that the C.I.A. is spying through the TV; it has no basis, other than psychosis.

Yet people who have had such experiences often disagree, arguing that delusions have their origin not solely in the illness, but also in fears, longings and psychological wounds that, once understood, can help people sustain recovery after they receive treatment.  
Now, these psychiatric veterans are coming together in increasing numbers, at meetings and conferences, and they are writing up their own case histories, developing their own theories of psychosis, with the benefit of far more data than they have ever had before: one another’s stories.


  1. Lives restored.

    IMO, there is no doubt whatsoever that the lives of people who have experienced delusions have been (and will continue to be) restored.

    No doubt at all, in my mind.
    It's a reality.

    The only question remaining is will psychitary let go of its own delusions long enough to see the obvious?

    If not, people will continue to overcome the ways they have alway overcome, without the "help" of psychiatry.


  2. I know when I'm not dealing with major stress I get more out of touch with reality and live in my safe little world. I have to stay very pro active dealing with it and sometimes it isnt all that bad to step back from reality and just go with it and get back to grounding myself if that makes any sense. I rarely take anti-psychotics anymore. I feel I'm much better not taking all the stuff they want you to take not to deal with life and make you numb and zombie like.


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