By Patricia Lefave, Monophrenic
(who is "seeking your attention" on this matter)
...Instead of just accepting your "training" without question..
To all of you determined to "help those people"
"those people" and "those people" are YOU
. It is only the circumstances
that are slightly skewed or "different."
I am one of "those people" who does not want
your current brand of "help."
So I am Talking Back,
just like a naughty child you will no doubt feel you must "correct." David Rosenthal, in the "Thud"
experiment said of his own
experience of psychiatric hospitalization, "I felt like I wasn't really there."
(I know the feeling...same here...it is surreal to watch and listen to others objectifying
you according to their own
, frequently delusional, needs and beliefs.)
Now, think about the "difference" one's definitions make when one imposes his or her beliefs on someone, as opposed to assuming the other is an equal human being and not either
"more" or "less." It's all in the difference the definitions
: It must be awful to have a disease that makes you feel like you aren't really there.Definition two
: (first person experience
instead of third person assessment
of him or her)
awful to be defined
as a disease- to have your life taken over by others, and your experiences, perceptions, and your reactions all invalidated and treated as irrelevant. It makes you feel
like, as far as those around you are concerned, you don't really even exist as a person
of these points of view can be defined by saying
, "I felt like I wasn't really there."
It is the PREMISE of belief
to which the statement is attached
that supplies it with the meaning.
When one individual or group has the legal, concrete POWER to IMPOSE its choice of meaning
on another individual or group, and to do so without question
or any legal provision, or power, for the one being defined to oppose
that definition, it gets very surreal and often stunninglysenseless
as an experience.
That is about political POWER
and control. It is not
about real "diseases" and it is anything BUT
"medical," the definition currently being used as the basis, or definition, of reality
The most common and consistent effects of defining everything
in life as a medical problem requiring "treatment" is the blaming
of victims of abuse, the excusing
of aggressors, especially those with "hidden" agendas, and the pathologizing of virtually everything else
in life from confusion to daydreaming, to grief, to relationship problems, to trauma, to the effects of wars, bullying and even who you might have made out with last and how you performed when you did it (or did not do it) as "mental Illness"; a real
illness "just like diabetes."
There is an older terminology we used to use for this sort of thing though it does not sound quite so scientific.
We called it "a crock of shit."
Now this, of course, is just my own opinion based on experience. I am expressing this opinion in a country that claims freedom of speech to be a human right. I am expressing it publicly,
though told not to do so, because I am afraid it will soon be reframed as a "symptom" of my mental illness, because reframing it that way, will empower those who don't like
my opinion, to have me picked up by the police, for my own good, to be 'treated', against my will if necessary, for the illness I have which is causing me to have no insight into my own condition, which is what will be used to justify doing it to me. (FOR
Be sure to find the fault in me for SAYING that. That is how the status quo is sure
to be maintained.