Will Hall was diagnosed as a schizophrenic when he was young, and then put on meds. Decades later he decided to try life without meds to see what his baseline really was. Presto chango! He was fine and didn’t need meds: It had all been a big mistake and the psych meds and meaningless DSM categories were his real problem. The psychiatrists were in cahoots with the drug manufacturers, and were little more than drug pushers. Counselors were in cahoots with doctors.
I thought I’d try anti-psychiatry. I hoped. Maybe my big problem was that I was on psych meds and shouldn’t have a DSM diagnosis. How crazy was I, really? I lowered psych med doses very slowly until I was off.
Getting off anti-depressants went well, but the anti-psychotics, not so much. I thought my husband was secretly abusing me in ways only I could see. I wanted to leave him, liquidate all I owned, and move to Halifax. Never been closer to a successful suicide: finishing my will, putting together the plan, gathering what I needed, and choosing a day.
The anti-psychiatry mob refused to believe that I still needed meds. I hadn’t really given it a shot. I would have found the so-called mental illness disappeared after a year. My difficulties were due to withdrawal even after many months. I pushed for specifics on the “other things” that they said worked better than meds and counseling. Nothing specific emerged.
Anarchists, anarchists, they identify the problems incisively and fight to tear the system down. Those of us who claim we need meds were deluded or brain washed or hadn’t tried hard enough. My theory is that the mis-diagnosed and the slightly neurodiverse are leading the charge here, shaming the rest of us for our genuine illnesses.
Make no mistake: Psychiatrists are drug pushers or worse. Drug reps are their pimps. The DSM is ridiculous, and no thinking person could take it seriously. But.