This is a new diagnosis, soon to be added to the DSM-V, according to, er. “sources,” which of course, as you know, I have none but my own imagination.
Here’s the scoop: As a writer of memoir, I cannot write what I have not experienced personally. Personal experience, to me, produces the most heartfelt writing. Personal experience is the most accurate research, since I have witnessed these things myself, so you get a first-hand account. I don’t need to interview someone else, nor do I need to go check the textbooks.
What the hell are “doctors” writing about so-called “mental illness” of any kind as if writing about “other”? They speak of patients as “they.” This is not something they’ve felt and seen for themselves. They haven’t cried over it. They haven’t felt the despair. They haven’t feared they would die. They haven’t lost all their friends and even their families. They haven’t been locked in rooms or locked on wards or been threatened and scared they’d never get out. They’ve never had one side effect, so why the hell are they claiming to be so knowledgeable?
They do, however, experience a disorder. I think they need to write about it, since they experience it first-hand. We patients may observe it plenty, but gee, I myself have no clue what it feels like for the doctor when he struts off the ward, saying,
“Put him in restraints, and call me in the morning.”
Yeah, sure, doc. Let your staff do the dirty work and you can go to the movies. No, you go home and write your scholarly article, all about the pain and torture of what it’s like to have the Messiah Complex. The God Who Saves The World from that Dreaded Thing We’re Supposed To Fear, Like Leprosy:
Psst…the Emperor has no clothes on. But write on, doc, you can write your true confessional and it’ll hit the bestseller list fast.
I am happy with my project so far. I am working on the second essay now. I should be finished with that chapter later today. I think there’s another bit I want to add to the first chapter, but I have plenty of time to do this. Nothing’s set in stone.
I find that paying attention to my project allows me to ignore the baloney crap I get from the USA, via online. The latest insult I am just going to ignore. I’m rather done with people’s demeaning attitudes and rude comments.
I was never good at PR anyway. You could hardly expect me to. After all, being stuck in the mental health system, I wasn’t expected to have any social skills at all. I missed out on a number of decades of real life.
I recall one “group” called “social skills” I had to attend at McLean. Guess what we were taught? To begin a conversation by saying hello, and to end one by saying goodbye. We had to role-play this. That took up an entire 45 minute “group.” Everyone was so doped up they had no awareness of what an insult this group was. I was so disgusted that I walked out.
Then, guess what? I was told that since I walked out, the material presented in the group must be far too advanced for me, way too much for me to handle. I told them that I had no desire to “cope” with being treated like a child. I chose to avoid subjecting myself to disrespect. I guess that remark flew right over them. They were too thickheaded. I guess they saw their patients as completely incapable. A few patients, in fact, bolted out of there just like i did and ended up okay. I have no clue about the rest.
It’s rather difficult to shed the “system.” I consider myself lucky. It doesn’t happen overnight, either. To do this, you must reject all the false notions they feed you. This takes a long time.
See you later, Julie and Puzzle
Here’s the link:
This is written by Martha Rosenberg.
Often, I think of myself as having taken the Road Less Traveled. When I entered the mental health system in 1981, I thought that what I was getting into was new and progressive. So I thought of myself as a pioneer. I didn’t realize that I would spend decades in the mental health system. I thought, when I was 23 years old, that I would get counseling for a few months and then go on with my life. I now realize that I had taken the wrong path, some 35 years ago.
I do recall that Fork in the Road. Of course I do. I was a bright and ambitious student who was suffering in secret from an eating disorder. I had no clue what on earth eating disorders were. I knew of another student who vaguely mentioned eating problems and depression. I wanted to reach out to her more, but I was scared of being “found out.” She mentioned having seen shrinks. who didn’t help. But she had gone to the nutritionist in town, named Stuart Freyer. He was an MD, an ear-nose-throat specialist who realized that nutrition is vital. He also studied acupuncture. This other student said Stuart had helped her immensely.
I didn’t go to Stuart mainly because he was a personal friend of mine. I asked myself if this would be a problem, seeing a personal friend as doctor. I was scared, too, about confidentiality. I had no clue, then, that doctors were supposedly bound to keep their patients’ business confidential. There was no HIPAA then, and confidentiality laws were loose and vague. I was scared to go to someone I knew, so I went to “mental health” instead. Wow, what a mistake. Over three decades later, I can look back and realize this.
Had I gone to Stuart, most likely he would have figured out that I was gluten intolerant. Had I gone on a gluten-free diet back then, my eating problems would have faded and disappeared. I would have felt tons better and had a brighter outlook on life within weeks, or less. I would have gone on with my life and not given “eating disorders” a thought, nor any “mental illness.”
Today, I am happy and doing well. Within a couple of weeks of going completely gluten-free, I am living a more productive life. I hope to accomplish everything I have had to forego due to being stuck in the mental health system.
I am not resentful that over three decades of my life were stolen from me. Why? Because I have a great life and a great story to tell now. I love stories and this one is fabulous as far as I am concerned. I was blessed for nearly two decades with a wonderful boyfriend whom I met in the System. He passed away 11 years ago.
I am no longer angry. I work to help others get out of the System and I try to expose the wrongs that are done there. The post-trauma difficulties I was having are now minimal. I never get depressed anymore, nor do I have any “symptoms” of mental illness. My eating disorder seems to not be there anymore.
Gluten-free is not for everyone. Only a portion of the population has this sensitivity, some more severely than others. All I can say right now is that if you have been diagnosed with mental problems you may want to see what physical causes there could be. If you correct the cause, you will feel so, so much better, and you won’t need those drugs they push on people, which are nothing but band-aids (rather dangerous ones at that).
See you, Julie Greene and Puzzle
> Katherine Hine, Sharon Cretsinger and possibly one other guest will be speaking at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Eastern Time on Mary Neal’s daytime call-in broadcast at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand . The topic is “Forced drugging – is it ever justified?” Those of us who oppose forced drugging will be allowed to speak from 3 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. and those who oppose choice (many of Neal’s listenership) will take the last 45 minutes – until 5 p.m. Katherine Hine will be arguing for the last 5 minutes for rebuttal. It is possible that there will be another show about forced confinement.
> Speakers and guests should call to speak on air at (347) 857-3293. If anyone wants to make sure to have his or her voice heard.
> Among the points that are expected to be made in the broadcast are 10 basic legal reasons that forced drugging in Ohio is unlawful – particularly where forced drugging is ordered as a result of hearings in which no evidence is presented. Most of these grounds apply in other states. Sharon, who is a survivor of psychiatry as well as an MSW with many years of clinical experience within the mental illness system, will address the fact that many if not most people with psychiatric histories are capable of fully recovering without drugging, and that drugging itself can pre-dispose a person to act violently.
> Also to be addressed is the fact that as of this writing, John Rohrer, an Ohio writer and musician, continues to suffer from illegal forced drugging without recourse, because a Ross County, Ohio trial judge refuses to date to address any of the legal grounds that require forced drugging to stop in John’s case. For more information about the Free John Rohrer campaign, and to see John’s writings and hear his music, go to his websites at
> Since John posted the websites about his case, the psychiatrists at Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare, Athens, Ohio where he is confined, have arranged for him to be stripped of all internet access, which keeps him from updating those sites. Meanwhile John’s prescriber, Dr. Maida Sierra, continues to violate Ohio law by forcibly drugging John with the deadly neuroleptic drug,Risperdal Consta every two weeks. The Ohio Supreme Court declined to address forced drugging in July, 2014. The forced drugging has gone on now for more than 3 ½ years while Ross County, Ohio trial court judge Leonard Holzapfel, as of this writing, also continues to ignore the December, 2013 forced drugging objections filed by John’s attorneys. In August, 2014 Judge Holzapfel issued a written ruling in which he decided that it was acceptable to lock up citizens without the government first putting on any evidence of the person’s “mental illness”. That decision, and the decision to deprive John of his right to a jury trial, cannot be appealed until Judge Holzapfel makes a final decision about forced drugging and involuntary confinement, as a result of the September, 2014 bench trial John’s attorneys finally managed to obtain.
> A little bit about Mary Neal’s show:
> Mary Neal’s Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/115212823950444967993/posts – Follow me at Twitter @koffietime – http://twitter.com/koffietime – Current, urgent justice issues from a laywoman’s viewpoint at my primary blog http://FreeSpeakBlog.blogspot.com Full list of MaryLovesJustice blogs and radio broadcasts: http://marylovesjustice.blogspot.com/2014/03/marylovesjustice-blogs-and-radio-shows.html email address: MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com (I’m censored, but some emails reach my box). Try to phone me at 678.531.0262. If you receive no response within 48 hours, please email or call again.
> Mary’s primary goal is to get the “mentally ill” out of prisons and into other settings, including AOT, private homes, and mental hospitals. I think she understands that forced drugging is not for everybody. She also believes in the First Amendment. She likes to quote Frederick Douglass who once stated: “POWER concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.” She is a family member, not a psychiatric survivor.
> Bios of Katherine Hine and Sharon Cretsinger:
> Katherine Hine is an advocate for the rights of psychiatric patients and is currently involved in the forced drugging/involuntary confinement case of her son, John Rohrer, which is pending in Ross County, Ohio Common Pleas Court, Chillicothe, Ohio. She is an inactive attorney who does not practice law. From 1977 until 2009 she practiced law in Ohio and Oklahoma representing battered women, parents of children abused by the other parent in custody cases, foster parents, citizens charged with petty crime, citizen groups seeking to bring accountability to local government, and others. A former judicial candidate and author, Katherine had a solo practice representing clients in criminal, juvenile, municipal, trial, and appellate courts over the course of some 30 years. She continues to be involved with the Ross County Network for Children, as a board member since 1996, and as its Executive Director since 2005. [http://networkforchildren.wordpress.com/be-a-volunteer/]. She is John Rohrer’s mother.
> Sharon Cretsinger is an activist, writer, social work professor, and psychiatric survivor. She is affiliated with The Mental Patients’ Liberation Alliance and the online broadcast of www.blogtalkradio.com/talkwithtenney, writes for and facilitates demonstrations and other community events as a Hearing Voices Network Facilitator, and is the founder, organizer and director of the Kent Empowerment Center. Sharon has developed multiple education programs on the C/S/X Movement and other topics for presentation in the community and various agencies and professional organizations. Besides her lived experience as a consumer of mental health services, Sharon, who has a master’s in social work, has many years experience as a mental health clinician and supervisor inside the mental illness system.
> Earlier this year, she authored an article on John Rohrer’s confinement at Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare: “Thoughts on psychiatric incarceration when not guilty by reason of insanity: ‘If you don’t agree with your psychiatrist, make yourself at home’, available online at http://www.madinamerica.com/2014/07/thoughts-psychiatric-incarceration-guilty-reason-insanity/. In September, Sharon covered John’s trial in Ross County, and is in the process of writing about it.
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