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Subject: Re: [RadPsyNet-Members] In praise of defiance

Date: Monday, December 21, 2015 1:57 PM



When we did the International Critical Psychiatry Workshop in May, 2013 at the U.C. Berkeley Anthropology Dept., see  here, the organizers put on the flyer a picture praising "defiance" - see  also.

I'd say that your advocacy would be well served by connecting more with the perspective of "Basaglia's Vision" and the culture-based challenge to prevailing "mental health" practice.



On Sunday, December 20, 2015, 4:37 PM, Ilo wrote:

See  In praise of defiance

Labelling someone crazy and difficult is a way to resist justice and change Ė and psychiatrists are complicit

by Carrie Arnold,  freelance science writer, whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Scientific American and Slate, among others. Her latest book is Decoding Anorexia (2012). She lives in Virginia.

Why are defiant and oppositional people often considered a bit disturbed?

The nightmare started with a piece of toast. As a patient at an eating-disorder treatment centre, Holly was required to finish everything on her plate or drink a high-calorie liquid supplement. Already uncomfortably full after eating everything else, she couldnít finish the slice of toast. A nurse reminded her of the rule: toast or supplement. She tried to explain that it was only her fourth day in treatment and she had already eaten nearly twice what she had been eating at home. The nurse insisted. Finally, Holly admitted: ĎI canít. Iím scared.'