Rethinking mental health

It was good to see that “Rethinking Mental Health: Local Practitioners, Groups Reject Mainstream Treatment” [Feb. 6 Xpress] was your fifth most viewed post in 2013.

In 1978, Judi Chamberlin published the book On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System. In 2013, Allen Francis published Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against the Overmedicalization of Ordinary Life.

Psychiatrists today don’t have it easy. On one side are the pharmaceutical companies pushing their magic pills; on the other side are patients who are inclined to go off their medications.

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti

Wishing you all a sane 2014.

— Mick Bysshe
Asheville

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