Escaping The Shackles of Psychiatry: What I’ve Seen and Survived, as Both Doctor and Patient

This article by Dr. Cathy Wield has been published by Mad in America. It begins:

“”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,’”’ said Edmund Burke. This is as true on a world stage as in a playground setting, where the bully holds sway over numerous kids who are too afraid to challenge their behaviour. It is how and why the tyrants prevail. So what, you may ask, has this to do with the psychiatric paradigm of today? Everything. In treatment as well as professional settings, bullies prevail.

In my own experience as both a patient and a doctor, I’ve seen this first-hand. I’ve endured the effects of that bullying on me, and I’ve witnessed the impact on my husband and children as well. They still struggle to understand what happened to me. 

The whole of my family had suffered horrendously during the seven years from 1994, when I was repeatedly hospitalized as a psychiatric patient, drugged, and given ECT. On top of it, during the last few years, when I spent more time detained in hospital than at home, some of the nurses accused me of ‘not wanting to get better’”’ and urged the doctors to label me with ‘“’personality disorder.’”’  …”

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