Since the Presidential Elections, I’ve been in hiding. It feels as though I’ll be shot in the back or on my knees me watching the gun against my head go off and that’s all I have ever written, baby girl. To overcompensate (because I share biomarking familial lineage of OCD), my step counting is near perfection. […]
Dr. Sisti began by insisting that “we do not want to return to those asylums … that are now infamous for incarcerating thousands of Americans … What we were calling for is a rehabilitation of the term ‘asylum’ … [as] a safe sanctuary where they may be able to heal and reclaim their lives in recovery.” Asked about the reason for the widespread use of chemical restraints, Dr. Sisti responded that it is “a lot easier to maintain control and safety in an overcrowded institution when individuals are chemically controlled. We’re seeing this now in prisons,” where individuals with mental health conditions who are often without access to adequate treatment are “oftentimes given large doses of drugs to keep them both safe and comfortable” (emphasis added).
“The financially sensible and morally appropriate way forward includes a return to psychiatric asylums that are safe, modern, and humane.”
One of the biggest problems with Murphy and company is their belief that no one can have an honest disagreement with them. Anyone who disagrees must have a distorted perception or ulterior motive. This has left them severely deficient in trying to build support from people who do not totally agree with them and is one of the big reasons that they did not succeed in their first go around. Instead of connecting with people they try to conquer them and seem unable to realize that the solution to alienating those they seek support from is not to alienate them farther.
Jaffe dismisses critics as “high functioning with lived experience.” He doesnt seem to understand that many of the people most critical of Murphy have the most serious of diagnosis, a history of hospitalization, multiple suicide attempts etc. They have lived what he is selling and found it not the path to health but the biggest stumbling block in the way.
Book Excerpt: “The freedom to be insane is a cruel hoax,” he writes, “perpetrated on those who cannot think clearly by those who will not think clearly.” Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS AMERICAN PSYCHOSIS How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System. By E. FullerTorrey, M.D.