Article by Sascha - Unraveling the Biopsychiatric Knot: the Future History of the Radical Mental Health MovementSubmitted by Icarus Project on Sun, 04/18/2010 - 12:31pm
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Mad Love, Sascha
There are few things as powerful as identifying the manufacturer’s mark on what we have perceived as our personal demons.
–Aurora Levins Morales
My heart beat fast as I wrote many of these words. I did the research for this article to try and make sense of this story I carry around with me about being someone who is seen as mad, who struggles with what this society considers a serious “brain disorder.” My hope is that by the time you finish reading my words you will have more tools to analyze this hyper-complicated world around you, tools to find points of connection between people you might never have thought you had much in common, tools to tear apart the psychic walls that keep us from understanding ourselves and one another. Part of building a movement, in this case what we might as well call the mad movement, is the conscious telling of our stories and history. This isn’t my personal story, but one that ties together the larger story of psychiatry and economics in all of our lifetimes. The important part to keep in mind is that it is very much a story in progress and that we all are characters in it. My hope is that we can use this knowledge to raise our collective consciousness and to write the next chapter together with brilliant colors and the visionary fire of our growing mad community. -- Sascha Altman DuBrul
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