Mental Health Care as Oppression

This is a fantastic and necessary article. Psychiatry (and any medical practice really) can’t be separated from past and present colonialist racist practice.

Lunacy, Crazy Indians and the Witch’s Hammer:  Mental Health Care as Oppression

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/08/13/lunacy-crazy-indians-and-witchs-hammer-mental-health-care-oppression-161361

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[TL;DR for the comments i make below: having such a diagnosis and having feels about it being critiqued can and must sit alongside the historical and present facts of how it came to be a diagnosis in the first place, who it most impacts, and so on.]
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i’ll be real and share that as someone with ADHD and PTSD, i acknowledge that it’s sometimes hard for me to sit un-defensively with critiques or dismissals of the diagnoses themselves, because what i experience is real, and the benefits i get from ADHD meds are tangible, as it is with medications and therapies for my various other disabilities. Having a certain diagnosis often comes under intense scrutiny and judgement, and sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between a necessary historical accounting of why those diagnoses came to be, who they impact the most, and how fucked up that is, and a critique of the individual with the diagnosis. Does that make sense?
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I.e. The experiences and discomfort can be true alongside critiques of the ways and whys that pharma/ psychiatric industries created those categories, the ways they’re used to control/ contain/ fundamentally change/ erase certain people, including the impacts they had and continue to have on Indigenous communities across Turtle Island and beyond, in every facet of life; and must also sit alongside the truth that as a non-indigenous person on these lands, i have no idea what it’s like to live with the ongoing practices of these fucked up systems, to have those practices be constantly threatening and changing my family structures and experience in combination with the multiple other colonialist impacts occurring, and be expected to be grateful for the change or be further labeled.
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And really, when thinking about it that way, in its historical and current context, and recognizing that it isn’t always about me and my experiences/ body/ ideas, it’s actually not so hard to just sit with it.

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