This is Day 1 of our 30-day blog (more info here) on the Declaration of Principles adopted by the 10th Annual Conference on Human Rights and Psychiatric Oppression (Toronto, May 14-18, 1982). Today we are talking about Principle 1.
Principle 1 reads in full as follows:
We oppose involuntary psychiatric interventions, including civil commitment and the administration of psychiatric procedures ("Treatments") by force or coercion or without informed consent.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkwithtenneyInvoluntary medicine, forced on unwilling subjects, is wrong. Psychiatry is a philosophy of human thought and behavior, nothing more. Its claim to scientific origins and validity has not bourne out in reality. It’s outcomes, throughout history, are characteristically dismal. It is the bar stool drunk of modern medicine, always seeking another chance and always claiming that a change in luck is just around the corner.
The fact that psychiatry has volunteered itself as a dumping ground for problems that baffle secular society does not change this. The world is replete with those who claim solutions to the problems of others. Numerous religions make this claim, and with a better show of success.
No matter how expert or successful, we still require every other human philosophy to appeal to the reason of those it endeavors to assist. That society has accorded psychiatry special status to force, coerce and control is a social and moral travesty. It is an embarrassment to principle and reason, that is not worthy of civilized discourse.
Questions for Reflection
We are building this Blog together. Your lived experience is needed and valued. It is essential to building our shared knowledge and expertise as a movement. Please comment on any or all of these questions or in any way that speaks to you personally.
1. Have you ever experienced involuntary psychiatry - forced, coerced, uninformed, against your will or better judgment - detention, commitment, seclusion, restraint, drugging, shock, psycho-surgery, ‘treatment’, bodily implants, behavior modification, restrictions of freedom, monitoring, reporting, or other interventions or procedures?
2. What would you like others of conscience to know about your experience?
3. What about this experience affected you the most?
4. What would you most want to protect others in your situation from having to experience?
5. When you picture yourself in the worst of it, how did you make it through and what made that possible?
6. Can you recall a time when someone "got it right"? What made the difference and why did it matter to you?
7. What responses from others have been most meaningful or useful to you in your journey?
8. What human qualities, relationships or resources do you most need, value or long for in times of crisis, conflict or challenge?
9. Think ahead to the advice you would give to future generations. What is the smallest change our society could make today that would lead to the biggest future benefit in regard to these issues?
10. Force is never an individual matter. The power of the State is only invoked when multiple people are affected: If we were all willing to make a sincere effort to navigate or transform shared experiences of crisis, conflict or challenge, what new, creative, collaborative, constructive or growth-producing approaches would we be trying out?
Conference on Principle 1: Postponed
More information here.