“we gotta take the power back”
Thinking of the different ways in which we engage with trick cyclists*. Some of us were forced and others went willingly. Same difference for if we don’t agree to it then we’re likely to be/gonna be forced. It’s inevitable in my experience.
I’ve always known this since childhood and seeing my mother resist psychiatric treatment. I knew that if my mother was resisting it then she had a good reason to be doing so.
And then I found out for myself in 1978 when I resisted, was forcibly injected, then again in 1984, following painful, induced childbirths. Detained in 2002 at the menopause and made to take the pills. Same difference. Breaking free.
I don’t see myself ever voluntarily swallowing psychiatric drugs. It’s a matter of principle. And also a matter of sense because the drugs don’t work and don’t agree with me. They make me mentally ill. I don’t believe in mental illness so I cannot be a willing conscript.
Other would-be conscripts engage with me, telling me their stories and battles with trick cyclists. They want me to feel their rage, pain and suffering. And I do. It’s palpable. It rests with me.
Time for a change. A paradigm shift in psychiatric system thinking. No more forcing drugs on to unwilling conscripts, shock treatment and brain surgery for mental illness. These behaviours are nothing to be proud of.
[*trick cyclist: slang for psychiatrist]