Anne C. Woodlen, crucial voice!

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A psychologist who demystifies, from her own experiences, many crucial topics on psychiatric labeling and so on? Here's another of the handful (?) of voices speaking up from *inside* the Ivory Tower of the social sciences.

Highly recommending the following posts from her blog:

Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill



"Gaining acceptance into graduate school or medical school and achieving a PhD or MD and becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist means jumping through many hoops, all of which require much behavioral and attentional compliance to authorities, even to those authorities that one lacks respect for. The selection and socialization of mental health professionals tends to breed out many anti-authoritarians. Having steered the higher-education terrain for a decade of my life, I know that degrees and credentials are primarily badges of compliance."


"I have found that most psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals are not only extraordinarily compliant with authorities but also unaware of the magnitude of their obedience. And it also has become clear to me that the anti-authoritarianism of their patients creates enormous anxiety for these professionals, and their anxiety fuels diagnoses and treatments."



"You, Too, Can Have a Psychiatric Disorder"


"[ADD labeling] is like saying a child is unmotivated.  Fact is, all children are motivated—they’re just not motivated to do what you want them to do.  Likewise, children with ADD are paying attention—they’re just not paying attention to what you want them to."



Asperger’s syndrome is a mental illness that consists of intellectual brilliance and a mild form of autism, which is the inability to relate happily to other members of your own species.  A lot of people with Asperger’s syndrome go to medical school and become doctors.  These are people who, in their childhood, have pet rocks—and empathize with them.  People with Asperger’s are very good students, in possible part because they have no friends to distract them from their studies.  They like to take things apart...

"It helps you get through medical school if you are brilliant and would rather study than socialize with people.  The down side to this, of course, is that medicine is applied to people and sooner or later the Asperger’s person has to go one-on-one with members of his own species, which is a real bummer.  The famed neurologist Oliver Sacks has spoken (brilliantly, of course) of his difficulties with Asperger’s.  Most doctors go undiagnosed—seriously, what doctor is going to tell another doctor he’s got a mental defect?  So, of course, they also go untreated and get reputations for being real sons of bitches, nevertheless, they are a useful asset in society.  Becoming a doctor involves renouncing human relations in order to do a lot of book learnin’, and what normal person would do that?

"So here’s the point:  today’s mental illness serves a purpose."

She goes on to list several other examples of how so-called mental illness is obfuscating our original, intuitive powers.

Anne doesn't say this, yet, but basically the game is part of the neo-colonial attack on our very memory of who we are! Of the value of our intuition and our powers as human beings. As always, the career-minded mystify something previously taken for granted and then exploit our trust in their high f'lutin'-sounding mystified words, so they can make a living. Same old tricks of the classic snake oil salesman!

Looks like a VERY GOOD blog to check out regularly! Especially since Anne is a survivor of psychiatry herself! Note: I found Anne while looking up info about the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance, a peer-run nonprofit group that runs an important crisis line (see my other blog entries for info). Wishing they had a website and/or blog!!


Anne has begun a new blog on the same topics: