7 responses to “Demedicalising Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition.”

  1. Dr. Cathy Kezelman

    I am very keen to read your book as soon as it comes out. I am an adult survivor of child abuse and a medical practitioner by training.

    I have also been involved in advocating for the introduction of trauma-informed services for adult survivors in Australia, and am currently CEO of ASCA, a national Australian organisation for adults traumatised through abuse and neglect in childhood.

    Having been medically trained but having had the lived experience of being a survivor has shown me the need for a major shift in the way health care practitioner approach human beings who have developed mental health challenges as a result of their trauma. Please keep me informed about your book, when it is published and any other developments you feel are relevant

    Congratulations! Cathy

  2. kenyatta yamel

    I am very eager to check out this book. I just heard about you through the Madness network.

  3. Riou

    Dear Jacqui,

    Over decades now I have been taking so many cocktails of prescribed psychoactive drugs it is very hard to remember them, let alone list them. However, I am now entering the third year of a comprehensive and self-initiated program to remove them from ‘my diet’ which if successful, as I am only now taking one, could leave me drug free in 18 months for the first time in 25 years. I’d never heard of the medical model until recently and I couldn’t even tell you what the dissociative disorder I ‘have been treated for’ is, as whenever ‘psychosis’ or ‘schzoid’ labels were employed they were so often rendered useless by a precursory label of ‘atypical’. The psychologist I now see recommended I look you up on the internet and I feel your book appears a must have for me to read. In the whole time of my everyday struggle with extraordinary and fluctuating symptoms, without answers I only ever wanted honesty. If that meant some doctor saying of a drug ‘this is only a punt but it might help’ this would have been so positive to counteract the year on year feeling of personal failure that evocates so much of society more generally that it is always my fault. Thank you Jacqui for the possibility to get some honesty and maybe, having read it, a bit of hope…

  4. Adele Bromfield

    I, myself am writing a book for professionals in the mental health care system here in South Wales UK. I’ve suffered with severe depression and anxiety since trauma in childhood and hope that my efforts and experiences ( not just mine but many I have collected from friends with similar problems) will give some enlightenment to the therapists that try to help. I have seen for a long time now, that there needs to be a drastic change in methodology and attitude towards people who say……….for example, self harm, or attempt suicide. I’m amazed that in twenty years of suffering and turning from this therapist to that, that no one in the field of mental health professionals has come up with the idea that it’s the prospective of the patient that is the key to healing, not academia or protocols and directives that come from people who mean well but don’t have a clue until they try to REACH the patient on the same level.
    I’m looking forward to reading the book. After coming across this site (given to me by my therapist who I must say is amazing in her techniques) I am………yeah! at last, something’s being done to help those like me! something that makes sense and shows a light at the end of the tunnel!
    Thanks for all the hard work you put into this and if I can ever help in any way, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

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