10 Reasons

 

TEN REASONS WHY PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS DON'T FIGHT PSYCHIATRIC ABUSES

(AND OFTEN LOSE THE FIGHT WHEN THEY DO)


Courtesy of Ria Strong strongria@yahoo.com.au

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  1. Because they don't know they're not supposed to be treated the way they have been; they don't know that they've been abused. They may feel traumatized by their experiences, but don't realize that what happened to them was really WRONG.

  2. Because they don't know that they CAN complain.

  3. Because they don't know HOW to complain.

  4. Because they're SCARED to complain.

  5. Because they don't think there's any POINT complaining. Because they don't believe their complaints will change anything.

  6. Because they feel OVERWHELMED by the idea of complaining. Because they don't want to put themselves through the STRESS of the complaints process.

  7. Because they have been ACTIVELY DISCOURAGED from complaining because it might "make their illness worse".

  8. Because their complaints are not BELIEVED. Psychiatrically labelled people often don't have much credibility. Complaints may be dismissed as "delusional". If a person with a serious mental illness says one thing and the mental health professional says another... who is believed?

  9. Because they may start doubting THEMSELVES. Because they start believing the people who tell them their abuse didn't really happen. Because they start believing that they were delusional or hallucinating.

  10. Because blatantly abusive treatment may be seen as a normal part of psychiatric "care". People with a serious mental illness may recognize it for what it is, but that doesn't mean that mental health professionals and legal people will.