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 email@example.com
- 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.
- Because they don't know that they CAN complain.
- Because they don't know HOW to complain.
- Because they're SCARED to complain.
- Because they don't think there's any POINT complaining. Because they
don't believe their complaints will change anything.
- Because they feel OVERWHELMED by the idea of complaining. Because
they don't want to put themselves through the STRESS of the complaints
- Because they have been ACTIVELY DISCOURAGED from complaining because
it might "make their illness worse".
- 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
- 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.
- 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.