Anarchism and the Mentally Ill 1

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

Like many of my posts, I’m writing this piece from the clerical unit of my local psych rehab. There are all kinds of people here around me; black, white, old, young. But the one thing we all have in common, the one thing that brings us all together here, is that, for lack of a better word, we’re all fucking nuts. Schizophrenia, bipolar, a vast rainbow across the autism spectrum, I personally enjoy a zesty melange of depression, social anxiety, gender dysphoria, and agoraphobia that have plagued me for most of my life and my family for generations. We come here for a lot of reasons, for work, for recovery, but mostly we come here to belong. Because it’s the one place where we can be who we are without fear of being censured by a society that has deemed us defective.

I am mentally ill, dearest motherfuckers. But what does that really mean in this day and age. In the modern world, a mentally ill person is essentially someone who is pathologically ill equipped to take part in society. But considering the state of society, is that really a disability? We live in a country that prizes mindless obedience to authority and no holds barred consumption to the point of ecological genocide. If you ask me, the people who aren’t freaked out are the fucking sickos.

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One comment

  1. Greetings, Comrade.

    Want to ask: do you know about “Mad in America” (MiA) web portal? Or about anti-psychiatry / post-psychiatry / critical psychiatry in general? If you don’t, you may like to pay a visit to MiA:

    https://www.madinamerica.com/

    Not sure whether you would like MiA and people there – they are differently less unashamedly radical than you (or me), and thus keep a lot of their time trying to prove to themselves and others that Mad People aren’t really THAT dangerous and thus should not be “stigmatised”. I would rather like them to take a more confrontational stance…

    Yet, I still like to be with them, from time to time, still they also put a lot of high-quality scientific and medical materials on thier site, de(con)structing faulty psychiatric claims of being a “science” and a “medicine”.And, well, a single visit won’t hurt for sure, and then you will decide for yourself whether you’re interested in the staff MiA people post or not.

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