1. J. B. Wiesner and H. F. York, 211 (No. 4), 27 (1964).

Prohibition is easy to legislate (though not necessarily toenforce); but how do we legislate temperance? Experienceindicates that it can be accomplished best through the mediationof administrative law. We limit possibilities unnecessarily if wesuppose that the sentiment of denies us theuse of administrative law. We should rather retain the phrase asa perpetual reminder of fearful dangers we cannot avoid. Thegreat challenge facing us now is to invent the correctivefeedbacks that are needed to keep custodians honest. We must findways to legitimate the needed authority of both the custodiansand the corrective feedbacks.

When we have a mad potluck, I have been known to bring nuts, bananas and crackers in a cracked pot. Here at the MindFreedom office we have two whistles that make the sound of a loon, and a loon stuffed animal! I have hesitated at getting a cuckoo clock, since one never knows who might be on the phone when the clock strikes twelve.


4. J. H. Fremlin, No.415 (1964), p. 285.

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However, at this time, the "medical model" is dominant. The medical model has become a bully in the room. Language that somehow encourages that domination isn't helpful to the nonviolent revolution in the mental health system we need, a nonviolent revolution of choice, empowerment, self-determination.


by David Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International

Ironically, though, the word origin of psychotic is simply "soul sickness." And is there anyone who doubts that our society today has one heck of a lot of soul sickness?

In fact, can we ever perfectly describe reality, at all?

Imagine moving into a new house, and your neighbors discover you have a diagnosis of "psychotic." You will probably discover that this label still carries a lot of power.

The term "mentally ill" is very much a narrow medical model.

So you know those many young people being diagnosed "bipolar"? Well, they may want to know that many of them are also being diagnosed "psychotic," a particularly-offensive label that can stick to them for life.

By the way, have you been noticing a few “quotation marks”?

One indication that the "medical model" approach is holding on is a simple and informal test. For nearly a decade, MindFreedom has done a Google search of the web site for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for their use of the phrase "biologically based" (in quotes).

For example, for decades some in our movement have changed this:

Sometimes I'm told that things are getting better, because so many people are "labeled." There are celebrities and co-workers who candidly discuss their diagnosis of depression, anxiety, or attention deficit disorder. However, in some ways things are worse for one of the most serious diagnoses, "psychosis." As I've noted, technically "psychosis" can include many of the people who are labeled schizophrenic and bipolar.