Wednesday, 7 September 2016

"Must we really try to subdue this hypersensitivity?" #FrancoiseDavoine 'History Beyond Trauma'

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I first read 'History Beyond Trauma' by Parisian psychoanalysts Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliรจre in around 2011 (borrowing a copy from St Andrews University) when hearing via the Irish Critical Voices Network about the launch of Mere Folle/Mad Mother Movie in Goldsmiths College, London, based on their work, on 19 February 2011.  

My son Daniel and I travelled down to London to meet them and I was keen to invite Davoine and her husband to Fife to speak.  However in Feb11 we also travelled to Ireland, Athlone, to hear Robert Whitaker lecture on his book 'Anatomy of an Epidemic', arranging for him to visit Scotland and Fife in November 2011.  Both of these Feb11 trips were self funded.  

Bob's lecture was organised under the auspices of Peer Support Fife which I ran voluntarily, having set it up in January 2008.  Fifers Prof Phil Barker and his wife Poppy Buchanan-Barker offered to open and close the lecture in Elmwood College, Cupar.  

PS Fife ran out of funding in 2011 and by 2012 the website became an archived resource, and I became a mental health writer, activist and human rights campaigner.  Caring and advocating for my son after the psychiatric abuse of the locked seclusion room, February 2012, in the IPCU Stratheden Hospital, NHS Fife.  Winning an Ombudsman case at the end of September 2014 and a brief written apology from the Fife Health Board in the October, admitting no liability.


Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic, public lecture Cupar, Fife, Scotland, 19 November 2011 from Chrys Muirhead on Vimeo.

"According to conventional histories of psychiatry, the arrival of Thorazine in asylum medicine in 1955 kicked off a 'psychopharmacological revolution' Yet, since 1955, the disability rate due to mental illness in the United States has risen more than six-fold. Moreover, this epidemic of disabling mental illness has accelerated since 1987, when Prozac - the first of the "second-generation" drugs - arrived on the market. This increase in disability is also being seen in other countries that have embraced the use of psychiatric drugs: Canada, UK, Ireland, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand, among others. A review of the long-term outcomes literature for psychiatric medications reveals why this is so. The 'medical model' paradigm of care, which emphasises continual use of psychiatric medications, is a failed paradigm, and needs to be dramatically re-thought.": Robert Whitaker

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