[Hpn] Mental Cruelty in San Francisco

Graeme Bacque graeme.bacque@3web.net
Sun, 17 Jun 2001 19:10:05 -0400


At 01:52  6/15/01 -0700, chance martin wrote:


>Mental Cruelty
>Michael Wise and Susan Owsley are recovering schizophrenics who got the
>right kind of help, and got off the street.The mayor's secret budget cuts
>will make sure that doesn't happen anymore.
>By Peter Byrne

You notice how this article successfully avoids any mention of the other 
cuts  (to housing, income assistance,  voluntary, non-medical social 
supports, etc.) that are proving to be the major contributers to madness. 
No - instead it sticks to the officially-sanctioned line that emotional 
crises are the result of a 'biological brain disorder' with a mystifying 
(and fundamentally meaningless) label such as 'schizophrenia', 
'schizoaffective', 'bipolar', etc.

None of these 'diagnoses' have ever been scientifically validated. 
Nonetheless, these officially-sanctioned bogus labels (and not the 
'illnesses' they purport to describe) have probably destroyed more lives 
than bubonic plague. They represent a classic scenario of a repressive, 
uncaring system covering its ass through victim-blaming.

The only mystery is why, in a system as emotionally and spiritually 
bankrupt as this one, even more people aren't going mad. Or maybe some are 
just more successful at hiding it than others.

'Mental cruelty', indeed.

Barf.