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How Psychiatric Stories Create "Mental Illnesses"and Undermines Our Democracy

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Stories We Live By

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This will be the first in a series of podcasts that have two goals. The first is to try and convince the public to reject any and all attempts by professionals working in the mental health industry (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and others) to accept that confusion, anxiety and unhappiness represent actual entities called mental illnesses and disorders.  The second goal is to make the argument that the wholesale diagnosing of many milions of citizens as mentally ill represents an authoritarian system that not only damages them as individuals but has helped undermine our society as a democracy. These podcasts will be told in the form of my    personal story based on my fifty years as a "clinical" psychologist and how I began as a true believer in the  medical model of mental illness and ended as a fierce critic of this same system.