Joanna Gilman Hyde

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Tag: mental illness

THE NEW PSYCHIATRIST

The Hawk Kitchen 5:09pm

After 22 years I might as well

admit to “having a mental illness”

yes — mental illness

with the name “Bi-polar” given to Me

by today’s very nice Doctor

from the Caribbean

— A Woman Who, taking thought, pronounced Me

“talented and complicated”

and smiled Her Very Nice Smile

and wrote out Her Prescription

IN ORDER FOR SURVIVAL

The Hawk Dining Room 6:49pm

Like the flocks of tiny birds

We watched this morning —

there has to be

a Collective Shift —

a Collective Curve

& Undulation

of Our Global —

No — Universal

Perception

PREMISE ON “MENTAL ILLNESS”

There is no such “thing” as “mental illness.”  There is no true illness which can be said to be entirely “mental” unless it is derived from an organic source such as a brain tumour.  There are no physical attributes in the human body which can point to this description.  There is no pre-determining test for “mental illness.”  The psychiatric diagnosis used to determine the supposed state of “mental illness” is opinion-based at best, and most often this opinion is not shared by the individual in question.  At worst this opinion is often shared by family members, friends, and society as a whole, creating a kind of trap or “Catch 22” for the individual.

What we see when we attempt to use this stigmatizing and false description of “mental illness” is an array of human self expression which may be affected by, or resulting from, changes in environment, sleep patterns, physical activity, thought, perception, interaction with others, or any conglomeration of naturally occurring factors which can and do affect all of us as human beings.

We are variable and complex.  To lump any of us into “categories” of “mental illness” is a grave disservice to humanity.

 

Written by Joanna Gilman Hyde Blair

THOMAS SZASZ*

The Hawk Basement 3:22pm

I was going to write

a poem

listing My Psychiatric Diagnoses

but I decided

to make Potato Salad

instead

 

*maverick psychiatrist/author (1920 — 2012) 

The Myth of Mental Illness

Schizophrenia:  The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry

RESET

The Hawk West Desk Window 10:55pm

We live in The Era Coming

where there is no such thing as “Mental Illness”

no need for Psychiatrists

They can go home

no need for catalogues, labels, DSM volumes

or medication (except for sleep)

We Are Human All

behaving as Humans

within Our vast array of possibility

Our Observations

are based on fundamental perception

and based on Our interpretation of perception

within Its vast array of possibility

GOOD NIGHT

 

 

THE CURE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA is…

YOU DON’T HAVE IT