Psychiatric Clinical Reformism
DLA is on its way out. What other choice have we but to change with the times? Iain Duncan Smith will see us all living in cardboard boxes behind Tesco in no time, unless we start to make viable changes now rather than go down with our sinking ship — that’s only the responsibility of the captain, so lead Lord Freud to the wolves, once he’s out the door!
I don’t know what Hoban and the rest of the DWP imbeciles have bubbling in their cauldrons… what’s more, I am past caring. We need to start making plans for change today not by the time everything’s already gone to pot.
For my part, I am hoping to enter into serious talks with the Institute of Mental Health at Nottingham University about what I’m calling Psychiatric Clinical Reformism. It’s a three pronged attack on both sides — a wake up call for the establishment and shake up for us:
- Bridging the gap: psychiatry and its clinical terminology needs to be united with what we now call ‘sensitivity training’ and psychometric review bodes well to have devised a system — or subset of scales and standard deviations — to adequately gauge sensitivity to stimuli and emotive concepts inherent in its structure which prove damaging to the patient albeit diagnostically useful to the clinician.
- Language of the heart: emotions are easily appealed to. Music, cinema, fashion all appeal to the emotional core. The amygdale in the region of the brain known as the ‘limbic system’, where emotional responses live and breathe, remains the most studied and puzzled over area of the brain in diagnostic neuroscience. Finding new ways to speak to the heart from the heart — far beyond art therapy — seem in order to aid diagnosis and management.
- Childs play: mental patients are developmentally stuck by their problems at a time when these traumas became incumbent in their psycho-ontological structure. These need to be appealed to where they live, as well. They can be puzzled over, perhaps never remedied, but certain improved and build further upon. It appears developmental and child psychology may yet play a bigger role than envisioned.
What I’m talking about is not rising about psychiatry and removing the shackles that keep us medicated or hospitalized, nor am I speaking of pulling psychiatry down and spreading our wings in lieu of freedom. Neither of these ideas work. Moses may have parted the Red Sea, but now it’s up to us to fill the gap not bridge the gap.
I’ll post more information as I have it, but for now I leave you with this. We don’t need to go back to the way things were, nor do we need to burn it down. We need to live — we all need to live — in ways and by means which are fulfilling for our own lives and productive for society. Fuck the revolt… it’s easier to build on a barren plot than try to convince all the buildings to return — let alone rebuild them as they were. Co-operation and understanding are the law in a civilized, so let’s try and work with rather than against that.