"They convinced us that being seen as ill would make us respected, and they lied."
I am so greatful for this podcast. I’ve been researching critical psychiatry and doing my own analysis of the limits of therapy the past year which has been so alienating. Pair that with years of what I would describe as systemic gaslighting, coming to my own conclusions so different from consensus has been scary. Hearing you say these things out loud that I have been thinking for so long has been such a comfort. I just graduated with my MSW with plans of being a therapist and your critiques of therapy as an institution are something I take very seriously. I’ve seen first hand how the goals of therapy are determined by the therapist and determined by capitalist values even when we ourselves believe we are being neutral. I’m currently on a path to being a psychedelic therapist and I believe therapy can be one of many’s sources of healing when the therapist has clearly examined the values of the culture around them.
Listening to you talk about how ADHD has socially shifted to the top of the hierarchy, I've also been rewatching Clone High from 2002 and the third episode is literally called "A.D.D.: The Last 'D' is for Disorder". I'd love to hear you comment more on this shift and how arbitrary the psychiatric-social hierarchy is!
Coming from a critical psych perspective and queer perspective, what is your view on the medicalization and the pharmaceutical treatment of gender dysphoria?