saneism, psychiatric abuse
disability is a much more useful framework for reasoning about the distress of madpeople. the reason schizophrenics can't hold down a job isn't because of their 'symptoms,' it is because people refuse to tolerate the idiosyncracies of schizophrenia (medicated AND unmedicated, antipsychotics are famous for their intolerable side effects and a schizophrenic person on heavy antipsychotics behaves in obviously-strange ways)...
'professionalism' and the expectation customers have of uniform behaviors out of service employees both lead to firings of people who could easily continue working the job if others simply knew to respect their difference. this is the key insight of the unequaled effectiveness of social interventions into the occupational lives of schizophrenics
as for paranoia — what could possibly make you more paranoid than medical abuse, involuntary commitment, being poisoned by your meds, discrimination from all sides...? paranoia is mostly iatrogenic
@Manurweibling that's pretty wild imo, you've basically independently rediscovered major ideas of one of the greatest philosophers of the last century
@dankwraith that's very flattering but it's not totally independent!! people have been REFERENCING Foucault to me for ages, I'm sure I picked up a ton of stuff just as background noise.
@dankwraith ever since I read the first little bit of his History of Sexuality Volume 1 I've been like. fuck. shit. I've been reinventing the Foucauldian wheel
re: saneism, psychiatric abuse
@Manurweibling this is interesting, i'm schizophrenic too and i hadn't really considered this. but i think youre right, i hadn't really considered paranoia being iatrogenic before
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