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Mad Pride Month

By Sandra Kiume

Imagine these scenarios: A woman with OCD who washes her hands raw a dozen times an hour says, “There’s nothing wrong with me, it’s only a damaged society that says I don’t fit in. Living like this is just a variation on “normality”, as if …

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Mad Pride Month

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  1. My site will be directed at Victims/Survivors of Law Enforcement Officer-Involved Sexual Assault. While I anticipate my readers won’t have much of a sense of humor or creativity- at least during the initial phases of recovery – many will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress. When recovery starts to take hold, many can benefit from a creative outlet. As they transition to emotional stability, I hope celebrating Mad Pride Month will help draw them back into creative expression.

  2. I think there’s nothing wrong with embracing humanity’s diversity, and I never heard of this movement before this post. If a person isn’t significantly bothered by something they do or feel, then, by definition, it’s not something others need to concern themselves with. If someone feels it’s just a personality quirk that they wash their hands 40 times a day, and they’re basically fine with it, it may be OCD-like behavior, but it wouldn’t be diagnosed as OCD by most.

    There’s been a long-standing argument that some of the world’s most creative and greatest artists, writers, poets, actors, etc. have had a touch of madness which is why they were so great. By treating all such maladies, we may be inadvertently also treating ourselves to a world of mediocre and mundane artistic and creative types.

    So, indeed, Happy Mad Pride Month!

  3. Hi John – I totally agree, if someone’s okay with their quirks, we all have them and it’s nobody’s concern. That’s worth celebrating.

    I think my only problem is when somebody is distressed and suffering but others deny the existence or severity of their illness. If an individual defines their symptoms as dysfunctional and desires change, treatments (of all types) ought to be available.

  4. I don’t think Mad Pride is against choice to pursue treatment if wanted at all. And it has nothing to do with Scientology which tells people there is something wrong with them, just a different something than psychiatry tells them.
    All types of treatments should be available but are not and lots of folks are driven away from ever seeking treatment voluntarily by the prejudice against people with psychiatric labels as bad or dangerous. So if Mad Pride can help change that, well Happy Mad Pride Month!

  5. The problem I have with forced psychiatry is that it is forced. My friend is dead because of psychiatry’s abuse. In far too many cases psychiatry does more harm than good. Unfortunately psychiatry does not admit the harm. If somebody dies because of psychiatry’s abuse, the finger still gets pointed at the person who is dead. If there are people who want to celebrate their way of being I’d say more power to them. And let’s stop the oppression.

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