Madness, Heresy, And The Rumor of Angels; The Revolt against the Mental Health System

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This is a collection of seven true stories of individuals insulted and injured by the mental health system, individuals who then fought back, broke free, and rebuilt their lives. Madness, Heresy, and the Rumor of Angels is a work in the tradition of Thomas Szasz, R. D. Laing, and Erving Goffman, a challenge to the delusional belief-system known as psychiatry, and a protest against its appalling crimes.

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Overview

This is a collection of seven true stories of individuals insulted and injured by the mental health system, individuals who then fought back, broke free, and rebuilt their lives. Madness, Heresy, and the Rumor of Angels is a work in the tradition of Thomas Szasz, R. D. Laing, and Erving Goffman, a challenge to the delusional belief-system known as psychiatry, and a protest against its appalling crimes.

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Kurt Vonnegut
Seth Farber's book tells us of seven nightmares, in which people who are unhappy for good reasons are declared lunatics for being unhappy and are locked up and given drugs which destroy their ability to solve their problems.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812692006
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets
Pt. II Heretics, Apostates, and Infidels
9 Critics of the Concept of Mental Illness 117
10 Rejecting 'Mental Illness': An Interview with James Mancuso 137
11 Psychiatry and Social Control: An Interview with Ron Leifer 141
12 Getting Off Psychiatric Drugs: An Interview with Ron Leifer 160
Pt. III In Revolt Against the System
13 To Break the Silence: George Ebert Speaks 187
14 From Victim to Revolutionary: An Interview with Leonard Frank 190
Appendix 1: Required Reading for Revolters 241
Appendix 2: Why Deinstitutionalization Failed 245
Appendix 3: The Network Against Coercive Psychiatry 257
Index 261
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