At last mad
APRIL 10th, 2013
“AT LAST MAD”
“At last mad, no longer alone;
At last mad, at last redeemed.
At last mad, at last at peace”.
(W. Wenders, Wings of Desire)
It was the end of December 2010, even if I didn’t realize it. I didn’t realize many things, then…
In the wee hours I felt like suffocating, so I got up and went to the balcony to breathe. But it wasn’t enough, so I went out the street, guided by the miracles, convinced that I was being leaded by the Divine Force.
I was very surprised, not only because there were no people on the streets around the M30, but also because there were hardly any cars. Everybody seemed to be asleep, protected by their blankets, while I was trying to conceal the great consciousness awakening I was experiencing…
A few days later, at the request of my family, the Guardia Civil set me up and I was, again, confined in a psychiatric hospital…
That spiritual uplift from previous days turned into mortal and self-destructive desperation. I lost everything: My work, every penny and, especially, the trust of my acquaintances that ever since have avoided me and look at me with mistrust, and my friends, that I understand they cannot understand me
A much-loved childhood friend, possibly the most intelligent in all our class, started with an obsessive-compulsive disorder in his teens and, since long, lives convinced he is Jesus Christ waiting for the Father to announce him to the World.
¿What can the NEW PSYCHIATRY do for us?
They call us “mad” and they call “madness” all the atrocities typical of psychopaths. How could they not be afraid of us? In general, most of us, mentally ill, are much less dangerous than, for instance, most politicians (among whom it is normal the psychopath personality). This stigma is as cruel as the one in Wim Wender’s poem: there is neither salvation nor peace in madness, but quite the opposite.
Mental illnesses are not “like other illnesses”, however much we pretend otherwise. I have only one life, like you, but mine is 100% controlled by the mental illness, or whatever it is.
¿What can NEWPSYCHIATRY
really do for us?
ANSWER OF NEWPSYCHIATRY (11-04-2013)
Your text is dramatic and synthesizes exactly the concerns that made me, many years ago, start developing and writing NEW PSYCHIATRY.
For over 40 years I have been witnessing cases like yours with sheer impotence. Classic psychiatry carries such deficiencies that a single professional can do virtually nothing to avoid the damage caused to the patient.
Your complaint reflects the uncertainty that made me stay on the razor’s edge for my entire professional career: Could the traditional psychiatry cause more harm than good?
As for your distressed question ¿What can New Psychiatry do for us? My answer, I am afraid, has to be necessarily disappointing:”Today, it can do nothing”.
Let me explain.
The NEWPSYCHIATRY involves dramatic changes, as:
- Removing psychopathy and sociopathy from our benefit catalog.
- Assuming as normal some psychic manifestations considered until now as pathological.
- Modifying all laws related to attributing responsibility on mental illnesses.
These major changes would only be possible if, over time, NEWPSYCHIATRY comes to be accepted by most professionals in the psychiatric field.
Therefore, the only thing we can do for now is helping its dissemination to, maybe someday, the whole psychiatric community will value and accept it as a hypothesis.
If that should happen, then NEWPSYCHIATRY will have become a useful tool to really help you and other people who are suffering as you are.