I wanted to create a page for electroshock survivors that may be fearful to return to traditional psychiatry for help. Having been overly drugged for years (to the point I won a psychiatric medical malpractice lawsuit), and surviving many rounds of shock, I myself became disillusioned by the mental health system.
I originally turned to mental health professionals for a trusting relationship where my issues could be worked through. I was met by a very unequal power dynamic that was pathologizing and disempowering. Psychiatrists were intent on my assuming the lifetime role they picked out of the DSM. I was told my emotions had to be “managed” with drugs, not worked through. Meetings became about prescriptions, side effects, and drugs for those side effects. I was handed a fist full of prescriptions, and shown the door.
The system had a foundation of coercion. I handed my power and my opinion of myself over to a person in a suit, perched behind a desk holding the DSM, and it almost ended my life.
Dr. John Breeding told me about Process Work, and said it may be helpful. It is. I have found what I hope is the face of mental health to come. It is empowering, validating, non-pathologizing, welcomes extreme states, and an equal power dynamic. It is a spirit of cooperation, a focus on personal strengths and of wellness. It is a healing relationship where one is safe, heard, and validated. It is a welcoming one-to-one relationship. Process Workers also take the world stage in conflict resolution.
I hope that you will research this option.