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Love Notes from Psychiatry

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There’s something deeply wrong with psychiatry. It takes deeply hurt people and aims to numb them out of their humanity or hurt them more, by using disgusting language to make their souls feel small and their hurt feel larger, or use physical force, alienation, or indifference.

Maybe I can drive home the message by taking well known quotes about love and adding a psychiatric twist upon them. Here goes!

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schulz.
“All you need is love. But a little control and restraint to force you to take drugs doesn’t hurt.” Psychiatry.

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Robert Heinlein.
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person must be pathological.” Psychiatry.

There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Henry David Thoreau
“There is no remedy for love so let’s increase your medication until you can feel no love.” Psychiatry.

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand.
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved… unless you are mad, you don’t deserve it.” Psychiatry.

Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones.
“Love doesn’t make the world go round, because the earth is flat! Psychiatry.

Love notes from psychiatry are prescriptions of pain and shame and desolation. It does not taste sweet.

Love and compassion from psychiatry

Love and compassion from psychiatry

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Erika Gelzinnis
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Thank you. Next hospital stay I’m going to take in rolls of these sweets to remind myself of the funny subversive peers out there who can see the absurdity of the system we have to endure in the name of mental health.

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