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Why get labeled? Describe yourself in the People's DSM!

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Here's a peaceful revolutionary response to psychiatry's label bible, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" (DSM). MindFreedom Portland has launched a "People's DSM" where you can describe yourself!

Why get labeled? Describe yourself in the People's DSM!

People's DSM says Boycott Normal!


Boycott Normal!

by C.J. Lince & MindFreedom Portland



MindFreedom needs your help to create our own "manual": 

The People’s DSM!

Psychiatry has its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) created by psychiatric industry leaders. Now you can participate in a project to turn the tables. 


Click here:'s_DSM_Wiki


The People's DSM (also called Identities of Mentally Oppressed Kin or IMOK) is a project where psychiatric survivors reject outside labels and define ourselves however we see fit: a description, a story, a drawing... anything to express our identities without fear of ridicule or medical labeling.


We reject DSM labeling by sharing our views of ourselves and our creative gifts.


Anyone can contribute, and entries can be anonymous!  Entries will be posted online and will eventually be available to print.  Entries are roughly 150 to 250 words, or can be visual or another form of media.


It is only just beginning - please, add more!

To add a part of yourself to our picture of mental diversity:

  • Visit the People's DSM wiki and click "Add a Page" at the top (next to the icon with a "+" on it)
  • The title you choose for the page will also become the URL.
  • Choose "standard page" for text with an image file (you can remove the image placeholder later if you're not adding a picture).
  • Add your text the same way that you would type an e-mail or a Word document.
  • IMPORTANT: When you are finished, click the blue "Publish" button on the right!



E-mail your submissions or questions to


You can visit the "wikia" link above to see the current contributions to the PDSM.

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"I find inspiration and mental support in MindFreedom," says Chuck. "I like associating with like-minded activists for human rights in mental health. When I go into a Board or Commission and say I am a member of MindFreedom International. It gives what I say a lot more validity and my voice carries a lot farther. My first of eight involuntarily institutionalizations was at age 23. I have witnessed much injustice in mental health. I have been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. My goal is to help stop forced outpatient psychiatric procedures, seclusion, restraints and other human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern is the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages."
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