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Military and Mental Health

The intersection between the military and the mental health system has gained special attention because of veterans returning from war with a diagnosis of "post traumatic stress disorder" or PTSD.

Link Paula Caplan on vets returning from Iraq
Paula J. Caplan is an author, teacher, playwright, and long-time supporter of MindFreedom. Dr. Caplan is a research and clinical psychologist at Harvard. Here is a link to an article by Dr. Caplan that was published in Tikkun magazine about how the typical person may help those veterans returning home to the USA after having experienced severe and overwhelming trauma in Iraq.
Link "Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War"
An article by Penny Coleman on AlterNet describing the development of new drugs for soldiers that promise to prevent feelings of guilt and remorse.
Article "America's Medicated Army"
The stress that military personnel are facing in Iraq and Afghanistan is leading a growing number of soldiers to seek help from mental health care professionals. In this article, Time Magazine's Mark Thompson reveals that these soldiers in crisis face a serious lack of treatment alternatives.
Article Vets’ Mental Health Diagnoses Rising
 
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Samantha Johnson, psychiatric survivor, MFI intern

Samantha Johnson is a 22-year-old psychiatric survivor who is interning at the MindFreedom International office. "I was absolutely in disbelief at how the people were treated at the hospital. It was an environment of emotional abuse interspersed with 'treatments' and 'policies' that could be more accurately described as assault. The tragic thing is that there really are some good people working there, but they are unable to provide people with the help they need inside a system that prioritizes profits over people. It might take five years of counseling for someone to truly recover from a mental health crisis, but it takes five minutes to tranquilize them. This is why I started working with MindFreedom. For 25 years MFI has been challenging the mental health system to see us as human beings- to treat us as human beings- through peaceful activism. At MFI we emphasize individual choice, empowerment, and compassion as necessary aspects of a true healing process."
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