I first learned of Elyn Saks, moons ago, when I attended grad school at USC. I had heard buzzing about a law professor who suffered from Schizophrenia and had written a book entitled, Center Cannot Hold. I'm glad to see that she's still preaching.
She voices the opinion that one should never be forced to take medication or undergo forced restraint. She says she is pro-psychiatry and anti-force. While this may sound sensical, it is not that simple. It's a complex subject that I will not explore at this time.
What I love love love - is that she tells us that there is no such thing as schizophrenia but rather individuals with schizophrenia. We can all work towards ending stigma by making that shift in our heads.
Elyn Saks on TED TALKS: A tale of mental illness from the inside - 2012 TED Talks YouTube Description:
"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks
once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007
Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by
drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us
to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
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