There is much talk of following the recovery model within Mental Health. However, psychiatrists have redefined the meaning of recovery to mean something entirely different. In General Medicine the word “recovery” means to heal to the extent that there is no longer a problem that needs ongoing medical attention. Whereas, in the Medicalised Mental Illness System, recovery “means different things to different people” and it can be defined as “leading a meaningful life, despite your illness.”

Some psychiatrist's patients do not accept that they have a medical illness from the outset. Psychiatrists refer to these patients as “lacking insight into the illness.” However, now it seems, we can recovery by believing we are well and having a meaningful life.

 Gordon - CreativelyMaladjusted.NetSo who is deciding that my life is meaningful? When I was crazy, everything was meaningful to me, even though many of the meanings where ones only I saw.

So if you where to ask me at the height of my troubles, “is your life meaningful and do you have good mental health?”, I would have answered, yes, to both. Looking back I can clearly see that my soul was troubled, and my mind unclear. However, I did not believe it then, so in a sense it didn't exist, and perhaps it wasn't the right time for me to change.

The inconsistent logic they use here has the effect of undermining True Recovery, like mine. It says that I have recovered because I have a “meaningful life”, but the thing that sucked meaning out of my life in the first place was the Mental Illness System.

This religious-type mindleap may be an effort to allow people who are still on psychiatric drugs claim some level of health. It is true that many active Service Users are no longer are bouncing off walls, or putting their heads in nooses, but are they really “better?”, can they claim they have “recovered?”

Please let me know if you know of any other field of medicine where you can be both recovered and in need of drugs.

If, like me, you never really thought you had an illness in the first place, how can you now be said to have recovered? My perception of my situation never really changed that much. I always thought my Mental Health Problems were caused by the head wrecking-childhood I had, coupled with the hashish-adolesence. The were problems to overcome, not an illness that I couldn't overcome.

If you examine the “reformed” definition, it really means Maintained Illness.

Written by Gordon Lucas at CreativelyMaladjusted.Net

Related Link: A Message of Hope in Mental Health Care: There IS an Alternative

MindFreedom Ireland does not agree with forced drugging or electroshock.  We see it as a form of torture and a denial of the human right of bodily integrity when it is administered against a persons will.

However, it should be noted that we are not trying to stop others from taking drugs, provided they are fully informed of the potential negative consequences and the statistical likelihood of a negative reaction.


Dear Myles/Pat,

Bio psychiatrists like Veronica O' Keane believe that 'mental illness' is a disease. Yet, and I quote from another psychiatrist Dr Thomas Szasz from his book 'Insanity' who says:

Psychiatry insists that schizophrenia and manic-depressive psychosis are brain diseases. Textbooks of pathology describe and discuss all known bodily diseases, including brain diseases. Accordingly, one way to verify whether schizophrenia and manic-depressive psychosis are brain diseases is to see what the authors of textbooks of pathology say about them. Well, the answer is that they do not say anything at all about these alleged diseases: they do not mention them, as the simply do not recognise mental illnesses as (bodily) diseases.

Isn't it interesting then than I heard Professor O' Keane say that Dr Pat Bracken was unscientific when he dared to question the biomedical model on your programme. Yes, " doctors differ and patients die."

When people are in distress they are not worried about science. They need love and kindness. They need to be encouraged to find and love themselves again or even maybe for the first time!

I know Dr Pat Bracken to be a man who listens to others with a open mind. He values the opinion of those who have experience of bio psychiatry and have not found it helpful. He knows there needs to be a change of mindset. After the second Vatican council the church eventually began to value the opinion of the laity but because of their hierarchical structure even they continue after nearly 50 years to struggle with this and we are witnessing the consequences today.

Where there is equality, there is love and healing. If the person who wants to help and the person who needs help are equal, they will support each other and find positive solutions.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Maddock,

MindFreedom Ireland




Sir, – In response to Aiden Corvin’s article (Opinion, July 31st). I am an example of a person who would be dead today if I did not eventually become drug free and see through the fact that psychotropic drugs were causing my problems. I was diagnosed “bi-polar”. It is very clear to me now with 20/20 vision that the drugs did indeed cause the very problems many psychiatrists were trying to alleviate. They all would sing from the same hymn sheet as Mr Corvin. 


I am in touch, through various groups and websites, with many people worldwide with similar stories. Renowned author Robert Whitaker has compiled the data and evidence in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic that it is psychotropic drugs which shorten people’s lives not the fictitious, non-scientific diagnoses many of us have received


The solution is found in facing up to the truth and providing people help to help themselves if that is their choice


"Of all Tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." – CS Lewis. – 


Yours, etc,

MindFreedom Ireland,
Thornbury Heights,