Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Psychiatric Labels Plague Women’s Mental Health

May is mental-health awareness month, but sadly, much of the publicity and public “education” connected with it consists of trying to persuade people they are mentally ill and need medication and psychotherapy. What is little known but frightening is the damage often done to many women simply by giving them psychiatric diagnoses. [...]

Because they received psychiatric diagnoses, women have lost health insurance or had skyrocketing premiums, lost jobs, lost the right to make decisions about their medical and legal affairs and lost, or nearly lost, their lives. Last month, a woman on the West Coast went to court after losing child custody on the basis of having been psychiatrically labeled. [...]

It should not be surprising, then, that the psychiatric field is riddled with diagnoses that are used to demean and pathologize women.

Read the full OpEd piece on Women's News here

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