This is an essay I wrote back in 2003, a few years after I had a mental breakdown, about my ideas on the ways in which the medical model of mental health care fails to do justice to the experiences of those considered 'mad' or 'mentally ill'. I have just re-read it and I am actually surprised at how well I was able to express myself at that time. I still hold to a lot of the same ideas but tend to feel more inhibited in putting them forward in this kind of way.

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