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Anti-Psychiatry: ‘We wanted to Save the World so they Said we were Mad’

REBEL YELL: Why Anti – Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill – By Bruce Levine, Ph.D

– In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not.

Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority. Continue reading Anti-Psychiatry: ‘We wanted to Save the World so they Said we were Mad’