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Icarus in Wiretap Magazine: Navigating Madness On Campus

Icarus co-coordinator Annie Robinson just had an essay published in the activist youth web magazine WireTap: Landing With Icarus: Navigating Madness On Campus:
I remember vividly the day I met my first psychiatrist.... She was going to help me find a way to deal with the raging voices that had been telling me to seek control of my life by abusing my body, to quell the debilitating sadness and lethargy that kept me sunken in my bed nearly every day. The fact that my best friend was dying of bone cancer came up, but had little to do with her treatment plan. Eventually she came up the answer: Seroquel. Over the following eight years I was subjected to an onslaught of chemical cocktails corresponding to a long list of diagnoses cast upon me...
 

Interview with Icarus organizer Annie R in Wiretap

I remember vividly the day I met my first psychiatrist. I was 14. Slowly, I climbed the stairs to the second floor of a doctors' complex in the quiet suburbs of Boston. A middle-aged woman welcomed me into her office, walls lined with framed degrees and certificates extolling her credentials. She was going to help me find a way to deal with the raging voices that had been telling me to seek control of my life by abusing my body, to quell the debilitating sadness and lethargy that kept me sunken in my bed nearly every day. The fact that my best friend was dying of bone cancer came up, but had little to do with her treatment plan. Eventually she came up the answer: Seroquel.
Over the following eight years I was subjected to an onslaught of chemical cocktails corresponding to a long list of diagnoses cast upon me -- Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Clinical Depression, Anorexia Nervosa, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder... the doctors couldn't make up their minds. Or, I was just one really "disordered" young lady.

Protest the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco This Sunday

Mental Health Clients and Psychiatric Survivors to Lead Protest of
American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
Protesters Say, “Our Creative Support Will Overcome Psychiatric Corruption!”
This Sunday: Festival of Resistance at APA Convention in SF MindFreedom International & California Network of Mental Health Clients 17 May 2009, 1 PM. Moscone Center, San Francisco
 

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