PAPERS FROM THE ARCHIVE OF CUSP: CULTURE-SUBJECTIVITY-PSYCHE

RIGHTS OF THE "MAD" IN MENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES

Ranjita Biswas
Anup Dhar

aapnara shudhu monke bandhte janen,monke bujhte paren na
(all you psychiatrists know is how to rein in minds; you don't understand the mind)

The above is a statement made by a 'patient' in a psychiatric hospital.The 'patient' , whom we cannot name due to a certain code of confidentiality, had been under treatment under a long period of treatment in the same psychiatric hospital. Every time the 'patient' was called for an interview with the psychiatrist, he came with a small notebook. The notebook contained pages of 'incoherent' ramblings from which he would try to read out excerpts (only excerpts) for us.Each time the 'patient' made a demonstration of his 'psychosis' in an explicit manner, the number and dose of medicines increased. In subsequent sessions the 'patient' appeared more groggy and slurred. But every time the 'patient' looked capable of continuing his(broken) dialogue with the psychiatrist.....continue the dialogue with the hope of establishing his sanity. Until, Finally, somewhat in exasparation the 'patient' made the above statement.

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