Saturday, March 19, 2011

On Agnes Richter

Please note how the experience idea of not being HEARD appears in the narratives of the psychiatrized for centuries. I told my own recovery therapist exactly the same thing about trying to talk to both family and psychiatry, “Though what I am saying is perfectly obvious and direct, it is like they just can't hear me.” Of course NOW I Understand why...PL

Madness Radio:
Meanings of Madness
Gail Hornstein

First Aired 3-2010-11  Duration: 57:04

Seamstress Agnes Richter was locked away in a mental asylum in the 1890s, and was so determined to have a voice that she embroidered her personal story onto the jacket she wore on the ward. What is the hidden history of people writing their own narratives of going insane? How important is it to listen to the experiences of "mentally ill" people? Is there meaning in madness?
Gail Hornstein, Mt. Holyoke College professor and author of Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness,[1] discusses the work of the Hearing Voices Movement in the UK, peer run support communities including Freedom Center in the US, and why professionals should let patients speak for themselves.

[1]  Agnes's Jacket available at our local public library in my city

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