Re: terms (Psychiatrists, State,Liberty and Schizophrenia)

Sylvia T. Paldhan (
Tue, 01 Oct 1996 17:11:25 -0700

Alex, everything you say has a substantial degree of truth to it.

However, I do think that people who are considering suicide ought to
talk to someone, whether a friend or a private therapist.

Why? Because this is an act which makes sense only in the context of a
person facing being sent to a concentration camp or psychiatric prison or
some other totally untenable situation of torture and degradation.

While some people in every nation face such a fate, in one form or
another, most people don't. The person who really decides to die does
so. The one who wants to talk about it is really seeking help for the
problems causing him to despair.

I will agree that so-called help is often worse than the problem, but
there are people who can be helpful. I think that you are right that
seeking a therapist who does not use slavery and torture as part of his
repertory is best.
A certified Transactional Analyst or a therapist trained in Family
Dynamics (as Bradshaw, Woititz, et alia) would be best, and a search for
one ought to be initiated.

I agree with the recommendation on books.

Cordially, Sylvia

"Truth is mighty and will prevail."