Balanced Mind

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Balanced Mind

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Dolly Sen, Art

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I have been labeled ‘mad’ by society, so therefore seen as unbalanced. Society’s way of redressing that is not to help me make sense of the childhood trauma that triggered my psychosis, nor to tackle inequality and discrimination in society because of that label. Its way was to medicate me into submission. For decades I was on antipsychotic medication. I did not laugh or cry on these meds. Is this well balanced? It took away my symptoms but my life too. Is that a fair payoff, a balanced payoff?
A tablet does not cure abuse, isolation, or stigma. But I was sedated, out of society’s hair. They said the tablets would make me feel better. Please define better when I have lost my soul. Maybe you don’t need a soul nowadays.
The message: don’t speak your mind. Your silence and submission are signs of being well-balanced.
So my art shows that the medication weighs heavier, and the promise of peace of mind, of having my life back is an empty promise, not worth the prescription pad it is written on.
I have given up the meds and regained my life. Some may say that shows I am unbalanced. I say it makes perfect sense.

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Dolly Sen

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Date

2012

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This work is licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

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Dolly Sen , “Balanced Mind ,” Archive of mental health recovery stories, accessed April 22, 2019, https://mentalhealthrecovery.omeka.net/items/show/74.