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Voice, Choice, and Human Rights in Mental Health Care

Martin Luther King often made the point that it is better NOT to be “adjusted” to injustice, and that psychologists often over-emphasize the value of “adjustment.”  He even called for the establishment of a group to champion “creative maladjustment.”  In a talk later broadcast on public radio in Eugene Oregon, three activists including myself talk about what often goes wrong in mental health care currently, and how it might be different if the system really respected the human rights of the people it tried to help and if it acknowledged that being “adjusted” is not the only way to be healthy – and that at times being “maladjusted” is actually more important!

Hear David Oaks, TC Dumas, and myself  at

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