Circular Arguments – Wednesday 25th September 2019

Circular Arguments

there is a rule
that we medicalise human experience
giving it labels,
and diagnostic criteria
find yourself a therapist
label the feeling of feeling inferior
has its place
but reductionist narratives
quickly lose face
the social model of disability
the sum of our parts
that is the reality
and experience flows through our hearts
we medicalsie human experience
applying mental health labels
that leave us the same
when in fact, life experience makes us different
without a social perspective
it is a circular argument
the differences in human behaviour
fall to definitions of what is normal
without understanding our lives
mental health becomes too formal
why do we,
medicalise human experience
when life events,
good and bad, make us wonderfully different

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James Garratt – Wednesday 25th September 2019

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