The oppression of the mental health system is perhaps the most fundamental oppression as it keeps us all effectively under control or dumbed-down by punishing (from subtle to very blatant ways) the very same behaviors & activities that our minds require for healing from distress experiences. For eg. people are medicated & hospitalized for being 'depressive', instead of provided the resource & information they might need to grieve some loss or discharge their anger at an unjust system. And instead of changing the societal structures at the roots of our 'madness'.
Also see page on
in this e-book
A great resource on this topic
is a booklet called
with the Mental Health System
and What Can Be Done About It"
which can be ordered from Rational Island Publishers
from the introduction:
Mistreatment and oppression is the common lot of people in our present societies who are labelled as having "emotional problems" or "acting irrationally".
The threat of being called "crazy" is used in the oppression of every group in the population.