Are “Mental Heath” and Compliance the same thing?

Emma Barnes
3 min readJan 28
The first edition of the DSM

Nicky is schizophrenic. In another time and place, Nicky’s clan looked to her for wisdom and spiritual guidance. In today’s bargain, she works in an office. She is undervalued and she feels it. Her distress plays out in ways unfamiliar to her colleagues. They edge her out. Cue more distress, triggering a medical process, or a carceral one. She will be quietened beneath pharmaceuticals or behind bars…

Emma Barnes

Autistic, trans, survivor, abolitionist @friedkrill on Twitstagram