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Laura Delano

Laura Delano is a psychiatric survivor, activist, and writer who lives in Medford, Massachusetts and works for the ‘Mad in America’ website. She was first labeled “mentally ill” as a fourteen-year old, and spent the next thirteen years falling progressively deeper into the mental health system and a life of hopelessness, before waking up in 2010, tapering off of the five psychiatric drugs she was on, and leaving behind her “Bipolar” identity. Since that time, she’s been writing about her journey into and out of psychiatry at, and she speaks vocally against the pathologization and oppression of human experience via psychiatric labels and the medical model of “mental illness.”

Laura has written Journeying Back To Self, the story of what happened in her life after being labeled “Bipolar” at fourteen up until the point at which she accidentally discovered Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic thirteen years later, in May 2010.  The story of how she left the “mental health” system is being saved for a larger writing project, and in the meantime, Laura now writes more generally about her experiences as an ex-patient.  New readers to her blog might want to start here: story from its beginning.

Laura is the Festival Organizer for Mad in America's International Film Festival, to be held at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, October 9 - 12, 2014. She can be found on Twitter @LauraDelano.

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