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Laura Delano

A 2006 graduate from Harvard University, Laura Delano entered the mental health system at the age of fourteen, when she was diagnosed with ‘Bipolar disorder’ and ‘major depression’. She was first put on psychiatric drugs at that time, but didn’t fully embrace her Bipolar diagnosis and its required psychiatric ‘treatment’ until the age of eighteen. Laura spent the next ten years on over nineteen psychotropic drugs, in and out of psychiatric hospitals, outpatient programs, and intensive psychotherapy, and came to believe she had a life-long biochemical disease requiring life-long psychotropic drug use. Since September 2010, she has been free from psychiatry— from psychiatric labels, psychiatric drugs, and psychiatric ‘treatment’— and she writes about her experiences at