In New Zealand, when you dare to challenge the system, you are forced to see a psychiatrist or suffer other consequences. I helped a guy who got in trouble for drink driving and attended his case in the criminal court when there was a woman who got in trouble while fighting for a cause – something like ‘save the pig’ for example – and the judge wanted her to undergo psychiatric assessment while clearly she was just too clever for him to handle. I have also known a few people who have been certified ‘bipolar’ while from my perspective, I am convinced that all they needed was love and a lifestyle where they would be able to live out who they are. According to statistics, about every fourth person suffers depression; however, having gone through the traumatic circumstances I did, without ever taking a single tablet, I now realise that a lot of alleged mental illnesses are circumstantial not physiological as I suddenly got anxiety attacks – being the naturally cheerful optimistic person I am - something I always thought did not exist. I experienced my own narrow escape by attending a forced psychiatric assessment thinking that ‘I can do it because I know that nothing is wrong with me’ just to find professionals passing on reports behind my back to non-professionals for self-interpretation turning it into an invisible weapon in the hands of my former husband. When I spoke to a lawyer specialising in this sort of thing, she told me that in practice just the mere fact that I submitted to a psychiatric assessment, irrespective of the fact that I was not diagnosed with any mental illness, could become enough ‘evidence’ in court for me to lose my children. So, I have been unable to confront this case until now that my children are adult enough to make up their own minds. Did you know that mental diseases have never really been scientifically diagnosed; they are merely a result of a bunch of ‘experts’ sitting together in a conference room speculating and brainstorming names!