Mary Maddock , Mind Freedom , Ireland -Recovery

Our stories are similar , I did not have electroshock

Even Mary’s wedding picture looks like mine .

Much admiration and gratitude for Mary’s every effort to educate and earn others .

Hindsight as Evidence

I write this on the eve of my 48th wedding anniversary

This year on November 8th I hopefully will be 75 years strong. I met Jim in 1973. I have known him for almost 5O years..When we published our book in 2006 I did not have my medical records. Sixteen years later I am much wiser about my personal history and the history of the corrupt relationship between psychiatry, allopathic medicine, the state and other professions, especially the law.

Since becoming prescription drug-free at the turn of the Millenium I did everything humanly possible to find out the truth about what really happened to me when I was electroshocked and drugged by medical professionals. It was only then that I could look back at my terrible, traumatic experience which was and still is the living torture of survivors of psychiatry.

When we wrote our book ‘ Soul Survivor – A Personal Encounter With Psychiatry’ I was so damaged by bio/coercive/deceptive psychiatry that I thought I would not live to see it published. However, as the years went by I became stronger in mind, body and spirit. We could have written many more books since but those who know me and have found out more true facts themselves are aware that I have always been actively involved in speaking out and doing groundwork ever since. I have been privileged to get to know so many, outstanding, kind human beings. A big Thank You to every single person who crossed my path. Indeed if we were able to include our work together we would have much more evidence than the six week, deceptive, experimental trials that are passed as evidence by Irish psychiatrist Patricia Casey and her companions.

As Patricia said it is indeed her bread and butter. She has a vested interest in believing that contrived drug trials funded by Big, Corrupt Corrupt Companies will produce real evidence. Her christanity would have taught her what 30 pieces of silver can do and how angry Jesus Christ was about people collecting money outside a temple but she thinks that it is okay to accept bribes from co operations with clearly vested interests. When she was the main speaker, I and other members of MindFreedom Ireland heard her speak strongly in favour of the chemical imbalance theory many years ago. It was funded by Big Pharma. We challenged her then and we still challenge her today but were kept silent then and we are still kept silent today. The established media bow to so-called professionals who read biassed books and medical journals and are more interested in protecting themselves than those they feign to ‘help’.

We on the other hand are labelled with fictional, non-scientific ‘diagnoses’ ( ironically diagnose means to understand!) with no medical biomarkers to establish their labels exist. We are legally treated as sub/non-human and told that this is not discrimination. The law protects psychiatry and psychiatry protects the law. The state protects psychiatry and psychiatry protects the state. Then the established media protects all three. Is it any wonder we are kept silent? Is it any wonder that we feel distressed? Is it any wonder we find it difficult to be employed? Is it any wonder we are so easily drugged/electroshocked? Is it any wonder the marginalised who comprise most of the population are victims?

It can seem like there is no way out but we know the truth. We know it and many others, fortunate enough not to be labelled and drugged by psychiatry can find our way to be our own media. Everyone can do this the old-fashioned, real way by word of mouth. It was because of word of mouth that I had music pupils!! Thankfully psychiatry did not deprive me of my ability to teach also. It made it much more difficult. It was a miracle. It gave me some appreciation of my own ability.

To survive hardship we need to be strong. Psychiatry labels us weak while many who define us are very weak themselves. We need to be strong to know we are fragile. We need to be strong to say we are sorry. Everyone makes mistakes. It is by our mistakes we learn. If we continue to make the same mistakes many times it is difficult to learn. The history of psychiatry is a litany of mistakes. Yesterday’s errors become tomorrow’s and tomorrow’s while the litany of victims becomes longer and longer.

To break this cycle the public needs to wake up. I know it is difficult when most people can be very stressed finding their basic needs. Evolution requires constant change. We have got the ability to make choices. As Vandana Shiva reminds us so wisely we start with the soil. In order to protect ourselves first let us start at the beginning. We came from mother earth and we go back to it! We are honoured to play our part. Mary Maddock

From another “voluntary “ mental patient

When I was an involuntary patient, my mother was made to be my substitute decision maker (SDM) since I would not willingly submit to treatment of a non existent disease. I was heavily drugged and could not advocate for myself and was barely able to communicate with her during this time. While on the drugs, I had experiences of modified perceptions and had trouble to focus on the basic task of speaking to others, or fighting for my own rights. During this time my mother would be brought to an interview with a psychiatrist, with or without me present, and brain washed into the benefits on psych drugs, which she attempted to advocate should be administered in lower doses or removed from my drugging routine due to her witnessing the effects on me. I will never accept that she fully fought for my rights, because although she states she couldnt remove me from the ward (which I equate to a prison) due to a Form, she didnt advocate nearly enough to have me removed, and her consulting on my dosages translated to me as active participation in my drug induced abuse. But here are some of the lies i overheard the “doctor” say to try to convince my mother forced drugging (being injected against my wishes) was a beneficial act -as opposed to how I see it: an outright violation of my health and freedoms

  1. “Psychosis causes brain cells to pop, her brain is damaging itself when she goes into psychosis.”

My perpsective: I dont have psychosis, I have a justified outbursts due to anger of not being heard or understood in a given circumstance. I am fully reasonable and able to be reasoned with in this time. The psychiatrist doesnt know a thing about me to deduce that I do in fact have psychotic episodes, since I barely spoke to him, and he does not know anything about me. Additionally I’m sure the more severe damage is caused by psych drugs not by any potentially psychotic episode that someone may or may not experience.

  1. She has a brain that has biochemical imbalances, we need to regulate it.

It’s a well proven MYTH that chemical imbalances correlate with mental illness or that they exist. No one in the ward measured any form of imbalances, so how can they even scientifically prove I have imbalances if they never ran any tests.

  1. She will relapse if she goes off the drugs.

Relapse into what- being my normal, reasonable self?

  1. She will be a lifelong pateint and suffer from bipolar her entire life.

I dont identify as bipolar, and I will fight to never be in a ward again. Mental illness is a myth, a matter of perspective. Once you get to know people, the illusion that they are disordered or ill mentally fades away.

Neuroleptics Psychopharmacology Explained

On the Psychopharmacology of Neuroleptics

Neuroleptics are major tranquilizers, neurological inhibitors, suppressants, and depressants of the central nervous system. Neuroleptics can neither cure nor prevent positive symptoms of schizophrenia, but rather neuroleptics suppress symptoms of schizophrenia or psychosis. Long term preventative or maintenance use of neuroleptics is not justifiable, particularly against the will of the person.

Neuroleptic means “nerve seizing”. Neuroleptics work to treat psychosis by disrupting normal brain function in the reward pathway, and in the mesocortical pathway –connecting to the frontal lobes (the part of our brains that make us human).

All the effects of a neuroleptic may be categorized as follows: mental & physical effects: the total effects of a neuroleptic are not best reduced to only the sum of its target effects and side effects but can instead be categorized as follows: target effects, short-term effects, long-term effects, withdrawal effects; where: target effects:= the mechanisms by which a neuroleptic produces its intended outcome may not be said to be mere “side effects”; these are rather the pharmacological target effects (intended).

Neuroleptics profoundly suppress brain function by occupying/blocking dopamine receptors and inhibiting neuronal function, thereby disrupting communication between neurons along dopaminergic pathways through either (exactly) one of the following mechanisms: antagonism (I.A. = 0%), or inverse-agonism (I.A. < 0%), or partial-agonism (0% < I.A. < 100%), thereby diminishing dopaminergic brain activity. Note: I.A. = intrinsic activity = the relative (%) extent activation of a receptor relative to dopamine receptor(s); where dopamine’s own intrinsic activity on a dopamine receptor: = +100%, by definition.

Neuroleptics block, i.e., put a brake on neurotransmission along dopaminergic pathways including the mesolimbic, i.e., “the reward pathway” and the mesocortical, which is the primary neural pathway to the frontal lobes – the most distinguishable part of the human brain! Neuroleptics block/occupy 70% – 90% of the brain’s dopamine D2 receptors. Thus, neuroleptics may not be said to be normalizing agents in the treatment of anything. Neuroleptics are chemical lobotomizers because they disconnect the frontal lobes from the rest of the brain by profoundly blocking the dopaminergic pathways of the brain, most notably the mesocortical pathway connecting to the frontal lobes via dopamine D2 receptor blockade (with 70% – 90% dopamine D2 receptors occupied at therapeutic doses). Lobotomy, whether surgical or chemical (via neuroleptic) results in dysfunction of the frontal lobes – the part of our brain that makes us human!

Neuroleptics exert their pharmacological target effects by occupying dopamine receptors, inhibiting/deactivating them, resulting in a suppression/reduction of dopaminergic receptor activity, via antagonism, or inverse-agonism, or partial-agonism, in each case dampening down dopaminergic neurotransmission: i.e., disrupting normal brain function along the dopamine pathways: the mesolimbic (i.e., “the reward pathway”), the mesocortical pathway (connecting to the frontal lobes), the nigrostriatal pathway (target of antiparkinsonian agents), and the tuberoinfundibular pathway (endocrine function / hormonal balance). Neuroleptics impair mental functions such as emotions, affect, feelings, cognition, memory, attention, focus; they slow up and dampen down all thinking processes, reducing thought tempo, one’s ability to learn, study, perform on mental tasks and tests, reduce intelligence quotient (IQ) etc.

Neuroleptics do not exert their therapeutic (pharmacological target effects on psychosis (positive symptoms of schizophrenia) by rectifying a brain abnormality, such as a chemical imbalance, nor do they target any physiological process that produces the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, but rather neuroleptics suppress symptoms of schizophrenia by a by a profound slowing up and dampening down of mental processes putting a brake on dopaminergic neurotransmission – they arrest natural brain function.

A neuroleptic induces disorder of diminished motivation, suppresses all thinking processes, degrades a person’s intelligence and executive functional capacity for higher order thinking (ex., complex problem solving, philosophizing, planning/organizing, etc.), incapacitates the mind (i.e., diminishes intelligence, impairs memory, attention, concentration, significantly decreases IQ level), disables the brain, causes significant brain shrinkage as well as a reduction in the number of connections to the pre-frontal cortex, resulting in loss of executive functioning, cognitive impairment, and decline. Moreover, neuroleptics induce “neuroleptic-induced deficit disorder”: a syndrome characterized by the same symptoms that constitute so called “negative symptoms of schizophrenia”; its symptoms include anhedonia (i.e., loss of pleasure), avolition (i.e., loss of will), cognitive impairment, impoverishment of thought & speech, etc.

Neuroleptics cause severe impairment in cognitive function, degrade one’s executive functional capacity, cause disorder of diminished motivation, blunt feelings (ex., pleasure) and flatten emotions, slow up and dampen down thinking processes (ex., slow down thought tempo), cause psycho-sexual dysfunction affecting all phases of sexual functioning including libido (sex-drive), arousal, and orgasm, etc. These are not mere “side effects” or “adverse effects”, but rather the mechanism by which neuroleptic drugs produce their intended outcome. Neuroleptics exert their target (i.e., therapeutic/intended) effects in a global rather than a specific manner: for example, in treating delusions, neuroleptics suppress a person’s general ability to think, and do not just target delusional thoughts specifically.

Benefits/Advantages (non-existent, dubious at best, based on a false narrative of science).

Risks/Harms (causes more harm than good, not in the best interests of the person being involuntarily treated, violates fundamental human and civil rights.)

Neuroleptics are not a cure for schizophrenia and do not even qualify as treatments for it some of the time. Neuroleptics do not treat schizophrenia by rectifying any underlying abnormality: ex., a bio-chemical imbalance such as according to the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia, according to which an overactive dopaminergic system is the primary cause of schizophrenia. Neuroleptics are not treatments in the sense of being curative agents, they cannot cure any condition; they are not disease specific treatments for schizophrenia; they are not like antidotes to psychosis. They might work to curb/suppress positive symptoms of schizophrenia/psychosis (ex., delusions, hallucinations), but that depends on the context, what the intended outcome is and who is intending the outcome. Their target effects in treating schizophrenia are slow up and dampen down the dopaminergic neurotransmitter system by blocking/occupying dopamine receptors by antagonism, inverse agonism, or partial agonism, which results in an inhibition of the dopaminergic pathways of the brain. Any effects induced by the pharmacological target effects of neuroleptics cannot be said to be “side effects” because they are the ‘main’ effects and the intended effects; the target effects of a neuroleptic are the mechanisms by which the neuroleptic exerts its main intended effects. No definition for “side effects” could reasonably include the target effects of the neuroleptic. They can, however, be called ‘adverse’ effects in that they are unfavourable effects, which include the disadvantages and risks of treatment with the neuroleptic.

Even while being considered treatments for schizophrenia, under some definitions of treatment, they are however not effective treatments as such; plus, neuroleptics as a class of psychiatric drugs are not much more effective than a placebo but are the most toxic pharmaceutical drugs available by prescription apart from chemotherapy for cancer. There is insufficient evidence for the long-term safety and efficacy of neuroleptics in treating schizophrenia/psychosis. The bulk of research on their safety and efficacy is based on short-term studies (6-8 weeks), and the evidence on their long-term safety and efficacy is lacking: conflicted, at best inconclusive due to some evidence indicating it and other evidence contraindicating it (i.e., indicating against it): i.e., the evidence in favour is conflicted, contradictory, and inconclusive.

The induced patient; yet another experience

I spent almost three decades in the system. Forced treatments caused me to lose everything. Job, home, relationships, my reputation. I was reduced to a drooling shuffling incontinente moron that couldn’t read a sentence!
I ran for my life and went through horrible withdrawals. The bipolar schizoaffective that NEVER WAS!!
I haven’t had a single episode of depression in almost 6 years since I started the withdrawal from their poisons. Rounds and rounds of ECTS. Depression was my primary symptom but the cause all of it was the treatments. By drugs by electricity by forced confinement and lies. By being treated Less than Human. I was hospitalized all most every year, sometimes several times a year.
None of that now, No hospitals, no obsessive thoughts, no symptoms!! No drugs, No mental health system!!!
I am SLOWLY recovering some of my brain. So much damage. So much loss.
I’m working part time now and I have a car.
I wouldn’t even turn the lights on when I brushed my hair when I was so drugged I could barely walk.
It’s HORRENDOUS what they do to people, what they did to me…
I tried to get a lawyer, I was so angry that I thought I could demand change.
No one would take my case.
I would still sue, if I had the chance.

Hearing Voices : Dr Dan

I have found that with psychoses we will often find a two trauma mechanism. An initial trauma often early in life, often before the age of 2. There becomes the growing abscess of the mind and later, often in late adolescence or early adulthood a subsequent trauma arises and everything is unleashed, the positive and negative symptoms. Voice hearing often takes on the form of the trauma one has experienced, the voices can be fragments of a shattered self, it may be words given to the pain, they may represent fears or actual persons who did harm. Just more recently a fellow told me he had been experiencing voices for many years and it was like shrieks and mumbling but he could not identify them. As he thought about this two trauma mechanism he stated he experienced parental separation in infancy and in later life was incarcerated where he was for a time in solitary confinement and heard voices, muttering and shrieks through the vents. He said whenever under alot of stress he would have voice hearing and he now knows from where they came. I have noticed that both the positive and negative symptoms lessen when there is created an environment of sanctuary where one can find solace and healthy connection.

Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.

Psychiatric

A quote from the transcript of the 3rd BBC panorama programme ‘Taken on Trust’ broadcast on 3 October 2004 by Dr Mike Shooter who was president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2002-2005.( Power Politics and Pharmaceuticals)

Coercion in Psychiatry 2008 , by Mary Maddock

Coercion in Psychiatry (written in 2008 the year my granddaughter was born)
You would think people who study medicine would see that a young woman who had a difficult pregnancy, very long labour, deprived of sleep and who had received an excessive amount of nitrous oxide would enter an altered state of consciousness as a NORMAL reaction. You would also think they would ask some questions to find out why this happened before whisking this woman off in an ambulance to a psychiatric hospital at 80 or 90 miles an hour but that might be too much to ask from a professional who is not in the habit of asking questions!

You would think that having made this tragic mistake, having tried out neuroleptic treatment and following it with electroshock, this was admitting that psychotropic drugs do not work, as electroshock is only supposed to be given when drugs are a failure!

You would never believe then their next solution was that this same person received multi-drug treatment for 20 years later but this was the way an unthinking medical professionals ‘ treated’ me!

Electroshock causes brain damage. Electroshock causes brain seizures. People who suffer from seizures know it causes memory loss and yet amazingly electroshock is on the increase worldwide today. All research done to date backs this common-sense up but still vulnerable, suffering people are having electrodes attached to their delicate, precious brains while unthinking, greedy professionals are delusional enough to think they are helping them. The public is unaware that this is happening. Most of them believe electroshock is a thing of the past. How long more will people labelled ‘mentally ill’ and their families continue to be fed with lies and half-truths? How long more will people who may have psycho/social difficulties be treated as guinea pigs? How long will those who consider themselves ‘normal’ continue to turn their backs on their brothers and sisters who were unfortunate enough to be labelled and branded by professionals who think they know best? This has to stop.

Are mad people irrational?

We live in a world where abuse of others is part of the status quo. It is very acceptable to abuse others if you are rich ‘educated’ and powerful. You are given permission to lie, cheat, steal, hurt and even kill in the name of ‘help’. Governments and laws will support you and you will convince yourself you are good and never be aware of the harmful destructive path you leave behind. On the other hand, those who are labelled ‘mad’ often react to this unjust world. They find it emotionally disturbing and they try to escape. They build a new world for themselves split from reality. They feel they are victims and are often in the direct line of societal abuse. Is this a mad irrational thing to do? It seems very rational to protect oneself.

COERCION OR FORCE HAS NO PLACE IN HEALING OR WELL-BEING IN BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT. HUMAN BEINGS ARE DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER FORMS OF LIFE IN THAT THEY HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. IF THIS IS NOT RESPECTED, THEN THE SO-CALLED ‘HELPERS’ ARE ACTING FROM A TOP/DOWN POSITION AND PERCEIVE THEIR FELLOW HUMANS AS ANIMALS WHO CANNOT THINK OR EVALUATE THEMSELVES.

WHEN A GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE LABELLED ‘MENTALLY ILL’ BY OTHERS WHO ‘KNOW BEST, THEN THE RESULT IS THAT THESE BRANDED PEOPLE CAN BE FORCED AGAINST THEIR WILL TO RECEIVE ‘TREATMENTS,’ OFTEN HARMFUL, WHICH OTHER PEOPLE, SERVICE PROVIDERS AND VERY OFTEN FAMILY, THINK THEY NEED.

‘MENTAL ILLNESS’, WHICH HAS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS, IS VERY CLEVERLY USED TO DEPRIVE VULNERABLE

PEOPLE OF THEIR RIGHTS AS CITIZENS. THERE IS NO MEDICAL TEST TO PROVE ‘MENTAL ILLNESS’ EXISTS, YET PSYCHIATRISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, LAWYERS, THE MEDIA ETC. CONTINUE TO ACT AS IF IT WERE COMPARABLE TO OTHER ILLNESSES E.G. DIABETES. NOBODY EVER LOSES THEIR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS WHEN THEY ARE DIAGNOSED WITH OTHER ILLNESSES YET WHEN A PERSON IS DIAGNOSED WITH A ‘MENTAL ILLNESS’ SHE/HE CAN BE FORCED INTO A ‘HOSPITAL’ AND ‘TREATED’ WITH TOXIC PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS AGAINST THEIR WILL EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOW COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT MOST OF THESE DRUGS HAVE SERIOUS, EVEN LIFE-THREATENING, ADVERSE EFFECTS.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY DIFFICULT PSYCHO/SOCIAL PROBLEMS ARE DIAGNOSED WITH MEDICAL ‘DISORDERS’ SUCH AS ‘SCHIZOPHRENIA’ AND ‘BI-POLAR DISORDER’ ETC. WHICH DO NOT EXIST. THE STANDARD TREATMENT IS USUALLY SOME FORM OF A NEUROLEPTIC, OFTEN MORE THAN JUST ONE. MOST OF THE CHEAP FORMS E.G. LARGACTIL, HALDOL, ETC. ARE NOT USED TODAY IN FAVOUR OF THE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE ATYPICALS SUCH AS ZYPREXA AND RISPERDAL. THESE NEUROLEPTICS ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN CAUSING A CHEMICAL LOBOTOMY WHICH CAN DEPRIVE THOSE WHO ARE UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO USE THEM OF THEIR HUMANITY. THE HAPPIEST MOMENTS OF OUR LIVES ARE WHEN WE EXPERIENCE OUR HUMANITY TO THE FULL. PHYSICAL LOBOTOMIES WERE USED ON PEOPLE WHO WERE REFERRED TO AS ’MENTALLY ILL ‘ IN THE PAST BUT THANKFULLY MOST PSYCHIATRISTS TODAY CAN SEE THAT SURGICAL LOBOTOMIES SHOULD BE OUTLAWED. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE THEM TO SEE THE DAMAGE NEUROLEPTICS DO TO CREATIVE, WORTHWHILE PEOPLE?

WHAT IS A HUMAN BEING? TO BE HUMAN IS TO BE DIFFERENT FROM BEING AN ANIMAL BUT SHE/HE IS MORE THAN AN ANIMAL. AN ANIMAL CANNOT CHOOSE. AN ANIMAL FOLLOWS ITS INSTINCTS. A HUMAN BEING IS CAPABLE OF SELF DETERMINATION. SHE/ HE CAN CREATE SOMETHING NEW. MUSIC IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. IT IS MADE UP OF A LIMITED NUMBER OF SOUNDS YET A HUMAN BEING CAN CREATE A SYMPHONY OR A CONCERTO OUT OF THESE LIMITED SOUNDS. WE CAN CREATE THE INFINITE OUT OF THE FINITE. WE CAN BE IN TOUCH WITH WHAT IS DESCRIBED AS GODLINESS. WE ASSOCIATE BEING HUMAN WITH OUR HIGHEST VALUES: FREEDOM, LOVE, INSIGHT, CREATIVITY AND UNDERSTANDING. THE MONKEY CAN MAINTAIN A SIMPLE IMAGE OF A SITUATION. HOWEVER HUMAN BEINGS HAVE A HIGHER POWER AND CAN MANIPULATE IMAGES AND TAKE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. WE CAN TAKE A LEAP OUTSIDE OURSELVES AND SEE OURSELVES FROM THE OUTSIDE. WE CAN SEE OURSELVES AND THE WORLD WITH THE EYES OF OTHERS. WE ARE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN OUR INNER AND OUTER WOULD. WE CAN CREATE OUR INNER WORLD WHERE WE CAN

PERFORM EXPERIMENTS OF THOUGHT. WE CAN MOVE FROM THIS INNER WORLD AND MAKE A LEAP TO A POINT OUTSIDE OURSELVES.

LOVE MAKES THIS LEAP POSSIBLE. IT IS BY THIS LEAP THAT WE GROW IN FREEDOM, LOVE, INSIGHT, CREATIVITY AND UNDERSTANDING. WE GAIN POWER OVER OURSELVES AND OUR INNER WORLD. WHEN WE EXPERIENCE THESE VALUES, WE ARE TRULY ALIVE AND FREE.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND THESE IMPORTANT HUMAN VALUES IN COERCIVE PSYCHIATRY. A HUMAN BEING WHO THINKS THAT SHE/HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR SOMEONE ELSE AND FORCES ANOTHER TO DO IT IS NOT ACTING LIKE A HUMAN BEING. THESE FIVE POWERFUL VALUES ARE ABSENT AND SO NO TRUE HEALING CAN TAKE PLACE.

“ OF ALL TYRANNIES, A TYRANNY SINCERELY EXERCISED FOR THE GOOD OF ITS VICTIMS MAY BE THE MOST OPPRESSIVE” C.S. LEWIS.

IF PSYCHIATRISTS ARE TO BECOME HELPFUL AND VALUE THE OTHER PERSON AS A FELLOW HUMAN BEING THEN EQUALITY IS SOMETHING THAT IS A MUST. AT PRESENT THERE IS A TOP/DOWN ATTITUDE. SOMETIMES YOU WOULD THINK THE PSYCHIATRIST EVEN DISLIKES THE PERSON SHE/HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE HELPING. I HAVE HEARD MANY CLIENTS OF PSYCHIATRISTS EXPRESS THIS VIEW. SOME WOMEN ARE EVEN TOLD THEY ARE NOT CAPABLE OF HAVING CHILDREN AND NEVER WILL. WHAT A HOPELESS MESSAGE TO GIVE TO SOMEONE WISHING TO RECOVER.

TO RECOVER FROM PSYCHO/SOCIAL DIFFICULTIES, WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO USE OUR FRONTAL LOBES AT THEIR BEST. NEUROLEPTICS INTERFERE WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FRONTAL LOBES AND MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RECOVER. SOME OF THE OUTWARD SIGNS OF THIS BRAIN DAMAGE MANIFEST THEMSELVES AS BODILY MOVEMENTS. THE MEDICAL TERMS FOR BODILY MOVEMENT DISORDERS INDUCED BY NEUROLEPTIC DRUGS ARE AKINESIA (IMMOBILITY), PARKINSONISM (RIGIDITY AND TREMBLING), AKATHISIA ( DISQUIET, INABILITY TO SIT STILL ) DYSTONIA, ( CONTORTIONS OF THE FACE AND BODY), AND DYSKINESIA ( DISTURBED MOVEMENTS). THE OUTWARD PERSON GIVES US AN IMAGE OF THE INNER PERSON.

WHEN SUCH AWFUL BRAIN DAMAGE CAN BE THE RESULT OF THE USE OF NEUROLEPTICS IN MODERN-DAY PSYCHIATRY, IT IS EVEN MORE OF A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY WHEN THEY ARE FORCED ON VULNERABLE, SUFFERING PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF ‘HELP’. WORSE STILL, WHEN THESE DRUGS ARE FORCEFULLY INJECTED IN LARGE DOSES, THE PEOPLE

RECEIVING THEM WILL NOT OBJECT BECAUSE THE BRAIN DAMAGE HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL.

SURVIVORS OF PSYCHIATRY WORLDWIDE KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN CHEMICALLY LOBOTOMISED, OFTEN AGAINST THEIR WILL. THIS IS DRESSED UP AS ‘CARE’. THERE ARE MANY EX-USER/SURVIVOR ORGANIZATIONS. THE TWO LARGEST GROUPS ARE WNUSP (WORLD NETWORK OF EX-USERS/SURVIVORS OF PSYCHIATRY) AND ENUSP (EUROPEAN NETWORK OF EX-USERS/SURVIVORS OF PSYCHIATRY). THEY BOTH BELIEVE THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO COERCION IN PSYCHIATRY AND CONSTANTLY CAMPAIGN AGAINST IT. ACTIVISTS FROM BOTH ORGANISATIONS ALONG WITH MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL, HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE UN AD HOC CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN CHANGING SOME OF THE ARTICLES WHICH HAD ALLOWED FOR FORCE AND GUARDIANSHIP IN THE PAST. WE SEE THIS AS THE FIRST IMPORTANT STEP TO ABOLISH FORCE AND COERCION AS A FORM OF ‘HELP’ AND ‘CARE’. IN HIS BOOK ‘DEPRIVED OF OUR HUMANITY – THE CASE AGAINST NEUROLEPTIC DRUGS’, DR. LARS MARTENSSON QUOTES HEBRIANA, A SURVIVOR FROM SWEDEN WHO EXPRESSES WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE FORCED AND COERCED VERY WELL. “IT WAS A HORRIBLE EXISTENCE. I WAS FETTERED. THE AIR BECOMES THICK AND DENSE. YOU CANNOT GET THROUGH. IT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE. THAT STATE, IF ANYTHING, IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE. IN ORDER TO INTEGRATE THESE EXPERIENCES OF PSYCHIATRIC VIOLENCE AND FORCED DRUGGING, YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT HOW HELPLESS YOU CAN BE.” SHE GOES ON TO SAY “ SURVIVORS OF OTHER HORRORS CREATED BY HUMANS (CONCENTRATION CAMPS, CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE, TORTURE), HAVE ALSO NEEDED DECADES, AND OFTEN A LOT OF THERAPY, LOVE AND SUPPORT BEFORE THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CONFRONT AND INTEGRATE THEIR MEMORIES AND BEGIN TELLING US WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH. SURVIVORS NEED ACCEPTANCE AND RECOGNITION OF THEIR EXPERIENCES IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE HUMAN COMMUNITY AND FEEL THAT THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RACE.

THESE OTHER GROUPS ARE APPROVED VICTIMS. THEY GET UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE. THEY LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT RECOGNISES ITS DUTY TO TRY TO RESTORE THEIR SENSE OF SECURITY.

NEUROLEPTIC SURVIVORS, ON THE OTHER HAND, LIVE IN AN UNREPENTANT SOCIETY THAT KEEPS PERPETUATING THE HORROR THEY UNDERWENT. PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING SO HORRIBLE CAN GO ON IN OUR SOCIETY. SUCH DENIAL IS A CONTINUING CRIME”.

IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY, COERCION AND FORCE CAN NEVER BE JUSTIFIED AS A GOOD WAY TO HELP OTHERS. IT IS BARBARIC AND INHUMANE AND CAN ONLY BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. THOSE WHO DEFEND IT MAKE MATTERS MUCH WORSE AND CAN NEVER CALL THEMSELVES HEALERS. THEY ARE VIOLENT AND THEIR METHODS MUST BE SEEN FOR WHAT THEY ARE, NAMELY CONTROLLERS. PEOPLE WHO ARE HURT AND ABUSED NEED LOVE AND KINDNESS NOT FORCE, CONTROL AND COERCION.

“I GOT ELATED AFTER MY FIRST BABY IN 1970. AFTER 6 WEEKS AT HOME BREASTFEEDING THEY PUT ME IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL. THERE I WAS MADE MENTALLY ILL BY HALDOL AND LARGACTIL. I WAS THEN DEEPLY DEPRESSED AND EVEN FORGOT ABOUT MY BABY. I HAD THE SHAKES, LOCKJAW AND A TERRIBLE THIRST AND DROOLING. I COULDN’T EVEN WALK.

I HAD SUFFERED LOW SELF-ESTEEM GROWING UP. THIS CONTINUED IN MARRIAGE THOUGH I HAD SOME GOOD YEARS. I COMPARED MYSELF NEGATIVELY WITH OTHER WOMEN WHEN THEY ACHIEVED SOMETHING.

I THOUGHT I COULDN’T DO THAT. SO I HAVE FEW SKILLS. PSYCHIATRY ENSURED THAT I WAS A FAILURE. MY HUSBAND CARRIED ME BUT DID NOT QUESTION THE NEGATIVE EFFECT OF DRUGS. NEGATIVITY CAUSES DEPRESSION.

I WAS IN THE MENTAL HOSPITAL OVER 75 TIMES ALMOST ALWAYS INVOLUNTARY BECAUSE I WAS ELATED. NEARLY ALWAYS OUT OF FRUSTRATION, BECAUSE OF NOT BEING ABLE TO COPE AT HOME ALONE, WITHOUT ENOUGH SUPPORT. I WAS OVER-DEPENDENT ON MY HUSBAND AND AFTER WE SEPARATED I BECAME DEPENDENT ON FRIENDS.

I FIND THAT PSYCHIATRY DOES NOT ADDRESS THE BASIC PROBLEMS BUT WITH THE FORCEFUL ADMINISTRATION OF NEUROLEPTIC DRUGS EXACERBATES THE CONDITION.

SO THAT NOW AT 62 YEARS OLD, HAVING TWO ADULT SONS, LIFE HAS SLIPPED BY BECAUSE I LIVED IN THE PAST. PSYCHIATRY CURES NOBODY. I AM IN THE LOCKED UP HOSPITAL AGAIN AS I WRITE THIS FEELING INSECURE, HELPLESS AND HOPELESS ONE MORE TIME.

I FEEL I AM FINISHED AND I CAN’T GO ON”

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF MY BRAVE FRIEND HELENA KING WHO UNFORTUNATELY IS NO LONGER WITH US. SHE OFTEN SAID TO ME AND OTHERS THAT “ DEPRESSION IS A SUFFERING OF THE SOUL WHICH ENCOMPASSES THE MIND AND BODY LEAVING ONE HELPLESS AND HOPELESS”. SHE NEVER BELIEVED SHE HAD A DISEASE BUT RECOGNIZED SHE HAD PROBLEMS. SHE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO FIND HELP FROM THOSE WHO ‘CARED’ FOR HER. HOWEVER, ALL SHE FOUND WAS COERCION AND CONTROL.

NOW, MOST SERVICE PROVIDERS DIAGNOSE PSYCHO/SOCIAL PROBLEMS AS ‘MENTAL ILLNESSES’ WITHOUT A CURE. BUT ALL PEOPLE IN DIFFICULTY CAN FIND IS MAINTENANCE ‘TREATMENT’ OF SYMPTOMS WHICH FOR MOST EXACERBATE THEIR ORIGINAL PROBLEMS. THEY CAN FIND NO HELPFUL WAYS BUT INSTEAD, THEY ARE FORCED TO RECEIVE HARMFUL, TORTUOUS AND HURTFUL TREATMENTS JUST AS HELENA DID. IS THIS GOOD ETHICAL PRACTICE OR IS IT AN ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS?

A TRUE HEALER AND SUPPORTER WILL BE AWARE THAT SHE/HE IS A HUMAN BEING WHO IS LEARNING TO LIVE AND COPE IN A FEARFUL WORLD. SHE/HE REACHES OUT TO OTHERS, ENCOURAGES, EMPATHISES AND UNDERSTANDS, ALWAYS REALIZING THAT SHE/HE IS GIVING AND RECEIVING EACH FROM THE OTHER. IN SUCH A RELATIONSHIP THERE IS NO ROOM FOR FORCE OR COERCION. BUT EVER-PRESENT ARE FREEDOM, EQUALITY, TRUTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS. IT IS ONLY THEN WE POSSESS THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY WHICH EVERYONE DESERVES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE PSYCHO/SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

“THE DIRECT USE OF FORCE IS SUCH A POOR SOLUTION TO ANY PROBLEM IT IS GENERALLY EMPLOYED ONLY BY SMALL CHILDREN AND LARGE NATIONS”. (DAVID FREIDMAN)

REFERENCE: THE CASE AGAINST NEUROLEPTICS DRUGS BY LARS MARTENSSON, M.D.

MARY MADDOCK, MINDFREEDOM IRELAND, INTAR( INTERNATIONAL NETWORK TOWARDS ALTERNATIVES AND RECOVERY). BOARD MEMBER ENUSP, MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL.

MARCH, 2008.