Thursday, August 22, 2019

Comments by rmales

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  • You can add me as another woman statistic who had her rights stripped away from her. I’ve been on AOT twice. Once in 2012-14 and now again now. Why? Because each time I tried to get off the meds I ended up in the hospital, sometimes several times a year. Now I am labeled non-compliant plus I have a criminal record because I took a taxi to the airport and had no money to pay. The arrest took me to jail, then shackeled in a forensic unit at Creedmore Hospital, NY and then I was moved to the mental illness section of the hospital for 3 months. The hospital social worker was of no use and threatened AOT out of the blue. The nurses administering the drugs were very unreliable and often gave incorrect doses. The psychiatrist was a nightmare. There was a lot of abuse there, such as food deprivation, etc.

    The main thing I noticed was that AOT hearings are a bad joke, and these kangaroo courts are allowed to keep doing their dishonest shenanigans to mostly women I am now seeing. There is hardly anything written on the internet critical of AOT so it is hard to get any information on the subject except for here, on MIA.

    Trying to get off the drugs is a real problem here in NYC, because there are no doctors who can help with that. So you are on your own. I was so desperate to finally get off the drugs the I tried on my own only to fail each time, experiencing super sensitivity psychosis. I did see Dr. Kelly Brogan in 2013 who claims to help people off drugs, but she doesn’t know how to help with antipsychotics and she kicked me out of her practice because I disagreed with her on her protocols. Yes, she does this to many patients. Not a very supportive doctor, to say the least. Her practice is also very expensive and so are the compounded drugs. If you are living from month to month of SSD, there’s just not enough money going around to be spending it all on expensive alternative doctors.

    I think now at this stage of my life at 60 years old, I will have to give up the hope of ever getting off these drugs which will most likely kill me sooner or later anyway. I am now a dead zombie. Death will come soon enough. Any hope for a life worth living is now over for me.

  • Hi Dr. Breggin. I was trying to taper off a neuroleptic drug 4 years ago and experienced “spellbinding” as a withdrawal reaction. As a result, I was hospitalized several times and force medicated. i can attest to the fact that forced hospitalization and treatment is torture, and a means of breaking one’s will. I fought it at first by making comments to the staff that their treatment was a human rights violation, only be attacked by hospital attendants and injected several times. In order to be discharged from the hospital I was forced by a Judge to be in the Assisted Outpatient Treatment program in my state and forced to be injected in my home for two years with very high doses of neuroleptics which made me very physically sick and which was literally killing me.

    I finally found a good holistic doctor who agreed to help me get off the drugs after “graduating” AOT (graduating was a euphemism for being completely docile and letting the AOT team come into my somewhen ever they wanted and also to inject me every month, without telling them what I really felt about their treatment.) I have been reducing the drug for over two years, and now I am at a very low dose, reducing at 1 percent of each dose per month. This process will take me several years to be off the drug completely. I have lost over 33 years of my life to this torture, when all that I really needed was good nutrition! I am doing very well now. I live alone. I meditate regularly and spend my time cooking healthy meals and doing food shopping at the Greenmarket. I have no mental issues. ZERO. Being put on psych drugs when i was 24 years old was the worst mistake of my life. And I paid for it by being labeled a mental patient all these years and treated with lobotomizing drugs without looking at the underlying problem of a poor diet.