Hi Ted, I hope that you are well. Thank you for speaking out and thank you for your many years of sacrifice and dedication to advocacy. I hold a lot of respect for your efforts as you are a true role model. Both my father and my brother experienced the worst of psychiatry. They went through hell. I also had bad experiences myself and witnessed first hand psychiatric ignorance and abuse. Despite personal experiences, I always maintain respect for those who claim psychiatric drugs, ECT and psychiatry helped them or a loved one. I don’t think it is my place to judge what others feel is successful treatment. I’ve also met psychiatrists who use medications judiciously in their practice, as well as holistic treatments such as acupuncture or vitamin/nutritional therapy. Absolutely, the allegations Ms. Spears makes involves psychiatric labels and the publicity her case is receiving makes for a prime opportunity to call attention to the unregulated power-base of authority psychiatry maintains when labeling people “mentally ill”. The pop culture mentality and lifestyle of Ms. Spears indeed creates a unique and complex situation. The widely publicized #FreeBritney movement is quickly expanding her already enormous fanbase. I recognize Ms. Spears is very talented and works extremely hard at her career, but personally I question the decline of moral standards and lack of integrity expressed in her work. Especially considering she is a “kid influencer”. I am from a different generation and it is important to me to maintain the values instilled by my parents and grandparents. Many of the statements Ms. Spears made during the hearing sounded somewhat arrogant to me, especially when she seemed jealous that her maids had their nails done but she was not allowed to go to a salon to have her nails done. Perhaps her maids did their own manicure or have a family member who did them. COVID restrictions probably played a role in some of what she is complaining about. Ms. Spears claims she was charged $60k per month for four months of individualized treatment, two months in a private home and two months at Bridges to Recovery. I was charged up to $1000 per day for forced treatment at facilities reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that provided limited cafeteria style meals and prepackaged snacks. Patients entertained themselves for hours on end with worn decks of cards and old puzzles. My brother was at a facility that deprived patients of water and for a week straight would feed patients hotdogs and macaroni and cheese for lunch. My family advocated not only for my brother but for all of the patients being deprived water. The facility made changes and purchased very nice water coolers. Bridges to Recovery provides holistic mental health care in luxurious resort-like, pet-friendly environments featuring gourmet meals. According to their website, clients participate in a minimum of five individual psychotherapy sessions per week along with daily therapy groups and holistic therapies. Bridges sounds like a Soteria Ritz-Carlton House. Yes, forced treatment sucks but if I had to choose, I’d gladly stay at Bridges for two months without a complaint. Once again Ms. Spears sounded jealous claiming the Bridges facility treated her unfairly and forced her to sit in a chair for 70 hours a week while allowing the other “kids” in the program to do whatever they wanted to. She also stated she gave 8 gallons of blood and it sounded like she was saying “ID” instead of “IUD”. It also sucks not having privacy but that is something that usually happens to psych patients who have expressed suicidal ideation. Her 2004 Official Video for the song “Everytime” eerily portrays her committing suicide. I guess her case demonstrates the long arms of psychiatry, impacting rich, middle class and poor alike, but her fight is in a world much different than the one that took my father and brother’s lives.