Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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  • According to a April 2019 TMZ and other news reports, the “cocktail of medicines that were designed specifically” for Britney were “increasingly ineffective and doctors needed to create a new cocktail.”

    TMZ reported her psychiatrists explained creating a new cocktail is risky because they just use a “trail and error” method and their errors made Britney unstable and unwilling to cooperate. After being admitted to a facility, Britney’s psychiatrists told TMZ they think they figured out the right mixture of psychiatric drugs to keep her under control.

    As Miranda mentions in the podcast, Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, claims his daughter suffers from dementia.

    In light of the fact psychiatric drugs can cause memory loss, confusion and other side effects similar to dementia symptoms, her alleged symptoms of dementia may be the result of the psychiatric drugs prescribed to control her behavior/moods/personality and other perceived psychiatric disorders.

    It is disheartening to know celebrities who receive so much attention from the public and have financial access to resources/alternative therapies, unavailable to most, are still misinformed and trapped in the same broken system as those who are less fortunate.

  • Hi Ricky,

    You did an amazing job summarizing your story and I have no doubt that you endured a lot. It is only by going through these nightmares that you are able to truly understand and have compassion for others labeled “mentally ill”.

    As I am sure you have experienced, finding good legal representation for situations involving forced treatment is extremely difficult.

    Are you familiar with the CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights)?

    They are an international nonprofit organization founded by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz. CCHR Florida has been making an effort to educate Florida attorneys on ways to help individuals under forced treatment (Florida’s Baker Act) by hosting educational symposiums.

    I don’t think CCHR has a chapter in Georgia but perhaps one of the attorneys who has attended a Baker Act symposiums in Florida has a contact in Georgia. Here is a link to a Florida attorney who is probably involved:

    Were you billed for psychiatric services while under forced treatment?

    In the past I have been billed for forced psychiatric treatment that my insurance did not cover and filed a complaint with the facility that it was an illegal blind contract and they did drop the bill.

    I have also filed complaints with the Office of Attorney General claiming forced consumerism.

    Here is part of a complaint I filed advocating for an individual in New York under forced treatment:

    For more than five year, XXXXX has been prescribed the controlled substance Ativan for anxiety. Ativan is a hypnotic drug. Instructions from the manufacturer of Ativan warn against prescribing their product for more than 2-4 weeks and acknowledge they haven’t ever studied the effectiveness of using Ativan long-term. The manufacturer of this drug also admits their product is defective and can cause paradoxical reactions including but not limited to: anxiety, excitation, agitation, hostility, aggression, rage, sleep disturbances/insomnia and hallucinations. Instructions for use state patients should stop consuming this product if they experience adverse side effects. This product is designed to have a high risk for dependency and the consumer will need to purchase more quantities of this product to try and maintain its effectiveness. When discontinued, Ativan also produces a wide range of unpredictable physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. Like all pharmaceutical products, if a consumer can no longer use Ativan because it is ineffective or defective, the manufacturer and the retailer who sold their product, are not obligated to refund money back to the consumer or their insurance company. Pharmaceutical companies and retail stores profit off of these high risk, defective psychiatric products.

  • For those who have taken the time to read this brilliant young man’s story, I hope you will also take the time to listen to the video recorded conversation he also has posted as it demonstrates his passion.

    Ricky, thank you for sharing your journey and I’m glad that you found MIA. I am so impressed with how you became such a strong advocate for yourself and I hope that you will continue on as an advocate for others. We need people like you.

    Best wishes, Maria

  • Annette,

    I just want you to know how much I enjoyed reading your post as it is so thoughtfully written. I love your positive attitude as I know that is what helped you to overcome the impossible and become one of the “lucky ones”.

    I am soooo happy for you and I know that you will have a positive impact on many others. I will be sharing your post on my Facebook page and email out to others.

    God bless and thank you so much for sharing your incredible journey!

  • Hi Leighgage

    The Benzo Information Coalition is amazing for what they are doing

    Also, the team behind the film Medicating Normal

    Definitely on my list of who I will donate to when my winning lottery ticket finally comes in

    Along with stories of harm, I also believe stories of recovery must come forward

    The argument of pro-psychiatry/pro-medication management advocates lies heavily in not being educated on what other options exist

    Will Hall has put together a lot of information on this and Laura Delano shares a lot

    More exposure is greatly needed

    Along with other members of ISEPP and Quantum Leap Farm (a nationally recognized equine therapy program) I participated in this docuseries Unbroken Minds but the project has been put on hold

    I am hopeful that my sibling, who is currently at a rehab facility for physical therapy and cognitive remediation, will soon be well enough to participate in therapies that are available from some of my friends who are Chiropractors/massage therapists and are eager to assist in recovery strategies

    I am flying up today to help my family and somehow sharing this “testimony” on MIA feels like a weight lifted off my shoulders

    Thank you for your support and I look forward to the day my sibling will share their recovery story on their own

    Maria Mangicaro

  • Hi Steve

    “Despite the slaying” statement was made in the Ryan Ehlis case.

    There are a number of cases, like that of David Crespi, in which the 911 operators who take the phone call of an individual calling to report they murdered their child/children and the 911 operator could tell they just by the sound of thei caller’s voice they were on psych meds.

    How can it be that obvious to a 911 operator but medical doctors can’t figure this out?

    And where are the “advocates”?

    And the few doctors who are experts willing to testify/attorneys willing to defend cost upwards of $100,000 upfront

    Just to obtain guardianship of a loved one will cost over $3000 upfront for attorney fees

    This involves such dark subject matter, I think most who are involved in advocacy do not want to consider, but these are the worst cases of how psychiatric drugs are impacting our society

    I appreciate filmmaker Kevin Miller (Generation Rx and Letters from Generation Rx) and Gwen Olsen for their efforts

    Other cases like Rebecca Riley and Gabriel Myers are ones that just leave me screaming to the high heavens

    So many alarms going off yet the “public” continues to sleep

    Take care
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Hi Sam,

    I appreciate your comment.

    I remember reading a small article in USA Today in 2001 entitled “Despite the Slaying, Adderall is Still a Safe Medication for ADHD”

    That was the response from the manufacturer of Adderall after a college student shot took their drug for ten days, slipped into a psychotic fog, shot and killed his baby girl and then shot himself in the stomach. He was found not guilty because the drug company and psychiatrists admitted this is a side effect of the drug.

    Sometimes I wonder if I am the only person on the planet who read that article.

    The “public” is asleep.

    It’s nice to connect with others who are awake.

    Take care,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Dear Anomie,

    Thank you for sharing the article “A Psychiatrist Visits Belgium: The Epicenter of Psychiatric Euthanasia”, I have shared it with others and it is a topic I am very concerned with.

    Did you read Robert Whitaker’s post: Zel Dolinsky: I Have a Right to “Death With Dignity” ?

  • Dear cidrols,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Yes, it’s a tuff battle. Honestly don’t know how my sibling has made it this far. As a family we have really pulled together to help out and as bad as everything has been, we have been truly bless in so many ways and constantly pray for healing.

    Take care,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Dear Leighgage,

    There is no greater loss than that of a child, my heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story and yes, genetic tests to see which meds could be effective is so important.

    Have you seen the documentary Dead Wrong?

    It is so well done. I gave copies of it to the doctors at the state hospital my sibling was at.

    Take care,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • streetphotobeing,

    Thank you for commenting and sharing.

    “How do we get the general public to understand the true horror and criminality of psychiatry and just how dangerous it is to go to these people?”

    I’m 58 years old. Dr. Thomas Szasz co-founded the Citizens Commission on Human Rights 51 years ago. Dr. Peter Breggin Founded ICSPP (now ISEPP) over 40 years ago. Robert Whitaker wrote Mad in America 18 years ago. There are dozens of other organizations, authors, doctors, psychologists, filmmakers, advocates, efforts, etc. trying to get the general public to understand.

    If we add up all of their efforts it is like using eye droppers to take water from the ocean to fill up an Olympic size pool. And congratulations, their combined efforts have paid off and that pool is now full. Now, go back and look at the ocean to see the difference made.

    That is the realization we must face. There is just too much money being made by too many for the change to take place anytime in the near future.

    The best we can do is keep speaking up until a tsunami of stories are out there and maybe we will see a paradigm shift in our lifetime.

    Take care,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Rosalee,

    Thank you for your comment and you are spot on.

    Because individuals experiencing symptoms of “mental illness” can end up in trouble with the law or end up having other legal issues (divorce, bankruptcy, guardianship), attorneys make a fortune off of “mental illness”.

    I worked as a legal blogger for a criminal defense attorney. This attorney made $7000 profit off of the father of a man who was homeless, labeled with a “mental illness”, probably had a substance abuse problem and committed a crime involving a $300 theft. Charges were dropped and the attorney kept the father’s money.

    Unethical and pathetic.
    Take care,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Hi DShanin,

    Thank you for your reply.

    Although the doctors considered my sibling catatonic, their condition was so severe it was like they were paralyzed. It actually looked like rigor mortis was setting in and other people would have to position them like a Barbie Doll. To get my sibling to take some fluids, I would have to pry their mouth open and use an eye dropper. They were so dependent on Ativan that the oral form did nothing. They would only respond to intramuscular injections even that got to the point shots would wear off quickly and the withdrawal between shots were so tormenting it looked like they had demons in their body.

    Right now they are doing somewhat better, back on a low dose of oral Ativan, moved to a rehab facility for physical therapy, but no doctor has attempted to taper them off. I am flying up this week to help out and will continue to advocate for medical assistance with tapering off Ativan.

    Thank you for sharing,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Sam,

    It is sad to know so many can turn a blind eye.

    Individuals labeled “mentally ill” are in need of strong, ethical, educated advocates.

    I attended my first NAMI conference in 1999 excited to discover there was actually an organization that gave a hoot about people labeled “mentally ill”. I walked out disgusted at the brainwashing this organization does and the pro-psychiatry agenda they promote.

    It is simply time to say NO and also to say there is NO national alliance on “mental illness”, as a matter of fact there is a national disagreement on “mental illness”.

    Take care Sam,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Hi Andrei,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this story.

    Yes, unbelievably heartbreaking and unnecessary suffering because under our current paradigm of care, there is no help available for someone who is suffering from a prescription drug dependency.

    Individuals who have drug addictions can get help, but those who are drug dependent are at a loss in the system.

    Coincidently, Dr. Peter Breggin is from my hometown of Syracuse, NY and I am a long-time member of an organization that he originally founded, ISEPP (formerly ICSPP). I’ve met Dr. Breggin/Robert Whitaker in the past at conferences and being knowledgeable in their work and that of many others definitely helped me be a strong advocate for my sibling.

    Unfortunately, you are absolutely right, psychiatrists are incapable of realizing the harm these drugs do and they can not handle the truth. They are totally clueless on how to help patients taper off of benzodiazepines and there is nothing anyone can do to change things.

    We are stuck in this paradigm of care and the best we can do is continue to speak up to try and enlighten others.

    Most of the time it feels like we are just spitting in the wind, but it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

    Take care,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Dear Rossa,

    It is so nice to hear from you and I apologize for not responding sooner. I looked over your website/blog and read the synopsis of your book, The Scenic Route: A Way through Madness. Truly a labor of love. You have accumulated a wealth of information to help others and your site is beautifully done.

    I especially found meaning in this passage you wrote “If the times are right, a well told story can further a paradigm shift in thinking. I’m hoping that the time is right now. Enjoy the journey.”

    My sibling has certainly endured horrific abuse. Sadly, the film Letters from Generation Rx and stories from so many others like Crespi Family Hope are always good reminders that things could be worse and how important it is that well-told stories are heard.

    I especially admire the effort the team behind the film Medicating Normal are putting in to enlighten others.

    I see you have Light Therapy listed on your website. Have you looked into BEMER therapy yet?

    Best wishes to you and your family,
    Maria Mangicaro

  • Before commenting I’ve read this post over several times along with the comments.

    Although this is just a glimpse into his life and diverse perspectives, Mr. Dolinsky left behind a very powerful testimony, especially on how the use of psychiatric drugs can lead to unbearable internal suffering, the belief of hopelessness and a death wish. Obviously he was a very intelligent and resilient individual who accomplished a lot during his lifetime. It is unfortunate that despite all of his knowledge, access to resources and personal testimonies of recovery, he lost all faith and was unable to find the answers and relief he needed, especially considering he made a drastic career change later in life to provide holistic healthcare to others as a licensed massage therapist in a hospital setting.

    Psychiatric euthanasia is a topic considered in Kevin Dunn’s film Fatal Flaws. The documentary features a young Dutch girl who was euthanized last January because of her “severe psychiatric problems” that psychiatric treatment failed to relieve. Psychiatric euthanasia has steadily increased in the Neatherlands with 83 reported cases in 2017.

    Adam Maier-Clayton, a Canadian psychiatric Death with Dignity activist, committed suicide two years ago because of suffering from what he and his family believed were symptoms of “severe mental illness” that became treatment resistent. Many of his complaints sounded like adverse reactions to psychiatric drugs.

    Euthanizing psychiatric patients is a topic that deserves thoughtful consideration and expanded awareness, especially among pro-psychiatry drug advocates like Pete Earley and DJ Jaffee.

    As Severe Mental Illness advocates, Mr. Earley and Mr. Jaffee work to advance the use of psychiatric drugs and forced drugging. Both men clearly disregard and downplay adverse reactions to psychiatric drugs.

    Supporting Death with Dignity for psychiatric patients seems like it would place professionals in a difficult situation of trying to distinguish between a patient who qualifies for forced treatment because they are suicidal and a patient who qualifies for euthanasia because they have a legitamate reason to be suicidal. For patients who are considered “treatment resistant”, it also seems impossible to define the suffering as being caused by the perceived “mental illness”, or being from an actual adverse reactions to psychiatric drug therapy or withdrawal syndrome.

    Psychiatric drugs are often prescribed by doctors who fail to test for and treat possible underlying medical conditions that can manifest as a “mental illness”. Without treating the underlying cause, there is little hope a patient will ever find relief, thereby increasing the chance psychiatric patients would welcome relief through euthanasia. Sadly, family members of “mentally ill” patients who find it difficult or even impossible to help their loved ones and can easily feel overburdened by their care, also seem to give up hope and welcome relief through assisted suicide for their loved one.

    Historically, individuals with perceived “mental illnesses” have been victims of eugenic movements and treated like the throw-aways in our society.

    For anyone who has experienced adverse reactions of psych drugs, or withdrawal syndrome, it is easy to understand why so many psychiatric patients end up suicidal. The option of Death with Dignity among psychiatric patients would more than likely become a service in high demand and profitable for psychiatry.

    Before Death with Dignity, we should consider psychiatric patients are entitled to a life with dignity, which includes knowing the truth, informed consent and availability to best practice, individualized treatment.

    Like Mr. Dolinsky, I was also bothered by Pete Earley’s post suggesting Robert Whitaker and NAMI “have blood on their hands”. Even before the NAMI convention, Mr. Earley solicited readers to write about their experiences at the event, offering money, stating that he was especially interested in Robert Whitaker’s presentation, referencing Mr. Whitaker beforehand as someone “who has become a darling of the anti-psychiatry movement”. That comment seemed disrespectful and inappropriate.

    Although I have a lot of respect for the fact Mr. Earley’s work helped to expose many problems within the jail system and advanced awareness of Crisis Intervention Training among law enforcement, since reading his book “Crazy” in 2006, I have reached out to Mr. Earley on many occasions to point out what seems like misrepresentation of facts and misinformation in his statements.

    Clearly, Mr. Earley is more interested in protecting his position as a selective-storytelling novelist and self-proclaimed advocate than fact checking and protecting the rights of those he claims to advocate for.

    “A former Washington Post reporter, Mr. Earley writes with authenticity and style — a wonderful blend of fact and fiction in the best tradition of journalists-turned-novelists.” Nelson DeMille, bestselling author