Friday, November 22, 2019

Comments by Redcat

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  • A survey is a good start.

    In one of our South shore Quebec hospitals, an attendant in a psych ward from 2011 until 2017, took photos of the patients hospitalized there, amongst other behaviours. The hospital attendant is presently in jail. Did the hospital send letters to the patients informing them of these violations to their privacy? NO. The hospital can send letters to patients asking for donations, every six months and yet when they are asked to communicate with these patients informing them of these violations….they respond they are doing enough. How do patients find out about this? If, per chance, they see an article in the newspaper, concerning the criminal attendant. When I asked the police why patients were not being notified, they replied “they had enough victims for a conviction”. The hospital isn’t sure they should start doing background checks on employees.

    Yes, a survey. A wonderful start.

  • I’m sorry for your loss. You did the best you knew how with the information that you were given. Neuroleptics and antidepressants can cause suicide. It may be as simple as one pill. I would take solace in knowing that your daughter was not lonely. To love as she did is a beautiful sentiment. As I am sure you love her more every day. That’s not crazy.

  • Sometimes I read articles on MIA and I’m so “intimidated” by the writer or interviewer that I don’t comment. I make an exception in your case and will just wing it, because you really look like my aunt. Thank you for this wonderful interview and example of the silver lining of anger. I’m happy you were angry, that it helped you survive and that you shared all that with us. I can’t beleive they treat human beings as they do and I pray that we can stop that abuse by institutions (without resorting to bombs). I’m also grateful that you have a better typewriter. “Thanks” isn’t enough.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the article. It reminded me of a stream leading to a river where there is a canoe or a rowboat available for use to reach the other shore. I really enjoyed the article. As I get older I tend to think that life involves trauma. Period. Abuse and violence. That’s the common thread of societies. The flip side to that is all the “good stuff” that we also carry with us and make our heart beat and eyes sparkle. I abhor the push of pharma as a solution to natural life experiences such as trauma. What ever happened to friends and sharing a good cup of whatta whatta.
    I would aim at teaching young adults some of your theories. Thanks.

  • Thank you for that beautiful collaboration. It’s an important reminder to being. I will seek it out because I love the lessons we can learn from books (when we can not have the authors in our community). I watched my daughter take care of a caterpillar one day, all day. She took care of a lovely bug like one would take care of an infant. It reminded me of how far we grow away, we move away, from our child’s self. Why do we require that children fit the adult world when some of us have forgotten what it is to be a child. The occasional tears are a relief, to me. Just as the occasional smile is a welcome.

  • I’d like to add, that on this new journey, of fighting cancers, which is approaching another decade,I’ve systematically refused psych medications, such as antidepressants and I’m happier for it. I tell everybody to get second opinions and when I hear about people who are confused I always think : “did they get their blood work done and checked. Did they check their urine?” I fear that many people are thrown in the mental band wagon without due diligence and without care. It’s sad for all involved. Easy money for the few and throw away lives for the many.

  • I applaud all your efforts. That’s how you will save lives. I was given a similar prescription for illness for over a decade only to be told, later, I had bone marrow cancer along with another rare disease, amyloidosis (known to Vietnam veterans). Incredulously, I said to my husband “cancer is easier than what I’ve been through before.”. I hear ya. Those prescriptions end lives.

  • Remember Big Tobacco? Sold as the Marlboro Man and the liberated woman (I forget her name)? They killed millions of people. What do I tell my young children today? Don’t smoke. I don’t tell them about the crazy crazy business that smoking was. Now, in 2019, although it’s legal, we’re saying “Don’t toke.” And I’m trying to figure out how to convey “don’t poke”…if it’s not opiods, it’s carfentanyl….I mean…these are dangers. Psychiatry is a danger in the same way. Big Tobacco ended prematurely the lives of millions. But fighting psychiatry has to be doable otherwise we’re back in the ages of witchcraft and demons. The psychiatrists I’ve met in my lifetime were pathetic controlling idiots, probably on drugs,….a far cry from insiduous evil beings. They ate spaghetti just like we do.
    I refuse to see these human beings as demons. Give me a fair fight.

  • If I can add something from a Canadian perspective, in the last couple of weeks, one of our Canada Supreme Court Justices retired. In Canada that is our highest court. Well, this justice retired, at 59, I beleive, stating that he had been suffering from depression and anxiety for the last twenty years. Don’t quote me on this. But to me, that is a sign that “things” are getting better when a member of the highest courts can relate to all his personal struggles. Of course, it’s not anti-psychiatry, but it’s a start. The message it sends out, in my perspective, is loud and clear.

    Then, earlier this year, over 700 doctors for children, in Quebec, protested against the over prescribing of medications for children (neuroleptics, depressants, etc…) Quebec over prescribes and even the doctors are claiming that.

    When I read MIA, I think “alright”…20 000 readers, that’s a mighty big village.

    So forgive my optimism.

  • I agree with your very comprehensive well explained article and yet, disagree with its conclusion. Give yourself some credit.
    Your arguments are solid and I predict that psychiatry will lose ground (I think it already has.) Everytime we exercise our individual freedoms (but it what they may…not taking antidepressants, contesting forced therapies, having a conversation with someone needing help), we win.
    These articles and comments are not lost on simply survivors, they move on in the collective consciousness. Things will get better because for a lot of us, things are better.

  • In the psychiatric field, it seems like a rather too symbiotic technology. To the point where the patient becomes the product and the research company becomes the consumer. The gathering of information is a lucrative business and choosing the vulnerable as first recipients is nothing new. GPS technology could accompany that digital technology. Maybe patients could be renumerated for accepting to be tracked. Pay the patients 1000$ per month to be used as a future statistic. However, as a doctor, I’m not, I’m not sure I would derive satisfaction in tracking my patients. And where does the technology end up? In our drinking water? I dunno. My credit card company can define my life more readily than any doctor and I don’t lose sleep over it. I can see pros and cons to it. It seems like a departure from care however.

  • It’s an idea. Patients have little credibility. Could it deter abusive workers from being so blatant? Maybe. It would be a start. I wish hospitals were subjected to, at least, visual audits. Why not send a person of authority to visit these places, without calling ahead? Have this person talk with the staff and patients. Or, why don’t hospitals ask for surveys for improvement. The secrecy and confidentiality is part of the problem. There are no dialogues, it’s forced submission. Unfortunately, a camera is hard to hide when someone is in a hospital gown.

  • I’m sorry you experienced that. It’s a tough situation when someone is looking for a haven and they meet a judge, a witness, an executioner and a drug pusher, all rolled into one. Oh, maybe add to that a few that’ll make you trip on your journey. Where’s an advocate when you need one? In that kind of system…good luck. I think we should get cameras in there. Privacy plays a nasty game when abuse is going on.

  • I’m releived to read such a well-written well-expressed article. Psychiatry violates the most basic fondamental human rights world-wide – under a cloak of secrecy and superiority. I enjoy a glass of water occasionally and I feel better for it, but I shudder at the thought of anyone forcing a glass of water down my throat or worse, injecting it forcefully in my veins. In that field -informed consent and divulgation of risks are myths. Patients are obliged into treatments. Families are blindsided. The media talk about suicide, homicide and abuse and the relation with psychiatry is not explained. I would like for the industry to tell us how many were on psychiatric drugs. The blood test is problably not expensive and conclusive. I’m happy to read that people are discussing these issues. It validates our objections.

  • Thank you for this conversation. You’re not alone in your pleas for less intrusion, less control, less moralization, less secrecy and less abuse. Well written and well said. It is an abusive system to patients. I think we can oppose, object and fight back. A conversation is a good place to start. Thanks.

  • Well said. There’s action there and little inertia. You may get more readers here than at JAMA. I’m always amazed at the sometimes limited number of readers in certain fields, such as orphan diseases, world-wide. Even if the scientific article is spot-on. In regards to opioids, I’m still marking China’s engagement to join the war against fentanyl. Now, how ’bout tapering? OR, not prescribing opioids for general ailments. Even something as simple as aspirin, yet as big as the company making it, recently saw the publication of new recommendations so that the “daily aspirin” be limited to patients who already experienced cardiovascular disease. That was about time. In the same light, I maintain hope for solving the opioid crisis. Articles such as yours are a pleasure to read: they are informative, thought provoking and they expose the effort in the counter-current, if i may say so. It’s a great solution.

  • Thank you for your informative article. Every parent should read it. I can’t help but see a corollary with the cigarette and the opiod manufacturers (ie. drug pushers needed clients that are alive and consuming the products – if we can get the next generations hooked on the jingle – then great, we’ll have fatter wallets). Eugenics in an era of capitalism.

    It’s a tough read, yet necessary. Thank you.