Friday, October 7, 2022

Comments by Valentine

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  • I would like to share the story of our daughter (diagnosed schizophrenic).
    I myself am a (Dutch) Naturopathic doctor and the psychosis (as a result of traumatic experiences and subsequent fear of living amd life) of our daughter opened a totally new chapter concerning health and healing.

    Because of movies like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and others, I had some negative images about psychiatry, but no experience what so ever.

    Now things have changed and experience has replaced the vague images and fears left behind by the movies and stories of others. Now we are in the midst of it!
    The story is too large to tell, but it’s a miracle that our daughter survived.

    In short: our daughter was isolated from us, her family, and was made totally psychotic on purpose, to punish us for having witnessed a psychiatrist provoking the suicide of a patient and having complained about it (which saved the girl’s life, thank God, but put us in trouble afterwards).

    At a given point we found out that our daughter hadn’t eaten nor drunk for 3 days. And although we weren’t allowed entry, we managed however to enter the clinic, advised by police to do so and to take her with us and bring her to the closest hospital to have her checked for dehydration. She was in the clinic by “free will” but so psychotic that she didn’t even realise what was going on.

    Police advised us to phone if it would come to a fight. Well, we did phone because they hindered us to get out (all doors are locked, as you may know, and there is no way to get out once you’re inside!), and we waited patiently for them to come and discuss the situation.

    Suddenly I was attacked by 6 male nurses and, although I didn`t resist, beaten up, as if it were a street fight! And so was a (woman) friend that was with us. My wife wasn’t touched because she had police on the phone and neither was our youngest sun (a tall guy) who recorded it all.
    Of course we reported it, but haven’t heard of it ever since. No court, nothing!

    Only after 3 months after the incidence we managed to have a second opinion at a university clinic by a few lesbian psychiatrists (we think) that wanted to help our daughter and managed to get her away from there. All other clinics were backing the clinic up where she was. Very strange!
    And this is Holland?!

    After the second opinion, where our daughter was declared schizophrenic (how nice), she went to another clinic, run, we found out later, by friends of the psychiatrists that almost killed her.
    There she first improved with hardly any medication and than suddenly was put on higher doses by force, after which she became worse and worse. Then even more medication and more and more…
    She had already had some tendencies towards suicide, but these became grotesque now. We attributed it to the medication, but there was no discussion possible.

    Then one day, they knew that we were against it, they tried to persuade her in a sneaky way, to have ECT. Fortunately she phoned us straight away, before giving permission and we stopped the process.

    Now the beautiful side of the story.

    After two years of being totally drugged and psychotic because of the medicines (Haldol + Clozapine + daily Lorazepam + once every 3 days Tranxene. How on earth can one function with such a cocktail and survive this?!), she developed deadly side effects of the medication and they had to stop the Clozapine. We were able to proof addiction to the Benzo’s and (thank God for this psychiatrist – number 17 in 3 years – he took her off the Benzo’s too. Very gradually on our request, after reading Peter Breggin’s book “Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal”).
    And guess what? She improved enormously!

    She changed from being a total handicapped psychotic suicidal person that resembled someone with the syndrome of Down, no, worse!, to the cheerful active, creative person that she always had been!
    Now she is the miracle of the clinic (in the eyes of the patients) and the puzzle to the psychiatrists. Thank you Peter Breggin!

    She still has some Haldol that we want to get rid of as to help her recover even more and that is our next fight.

    I would like to mention that there are different things that we have done to support her recovery and those are:
    First of all, an almost constant and daily psychoanalysis, mostly just by telephone, for she phones us always when she has difficulty to discriminate delusion from reality.
    My wife and I have studied some psychology in the past, but are the living proof that anyone can do psychoanalyse with a psychotic person. (Thanks also to the books written by Betram Karon, Ira Steinmann, Daniel Dorman, Joanne Greenberg and others…)

    Secondly, we went (in secret) to an acupuncturist with her, (telling the clinic that we went for a walk), which gave an immediate improvement and got her out of her catatonic state and made that she hadn’t hallucinations and voices for 5 weeks! Unfortunately we had to stop further treatment after those 5 weeks, for financial reasons and my youngest son and I are studying acupuncture now to be able to help her in this way, if still necessary, in the future.

    Thirdly, we give her high doses vitamin B3 en C, which resulted in another improvement. We also give her extra Manganese against the side effects of the antipsychotics (Haldol in her case).

    She has still some hallucinations but has all under control and tries to understand the meaning of them.
    We trust that when she is totally off medicines, that she will recover even more, for part of her problem now is akathisia caused by the Haldol.
    But, imagine, they almost gave her ECT!

    May our story therefore encourage people to search for other solutions!
    Our daughter was the most psychotic and catatonic patient of the clinic(s) and is now again the active, loving, caring, creative and lovable person that she always had been.

    With kind regards,
    Harm Valentijn

  • The suicide theme is a difficult one!
    First of all, the urge to commit suicide is often dependent on the moment or period in life. There is no way back and things in life could change (for the better)later on (and mostly will).
    Suicide could mean: I can’t endure no longer and then death can seem a solution out of the depression or out of a fearful situation or state of mind. But is it really a conscious choice even if “they” would allow you to choose?
    A conscious choice is when you know the consequences of any of the possible outcomes.
    But what do we know about life after death? Things could get worse! I’m not referring to what religions say about it, but what the reality could be. You can kill a physical body, but we are much more than that! You never can kill your spirit or soul.
    From my own experience I know life after death exists (and that it is different from that what religions want us to believe).
    And be honest, in the moments we think of suicide we are in a certain (mostly confused) state of mind and not really ourselves.
    Sometimes it are even voices that force the person to commit suicide, but later the person often regrets to have even listened to them. In this case the person wasn’t him or herself either.
    We should be educated about life after death first and the whole meaning of life. Do you know why you are here?
    Do we really have freedom of choice if we are conditioned to believe that death could free us of our problems and feelings, where it probably will not? (and I know, it will not.)

    With love,

  • I so much agree with you Nancy! After harm is done, there is no way back. Harm should be avoided at all costs. Isn’t it so that nature needs time to heal us? A small cut needs a week, a flu 2 weeks, those are standard times. Nature works that way and if not hindered it will always heal. Some, mostly natural, things can speed it up a little, but nature needs time.
    If we are depressed or psychotic or whatever may be the case, then there will be a reason for it! Psychiatry and medicine have lost interest in finding reasons that include body, mind, spirit and soul. Only psychopaths can be cruel and insensitive and heartless enough to damage the brain to heal the inner emotions and feelings of a fellow human being. If society can forbid the simplest of things, why not stop psychopaths hurting others.
    I can’t agree with Francesca, sorry to mention it here, but it saves me time to have to write another comment.
    Chemotherapy is in almost no case necessary. There are natural therapies that can heal cancer nowadays very well and better than medicine does, but medicine keeps damaging and killing people with chemo and fighting and ridiculing such therapies. Medicine and psychiatry have become systems with protocols. Well, protocols make people do things that are not felt and fine-tuned to the individual and thus are they prone to be psychopathic in nature too.
    The great late Canadian scientist dr. Hulda Clark interestingly changed the Hippocratic Oath to: you should never give a medicine/therapy or even an advice to someone else of something you haven’t tried or woulsn’t use yourself. Well, if that rule would be followed, I am sure ECT immediately would stop to exist!
    With love,

  • Dear Ted,

    I so much agree with you! I wish antipsychotics never were invented! How is it possible that medicine and psychiatry can only harm to heal? Why is it that they abandoned the simple principle that was known by the masters of antiquity like Hippocrates, that mind and body heal themselves when the cause of the illness is taken away and therefore doing harm was to be avoided at all costs?
    Why is it that they (literally) took away the soul out of psych-iatry (and the patients)? (Psyche meaning soul).
    Why have psychiatrists become destroyers of mind, feeling and body?
    Is mental illness caused by dysfunction of the brain, or is it a result of sensitive (often young) human beings that have difficulty to live in and digest the cruelties of a sick world en society?
    Or is psychiatry (as institurion) itself the result of a brain dysfunction, not of the patients but of psychiatrist themselves?
    Could be an interesting question and theme open for discussion!
    Seeing mental illness only as a result of a brain disease seems to me a sign of narrow mindedness and thus brain (and heart) dysfunction!
    Psychiatrists should be screened before accepting them to “treat” others! The final exam: a brain scan and no graduation if the parts in the brain that show (not cause) compassion, love and open-mindedness are not lighting up!
    That would make loving and open-minded people a lot richer than is now the case in the world, that’s for sure! Shouldn’t that be the standard for society as a whole, but especially for the medical profession and psychiatry?!
    Who knows? Could become an obligatory test in the future for many professions!

    I, myself am in a medical/healing profession and I am horrified to see how our daughter that suffers from delusions and voices, that clearly are trauma-based, is totally drugged against her own and our will, which (unnecessarily) has made of her a severe physically, emotionally and mentally disabled person at the age of only 24. She is in the hands of the (Dutch) State and we have no influence whatsoever on the kind of treatment that they are giving her. Anti-psychotics have only worsened her mental state without any positive effect on her delusions and voices.
    However, that doesn’t motivate the psychiatrist to diminish her medication, despite of the fact that she was wonderfully recovering on a minimum dose of antipsychotics! Brain dysfunction on the site of the psychiatrist (and lack of good will)! Dutch law supports the never proven paradigm of neurotransmitter imbalance and thus the need for brain (dis-) balancing drugs. Not being able to digest the harshness of life makes you thus an enemy of the state and maybe rightly so, but with nowhere to run to.
    Thank God we have people like: Peter Breggin, Romme & Escher, Bertram Karon and many others and studies like this one that in the end will force psychiatry to change their way of treating patients.
    With kind regard,

  • A very interesting article! And what a great comment too, Donna!
    Psychiatry as an institute is like a brutal experiment box where those that were already traumatized by society continue to get constant shocks that are probably often even worse than the trauma that was the initial cause of the psychological/psychiatric problem (and I’m not even talking about ECT’s!).
    If life and society didn’t give you “learned helplessness” yet, then psychiatry certainly will!
    They have done it with our daughter and they have done it with us, her family. Not yet as the dog in the picture though! We still have enough anger in us to give us the will to fight, but it is not an easy fight, for what can one do if the law supports the crimes against humanity committed by psychiatry?
    Mental Death Profession… I can’t help it (I’m well educated and don’t have the habit of complaining or kicking against things unnecessarily), but I can’t do otherwise than to agree! We have seen too much things happening in psychiatry and there are too many people dead now that certainly could have survived with better care and less drugs. How is it possible that psychiatry has gained so much power world wide?
    I thought Holland was a fine country to live in and would be the exception, but it is not. To the contrary even. Health care is totally underdeveloped, stone age, our supreme judge a free pedophile and psychiatry is like Nazi Germany or Russia before the fall of the iron curtain. I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but unfortunately that’s our experience.