Thanks so much for raising these issues Mary Ellen. A few things occurred to me as I was reading your blog. The issues you raise happen in every country. We (peers) cannot fight these abuses alone – we need to find powerful allies in the mental health system and more importantly opinion leaders in the wider community to take up the cause with us. The changes we need will only happen when we have a critical mass of the citizenry supporting us. Some peers in England are calling for a truth and reconciliation process for psychiatry. See http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/truth_and_reconciliation_in_psychiatry/. It would be great for Americans and others to add their weight to this demand.