Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Tag: forced treatment

A Revolution Wobbles: Will Norway’s “Medication-Free” Hospital Survive?

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We interview Ole Andreas Underland, Director of the Hurdalsjøen Recovery Center in Norway which provides “medication-free” care for those who want such treatment or who want to taper from their psychiatric drugs. Ole Andreas explains why the success of this pioneering approach might threaten its future.

Jim Flannery: Sorry It’s Not Funny – Comedy, Hip-Hop and Activism

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Born and raised in suburban Weathersfield, Connecticut, Jim Flannery was committed at four mental hospitals across the United States. There he received the best care available in the modern world…torture.

In Andrew’s Honor: Attorney Elizabeth Rich’s Fight Against Unjust Commitments

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Anyone detained and then formally committed under Wisconsin’s civil mental health laws can initially be held and forcibly drugged for six long months. Yet, for years, not a single person has been able to appeal the six-month commitments in court.

Mental Health Care Must Support Consent and Basic Human Rights

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Despite the UN’s strong stance against involuntary treatment, many countries continue to uphold legislation that encourages it.

The Great Triumph of Roxanne Stewart-Johnson: Psychiatric Refugee

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Roxanne fled to Canada, and received formal refugee status, as a psychiatric refugee after being threatened with psychiatric imprisonment and forced drugging in Jamaica.

The Case of Joshua Spriestersbach: If This Is a Horror Story,...

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Spriestersbach was imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for almost three years. The more he told the doctors that he was not Thomas Castleberry, the more they believed that he was psychotic.

ISEPP to American Psychological Association: Condemn Forced Treatment

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The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry petitions the American Psychological Association to condemn forced treatment as a human rights violation

Britney: In the Name of Health

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So many of us young women believed the people who told us we needed them to make us healthy, who told us that without them, we’d be at the mercy of untameable "disease."

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part...

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Peter Gøtzsche gives advice on what withdrawal symptoms may look like and explains the dangers of—and alternatives to—forced treatment.

Psychiatric Oppression Under Victoria’s Mental Health Laws

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Public mental health authorities continue to oppress persons with psychosocial conditions through a combination of punitive and discriminatory laws that are constructed with a "best interests" paradigm in mind and a medical model that pathologises difference and dissent. 

An Obituary for My Colonizer: Reflections on the Legacy of DJ...

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When I heard this morning that DJ Jaffe was dead my face went through its own mutation; a moment of surprise and wonderment followed by swift elation, and then, very quickly and now for so many hours afterward, an enraged, frustrated, quick-breathed grimace.

Kerry O’Malley: A Personal Struggle Against Forced Medication

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Neglect for personal autonomy is a pervasive attitude in the mental health system. No human being should be stripped of their dignity and autonomy, much less a vulnerable 74-year-old woman.

Jinxed: The Persecution of Evan Durst Kreeger

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I am very concerned that Evan is about to be devoured by psychiatry's maw. Things could be different if Evan were able to hire an attorney or attorneys to deal with all of these different legal actions coming at him and otherwise protect his interests such as sue the trustees for their unconscionable actions, but as I have indicated, his trustees have cut off his money so he can't hire such an attorney or attorneys.

When Telling A Psychiatrist You Are Not Mentally Ill Is Grounds...

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Both these cases are examples of people whose only symptoms were stating they were not mentally ill and did not need psychiatric medication. They both certainly had problems at some time in their lives, but the one size fits all system of commitment and mandatory medication did not fit their needs at all. Does having mental symptoms in the past mean that one should have a lifetime of mental health commitment and forced medications?

Involuntary Hospitalization Increases Risk of Suicide, Study Finds

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New study finds that people who felt they were coerced into being hospitalized were more likely to attempt suicide later.

Mad Science, Psychiatric Coercion and the Therapeutic State: An Interview with...

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MIA's Peter Simons interviews David Cohen, PhD, on his path to researching mental health, coercive practices, and discontinuation from psychiatric drugs.

Forced Drugging with Antipsychotics is Against the Law: Decision in Norway

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In all countries, we need to work for ensuring that forced medication for psychiatric patients is forbidden by law. Virtually all countries, apart from the US, have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which prohibits forced drugging, but not a single country has done anything.

Debate Ensues Over Rights-Based Approach to Mental Health

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Debate ensues as scholars and policymakers discuss how to bring a rights-based approach to mental health policy.

United Nations Rep Brings Attention to Human Rights Violations in Psychiatry

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Dr. Dainius Pūras argues that the status quo in mental health treatment is no longer acceptable and demands political action to promote human rights.

55 Steps to Informed Consent

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55 Steps is a new film based on a true story that centers around two women: Collette, a lawyer with a tendency to work long hours, and Eleanor, who has spent far too much time incarcerated in hospitals. Over the course of five years, Collette fights for Eleanor’s right to choose whether or not she takes psychiatric drugs. This film is imperfect, but its importance can’t be ignored.

When Mental Health Treatment Becomes a Violation

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From InDaily: "In the early 2000s when I was detained in a psychiatric hospital I was treated against my will, I was even secluded....

What Is It Like to Be Sectioned?

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From ShortList: "'I asked to go out for a cigarette but was told that if I tried to leave I would be sectioned against...

Migrant Kids Are Being Traumatized, Not Treated

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From The Sacramento Bee: "I don’t know what it’s like to be an immigrant kid, to travel alone to an unfamiliar country or be...

His Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward (Podcast)

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From Psychiatric Times: "After the first episode, when Giulia was healthy and balanced and stable in between, she was really mad at me, and I...

Immigrant Shelters Drug Traumatized Teens Without Consent

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From ProPublica: "Emotional distress and mental health issues are prevalent among these children, sometimes a result of traumatic experiences in their home countries, at other...