Friday, February 3, 2023

Tag: psychiatric commitment

Involuntary Obedience: Rituals of Humiliation Disguised as ‘Care’

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Like slavery took such a long time to be ‘officially’ forbidden, psychiatric hospitals will be with us for some time yet. Their masters, the doctors or administrators, no longer give beatings with their hands but with the far more treacherous chemicals that allow them to keep a good conscience and distribute what are beatings nevertheless.

Officer May Have Driven Around Flooded Road Barriers, Killing Patients

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From Buzzfeed News: "The law enforcement officer behind the wheel of the van overtaken by floodwaters Tuesday in South Carolina, killing two women who were being...

Two Women Seeking Mental Health Care Drowned in Sheriff’s Van

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From The New York Times: "Sometime that evening, the van, carrying Ms. Green and Wendy Newton, another woman being transported to a mental health...

“Liberty versus Need — Our Struggle to Care for People with...

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In an editorial for NEJM, Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, discusses the decision to use involuntary psychiatric commitment. Article →

I am Insane

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I have been here at Western State Hospital for almost five years. While I’ve been told that I’ve met all the criteria for a conditional release, the hospital won’t grant me this because I can’t prove that I won’t be dangerous in the future. Can anyone prove this? Even convicts don’t have to prove they’re ‘safe’ before they are freed.

They Call This “Help”

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“Won’t they know I’m lying?” I asked. “Won’t they know I’m an impostor?” “No,” he said, “not at all. You can tell them you’re suffering from delusions and they’ll believe it almost without question. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any history of psychiatric illness or hospitalization, just make up some nonsense about hearing voices and they’ll swallow the whole thing hook, line and sinker.”