Ms. Andrea Ryder,

College of Psychiatry of Ireland,

5 Herbert St.,

Dublin 2.


Dear Ms Ryder,


My name is Mary Maddock.   I am a founder member of MindFreedom Ireland  and a board member of MindFreedom International. I am also a former board member of the European Network of ex-Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) and serve on the Advisory Council of Empathic Therapy. (


I would like to make some comments on your recently released statement on the RTE documentary Behind the Walls.


Since your treatment for people labelled ‘mentally ill’ is mostly medical, I find it extraordinary that you can say that “recovery rates from mental illnesses are better than any other illnesses”.  This is not our experience.


Most people treated by long-term psychiatric treatment live a diminished life because of your treatment.  Every day I am in contact with people both in Ireland and worldwide.  This is not their experience.   Talented gifted people are on disability because of your treatment.  They are chemically lobotomised by psychiatric drug treatment, their memories are destroyed by electroshock and in short, they are brain damaged by your treatment.


To quote a friend who has been the recipient of psychiatric ‘treatment’:

"I first feel drunk, stagger all over, then I can't see and have muscle spasms in my ribs and groin.

 Then my body gets stiff - can't walk, can't get off the sofa, can't think, then I get extremely anxious and hyper.

 I once couldn't stop walking and walked right in front of a moving car that hit me on the knee.

 I isolate myself because people don't understand the weird looks of my twisted face.  I make sucking sounds and chewing motions. My eyes twitch and my legs move uncontrollably.   And other people have it worse than this and are

 FORCED to take it. Oh yes, I put on 100 lbs. My triglycerides blood pressure and sugar go way up all because of the drug."  Gail Warner



Your statement reflects psychiatry’s tunnel vision because you see only the good effects of your work and you are blind to the terrible adverse real effects of your drugs.


I attended a psychiatrist for 15 years.  Because I was not in hospital for nearly all that time, he thought I had ‘recovered’.  He thought I was leading a productive life.  Even I thought this because I was so drugged.  But the reality was the maintenance drug treatment he had me on was killing me slowly and making my life a living hell with some terrible real, adverse effects. Many people are still like me today.


If you are interested in change you will read my book ‘Soul Survivor - A Personal Encounter with Psychiatry’.  You can find out information about it on our website www.mindfreedomireland . You will also find other valuable information there including very informative websites.  Another book I would recommend is ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker.


Yours sincerely,


Mary Maddock.