Irish Media Spotlights MindFreedom Ireland Co-Founder Mary Maddock

On Sunday, 17 July 2011, electroshock survivor and MindFreedom board member Mary Maddock was featured in a full-page piece in a major Irish publication, which you can access here.

Jim and Mary Maddock co-founded MindFreedom Ireland.


Mary Maddock: Irish Rebel


One of the founders of MindFreedom Ireland, Mary Maddock, was featured in a full-page piece with photos in a major Irish publication called "Sunday World," on Sunday, 17 July 2011.

Mary is a former nun who received forced electroshock, and coerced psychiatric drugs. But with her husband Jim, Mary became free of all psychiatric abuse, and now chairs the MindFreedom International Initiative on Electroshock and Human Rights. 

Mary and Jim co-authored a book, Soul Survivor, and are fighting for far more than mere "reform" in psychiatry.

MindFreedom Ireland is one of the leading Affiliates and Sponsors in MindFreedom International's "Support Coalition," that unites about 100 groups for a "nonviolent revolution" throughout the mental health system industry.


To download a one-page PDF of the newspaper article about Mary, click here


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Prozac Turned Teen into Murderer--Judge Agrees with Testimony of Psychiatrist Peter Breggin MD

--Antidepressant Caused a Stimulant-like Syndrome Leading to Manic-like Behavior, Suicidality and Violence FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DSC03257prBportraitnot croppedmoresmallestPRLog (Press Release) - Sep 30, 2011 - The headline from the Winnipeg Free Press in Canada tells the story: "Judge Agrees Prozac Made Teen a Killer." Provincial court judge Robert Heinrich listened to expert psychiatric testimony  for the defense by Peter R. Breggin, MD and weighed it against testimony for the prosecution by a Canadian psychiatrist.  On September 16, 2011 the judge issued his opinion in regard to the sixteen-year-old who stabbed his friend to death.  The judge determined, "His basic normalcy now further confirms he no longer poses a risk of violence to anyone and that his mental deterioration and resulting violence would not have taken place without exposure to Prozac." Also consistent with Dr. Breggin’s lengthy report and testimony, the judge observed, "He has none of the characteristics of a perpetrator of violence. The prospects for rehabilitation are good." This was the first criminal case in North America where a judge has specifically found that an antidepressant was the cause of a murder. The case involved a teenage high school student with no prior history of violence who, while chatting in his home with two friends, abruptly stabbed one of them to death with a single wound to the chest.  The boy had been taking Prozac for three months, during which time his behavior deteriorated.   He became impulsive and unpredictable, and suicidal. He also began to talk at times as if fantasizing about violence. He seemed to become a different person to his distraught parents. Dr. Breggin testified that his primary care physician and his parents alerted the prescribing psychiatric clinic to the boy’s deteriorating condition, but the clinic continued the Prozac and then doubled it. Seventeen days after the increase in dosage, the teen committed the violence.Starting approximately 2005 to the present, the FDA-approved labels for all antidepressants as found in the annual Physician’s Desk Reference includes the following information under the section entitled WARNINGS-Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk: "All patients being treated with antidepressants for any indication should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of a course of drug therapy, or at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases. The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness) , hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric." This list of adverse effects—“ anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania”—is a prescription for violence.  The teen in this case suffered from most of these dangerous effects which worsened during the time of his exposure to Prozac.The Canadian drug regulatory agency, Health Canada, has warned that Prozac is not authorized for use in children and that it can cause "self-harm or harm to others." According to a warning issued in 2004 by the drug manufacturer, Eli Lilly, and Health Canada: "There are clinical trial and post-marketing reports with SSRIs and other newer anti-depressants, in both pediatrics and adults, of severe agitation-type adverse events coupled with self-harm or harm to others. The agitation-type events include: akathisia, agitation, disinhibition, emotional lability, hostility, aggression, depersonalization. In some cases, the events occurred within several weeks of starting treatment."Dr. Breggin wrote in his report and testified that the boy's symptoms were consistent with a Prozac (fluoxetine) Induced Mood Disorder with Manic Features and that he would not have committed the violence if he had not been given the antidepressant. He also testified that the teen had improved dramatically when removed from the Prozac after a few months in jail and that he was no longer a danger to himself or others. He brought numerous independent scientific studies to court confirming that a large percentage of youth exposed to the newer antidepressants will develop these hazardous adverse drug reactions. He also noted that the observations and even the wording of his own earlier scientific publications had been included into the information now found in the official FDA-approved labels.  Dr. Breggin’s scientific articles concerning antidepressants can be found on his website on his ‘Antidepressants information’ page.The original hearing was to determine whether or not the now 17 year old should be sentenced as a minor, in which case his maximum jail time would be limited to four years. The prosecution wanted him tried as an adult. On September 16, 2011, Judge Heinrich decided that the boy would be tried as a minor and that his deterioration and violent behavior was caused by Prozac. On October 4, 2011 the judge will determine how much of the remaining four years the teenager will serve.The judge's decision represents an enormous step forward in society recognizing that the newer antidepressants can cause violence. Peter R. Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca, New York, and the author of dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty scientific and popular books. His two most recent books deal with medication induced violence: Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, Second Edition, and Medication Madness: the Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime. Dr. Breggin's home website is where many of his scientific reports on antidepressants and other subjects can be retrieved. On April 13-15, 2012 in Syracuse, New York, the annual conference of Dr. Breggin's international organization, The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, will present a panel of lawyers, experts, survivors and families concerning antidepressant-induced violence, suicide, and crime.# # #Peter R. Breggin, MD, has been opposing the overuse of biopsychiatric treatments and promoting empathic therapy for decades. His new reform organization is located at, his professional site is Dr. Breggin is widely known as the Conscience of Psychiatry.--- end ---

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.

Mary Maddock's response to the article in this week's Irish Times ' Accept mental illness as part of the human condition'.

"Fundamentally, the State and its citizens must accept mental illness as part of the human condition."   


I don't accept 'mental illness' as part of the human condition because it is not scientifically based. There is no test to prove that anyone is 'mentally ill'.


When I was diagnosed as 'mentally ill' I got no blood test, scan, x-ray etc. yet I was told I was 'mentally ill', that I had a chemical brain imbalance and that I needed drug 'treatment' for the rest of my life. I was kept on a cocktail of drugs for almost twenty years. However, it is true that medical 'treatment' actually did cause severe brain damage. The 'doctors' (and there were many of them) who prescribed the drugs and electroshock to me did cause severe damage to my body, mind and spirit.


Worldwide multi-millions of people have been damaged by psychiatric 'diagnoses' and 'treatment' as is documented in 'Anatomy of an Epidemic' by Robert Whitaker and many others. Dr Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist himself, and author of several books has done intense independent research on the damaging, real effects of psychotropic drugs and electroshock. He found them to do much more harm than good. A growing number of psychiatrists and doctors are adding their voices and refuse to be bribed by the 30 pieces of silver offered daily by super profiteering, unethical pharmaceutical companies.  


"Those of us who have been and will be affected by it are citizens with the same rights as everyone else who are in need of treatment with a view to their recovery."  


I have recovered and thrive today because I eventually became aware that the drug 'treatment' I received was causing my problems. However, I still do not have the same right as any other citizen because I cannot write an advance directive which would be legally acceptable if 2 psychiatrists, who still have no test to prove anyone is 'mentally ill', thought I needed psychotropic drugs again.  


The present mental health act deprives those labeled 'mentally ill' of their human/civil rights because once diagnosed, all it takes is the word of 2 psychiatrists to force them to receive psychiatric ' treatment'. Even though they now have a right to a tribunal after 21 days, psychotropic drugs act so fast in powerful dosages, that the recipient cannot make an informed judgment.  


                                               Harm Disguised As Help



When I was a child I was afraid of medicine.  I did not like to visit a hospital because I disliked the chemical smells and the clinical atmosphere.  In the national school when the doctors came to vaccinate us against TB I lived in fear of the day when I had to have my jab.  I remember my aunt, who taught in the school holding my arm, when the day finally arrived and I had to join the queue.   I felt like a lamb going to the slaughter.


When my father asked me to come to America with him in 1962 I refused because I needed some teeth filled and I would have to have an injection as part of the procedure. This was an opportunity that most teenagers would jump at but my fear was so great that I declined rather than have any medical intervention.  The first time I visited the dentist was before I entered a convent when it was also compulsory to have perfect teeth!  I fainted then it was such an ordeal!


It was no wonder then that having to go to hospital for the birth of my first child was always going to be something more than the usual experience of childbirth. Nevertheless, I still wanted to have drug free birth.  But the labour was long and hard and the first drug I got was nitrous oxide.  This was administered as a gas.  I did not even know then that it was a drug.  I had a severe allergic reaction.  Later on I received more drug treatment and was given a neuroleptic for the first time.  After the second jab, the doctor in charge was aware it was causing damage because the word’ allergic’ is written on my file to verify this.  I continued to receive more drugs immediately after the birth which was then followed by electroshock just three days later in combination with even more multidrug treatment, often by injection to the buttocks. It is amazing that all psychiatric diagnoses is in the form of some conversation—questions and answers—with no scientific clinical test yet I was never asked any questions to find our how I really felt.  Now that I have had many years to reflect on my life history it is outrageous that I should have been led like a sheep to the slaughter in the name of ‘HELP’.  It is even more outrageous that many more people worldwide find themselves receiving the same kind of treatment.  Children and the elderly are the latest victims.


Throughout history the pursuit of power is part of the DNA of mankind.  It causes much damage and great unhappiness.  It is often done in the guise of help. It is the ‘conspiracy of goodwill’.  Religion is a perfect example.  The crusaders plundered and fought to convert others to their faith. They made scapegoats of those who did not believe their doctrines and branded them heretics or witches.


Today many people who behave or think differently are ‘diagnosed’ with the label ‘mentally ill’.  They are seen as non persons.  They are denied their human/civil rights.  Unlike criminals, they are not innocent until proven guilty.  Even if they are severely emotionally distressed they cannot appoint someone they trust to support them and represent them.  They can be forced against their will to receive brain damaging ‘treatments.’  A person who does this thinks he is helpful and does not see that he is using violence means to remedy others. 

A growing number of people worldwide want this to change.  We have been abused by those who claim to help us.  We want to be recognised as citizens of the world.  We deserve our human/civil rights.  We want respect, dignity, freedom, equality, truth and above all our human/civil rights.