Reflections of a proud madwoman/MindFreedom
 
When I was a young child I loved to do jigsaws. Living in the west of Ireland in a small rural village, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to make some jigsaws with my family.
Many years later after I got married and moved to Cork, I continued to do some jigsaws in my spare time. I was new to the community with time on my hands.
A jigsaw can be a great challenge to create a lovely picture. It can be simple or difficult but it always demands your full attention. You can do it alone or with other people. It is always a thrill when you find a missing piece!
 
After my encounter with psychiatry, I remembered my past love of jigsaws. None was provided by the establishment so Jim, my husband, made sure I had one to keep me occupied. But this time I was no longer able to put the pieces together. I did not know why and was very frustrated because I was now also separated from most of the things I loved to do. As I now know, it was the damaging effects of electroshock and drugs that deprived me of my humanity, my cognitive ability and left me a piece of psychiatry flotsam. They had successfully caused a chemical lobotomy that left me unable to do even a simple jigsaw puzzle. In fact, a male psychiatric nurse spent all his time doing the jigsaw then! The system is so cruel that it makes it difficult for service providers such as that nurse to work with coerced ‘inmates’ because of the damaging interventions it continues to use.
 
My life itself was a master jigsaw puzzle that I did not understand for so many long years. The reason for this was that it was so easy to confuse the propaganda of so-called ‘mental illness’ with the real effects of drugs and electroshock. Also, there was no way to find out as most of the literature was in favour of psychotropic drugs, electroshock, fake illnesses and coercion. On my side of the Atlantic I never even heard of survivors of psychiatry!
For most of the time from 1978 until 2000, my mind was coerced. I did not know MindFreedom. For other times in my life, I did not have physical freedom, for example when I was in a boarding school for 5 years and in an enclosed nunnery. However, when I was physically coerced then, I always had MindFreedom and loved to use the beautiful mind I so gladly received.
 
Now today November 3rd, because of Covid 19 I am physically restrained once again but thankfully with a free mind, I am able to continue to be myself and continue to develop and thrive.
Soon after the arrival of my first beautiful granddaughter, Lexie I have regained my love of making jigsaws. Since she was first able to put some pieces together we have spent some lovely moments both in England and Ireland. Soon afterwards Annalise and Harry arrived and they also have played their parts. Now even a little friend called Ava who also loves to play gave me more jigsaws for the lockdown.
I have completed 4 jigsaws. The first had 3,000 pieces. The second had 500. The 3rd and 4th had 1,000 each with a litter help from my friends!
 
Without freedom we are nothing. We are born free!
 
" There are real indignities and real problems when all facets of life are controlled - when to get up, to eat, to shower - and chemicals are put inside our bodies against our will." Judi Chamberlin
 
Mary Maddock

It has recently been brought to our attention that a member of MindFreedom Ireland, an involuntarily detained person in a Dublin institution, will appear before a Mental Health Tribunal in the coming days.  Despite claims that Mental Health Tribunals are "bound by the principles of natural justice and fairness", it is our considered opinion that the conventional psychiatric medical model of care is the one and only model of care that operates and that the three members of the Tribunal accept and abide by this model, which again in our opinion, is in effect a model of pseudo-scientific beliefs.  Not given any credence are the beliefs, to whatever extent valid, of any person who does not accept the medical model so that, from the outset, the Tribunal is already stacked against the person who does not comply with its model.

The MindFreedom member in question, like many others in our experience, considers himself to be a 'prisoner of his beliefs' and as such, is forced to have his liberty taken away and to be incarcerated as a criminal, though he has committed no crime.  In the Tribunal's full acceptance of conventional psychiatry's one and only medical model, MindFreedom Ireland considers this a breach of the above mentioned "principles of fairness and justice" and above all, a breach of basic human rights and calls for a more enlightened overhaul of the current legislation governing its operation.

Jim Maddock,

3rd June 2020.

"I was arrested and handcuffed in my own home, on past history as I ate my dinner by my G.P. and 3 guards, handcuffs still on I was assessed and condemned to Kevin's 3, the high security hospital.. 
...There we had a television room, a wide hall and another room ironically named 'the activation facility '. I was the only one who used it for reading and writing.... The anguish of having nothing to do everyday is indescribable while the nurses for the most part were chatting and laughing, this is really hurtful when our souls are in pain - they have no care..........For the past 10 days overdosed - Risperdal, Zyprexa, Ativan and Haliperidol - all given by assault two or three times a day - such cruelty! The effects of Haldol are almost undesirable! " Helena King

Helena King wrote these words when she was incarcerated in St Kevin' Asylum.   She also spent for the most part of many years locked in the present secure unit Carraig Mor.   She told her friends that she found it even more traumatic!  She passed away over a decade ago and said publicly on Irish television in her own words '' I am lost to psychiatry''.  She spoke out whenever she could and wrote many letters to the politicians of her time.  She was a voice crying in the wilderness but hopefully like the powerful fire that burnt away the bricks of St Kevin's Asylum may Helen's words be heard so that people in distress will not be labelled like her and deprived of their human right to be and act as human beings. 

  
It is because psychiatry is a belief system with the power to force people who do not want to practice its form of religion that many of its victims are left to sink or swim.
 
The survivor movement is learning to swim against the tide but the power of this oppressive belief system continues to gather momentum even as it claims to be scientific but having no factual basis.   It is a house of cards which still stands as corrupt and deceptive as ever for centuries.
 
The role psychiatry has been given by society is to convert human behaviour into ‘mental illnesses’ with the magic wand of lies and then force the people who do not want its help to receive it.  It does this very successfully with the aid of its bible the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) which now covers most negative human behaviour. Another major weapon in its armoury is its so-called ’mental health’ law/laws. It is these oppressive men made laws which give judges the power to sentence innocent people, who never committed any crime, to psychiatric incarceration, forced drugging and electroshock.  Today, the words written by C.S. Lewis when applied to the role played out by institutional psychiatry are so sadly true. 
 
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
 
It is said that people believe lies more readily than facts and when it comes to psychiatry this is clearly very true.   It is because the public has given psychiatry the role it plays so well in a society that it remains firm, lucrative and strong.  Qui Bono? ( Who benefits?)  It has to be all those who take part in this Big Lie.
 
Imagine people who claim to practice medicine continue to diagnose people with no biological test for pseudo diseases and disorders while being paid enormous salaries and then get away with it!  Imagine the people they feign to help are more often than not further disabled by their intervention than they were when they encountered these pseudo doctors in the first place.   Imagine that the family and friends of their victims are in more danger of disconnection and discrimination because of the myth of so-called ‘mental illness’ which is psychiatry's sacred grail!
 
Of course, pseudo psychiatry’s biggest, richest and most deceptive ally is the pharmaceutical industry.  Without this, it would be much easier and possible to swim against the tide.   Almost all psychiatric drugs concocted by Big Pharma are very addictive and long-term, cause more harm than good. (Gotzsche)  Most people who encounter psychiatry do not have the information to make an informed decision.   When you consider that most psychiatric drugs prescribed today are the result of false drug trials, that there are so many different ways legally acceptable to distort and manipulate these trails, that many of the FDA members, so-called watch dogs,  are often paid millions of dollars by Big Pharma,  that even medical journals are not reliable and that KOL (Key Opinion Leaders)  such as Joseph Biederman, who is responsible for labelling children with the pseudo ‘Bi-Polar’ tag have benefited so handsomely, then it would be very difficult to find anyone who would consent with full knowledge to agree to consume any psychiatric drug.
 
All drugs are poisons.  Of course, poison should be taken with great care.   It should be avoided if at all possible.   It always damages.   It is common sense if it is taken in large doses or with many other poisons or even in smaller doses long term, it can kill!
 
The psychiatric drugs most commonly consumed today are the most profitable SSRI  antidepressants and atypical neuroleptics.   It is common to be on both these type of drugs at the same time.  It is common to be on many of these drugs at the same time.   The sky is the limit for some.   Many die early because of this kind of prescribing and many others continue to endure what we as survivors describe as a living death!
 
SSRIs are mostly thought to be taken by choice but when you consider the matter of true information then it is a very different story!   Neuroleptics, on the other hand, are clearly often force treated on unwilling clients.  In some countries like the UK, it is legal to forcefully treat people in the community with drugs.     The first neuroleptic called chlorpromazine was discovered by French researches in the early 1950s.   They observed that the drug caused indifference and apathy.  The word neuroleptic actually comes from the Greek word leptos which means small or fine.   'Neuroleptics' then describes this class of drugs very accurately meaning reduced nervous or mental energy.   Imagine then that these drugs are used to dampen the most evolutionary and progressive organ nature has ever produced!   Imagine also that it is becoming more common to use them on little children and elderly people!  They are capable of causing a chemical lobotomy which denies those who are unfortunate enough to receive them, in any form, their very humanity.   They damage especially our frontal lobes and thus stop the psychic flow of energy which is essential to be able to be and act like a human being.  Only human beings can grow in freedom, love, insight, creativity and understanding. 
 
 " The highest function of the human brain, the self-reflective function centred in the prefrontal brain----which gives us an inner world, an inner light, and power over ourselves-----is activated in the interaction with another human being.  So love and hope must have a central place in human brain science."   (Deprived of Our Humanity - The Case against Neuroleptic Drugs.   Lars Martensson, M.D.) 
 
Those who receive these drugs as they are prescribed today by most  'doctors' are not only deprived of their right to be human, the people who prescribe them like smarties also deprive themselves of their own humanity!  Dr Martensson himself wrote an excellent paper entitled  'Should Neuroleptic Drugs Be Banned?' in 1985. 
 I was put on my first of many neuroleptics in 1976 and from 1983 to 1999 I was on the neuroleptic chlorpromazine more commonly referred to as Largactil.  I know from personal experience that these drugs cause a chemical lobotomy.   I know they deprived me of my right to be human while causing me terrible physical, spiritual, emotional and unnecessary mental suffering.
 
Mary Maddock
While it is encouraging that more people are writing books about the harm psychotropic drugs and electroshock can cause, very few authors seem to be outraged that people can be legally forced to receive harmful procedures against their will.
We now know that drug trials are manipulated to achieve the desired results and the fact that they can cause serious harm is kept hidden. Even when many authors write about this, I often feel that they accept that somehow because drugs can be helpful sometimes it makes it alright. It is not! Why can’t we try other more humane ways to help each other?
Then, when you consider that we are so slow to help each other, people in need continue to be misinformed, while they are forced to receive lobotomizing drugs and electroshock over and over again!
Psychiatric intervention in practice continues to damage the brain and the whole body while it gets away with causing much more harm than good. It continues to force its tortuous interventions on others victimising more and more people and children. Meanwhile these victims have very little help to repair the terrible damage done to them. Others pass away or live much shorter, soulless lives. This is a crime against humanity!
Mary Maddock