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Voices in the Wilderness

I am writing as a survivor of psychiatric deception and oppression. I have no vested interest. All I want is a voice! I could be seen as a successful ‘ ex user’ of psychiatry for almost 30 years because I was living at home for most of the time after I was totally misunderstood by psychiatrists and doctors. There are many more like me. You can read about them everyday on social media.

I was perceived as a ‘success’ as I developed more and more serious physical, mental, emotional and spiritual adverse effects from three powerful substances I consumed as prescribed for over a decade and a half. I encountered psychiatry in the late seventies and did not find my freedom until the year 2000 when I swallowed the last portion of Lithium, which I was told I needed to take for the rest of my life! I am drug free for 16 years. I am living the life I would have lived if I had never encountered psychiatry in the first place complete with my beautiful mind intact!

When those who have found the medical model to be seriously harmful, they are considered to be ‘unable’ by most psychiatrists. These same psychiatrists have no biological tests to show that anyone has what they refer to as a ‘mental illness’ in the first place, yet they daily force people to receive powerful drugs which can be very harmful. All you have to do is read the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs to find out! Even other prescription drugs can have psychiatric serious effects also.

We are told to keep quiet and to not allow other people harmed by drugs to become free also but where does that leave us and all those who have died too young to have a voice?!
Mary Maddock

We, MindFreedom Ireland are not happy that the new capacity bill is leaving 'unable' still...

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We, MindFreedom Ireland are not happy that the new capacity bill is leaving 'unable' still present. Many of us have had our human right to choose denied because we disagreed with the psychiatrist's view of our wellbeing. We were thought to lack 'insight'. We are intelligent people so we want what we feel is best for ourselves. Most psychiatrists diagnose others without any medical test to show we need their help. They then feel it is their duty to force their opinion on us to 'save' us when their revolving doors keep on revolving and they continue to institutionalize people in the wider community. They have a very bad track record yet our government keeps paying them hard earned tax payer's money to keep this system alive which is clearly not fit for purpose. Even one psychiatrist publicly stated this at a conference in Cork this November. All we want is to be allowed to determine our own lives without people with vestige interests taking 'care' of us!
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S.Lewis

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Recently, it has been revealed that the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), seclusion and physical restraint in the treatment of psychiatric patients have all increased for the first time in years, according to the Mental Health Commission.

ECT is a treatment formally known as electroshock therapy which involves the administration of small currents to the brain in order to relieve symptoms of psychiatric illness.

There was a 70% rise in the number of ECT programmes given to patients who were either unwilling to receive it or unable to consent.

Mary Maddock underwent ECT. She spoke to Newstalk Lunchtime about her treatment. She couldn't remember the first time but she did receive 13 series of it.

She said: "It's often used as a threat to people, even if they don't receive it.

"When you receive electroshock, as I call it, it's in order to have a seizure, the brain to have a seizure. People know that seizures are not good to have. We know that people forget so many things if they have seizures."

Presenter Jonathan Healy asked does the procedure hurt. Mary responded: "You don't feel it but you feel the affects afterwards. Afterwards, you can't remember a long time preceding that time.

"When I was in the hospital the second time, the so-called hospital I call it, I couldn't remember all the people that came in to see me or anything like that.

"To go back to life after having received this kind of, I don't call it treatment, having received that, to exist afterwards is very, very hard. It's hard to have a job, to provide for yourself."

She went on to detail that the treatment was forced upon her: "It was forced upon me, because it wasn't with informed consent. (correction editor)

"The first time I received electroshock was three days after giving birth. Before that, I had just had a baby and because the doctors misunderstood me at the time of birth, they thought I needed to go to a psychiatric hospital."

She went on to detail her treatment in detail and the impact this had on her afterwards.

"My thoughts began to race, I wasn't able to sort of be the person I was, even at that time," she stated.

"Giving me all this drug treatment that was very bad for me and was changing my personality, I was misunderstood in the hospital as needing to go to a psychiatric hospital in the first place."

She went on to tell Jonathan: "It set you off to a very bad start and this was my early married life. I was a music teacher as well and I had learned a lot of music and was able to memorise it well because I had done a lot of practising. 

"A lot of that was just wiped out. How could I have been the music teacher I could have been?"

She stated that the treatment hasn't changed since the 1970s.

"My reaction is outrage and it's outrage that it's more woman than men. It's 2:1 women get it and are forced to have it and this is not just in Ireland. This is an international trend and the international trend is now that we know that electroshock goes on in the hospitals, people didn't even know that and they still don't know it.

"It's not fine to take your personality away."

You can listen to her story here:


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