Saturday, September 7, 2013

Excuses, politicians, Geneva, semantics of torture and koalas

UN, Geneva, 22nd session of the Human Rights Council p5, ‘Deprivation of liberty on grounds of mental illness is unjustified. Under the European Convention on Human Rights, mental disorder must be of a certain severity in order to justify detention. I believe that the severity of the mental illness cannot justify detention nor can it be justified by a motivation to protect the safety of the person or of others. Furthermore, deprivation of liberty that is based on the grounds of a disability and that inflicts severe pain or suffering falls under the scope of the Convention against Torture.’

Otherwise there is a link to a video recording of the  Special Rapporteur On Torture And Other Cruel, Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment, on YouTube, that is on my petition link (please sign.)

Deprivation of liberty? Understanding liberty involves how we imagine the individual's roles and responsibilities in society in relation to concepts of free will and determinism,’ says Wikipedia. You can go on to search what free will means and get tangled in the lovely semantics of determinism as well.

Let me just tell you this, to be deprived of intellect, that is have your neurotransmitters shut down by major tranquillizers forced on you by psychiatrists, because you are saying ‘unusual things’, is one of worst forms of depriving liberty. At least, if you are chained to a wall, you have your thoughts, your ability to think. But to cage a person, put restraint on a person’s ability to think at their normal capacity is what psychiatry does. Please stop them doing this. It is really, really wrong. Whoever thinks that the psychiatrists who did that to me were doing that ‘for my good’ really shouldn’t expect me to like them.

And to anyone who wants to say, ‘That was done to my daughter and it was the best thing for her,’ as a Greens member said to me today, with his flint eyes menacing like one those men who stand at abortion clinics and inflict verbal abuse on the women who go in…

Well, anyone who does that, I want to say this, ‘Yes, and I’m sure your great aunt lived to ninety odd and smoked two packs of ciggies a day, but if you think that that entitles you to blow smoke in my face, or near me, when I have an allergy to tobacco, you’re wrong.’

At least with my tobacco allergy, I had the backing of doctors, who agreed, it was something that was common for people to be allergic to. I wasn’t denied that the swelling and itching discomfort was real, I wasn’t told it was ‘psychosomatic’. However, with torturous psychiatric forced drugging, I can’t get the backing of many doctors, because doctors who go against their profession, they get vilified. Besides, they’re trained that these ‘medicines’ are ‘good for people’ and that ‘some people don’t know what’s good for them’ and that the ‘doctor knows best.’ This is despite the listing of horrific effects of psychiatric drugs, on each specific drug’s website:

Our current Australian government allows psychiatrists to do far more damage than smokers. Because, you can’t walk away from a psychiatrist. They are allowed via the government to abduct, unlawfully restrain and assault. Drugging someone is not only an intent to commit a crime, it is a crime. Drugging people without their consent is a criminal offense called assault and battery, wouldn’t you say? Electrocuting someone? Come on, work it out!

So, why is it okay to do that to some people and not others. Why does a psychiatric diagnosis mean a person can be inflicted with assault and battery?

Let’s look at the torture of the last drug I was forced to take, Abilify. ‘Most common side effects (>10%) from all clinical trials involving adults patients include:

… Nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, an inner sense of restlessness or need to move (akathisia), anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness’

There’s also a really long list of other things you could look at that happen to people who are tortured with this drug in the name of ‘care’,  which causes huge discomfort and permanent damage. These include, decreases in white blood cells, seizures, coma or death, muscle stiffening, weight gain, aspiration or choking, fainting, affects your judgment, thinking, or motor skills, an increased risk of stroke…

Any official psychiatric drug website will have long lists of such horrible effects. They have to, for legal reasons. Because the truth is, these horrible effects are what psychiatric drugs do best.

Now, just in case you think I’m badmouthing one drug over another, I’m here to tell you that I never found the ‘drug that works’ for me. I found conversation and art therapy, poetry, books, friends and love. These things enabled recovery.

So here’s another drug that I’ve been forced to take over the years that lists horrific effects on their official website: Olanzapine (Zyprexa), another atypical ‘popular’ drug. Popular with psychiatrists who prescribe it, that is.

There are many more drugs. They are pretty much as painful and horrific in their effects as any other.

Now, do you understand why forced drugging can definitely come under the definition of torture, enough for the UN Special Rapporteur On Torture And Other Cruel, Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment, to say so?

This is about a massive human rights movement, about stopping torture in the guise of medicine. About making transparent the lies and propaganda; the mass hypnosis of pseudo-science; the fear, shaming, dehumanising and ignorance. About establishing methods that actually do help people in crisis. Don’t leave your name off this document. Please sign this petition: to stop psychiatric abuse, including forced-drugging, electro-shock and other cruel inhumane treatments and get an apology for it ever having occurred.

Yes, this is addressed to Australian officials, however, what happens in one country, can mean things will be rectified in another.

Awareness is everything.

And, politicians who are at least polite, respectful and listen to what I have to say, without trying to excuse the torture I have received while their bosses have been in power, are doing something towards rectifying that ugly attitude so many hold, that I somehow ‘deserved’ to be harmed. Or even worse, denying what is so clearly on those the official websites of the drugs I have been forced to take.

Please, no further excuses. Recognise the wrong and do something to change the abuse that is still going on for so many Australians, as well as many other people in countries that have oppressive so called ‘health’ laws, that actively discriminate against people who are in crisis and have been through trauma, allowing psychiatrists to force harmful drugs into their bodies, amongst other cruel and inhumane practises.

Be aware and take action. Those who have been subjected to this are not from some gene pool that you don’t come from, it’s not about class, or classlessness, it’s not about caste, it’s not about anything but human experience, and human reactions to adversity.

Support is the most essential thing in a person recovering from crisis. Please do your own research on the Hearing Voices Movement by attending the congress hosted this year in Melbourne, and look at the fantastic results of Open Dialogue in Finland and other countries.

Open your mind. Recognise what enables and what disfigures. Recognise what enables also means better figures for your country, less reliance on welfare, less poverty and desperation.

People need to be heard, don’t force them into a corner by denial.

Changing laws to stop forced psychiatric treatments such as drugging and electro-shock will cost the government nothing, but the country will certainly gain something priceless, an ease on their conscience.

The politicians who put an end to forced treatments, will be heroes of their time. Psychiatric abuse has been going on for 202 years. It is really time the world recognised the voices of those who have been oppressed by the psychiatric regime for so long. We are most often victims of crime, rarely perpetrators and yet the media has vilified us so much that many people think that anyone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia is ‘dangerous’. It is the media, who do this, that are dangerous. They are, by delivering psychiatric propaganda, contributing to this huge crime against humanity.

Diversity is not something that should be medicalised. Diversity, is what keeps humanity alive. Allow for difference, allow for the unusual, allow for invention, allow for poetic truth and enable people to speak about what has been going on. Don’t put them in the closet and say their words are ‘psychotic.’

Thanks to the Australian Democrats for their policy that ‘Allows the right to refuse medical treatment, and to choose to die’.

Allowing a person the right to die enables people to actually assist with those whose lives/ circumstances could be changed, so they no longer wish to die.

Removing the perceived ‘crime’ and enabling people to speak without threat of forced psychiatric ‘treatments’, would be a huge relief for those in crisis and those who care for them. Also supporting ‘consumer involvement in the development and provision of health care services, policies and programs’ is thinking about what is really happening here, a transaction that involves a service and money being paid. Surely, the consumer should be asked what they want in the crisis industry’s feasibility studies?

Now, the Australian Democrats was not in the House of Representatives for me, only the Senate. So I had to choose someone who at least understood that stopping psychiatric abuse was something that needed looking into. I obviously wasn’t going to go with the party that I usually support, that wanted to deny what the UN has said to be torture. That party that wanted to, sort of, blow smoke in my face and tell me about their 2 pack a day ninety year old aunt… and how I was better off with smoke in my lungs than not… Whatever their other policies were, didn’t matter anymore once they insulted me, oops, I mean he, I’ve now condemned a whole party just because of one meanie eh? No, I had done prior asking, research, they were supposed to get my vote, so I gave them every chance to make amendments to their policies, but they didn’t hear me.

Being friendly always counts, but you do actually have to do something. Some politicians who have signed my petition, many thanks to them. I appreciate your support and understanding and your progressive humane thinking.

Also friends and acquaintances that have signed, as well as strangers, you make so much sense. Thank you. That is what you’re supposed to do when someone has suffered assault, particularly if their government was involved... mass signing of petitions and protests, if nothing is done.

It is strange that the mere mention that it is psychiatrists that did this to me, some people immediately dismiss what happened, despite the evidence, despite psychiatry’s widespread systematic abuse, despite the truth. They then turn and look at me and see me as ‘something wrong’, ‘something sick’, something that’s ‘other’ than them, something ‘subhuman’.

Those people who don't understand that psychiatric torture that gets called 'care' is still torture, are ridiculous, mean and stupid. They cannot be what I can like, or ever vote for unless they change their ignorant malicious ways.
The Koala drugged with major tranquilisers, for camera, so it looks cute and dopey and doesn’t rip anyone’s arms to shreds in order to escape, is not happy, not comfortable, not having the ‘best thing that happened’ to it. It is upset, experiencing a variety of really debilitating cruel effects of that drug. Which is why, any koala handler in their right mind would not give a koala a major tranquiliser on a daily basis. So, why on earth are humans subjected to this daily dosing with major tranquilisers for years by force, sometimes the term of their natural life? These humans haven’t ever ripped someone’s arm to shreds. Well, I certainly never did, nor have the many, many people I know who have been subjected to this. (Some have done that to their own arms, but their own arm is their property.) Anyway what I'm saying, just because an animal or a human is 'manageable' doesn't make what you're doing to them any less cruel, when there are so many less restrictive, less invasive options.
Psychiatric abuse has to stop. Change is inevitable. Just hurry up and do it sooner rather than later and stop thinking the sleepy, non-scratching koala is happy, when it is severely disturbed by the drugs forced upon it. 

1 comment:

  1. Powerful truth Initially NO; upon seeing your lethal abuse and other fine highly intelligent people such as Eleanor Longden deeply tortured by the psychiatric industry I am horrified at the abuses of human rights taking place. This a thousandfold worse than the sexual abuses of institutions. These vile and commonly falsified diagnoses are solely to increase the parasitical psychiatric industry's money grubbing unethical control of normal people suffering normal emotions reactions. So glad you were able to get political support, keep on; we are with you