Coercion, Zyprexa and Psychiatry

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June 4, 2021 | 4 Comments


  1. I remember reading this book which I forgotten most of now but it attempt to codify political thinking. I quite enjoyed reading it. I don’t know where it is now.I have alot of books most of them had to be stored in my loft, I went through a book hoarding phase. Is book hoarding disorder a thing in the DSM book of made up diseases I expect they have a pill for it. I don’t know if there is anything these psychiatrists won’t invent to make a quick buck, if the names of disorders keep expanding exponentially to expand the entire bandwidth of every possible lived experience pretty soon everyone will have a disorder of some description.

  2. Meanwhile, It is reported on MIA (Ref Medpage Today) that a newly (FDA) approved “medication” for “Schizophrenia” and “bipolar 1 disorder” promises to reduce usual weight gain with olanzapine by making it less pleasant to eat food.

    “Combination of Olanzapine plus samidorphan”.

  3. Since the Covid pandemic there’s been a huge increase in detentions There’s no telling how long this will go on ..
    Not specifically related just to Covid though ,psychiatrist Duncan Double offers help to detained people. He is Director of the Institute of Critical Psychiatry Network

    About Us
    Critical psychiatry is a broad critique of mainstream psychiatry that has emerged in recent years which challenges some of psychiatry’s most deeply held It mounts a scientific challenge to claims about the nature and causes of mental disorder and the effects of psychiatric interventions, and draws on philosophy, history, anthropology, social science and mental health service users’ experiences.

    Retired Consultant Psychiatrist
    I am happy for detained patients and their representatives (including solicitors for independent medical reports) to contact me for advocacy.

    Re: Detained persons
    Duncan Double
    8:06 PM (2 hours ago)
    to me
    Happy to help informally, although not taking on any more reports for Tribunals at present.

    > On 4 Jun 2021, at 18:55, Susanne
    > Dear Duncan
    > Are you still representing detained people – can I pass the word on if so?
    > best wishes
    > susanne

  4. Anyone who believes that institutions in UK provide places of sanctuary and healing are living in cloud cuckoo land. The most vulnerable are most at risk
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    THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTMARES OF ABDUL HUSSAIN is intended to be not a well- engineered best- seller, but, instead, a painful analysis of the soul of a schizophrenic who feels crucifed by confinement and drugs. There is no escape from his illness, his hell, from the bleak psychiatric system that wants to convert him into a passive nobody. He absconds from a mental hospital only to be a confused, penniless vagrant on London’s cruel streets.

    This nervous book is about how British society can be uncaring, indeed pitiless, towards those having the misfortune of not being able to conform.

    The complex, the bewildering, schisms of class and race are uneasily investigated according to the viewpoint of our schizophrenic protagonist- Abdul Hussain. He tears through the existence of others. From the stuck up daughter of a baronet, to an elderly, despairing Afro- Caribbean mental patient, even to Mephistopheles in the abyss of Hell, we discover, with as much discomfort as possible, how NORMALITY can itself be a sort of curse, a cage that does not let the spirit fly and sing. Abdul Hussain is the brittle prism through which all that is ugly and unpleasant about ourselves is refracted- and we may not wish to see how hideous our pomp and pretence may really be. Abdul is at the very nasty interface between homelessness and mental illness. His is a mind that never is secure. He wanders from crisis to crisis, and becomes ever more wounded, ever more unstable.

    Here, then, is your entrance into schizophrenia. Feel entangled in its conundrums, its puzzles, its riddles, its dilemmas. These turbulent pages are a confrontation between SANITY and INSANITY- where SANITY is often the villain, and INSANITY is the martyr. Knot after knot of contradiction should encompass and enfold you.

    And, in the end, it is the brutal conventional lies that must always destroy freedom, full of a sweet fragility…

    Zekria Ibrahimi (born in 1959) is defined by his schizophrenia. It first hit him long ago, in his late teens. He is fifty years old now, grey and frail, almost a pensioner, and he does not always want to remember how, as an adolescent in the late 1970’s, he suddenly became afraid of everything surrounding him, and, worst of all, of himself. He would run around the countryside and knock at the doors of strangers because he feared the apocalypse was pursuing him … He would pick up rubbish outside in alleys and streets and hoard it in his not very palatial lodgings … He was always wandering away from home, searching for … what would never be found again … the straight route, the level way … He was a tramp, freezing during the nights in public toilets where he had various unsavoury insects as company on the cold concrete …

    There were years of pain when his schizophrenia became almost his only companion- albeit a sadistic one, punishing him even as he hugged it. Perhaps, to echo both R. D. Laing and Emily Dickinson, it is the entire globe, it is general society, that is truly insane. Schizophrenics simply burrow all too deeply under the surface. They reach the very core of the savage reality in us all. Most varnish over the anarchic truth within through the superficial sham paraded as ‘civilization’. Schizophrenics prefer to be uncomfortably honest barbarians.

    Eventually, after much psychotic shouting on Hammersmith Broadway, the hapless Zekria was confined at the Charing Cross unit in the West London Mental Health Trust. Following the unsafe unstable freedom of his schizophrenia, came the restrictions of Section 3. He would not have survived without the multi- racial compassion of the individual doctors and nurses in Charing Cross.
    Yet the overall SYSTEM remains an ogre of rules and restraints, and the INSTITUTION of psychiatry can be as cold and vicious as in the days of lobotomy and insulin shock.
    Now he is elderly, but still he muses about being locked up, drugged up, about how, with schizophrenia, the treatment can be worse than the disease …

    Book Extract
    Abdul had the diagnosis of schizophrenia imprinted upon his heart. He was on the run from a mental hospital. He had absconded. He was unable to bear any more the nurses, the corridors, the electronic doors, the ghoulish paraphernalia of being locked up as a lunatic. To be homeless, for all its pain and perils, seemed to provide some sort of freedom from the way he felt hemmed in by the ‘Mental Health’ Services. He feared he would never be able to escape from that label of schizophrenia stuck upon his trembling consciousness, that label managing to dig down to his core. It thieved his soul away from him, and replaced it with-confinement, locks and psychiatric drugs.

    Zekria I has published many books on the inhumanity of psychiatry and societies in general -and articles mathematical eg pdf/a-conundrum-about-confidence-intervals.pdf
    and poetry eg Militant Thistles

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