Medical Kidnapping: The Dilemmas of Therapeutic Optimism

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April 25, 2016 | 6 Comments


  1. “The formulas for clinical trials that the ECDEU investigators had put together to contain the pharmaceutical industry became a petard on which psychiatry was hoist”.

    At the time of David writing Pharmageddon, and in the bookshops in 2013, I think we can fairly safely say that many, many children had been disposed of, and not just by GlaxoSmithKline..

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  2. I suspected that this week’s post might well be an uncomfortable read and, boy, isn’t it just! it isn’t that there are things here that were unknown to us, it’s just that ,when put together, they paint such a frightening picture. Where will it all lead? I can’t see that it can lead to any sort of improvement in a sickening situation until we return to be a more empathetic community. When will it all end? I can’t see an end to this unless we, on all levels, can return to be a more trusting nation. I feel that we are all so busy covering our own backs that we have lost sight of the needs of others.
    It is not only true in health care; it raises its ugly head, as far as I can see, in any grouping responsible for,or reliant on, each other. It seems more noticeable in public service only because they are (slightly) more transparent.

  3. Thanks for laying it out so bluntly, and asking tough questions. Coercion seems to be on the rise in all mental health settings — ironically, at the same time that treatment (other than pills) becomes out of reach for more and more people.

    Posted below is a link to a blog that deals with the “ATU Scandal” in NHS England: the plight of hundreds of young adults with autism and/or learning disabilities currently stuck in “Assessment and Treatment Units” for months or years. The death of Connor Sparrowhawk a/k/a Laughing Boy, described here a couple weeks ago, is part of this mess:

    It seems that heedless medication changes were very much in the picture in Connor’s death. At the very least they may have made him both more “out of it” — AND more prone to epileptic seizures than he already was. He drowned in a bathtub at Southern Health’s Slade House, after apparently having a seizure.

    The medicating of “challenging behaviour” in young people (especially large +/or physically fit young men) with autism and/or learning disabilities, and its mis-diagnosis as “schizophrenia”, seems to be a big piece of this tragedy …

  4. My story entitled “get her back we are paying for that ” says it all – this is “care” in my local area – deprivation of the drug clozapine to force return her to care and cause psychosis. The care considered as in the best interest was a care home hundreds of miles from home where she was expected to manage on £30 a week and went without food at the weekend – no one is accountable and complaints are done in-house.

  5. My story “get her back we are paying for that” is an example of the lengths professionals will go to to destroy a family and force someone vulnerable back into care by depriving the drug clozapine for nearly four days to point of withdrawal – this is “care” in my local area. An area where they drug to the hilt depriving second opinion assessments for other diagnoses mentioned in the files – sadly I am not alone – the court case was initially “deprivation of medication – community care”. it is a sad reflection if care in the uk – I totally disagree with the diagnosis of schizophrenia – There is no such thing and I can prove that the drugs did not work for my daughter as she cannot metabolise them – so when you complain about these so called professionals who are above the law and well and truly protected by all the investigatory bodies and the CEO says “I am satisfied or excellent they all stuck together like glue – Then they try to label you. The local art therapist has done that and I am waiting to hear which label he has chosen for me – complaints are dealt with in-house and the reason my daughter was drugged to maximum levels was to cover up their failings but it does not always go in thrive favour. I have met some wonderful professionals who wish to see open dialogue set up – these are the professionals I truly admire and who I could trust

  6. The more I read about the “ATU scandal” and the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, the more I’ve gotta ask: How much of this mess is the wages of misguided “therapeutic optimism” — and how much is something much colder?

    Sara Ryan, Connor’s mother, thinks a good part of the mis-treatment of people like her son can be chalked up to 21st century Eugenics. In other words, some people’s lives just don’t matter that much – warehousing them so they don’t burden the “productive sectors” is not such a bad idea. It’s about social control more than health (public or otherwise). I think she’s gotta be at least half right.

    Another big factor: These days there’s money to be made in bargain-basement custodial “care” for those who are least able to complain. And the lower you can squeeze the cost of that care, the more you can make.

    Here’s an article that really turned my stomach: A record number of UK “care homes” are going bust, it seems—or being closed down when large corporate owners deem them “financially unviable”:

    What’s the problem? For one thing, they never counted on paying a “living wage” to staff, as new laws are now forcing them to do. For another: It seems a lot of them sold their properties off to investors and leased them back (largely in areas with a property boom, I bet). Now those investors are raising rents like mad.

    Maybe this explains why staff at Slade House, where Connor died, reported being under “increasing pressure to fill beds” once Southern Health took over (even as they could barely cope with the patients they had) …

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