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Comment on When will people get it? by Lunochka

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:50:43 +0000

p.s. "high school social studies"? Try eleven years involved rather intimately in this world, on medication, refusing some, embracing others. I know exactly what it's like to be drugged against my will, and why it's necessary that we do have the right to walk away. At the same time, I am able to see why it's necessary to allow that medication can help.

Comment on When will people get it? by Lunochka

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:48:41 +0000

Amy, carina, I'm going to do you one better and actually become a social worker -- and a guardian ad litem if I can. If we were discussing cocaine use, I would be inclined to panic, but we're not. I have a paper on neonatal drug withdrawal open in another tab. Pediatrics Vol. 129 No. 2 February 1, 2012 pp. e540 -e560 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3212) Which says quite a lot about "crack babies" as well as children of mothers who took SSRIs during pregnancy.

Comment on When will people get it? by Amy James

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:22:59 +0000

To Lonnechka or whatever your name is, I find your authoritative sounding comments so ironic because so many of them are simply false. Thanks for educating those of us who apparently need a re-education on the reality of life and drugs and psychiatry from the point of view of someone with a high school social studies level of understanding of the real world. I suggest before dispensing legal advice on the rights of psychiatric patients that you become an attorney so you can defend all the many thousands of foster children on drugs at the hand of the state. And get out a medical textbook and look up what happens to meth heads and crack babies for an example of what drugs do to human tissue.

Comment on When will people get it? by Maria

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:29:19 +0000

Interesting reference to Joyce Brown who of course the courts found could not be forcibly medication on the grounds her behaviour was not obviously and immediately dangerous to anyone. Had she been pregnant it is likely the decision would have been different as she would have been found to be a risk to her unborn child. This case did not prevent forced medication, it established case law that involuntary treatment required the person be a danger to themselves or others. It is not correct to say that Americans cannot be detained and medicated against their wishes, only to say that psychiatrists must present evidence that they are a risk to themselves or others in order to have their actions sanctioned by the courts and the public. I think however that Amery's argument is that coercion does not require being physically restrained and injected with a drug. It can involve the normalisation of taking drugs, shown to be teratogens, during pregnancy. It can involve using doctors to promote their use, it can involve excluding families from decision making, it can include misinformation about the impact of 'depression' on unborn children and on the risks of drugs. All these things push people towards putting pills in their mouths without making fully informed consent. In the face of all these activities, Amery's commitment to ensuring others have the information he and his wife did not have is an important and admirable activity.

Comment on When will people get it? by Lunochka

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:29:50 +0000

It's here: "ultimately putting a pill in your mouth is your choice.” I beg to differ and many others will as well. The vast majority of Psychiatric treatment comes in the form of a pill, and ultimately, choice is such a relative term today. I’m sure if we read in to the 342 pages of the Patriot Act, your civil liberties can probably be suspended in a situation like this, especially if a social worker, doctor, police officer, judge or anybody else in a position of “Authority” deems you as a danger to yourself or others." That, what you said, that's not true everywhere. Not in my state. I understand you're in Canada? Maybe it's different there. But in my state you can't do that, and if you do, you have to answer for it. As for blatant human rights violations, I'm sure they do happen. That doesn't mean every single participant in the profession must be demonised. I've seen both sides (including some utter incompetence that did me long-term damage) and in response, I've learned all I can so I'm not just another body in another chair. There is a middle ground and I am probably firmly in it. I'm still reading through your story, but I did see you'd had a subsequent child with disabilities. I hope that child is doing well, and that you have been able to obtain genetic counseling. Our FDA has done studies -- remember that south of the border the push is for mums not to take anything during pregnancy -- and found nothing to suggest venlafaxine would affect a woman past the point of cessation of the drug.

Comment on When will people get it? by ameryschultz

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:47:42 +0000

Hey. Thanks for obviously taking the time to read some of my ramblings. I'm a little bit confused by your comment. I'd love for you to show me where I've got the facts wrong. Your personal experience is proof of nothing, just as my experience is not proof of anything. You stated that you read about law in your ethics textbook....are you not aware of the blatant human rights violations that occur on a daily basis in the United States in the name of psychiatry. It may not have happened to you, but it does happen to many, many thousands. Would love to chat more though. Peace to you.

Comment on When will people get it? by Lunochka

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:18:36 +0000

I was hospitalised following the passage of the Patriot Act. I was told I ought to be on X Scary Med. I refused it. Nobody held me down and forced it down my throat. I was marginalised, sure, but I retained the right to walk out of that treatment centre and do it my way. This was in the US under Bush II. I respect that you have strong feelings on the subject, but I can't let you get the facts wrong. There is case law on New York's books regarding whether a person can be held and medicated -- and it says she can't. I just saw this in my ethics text; it's to do with Joyce Brown, if you're interested in looking up her story.

Comment on To Matthew on your 5th Birthday by wijfamdianewong

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:13:44 +0000

Happy birthday little man! Hope you met my Layla in heaven too!

Comment on Protect Your Baby by liagrainger

Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:03:18 +0000

Hello all. I'm a journalist currently working on a feature story about the effects of SSRIs/SNRIs during pregnancy. If you'd be interested in sharing your story or thoughts with me, I can be reached at Thank you.

Comment on Sadness by Christine Puricelli

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:34:35 +0000

Very Beautifully written--both of them. What a sweet big sister Emilie must be!