coercive psychiatry

Your Consent Is Not Required: The Rise in Psychiatric Detentions, Forced Treatment, and Abusive Guardianships

This book comes from Rob Wipond. The publishers say: “Asylums are supposed to be in the past. However, though the buildings were closed, many of the practices lived on. In fact, more law-abiding Americans today are being involuntarily committed and forcibly…
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And Now They Are Coming for the Unhoused: The Long Push to Expand Involuntary Treatment in America

This article by Leah Harris has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “On November 29, New York City Mayor Eric Adams  announced  his administration’s 11-point  legislative agenda , which seeks to enforce an expanded interpretation of the state’s existing mental hygiene laws…
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Stop caging people with autism and learning disabilities, says Robert Buckland

This report (from January 2022) – by Shelley Phelps and Kate Whannel – comes from the BBC. It begins: “Ex-Justice Secretary Sir Robert Buckland is calling for changes to mental health laws to stop people with autism or learning disabilities being…
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England’s mental health care lacks money, yes – but it also lacks compassion

“A series of scandals should focus minds on the punitive conditions far too many patients are confined in” This article by Jay Watts has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “We have made great progress in  England  when it comes to…
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‘Toxic culture’ of abuse at mental health hospital revealed by BBC secret filming

This report comes from the BBC’s Panorama team and Joseph Lee. It begins: “Humiliated, abused and isolated for weeks – patients were put at risk due to a ‘toxic culture’ at one of the UK’s biggest mental health hospitals, BBC Panorama…
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It’s Time for Us to Stop Being So Defensive About Criticisms of Psychiatry

This article by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab has been published in the Psychiatric Times. It begins: “I read the article “ It’s Time for Us to Stop Waffling About Psychiatry ”2 by Daniel Morehead, MD, with great interest, particularly since it makes frequent references to some of my work in Psychiatric…
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Conscientious Objection to forced pharmaceutical interventions: FAQ

This list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) – with a response to those questions – has been put together by Mick Mckeown and Jonathan Gadsby and published by the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network. It begins: “Following is a list of frequently asked…
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Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent

This book has been written by American psychiatrist Dr. Grace Jackson. The publishers say: “Are patients aware of the fact that pharmacological therapies stress the brain in ways which may prevent or postpone symptomatic and functional recovery? Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A…
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