Thursday, 19 March 2009

Video: Ray Sandford on his forced ect

I don't know if this is just me, but writing about stuff like what happened to Torben Martin Bødker just knocks me out, more or less completely. And reading headlines like "School shooter discontinued psychiatric treatment", i.e. "the dangerous mentally ill who go off their meds", without any mention of the fact, that it is far more likely, that these very same "meds", or withdrawal from them, caused Tim Kretschmer to experience akathisia, resulting in him going on a shooting spree, doesn't exactly make me feel better. Well, at least I had an interesting conversation on the phone, and comment exchange on my Danish blog with one of the article's authors. Who's just another victim of mainstream ideology, you might say, and certainly wasn't deliberately out to hurt anyone.

Nevertheless, I felt hurt, insulted, assaulted, discriminated against - apropos of ego-identification... - and at the same time as I feel, I have to speak out against this discrimination, there's the little voice in my head, trying to tell me, that it's me who's wrong, and who hasn't got a right to say anything at all. Exhausting.

Whatever, here, eventually, the video of Ray Sandford and his mom, giving their side of the story about Ray's forced electroshock "treatment". And since I can't think straight enough anymore tonight to write anything just halfway intelligent about it myself, or create more than two links: Jayme at Rayne's World has a great piece on it, and Stephany at Soulful Sepulcher has all the information about how you can help Ray.


Ana said...

I have an award for you:

Have a nice day!

D Bunker said...

Mindfreedom posted a Ray update on April 15th. Due to public pressure Ray's Shock Doc may be stepping aside!

Anonymous said...

Ray sandford got lucky. I am not bitter about that. Instead I am pleased to see someone else step up in MN. During the same time Ray was getting ect I was. I had over 80 ect treatments against my will. I was not as lucky. They only stopped when I could not talk anymore. It has been a couple of years since my last treatment. I am pleased to say that my cognitive skills have gotten better. But, the fear of being put back on the table has not left me.