JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS AT THE MAUDSLEY ROYAL BETHLEM

The weather could be better – it is raining today in the UK.  Elizabeth has been stuck on the stuffy ward for 2 days thanks to the Consultant Psychiatrist imposing his sanctions and punishment on accountof her behavioiur caused by his actions in reducing and mixing medications – then he dishes out punishment like to a small child only Elizabeth is 25 years of age and the punishment has also extended to me like a slap on the wrist.

 

The furtherst thing right now on the minds of these “professionals” are the patients stuck on the boring wards with nothing to do.   There was no flags or evidence of any celebration on the hospital site.  They could have done things nice for the patients – there is money to be spent on printing literature and so forth so why could they not arrange a little street party on the site of the Royal Bethlem Hospital?

 

Why deprive Elizabeth of going to a street party with me just up the road.   THIS IS CRUEL ABUSE. 

I do not know whether any earlier celebrations had taken place but IT IS JUBILEE WEEKEND AND WITH A TITLE LIKE ROYAL BETHLEM I AM APALLED THAT THIS HOSPITAL IS NOT DOING ANYTHING NICE FOR THE PATIENTS AND THE HIGHLY PAID EXPERTS ARE ENJOYING THEIR WEEKEND WITH THEIR FAMILIES WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT ABOUT THE PATIENTS LEFT WITH NOTHING.

Getting back to yesterday my first reaction was one of extreme upset as it takes me a while to get over there and I am devoted to Elizabeth – I had no idea how awful this place was and thought it was a leading hospital that would help give her a proper drug free assessment.   This has not been done properly in accordance with the leading professors written promise. 

No assessment can possibly be done accurately therefore in the circumstances and no doubt the Consultant Psychiatrist will back up the previous team and say YES THE LABEL FITS.  HOWEVER WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER EXPERT’S OPINION – IT IS LIKE THE BULK OF THE TEAM STICKING TOGETHER TO DEFEND ONE ANOTHER AND ANOTHER EXPERT HIGHLY QUALIFIED DISAGREES.    ANYWAY I DISAGREE WITH THEM.   I AM JUST A MOTHER BUT HAVE SOUGHT EXPERT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OUTSIDE OF THIS APALLING SYSTEM AND HAVE LEARNT THE AWFUL TRUTH – I HAVE INTERVIEWS OF LAUGHING PSYCHIATRISTS INCLUDING ONE FROM THE MAUDSLEY JOKING ABOUT IT TAKING 2 MINUTES TO COME UP WITH A DIAGNOSIS.  YOU SIMPLY CANNOT JUST COME UP WITH A DIAGNOSIS BY OBSERVATION.  THERE NEEDS TO BE PROPER SCIENTIFIC TESTS AND THERE ARE NONE WHATSOEVER.  

IT IS THE DRUGS THAT MAKE SOMEONE PSYCHOTIC.  DR TRACY GIVES THE REASON FOR THIS BASED UPON RESEARCH BY EXPERTS.   THIS RESEARCH IS BEING IGNORED BY PROFESSIONALS AND MOST OF THESE PROFESSIONALS DO NOT WANT TO READ THE FULL FACTS AND THEY JUST CARRY ON DISHING OUT THE DRUGS LIKE SWEETS AGAINST A PATIENT’S WISHES BECAUSE YOU SIMPLY CANNOT JUST COME OFF THEM.  YOU NEED JPROFESSIONAL HELP TODO THIS AND ELIZABETH IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE BUT THEY DO NOT WANT TO HELP AND I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT ONE DAY GOD FORBID IF ELIZABETH IS STILL STUCK IN THIS CRUEL SYSTEM AND DRUGGED UP TO HER NECK ON CHEMICALS THAT THE TEAM ARE RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE THEY HAVE REFUSED TO LISTEN.

  

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1 comment
  1. LG said:

    I found your website from the "Speak out Against Psychiatry" Facebook of which I am a member and get notifications.I am so sorry you are having such horrendous problems at the Bethlem Royal Hospital."I had no idea how awful this place was and thought it was a leading hospital that would help give her a proper drug free assessment. "In 1999 I elected to go to the National Psychosis Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital under section 3 from my local psychiatric unit in the Midlands. I like you, thought that it would be the best place to go as it was world renowned, how wrong was I, it was the worst mistake I made in my life. As I was on a section I was unable to leave and I was begging them to let me got back to the psychiatric unit in the Midlands which was paradise in comparison!I actually did not even have psychosis, it was meant to be going to the Bethlem for assessment! My local psychiatric unit thought I had psychosis but they were actually thinking of taking me off my section because I had ‘responded’ to small doses of olanzapine. I do not believe I had psychosis I was just experiencing a bad headache due to stress which made me behave bizarrely.Anyway, the Bethlem did not even assess me, straightaway they increased my medication to above the BNF limits, which after reading my medical records was in fact unlawful as the Second opinion appointed doctor had not authorised!They even wanted to put me on clozapine straightaway when they had not even assessed me and they did not bother reading any of the medical records from my local psychiatric unit which showed that the main reason I was sectioned in the first place was due to a headache and not even psychosis!Basically SLAM are mainly interested in research and not patient welfare. I am so sorry to hear that things have not changed in the 12 years since I left.I was desperate not to be forced to take clozapine as I was aware of the severe side-effects and the high risk of a several withdrawal reaction which can cause a psychosis worse than the original psychosis. I refused all blood tests so they could not start me on clozapine straightaway, but after a few months I was told that if I did not voluntarily have a blood test they would hold me down and take my blood. So VERY VERY reluctantly I allowed them to take my blood and they forced me to take clozapine. Nearly everybody on the ward was on clozapine as I believe that was their research drug of choice at the time.I cannot begin to tell you how much I hated the clozapine side effects. The whole ward was asleep all day!I can tell you about my time at the Bethlem in more detail if you would like. I was fortunate to be allowed a change of consultant who reduced my clozapine but the damage was done as I had already been forced to take clozapine.I am quite busy over the next two weeks, so may not be able to reply to you straightaway, but I felt a burning need to tell you I have been through the same terrible problems at the Bethlem and I am very sorry to hear that things have not changed in the past 12 years. I was the same age as your daughter is now when I was in the Bethlem. I do not know whether I will be able to help in anyway but felt I had to write to you.I hope that things improve for you and your daughter very soon.RespectLG

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