I attended the weekly ward meeting today with a close family friend but gained no further information from the Consultant Psychiatrist and team.  It was a waste of time.

Elizabeth said she was told she could only come off the ward escorted for just 1 hour a day.

When I went in with the close family friend I was told 2 hours.  Anyway that is an improvement I suppose but I am not allowed to take her out alone – I have had every security check done on me and I believe this is an infringement of my daughter’s human rights.   Whilst she is on Section 3 which was forced upon me otherwise I would have lost recognition as being nearest relative,   my daughter is of no danger to the public whatsoever and is couped up on the ward for most of the time.  She has ballooned in weight since being put on Olanzapine and has been given a new tablet and does not even know what it is – this is terrible that a patient is not even informed and is so drugged up to their necks they are completely disregarded.    It was Elizabeth’s wish to be reduced off medication but that is not to say completely taken off.  She signed a declaration before coming to this ward and had a letter in writing from Professor Murray promising a drug free period.  He now is no longer anything to do with the unit where my daughter is and all the promises have come to nothing.  So, my daughter is looking pale and bloated and has put on tremendous weight.  She is on about her 14th mind altering LSD like drug and is being manipulated as I see it.   Rethink are the advocates and were nowhere to be seen at this meeting.  It is recommended by NICE guidelines that advocates are present but the Consultant Psychiatrist was keen to say that they have been involved and have visited Elizabeth on her own and they have informed him that she does not want the family to see her files and in other words know what is going on.  Elizabeth was in the meeting and when I put the question to her the consultant psychiatrist butted in and did not allow her to speak. I then offered to go out as if she did not want me personally to see the files then the rest of the family should be allowed to have information –  she after all signed several letters before she was drugged up like this and in a better way to allow the family to see what was going on but this is being denied and I believe that she has been so weakened by the powers of this consultant psychiatrist that she simply does not have any rights any more.   HER RIGHTS ARE BEING ABUSED AND I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHETHER RETHINK VISIT THAT OFTEN AND BESIDES MY DAUGHTER LOVED COMING OFF THE WARD AND GOING TO THE LOCAL SHOPPING CENTRES, BEING OUT IN THE FRESH AIR – GETTING OFF THE WARD WHERE SHE FINDS IT STRESSFUL.   SHE DID SAY SHE FELT VERY TIRED AND IF SHE HAS BEEN PUT ON AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF DRUGS – THE MOST HAS BEEN 800MG THEN IT IS NO WONDER WHY SHE IS TIRED AND LETHARGIC BUT NOONE KNOWS WHAT DRUG SHE IS ON – SHE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE METHADONE.

Anyway I typed a list of questions and got no answers about the medication whatsoever and Elizabeth sat there quietly throughout the meeting and was NOT allowed to speak when I tried to include her.  An advocate must be present and the friend of mine suggested that another meeting was called with the advocate present to satisfy the Consultant Psychiatrist that it was what Elizabeth wanted.   He was adamant that Elizabeth had said she did not want the family to see the files AND THIS IS NOT TRUE AS SHE SIGNED MORE THAN ONE LETTER OF CONSENT IN THIS RESPECT BEFORE SHE WAS SO DRUGGED UP TO HER NECK ON GOD KNOWS WHAT!

  1. sharon said:

    this is not an unusual responce from the powers to be they move the goal post to which ever way they can from past experiance our selves with our daughter the doctors and their nurses do seem to have a negative impact on the famalies who have tried so desparetly to safe guard thier loved ones in these hopitals no one to date as far as i know will try any thing diffirent other than drugging some to such a degree that at times the doctors can convice a paitent that it is thier loved ones who are wrong and that they dont understand medicine well my take on these so called medicines is that the staff who think they are such wonderfull medicines i suggest they take them on a daily basis and lets see if their own families dont see a change in the way they behave in a short space of time but like i have said before perhaps they do and that is why they get so irate when they are challenged about the way their poor patients are treated its like the mad treating the mad and thats got to be bad for anyone when a proper doctor treats a patient with a medicine he would not dream of making a patient take a medicine that would cause harm proper doctors take an oath and swear to do no harm so why is it that psychiatry is doing a lot of harm by experimenting with all these diffirent drugs and some people never get over the years of the affects these drugs can have while i do not advocate street drugs but it is far more easier to get some one off those drugs then it is the so called medicine of mental health if we all look at this in a logical way some people find life very hard indeed and can not cope but do we really need to give them a drug of course not if we all looked at our lives their will be some area in our life that we are not happy with most people dont even realise that some of us require more minerals than others some need more of a vitamin and some are not even aware of free radicals that can do us harm thus the need of antioxidants and so it goes on but no two people are the same we all need diffirent things so why is it that psychiatry uses all these drugs and never looks at each persons phsiolgy look at things that they may be lacking and some times it can be to much of some thing as well i would like to see the new genaration of doctors who will be looking after the next genaration to see that what has been going on now for the last hundred years is wrong and go back and start again

  2. Susan Bevis said:

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.19258"> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=#ffffff> <DIV><FONT size=2 face=Arial>How very true – I agree with everything.&nbsp; There have been times where I feel words have been put in Elizabeth’s head by the things she is saying which can turn that person against&nbsp;the family who are trying to support and help that person.&nbsp; As for the wonderful medications the times that Elizabeth has said "you try taking them – they make me feel terrible"&nbsp; That says it all.&nbsp; There is more help and support in coming off street drugs but none for prescribed drugs and it is like a prison sentence for life as noone cares to listen or even think that the patient may be right&nbsp;or the familiies in terms of misdiagnosis based upon a traumatic experience or based upon their reaction to anti-depressants in the first place.&nbsp; The DSM is a disgrace and there is a category for everyone that is worrying and even children are included from very young ages.&nbsp; It is all about profit.&nbsp;</FONT></DIV> <BLOCKQUOTE style="BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV style="FONT: 10pt arial"></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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