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Electric Shock Treatment

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Did you know roughly 100,000 Americans still receive electroconvulsive therapy? Carrie Fisher is one of the few who regularly receive this controversial form of treatment to manage her depression caused by her bipolar disorder. Fisher has written a new book entitled, Shockaholic, to be released November of this year. Her previous book, Wishful Drinking, was a New York Times bestseller.

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Jared Lee Loughner Unfit For Trial

May 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Jared Lee Loughner’s lawyers state he is “gravely mentally ill” and cannot stand trial. Loughner has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and suffers from delusions and disordered thinking.

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Lyons Told Cops Another Man Killed Girlfriend

May 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Glenn Lyons told State Police in May 2008 that Kathy Leibig called him and invited him to meet for breakfast in a parking lot and while having sex in her car a man wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt opened the door and pulled him out of the car and knocked him out.

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Leibig’s Husband Unaware of Wife’s Affair

May 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Kathy Leibig, found stabbed to death in her SUV on the grounds of Wernersville State Hospital worked with her alleged killer, Glenn Lyons, at the Linette Quality Chocolates in Heidelberg Township. Testimony is expected to resume today.

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Founder of Judge Rotenberg Center Forced to Quit

May 26, 2011 1 comment

Matthew Israel, a Harvard Psychologist and founder of the Judge Rotenberg Center, a school in Canton, Massachusetts that treats severely autistic, schizophrenic, bipolar, developmentally disabled, and emotionally disturbed children with the use of electrodes to the torso and limbs, has been forced to resign and serve five years probation.

The device is called a Graduated Electronic Decelerator, which stems from the Self-Injurious Behavior Inhibiting System, manufactured by Human Technologies Inc.

The criminal charges brought against Israel relate to an incident in August 2007 at one of the school’s residential homes where students sleep at night. A call came in from someone posing as an authorised supervisor, who informed the carers on duty that two teenagers had misbehaved and should be given shock treatment.

At 2am, the boys were strapped on boards and given multiple shocks. One of the boys, aged 18, was shocked 77 times over a three-hour period and the other boy, aged 16, was shocked 29 times. It was later discovered that the initial call had been a hoax.

The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, indicted Israel over allegations that he ordered his staff to destroy video evidence that revealed exactly what happened that night. Prosecutors had previously ordered that the video recordings from the home were preserved.

“Dr Israel then attempted to destroy evidence of the events and mislead investigators, and that conduct led to his indictments today. Today’s action removes Dr Israel from the school and should ensure better protection for students in the future,” Coakley said.

The students are required to wear backpacks with multiple battery-operated devices that are connected to an electrode attached to the skin and receive a two-second shock triggered by remote control to dissuade behavior deemed dangerous.

Furthermore, should this school be allowed to operate?

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Lawsuit: Mentally Ill Wrongly Detained

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The Disability Law Center filed a lawsuit against the state of Alaska, the Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of Behavioral Health and Alaska Psychiatric Institute alleging that Alaskans were jailed and warehoused in a general hospital because the State Hospital was full, violating patient’s rights.

Two women spent three days in the Seward Jail awaiting a bed at the Anchorage Psychiatric Hospital; two men were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital to be held there until space opened up at Alaska Psychiatric Institute and told to accept an injection of an anti-psychotic drug or be placed in restraints.

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Kissy Psychiatric Hospital in Dire Despair

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Dr. Mandy Garber, a psychiatrist from Pittsburgh, spent the month of April volunteering at the Kissy Psychiatric Hospital (Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital) in West Africa; check out the article linked below to read her story. There are roughly 400,000 people in need of psychiatric care in Sierra Leone, but only 2% receive treatment from one Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Nahim.

Life for the mentally ill in Sierra Leone is incredibly hard. Due to their illness, most of the mentally ill have minimal earning power; they cannot hold a job, people on the street mock and harass them, and at worst, they are physically and/or sexually abused by the so-called saner members of society.

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Compassionate Blog Entry by Kevin Hill and Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh: Mental Health Care at Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital

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