As long as we have self regulation of the psychiatric system then there will be human rights issues behind closed/locked doors. It stands to reason. Psychiatrists shouldn't be left to keep an eye on other psychiatrists. This doesn't make sense. It's too much responsibility that is open to abuse.
I'm also thinking about the situation when in a psychiatric ward, detained, and having to get a second opinion, by another psychiatrist. I've not found this helpful. In one case the other psychiatrist was worse than the original one. Suggesting depot injections or new psychotropic drugs that haven't been trialled effectively. Just as well that I was there to keep an eye on things.
And when I checked on this 'second opinion' psychiatrist I found out that he was on psychiatric drug committees in the area where he practised. So a conflict of interests and even maybe personal gain financially? We can't be too vigilant when it comes to psychiatric drugs. They alter brain chemicals and can cause physical side effects and permanent disability if taken long term.
Therefore for any watchdog organisation or independent overseer I think there have to be people from disciplines and backgrounds who aren't psychiatrists and preferably people in management positions with lived or personal experience of mental health issues. Who are prepared to admit to this and not be ashamed. Or be in fear of the stigma that goes with psychiatric diagnoses and labelling.
1978 was my first foray into the psychiatric system, as a patient in Hartwoodhill Hospital, Lanarkshire, when I and was grabbed and jagged with anti-psychotics. My prior experience of visiting my mother in a locked psychiatric ward in 1970 had prepared me for the experience. I knew what I didn't want and this foreknowledge helped me resist the ECT.
I also knew that I didn't want to be on the psychiatric drugs, at that time chlorpromazine, for any longer than a year. And so I worked towards coming off the psych drugs in that timescale. It wasn't easy for the drugs took away my decision making abilities but I had my sons to look after so I managed it. And did the same after a similar postnatal episode in 1984.
My 2002 menopausal episode took longer than a year, to get off the drugs, because of the cocktail, of anti-psychotic, anti-depressant and (so-called) mood stabiliser - risperidone, venlafaxine and lithium. All combining to take away my personhood and personality. But eventually I got up out of the slough of despond and got back on with my life. The drugs didn't work for me and I don't want any more of them so have written this in my advance statement.