Monday, 22 June 2015

Letter to Bipolar Scotland about switching roles, doing less polarised pieces and getting psychiatrists to swallow their own pills

Sent just now in an Email to the chief exec of Bipolar Scotland who had responded to my earlier correspondence about Dr Donny Lyons article on rights:

Strapline: I recommend that doctors Lyons and Smith taste it and see (the drugs), that BS sort out the polarised pieces and do a switch, role wise 

"I would recommend that, in the future, Bipolar Scotland gives space to another viewpoint about human rights in psychiatric settings.  To bring balance. 

What I see in your newsletter are polarised pieces.  On the one hand from people who experience a bipolar condition writing about their day-to-day affairs, things like what the cat is getting up to or not being able to boil an egg for fear of the pan running dry (I've been there).  On the other hand from so-called "experts" like Donny Lyons and Danny Smith who are getting paid bucketloads of dosh to pontificate about topics they have no personal experience of.

I say to these "professionals": swallow the medication and see how you can function.  Try a spell under detention in a locked psychiatric ward, refuse the 25mgs of Haloperidol in a syringe, and see what happens.  Try pontificating when a mental patient and watch what gets written in the "notes".  Delusions of grandeur.  Out of touch with reality.  Difficult and demanding mother.  Non-compliant.  Has anosognosia.

It's called disempowerment and denial of basic human rights.  You won't know what it's like until it happens to you.  Human rights get left at the door if you enter with a mind of your own.  It will soon be taken away from you.  Any independence of thought.

Why don't you do a switch the next time around.  Get the EbE to give advice on drug doses and tapering.  Get the psychiatrists to speak about their difficulties in the kitchen or in their personal relationships.  I think your readership would love to hear about these sort of topics.  You might even find you could greatly increase your membership.  Turning the tables.

I'd even pay to read these sorts of stories.  I hope that you might consider my suggestions.  It could revolutionise the state of Bipolar in Scotland

Regards, Chrys"

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