Hello - my name is Viki; a
member of the eyes open collective speaking out to the
wider community, as a mother, sole carer and legal guardian. I have
organised meetings in the past about alternative treatments to
anti-psychotic drugs with other carers and
This web site will be used to
organise more meetings, provide information and facilitate
We are political activists
prepared to lobby government, to either logically justify their
treatment of patients with dangerous drugs, or provide alternative
therapy on medicare.
wish to inform people with a mental illness - as well as their
carers - about how my son John, was institutionalized as a mental
Psychiatrists tranquilized my
son -- constructing a chemical prison between him and the
outside world -- then diagnosed schizophrenia.
fact that psychiatric imprisonment is called ‘civil
commitment’ is, of course, simply part of the linguistic
deception characteristic of the mental-health system.
civil commitment results in the loss of liberty, and
subjects the victim to health hazards at the hands of
medical criminals whose ostensible healing function is
legitimised by the state, it entails far greater deprivation
of rights than does incarceration in prison, a penalty
carefully circumscribed by constitutional guarantees and
Dr Thomas Szasz,
M.D - Professor of Psychiatry
I recall John as a quiet and contented babe who grew up into
an adult much the same. As a family we always got on well
John spent a considerable amount
of his growing years in a farm style environment, where he enjoyed
taking the dinghy out over the water for a boat ride into the
estuary. John and his sister would feed their menagerie of farm
animals, as well as help out at hay-bailing time. We had a horse
each for recreational riding.
John loved tearing around on
his motor cross bike and riding
the tractor, swimming in our 300 million gallon dam and sliding
through the clay mud.
John had also been enjoying
outdoor life, he especially liked surfing. Rising at 4am, tackling
the ocean waves like a warrior, plus socializing, talking and
laughing with friends, having your average teenager fun, exploring
night clubs, dance floors and girls,
Emotional trauma responsible for erratic
The collapse of my fifteen year old marriage and a stressful
divorce in 1998 created great emotional trauma in John, who was also
dealing with the loss of his first love as well as heavy narcotic
and alcohol abuse.
Unemployment due to this self-abusive lifestyle, led to
boredom and more self-abuse, obviously this cycle was impacting on
John’s physical and emotional well-being.
A display of inappropriate behaviour by John, led me to seek
help from the government health services. A psychiatrist from the
unit, visited John while John was home alone on the 2nd August 2000,
and stated John…
a). Appeared disordered in thoughts
c). Aggressive manner and
There was no explanation given for this behaviour or the
context in which the psychiatrist claims to have observed it.
John was an emotionally confused young man dealing with
traumatic personal problems and drug abuse at the time. Most people
would consider those factors - explanation enough for such
On the 4th August 2000, John (age 20) was admitted into a WA
government-funded mental institution. At the time the referring
psychiatrist’s report stated, “possible amphetamine use”
From John’s medical records – On the 4th August,
2000 John was tranquilized with lmg of Risperidone, 10
mg Olanzapine, and lmg of Lorazapan, followed by
They resulted in a diagnosis from the consultant psychiatrist
and the psychiatry registrar’s of Hebephrenic Schizophrenia and
Polysubstance harmful use.
with his mother Viki (7th April, 2002)
was receiving ECT treatment during this period
Eat rich food - Barbecue a
John has been on compulsory medication since
Similar to any young man his age, John was physically fit,
however following admission and hypersensitivity to the
tranquilizing medications prescribed to him, John began to suffer
side-effects that his doctors tried to ascribe to the symptoms of
Intervention by psychiatrists did not produce optimistic
cognitive behavioural therapy which is meant to constructively
challenge a person’s patterns of thoughts, supposedly resulting in
a positive concurrent challenge to the behaviour associated with
the patient’s dysfunctional thinking of the
We had no control over John’s treatment or plans (which have
yet to materialise) for John's recuperation and recovery.
John is in a physical and chemical prison not a
convalescent hospital with a plan based on the eventual recovery of
I questioned the psychiatrist about alternative
treatment. However, instead of answering my question, he handed
me a card with John’s next appointment time, simultaneously showing
us the door as he said goodbye.
My eyes had been shut; I had believed a mental
hospital would help restore a patient’s mental health, not subject
them to a life-time of toxic chemical servitude.
Eventually a psychiatrist informed me that they believed it
necessary to hold John under a section 38 (involuntary
admission) because of the high risk factor of injury to himself,
plus the community as well...
John has never shown signs of the violence and
self-harm that are all too common to his peers. He has never
attracted attention from the law and has no criminal
...John was compelled to take tranquilizing medication and
anti-depressants and is still an involuntary patient.
Once admitted involuntarily to a psychiatric institution,
psychiatrists can commit the most injurious acts upon you,
including forcibly injecting you with physically-damaging
Human rights abuses
John has been unable to understand much of what the
psychiatrists say. Information on his condition and the possible
side-effects of the anti-psychotic drugs have little
real meaning to him.
- I returned to the mental hospital with my
councillor to attend a meeting with two psychiatrist and a
student, who were assigned to assess John’s eligibility for
Electric Current Therapy.
- Throughout the few minutes of the
assessment, John’s attention needed monitoring, because
of his consistent sedated relapses into (anti – psychotic
drugs) la la land.
- John did not raise his head or speak; he couldn’t
give informed consent.
- Despite John not being fully alert or focused
enough to understand the procedures that were being
presented, the psychiatrists agreed among themselves that
John qualified for ECT treatment.
- A Tribunal Hearing was rapidly evoked - scheduled
for late afternoon.
- The transcript from that hearing reads, “...the
psychiatrists were actually seeing a deterioration in John’s
condition despite treatment which they had introduced and
that they considered him to be an emergency rather than an
elective basis for
So because the
Psychiatrist's treatment with anti-psychotic drugs was causing
"a deterioration in John's condition" - to the extent
of being called an "emergency" - the psychiatrists
were now going to 'experiment' with Electro Convulsive
...by his second
treatment on the 27th March 2002, when I asked John
about his ECT, he was unable to remember if he had
even had ECT that morning. John was suffering from
memory loss which continued throughout his treatments,
in addition to his vitality being drained by the procedures.
The fact is that electroshock is
a form of torture
But placed in a hospital setting and cloaked
in muscle relaxants, anesthetics and the legitimacy of medicine,
it is suddenly and inexplicably pronounced “therapy.”
The scientific principle behind electroshock
is no more advanced than the principles behind terrorism or
neighborhood bullying. Even in hospitals, it is well recognized
that electroshock is used for punishment (source)
John (25) is now unable to manage his own affairs
Further treatments with neurological drugs are to be
continued indefinitely according to psychiatrists. John has been on
Zuclopenthixol depot injections - 250ml
fortnightly - with no recovery or discontinuation plan for over 2
For 12 days after his fortnightly injection, John sleeps for
up to 20 hours a day or appears to be asleep; because he doesn't
emerge all that rested. In fact he says he feels sleep deprived.
He also continues to experience stiffness in his arms and the
shuffling or swaying from foot to foot has progressively worsened.
His shoulders are stooped with a slight lean to the right side.
John is unable to remember things such as times, dates, or
what was said a couple of hours earlier. He has a spit bucket by his
bed and continues to projectile vomit regularly.
John also has bouts of inappropriate laughter and says he
Despite being John's legal guardian and mother, I have still
found it very difficult to get answers to straight-forward
Alternative treatments do exist - but are prevented from
being accessed on medicare, by the politics created by the
"partnership" between pharmaceutical
companies and psychiatrists.
Psychiatrists have attempted to submit false information to
the Courts in at least two instances during Mental Health
Both times their submissions were proven to be not only
false, but deliberately constructed to mislead the Court as to the
real nature of John's potential threat to others and
- My questions
Why is this
toxic, brain-damaging drug regime the only avenue available
for those of us who live under the poverty line?
Why are we who make
up the masses being heavily tranquilized?
Why did John
not display these symptoms during the years prior to
Why is there no
mention of the supposed schizophrenic symptoms In his
from side to side, shuffling from foot to foot, hearing
voices, vomiting, compulsive eating and sleeping,
obesity, lethargy, memory loss, stiffness, racing heart
rate, excessive sweating and
...before John was
being medicated with anti-psychotic drugs?