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Abuse in Mental Health System

Folder Psychiatric Labels
Harm caused by unscientific psychiatric diagnoses.
Folder Electroshock
Information about electroshock, also called electroconvulsive therapy.
Folder An Overview of Psychiatric Abuse
Article School of Shock: Inside a school where mentally disturbed students are jolted into good behavior
The Village Voice looks at an institution that openly uses pain to try to control behavior of people labeled with mental disabilities.
Folder Psychiatric Coercion
Techniques ranging from pressure to out right force in the mental health system.
Folder Racism
Folder Psychiatric Institutionalization
Stories and information challenging the use of coerced lock-ups in psychiatric institutions.
Folder Veterans Mental Health
Present and former military personnel and their family are often denied adequate alternatives and advocacy for mental and emotional well being.
Folder Brain Altering Technology Experiments
Psychosurgery, vagus nerve stimulation, and rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) are all examples of brain altering technology that may be used for psychiatric purposes and that are currently openly used internationally.
Link "Prescription Abuse Seen In U.S. Nursing Homes"
A 4 December 2007 article in the Wall Street Journal, by Lucette Lagnado, describing the massive over-drugging of senior citizens.
Folder Restraint
Information about restraint.
Image E. Fuller Torrey: One of main opponents of human rights of mental health consumers & psychiatric survivors
One of the main crusaders to make it easier to forcibly administer psychiatric drugs to mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors -- including in their own homes -- is psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, and his extremist organization Treatment Advocacy Center.
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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: and
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