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I just heard the show, and I'm so glad that guests and host Emily Harris brought up Bob Whitaker's book. However, I'm concerned about the replies from Greg Roberts. I did get on the show and here are my 3 main comments in brief:
1) INDIVIDUAL CONSUMER VOICES
Thank you Emily for including the voices of individual mental health consumers right at the top of the show. I think this really humanizes those of us diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities.
2) GROUP VOICE
So my question was about the priority of including representatives of GROUPS of mental health clients. I mentioned that today Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition unites about 14 groups (I'm on OCSC board).
I also plugged MindFreedom International, based here in Eugene. I've been director for its 25 years.
3) CONCERN ABOUT INFLUENCE ON GREG ROBERTS
Because our groups don't have as much influence with Greg, I'm concerned about whether bullying by the old fashioned, disproven medical model is unfairly impacting him.
On the show, Greg claimed that people in Oregon State Hospital are NOT over-drugged. He said there was fair due process about forced drugging. He said while he was not a clinician, he felt the majority of patients should be on psychiatric drugs, and that psychiatric problems were like diabetes.
Wait a minute! Countless people have seen massive over-drugging to this day in Oregon State Hospital, it's the main approach used. Forced drugging "override" requests are easily and routinely rubber stamped. And if the majority of people in OSH have a mental "illness" similar to diabetes, then is there a lab test for any known mental health problem?
I asked twice about the lab test, and Greg did not answer.
I ended by saying that listening to him felt like hearing an administrator for the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the day before the Tsunami. We'd be told by the administrator that he's not a nuclear engineer, but he's sure things are safe.
I especially appreciate that Sarah Smith, whose daughter has recently experienced over-drugging and forced drugging at OSH, had the last question. Sarah is a mom with a lot of courage. She asked about "Open Dialogue," but Greg thought she meant talking with family organizations. Sarah was referring to the alternative in Finland discussed at the end of Whitaker's book, that is showing far better results than the over-drugging approach.
I hope all reading this connect up! You can contact OCSC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact MindFreedom at email@example.com. Thanks.
David W. Oaks, Eugene, Oregon
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