Wow that was powerful. I really identified with his pain that his family abandoned him.What a wonderful man who can somehow not sound bitter.
Yes, Bill was a wonderful man. I enjoyed bumping into him at every turn at the conference. We accused each other of stalking. I hope he sees this. I wasn't able to get an email address from him. His was by far my favorite interview.
What a wonderful and courageous story. I wonder how common such occurances are. I suspect they are the norm among psych patients - with the exception of the escape that is.
I don't think forced shock is common now, although it does occur. There were two cases in New York sevral weeks ago from patients who were being forced to have ECT. Mostly, though, I see coercive methods used toward patients who the doctors feel "need" ECT. That is far more common. For most of these patients, it isn't much different than being forced.
I wasn't thinking so much about forced shock being common though the Mother Jones "School of Shock" article did mention that it is at a certain kind of teen behavioral medicine center, I meant parents abandoning their decent, intelligent kids to psych hospitals. Again, it's a theory that would be hard to prove, but now that I think about it, the School of Shock article does touch on the enormous popularity of these places.
The Mother Jones "School of Shock" gives me the creeps. I am still having a hard time believing it actually exists. Bill would have been sent there if he had been born 20 years later. I would have been sent there as a teenager if my parents knew it existed. I think the staff should be connected to those shock machines for one day and let the kids shock them whenever they get out of line. One hour would do it. It's a nightmare to me just thinking about that place. I can't imagine what it's like for those kids.
Yep, I would have been sent there too I'm sure. My theory is that these places were started in the late 60's by parents who didn't like their kids rebellious natures. We've got a part of the School of Shock line in Georgia with Darrington Academy in Blue Ridge:http://www.isaccorp.org/darringtonacademy.asp
Oooh. Thanks for the link. I can't believe these places aren't even regulated. It's not safe to be a kid. It's downright scary.
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