Telling my story... Fasting in Front of the Court house
I have continued my fast to advocate for alternative treatment for my son
and others: treatment that includes their voice and choice and the voice of the
families who do not want coercive treatment for their loved one!
Siddharta is now involuntarily committed, at Western State hopsital and given massive maximum doses of the pharmaceutical drug Geodon daily.
n 2010, Pfizer, the makers of Geodon,e settled in a lawsuit for the biggest settlement in United States history. for the latest updates click here!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Hello, My name is Cindi Fisher and I am co-founder of this website and organization. Today just after midnight, beginning September 1, 2010 on Wednesday, I began my fast for Mental Health Rights.
The most immediate catalyst for this fast was/is my 33 year old son,
My son is presently housed at the Clark County Jail. He has been there since June 30, 2010 with no telephone or visitation contact from me allowed. On June 30, 2010, in a state of akathisia he fractured my nose, reluctantly I called 911 for help for both of us. They came and he was jailed. He did not and does not belong in jail.
More details of our story is below. I will be in front of the court house today from noon until one o'clock doing Tai Chi-like movements and praise dance...next to me will be a large banner that says...
A Mother's Fast for Mental Health Rights.
I will resume my fast again from 12:01 AM Friday til 9:00AM Saturday, 30 hours later. My intention is to be in front of the court house at Noon for one hour on the days I fast, which will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, until I am able to have some type of contact with my son.
Following Court Protocol Judge Hagensen, following standard protocol, placed a restraining order on my son that making it a crime for him to call me or write me. I can understand perhaps a week or two period, to allow for the intensity of the entire situation to lessen, but I have made 3 attempts, in the last 60 days, with very detailed letters explaining the situation, to get the restraining order lifted and today it still stands. I am my son's main advocate and source of support.
Connection NOT Protection
He needs support, I need support for his care, I need support for alternative treatments; he needs to have a voice in his treatment, I need to communicate with him, and he needs to communicate with me. There is absolutely no threat to my safety since he is locked up and all jail visits are through a plastic shield; communication is done by telephones through the shield. Please leave a message for Judge Hagensen with the receptionist that answers the the district court phone and kindly and respectfully tell him... Cindi Fisher needs Connection NOT Protection from her son, Siddharta Fisher.The number is 360-397- 22424 X "0"I would love to know if you called...email me at [email protected]
NOTE: Although he is still behind bars, the restraining order was lifted completely October 14, 2010! Thank you Judge Hagensen
Friday October 29, 2010
Why I Still Fast
DAY 26 of Fasting 3 Days a week
My 33 year old son, Siddharta Fisher, has been incarcerated in the Clark County Jail for over 100 days. Why? On June 30, 2010, he was very clearly experiencing akathisia, (extreme restlessness, panic and psychosis) as evidenced by intense pacing, and the inability to sit or stand without intense agitation and unusual movement of his hands. This is one of the known side effects of psychiatric drugs and also their withdraw side effects. I made a mistake and inappropriately interrupted him in this heightened state of sensitivity. He reacted by punching me in the nose and breaking it. I knew he needed help, and wished there was someone else to call beside the police, but unfortunately there wasn't, so I called 911. By law, it was considered domestic violence and he was immediately taken to jail and charged with a felony. I later found out that two days earlier he had spit on someone in a restaurant and he was also charged with a misdemeanor for that act. In his anger and frustration at being locked up, he later spit on a guard and was charged with a felony. All of the charges have been dropped except the felony for spitting on the guard.
Although it was a traumatic experience for me and the others, I truly believe my son was in a drug induced withdraw state of hyper inner turmoil. I actually experienced more pain about not having any alternative to get help for him, than the pain of having a fractured nose. It only took a 5minute procedure in the hospital to place the separated bone back in place so that it would heal correctly and my band-aid nose cast was off in two days.
I have continued my fast to advocate for alternative treatment for him and others that includes their voice and choice and the voice of the families who do not want coercive treatment for their loved one!
Siddharta is experiencing great distress after still being locked up over 100days!
My son is still locked up behind bars after more than 100 days, still severely alienated and isolated, and thus in an even more traumatized state of mental distress. He has taken his exasperated anguish out on the guards; throwing food, spitting, and resisting their efforts to control him however he can. Not being equipped to work with illness of the mind, they have retaliated by denying him visiting privileges which now extend until January 5 2011 and charging him with a felony for spitting on a guard.. He does not belong in jail, However, the involuntary commitment and forced drug "treatment" to restore competency at Western State Hospital IS NOT THE ANSWER either. Neither he nor I, want more of the same coercive treatment.
I remember a saying that I think is very apropos for what they are petitioning to do…
"The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different result..."
TREATED OVER 8 TIMES WITH NO REAL VOICE OR CHOICE OR POSITIVE LONGTERM RESULTS
He has been "treated " against his will at Western State at least 8 times in the last few years. At the hospital, what is considered "treatment" is when you have NO REAL VOICE OR CHOICE in your treatment plan and THEY almost ALWAYS include the pharmaceutical model of drugging, even if it means getting a court order to forcefully override the desires of the patient. Siddharta did NOT and Does NOT want to go to the hospital. He hates being there and always ask me when he can come home. It would be difficult to take him hone now, because he has been so traumatized by the jail and the hospital and the money to support recovery is not given to him or me. Washington does not have a truly alternative recovery model that supports the choice of empowerment with or without medication; but such a model could easily be implemented at Western State through consulting with practitioners of "The Open Dialogue process"; a recovery model that has been proven to be very successful around the world.
Having NO VOICE OR CHOICE has meant that he is often violently forced into 5 point restraints and then massively drugged against his will. The short term effect of the drugging sometimes achieves a temporary masquerading of symptoms to satisfy the court, but the long term effect of this invasive, extremely traumatic, and coerced treatment has resulted in a very sad and disturbing deterioration of his passion for life and his mental as well as physical well being. It has also created a greater risk to his safety, our family and the community as well. The heightened distortion of his reality after a 90 day or a 9 month treatment is evidenced by an ever increasing display of bizarre, rude, aggressive and unusual behaviors..
Pharmaceutical Companies settle out of court
Must pay hundreds of millions in 2010
There are several lawsuits that were settled out of court, just this year, for hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars against the makers of these psychiatric drugs; more lawsuits are still pending. The plaintiffs charged that the drug companies KNEW these drugs, and the sudden withdraw of these drugs, could cause increased aggression, homicidal and suicidal ideations, bizarre and unusual behaviors as well as an increase in the exact same symptoms they temporarily masked in the short term. The drug companies said that settling for the millions of dollars they agreed to pay out, was/is not admission of guilt, but felt it was not in their best interest to prolong the court case. We all know better...
ELEMENTS OF AN EMPOWERING RECOVERY PROCESS
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL LONG TERM MODELS HAVE INCLUDED
the INDIVIDUAL'S VOICE and CHOICE;
and COMMUNITY SUPPORT and ACCEPTANCE!
Find out about the Open Dialogue Process in Finland...
They have the highest Recovery rate in the Western World
and drugs are used very selectively, mostly temporarily, if at all!
Siddharta is now at Western State hospital. for updates click here