MentalHealthRightsYES - for Mental Health Rights
Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin's books, Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex (New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2008) and Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008). (WARNING on the bottom of every page of Dr. Breggin’s web page)

Within 6 months after being dangerously over dosed Dec 2, 1994 , as a minor, and starting and stopping the medication over and over again, Siddharta began to experience akathisia, a drug induced inner torment that can drive one to suicide or homicidal murderous thoughts…during that period there are notes from Kaiser hospital emergency telephone line stating that we called because he threatened to kill us and we wanted to get him help; there are also notes from the hospital that said that he called 911 for help the day he thought he was dying… later that same day he broke a window believing it might help save his life and  he was criminalized for it. It was his first act as an adult under the spell of these drugs and he was tried as a criminal.
What Happened? He left our home to get help early that morning, June 10, 1995, believing he was dying from being poisoned by us. Little did any of us know,  he was experiencing “akathisia”, a toxic poisoning side effect that some people experience from the drugs and their withdraw effect. A few blocks from our house, in an almost all white neighborhood at approx..7:00am, he desperately tried to get someone to call for help…he knocked on two doors and no one answered, he stumbled to the third door, sure that if no one answered he would soon die.  Again no one answered, so in the moments of what he thought would be his last breaths on earth, he took a stick and broke the picture window of the house and then stumbled to the middle of the quiet neighborhood street and sat down hoping the police would be called in time enough to save his life. Once again, this gifted, young sensitive, African American man met a racist response…as they arrived he cried out that he was dying from being poisoned and please take him to the hospital. They surrounded him, read him his rights, and took  him to jail. He is first booked on malicious mischief and then later on burglary charges. There are two police reports that are written. One describes the scene exactly as Siddharta later relates when I, his mother bailed him out of jail, and took him to a hospital. The other police report states that he ask to be taken to the hospital, but adds that a neighbor saw him, caught him and restrained him in the streets until the police came…there is no mention of the neighbors name in the report nor is the neighbor ever brought up again as a witness. He was NOT restrained he was desperately waiting for HELP!
Since my son’s first dangerous maximum adult overdose of psychiatric mind-altering drugs, when he was only a 17 year old minor, he has been hospitalized locally or in state hospitals over 20 times in the last 17 years.  Not once has he ever RECEIVED trauma informed care. Always in all of the hospitals he has been coerced or forced to take psychiatric drugs and never given fully informed consent or choice.
As  my son has been increasingly drugged and also often suddenly stopped taking the drugs on his own(because of the side effects) soon after being released; he has consequently been hospitalized or jailed for increasingly bizarre, confused or aggressive acts that have been criminalized, over the last 17  years. 
Never once has  the  withdraw or side effects of the drugs been implicated as a plausible and strongly contributing factor by the treating staff and/or arresting authorities…despite massive lawsuits penalizing the makers of these drugs.
It has only been through research of   
Dr. Breggin’s  book  “Your Drug May be Your Problem”,                                             Robert Whitaker’s  book “Anatomy of an Epidemic”,   and many others  and websites like          Mindfreedom.orgRethinking    And  organizations like ISEPP (the International Society for Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology )  at that my eyes have been open to the terrible fate that has truly befallen my son and  others. As well as our community!
Today he sits in a jail, still never having received intensive trauma informed care, still struggling for sanity, often in torturous jail isolation cells, still exhibiting the withdraw effects of aggressive, bizarre, and unusual behavior,
still hoping to someday have real support to heal and live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
TODAY   Please call Pros. Attorney Banfield  360-397-2260
And Vanessa Gaskin, director of community services 360-3972130
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