Russell Baugher on being forcibly committed to a psychiatric ward at 15

The teen was not psychotic, but the antipsychotics were

Deeply shocking and distressing account by Russell of his experiences as a teenager.

This happened in the US. We have heard similar accounts from the UK – nor can we comfort ourselves by seeing this as something relegated to the past. Forcible psychiatric detention and medication remain commonplace. They are a natural consequence of conceptualizing ‘mental health’ in terms of external locus, and ‘us and them’ power structures. A more holistic approach – founded on respectfulness for internal locus, and offering support informed by the core conditions while the person concerned explores their own experiencing in their own way – is long overdue.

Here’s a link to another article by Russell:-

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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