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  • 00:38

    Ted Chabasinski--Barbaric Electroshock still used on adults & children

    in Politics

    In coordination with Citizens Commission on Human Rights (cchr.org) we continue our expose' of the human rights violations conducted under the auspices of "mental health". 


    Ted Chabasinski is an attorney and human rights activist in Berkeley, California. In 1944, as a 6-year-old boy so intellectually gifted he jumped from first grade to third he was taken from his foster home in the Bronx to New York’s Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced “schizophrenic”, because his mother had been labelled “schizophrenic”. There he began a series of 20 electro-convulsive shock treatments. The boy, Ted Chabasinski, was one of hundreds of children used in ECT experiments. Tests since condemned as barbaric. He remained an inmate in a state psychiatric hospital until the age of seventeen. Chabasinski survived and became active in the civil rights movement and ultimately an attorney.

    In January 2007 Chabasinski acted as the attorney for the late psychiatric survivor activist and author Judi Chamberlain, the medical journalist and author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker, and the director of MindFreedom International David Oaks in opposing a motion by Eli Lilly to extend an injunction to conceal documents that revealed that the company had known for the previous decade of the potentially lethal effects of Zyprexa ( an antipsychotic )and had engaged in an illegal off-label marketing campaign.

    As a patients’ rights lawyer, Chabasinski continues to champion human rights, and writes, speaks, and blogs on issues of individual rights and freedoms.

    Most recently, he has organized an International Day of Protest Against Shock Treatment, being held on May 16, 2015. There will be demonstrations in many countries and cities around the world.


  • 02:01

    Talk with Tenney: Electroshock: A Crime Against Humanity

    in Current Events

    fom the perspectives of people who survivors of electroshock.

    Sue Clark-Wittenberg wrote me:

    Electroshock also known as ECT, shock, and electroconvulsive therapy is still being given.  Yearly 100,00 people in the USA get ECT.  Most people are forced to have ECT.  Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 to 2  to million ECTs are being given.

    Sue Clark-Wittenberg is an electroshock survivor.  At 17 years old shewas forced to have ECT in 1973.  On her 5th ECT her heart stopped and she had to revived.  In 1998 Sue became an anti-psychiatry activist.

    Sue and her husband Steven founded in 2005 The International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE). The ICBE deems ECT to be torture, barbaric, inhumane, unethical and a crime against humanity.  ECT must be banned universally.  ECT always causes brain damage.

    Don Weitz is a psychiatric survivor of insulin shock in the 1950s, an antipsychiatry and social justice activist. Since 1974, Don has been active in the Psychiatric Survivor Liberation Movement; in the 1980s has participated in many public protests including civil disobedience against electroshock and was arrested at least twice with several other survivor activists. Don is co-founder of Phoenix Rising (the first antipsychiatry magazine in Canada,1980-1990), co-editor of the antipsychiatry anthology Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada (1988), author of the e-book Rise Up/Fight Back (2012), and co-founder (with Dr. Bonnie Burstow) of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA). He continues to protest against the "mental health" system and psychiatry, he lives in Toronto. 

  • 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: Electroshock: Informed Consent and Litigation Strategies

    in Current Events

    Debra Schwartzkopff, a shock survivor who successfully settled a psychiatric malpractice suit out of court will discuss her efforts which can be found on the ECT Justice! website at www.ectjustice.com. 
    There is also a wealth of information and resources about electroshock.  From www.ECTJustice.com:

    "Our goal is to gather information from other ECT survivors with the purpose of improving standards in the consent process if this form of treatment is to continue. It is also to provide resources and information around the use of ECT."

    This conversation will focus on potential legal actions people who have survived electroshock may take and we will continue to discuss concerns about informed consent for electroshock.

    Electroshock is torture. Electroshock is a crime against humanity.

    Call in to discuss informed consent, electroshock, and potential legal actions that you can take! 9-11 PM Eastern (267)521-0167

  • 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: FOIA: Evidence of VAMCs Electroshocking Veterans and Other Dis

    in Current Events

    to discuss FOIA decisions concerning electroshock of veterans in the US


    More information to follo

  • 01:01

    MyNDTALK - Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass - Annita Sawyer

    in Psychology

    Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass

    Annita Sawyer joins Dr. Brewer to tell her memoir - a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transfered, labeled as “unimproved.” The damage done has haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist. ... It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it’s a story of perseverance: pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness."

  • 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: Shock Survivors to David Healy: Defend Stance on Shock (ECT)

    in Current Events

    Misinformation about electroshock is being delivered to the public. David Healy, psychiatrist and a writer on Mad in America, also co-authored a book supporting electroshock. Shock survivors want to hear Healy's defense. They say the dangers of his pro-shock position include people voluntarily getting it based on his word that brain damage from electroshock is an "urban myth" (which Breggin M. D., pointed out in  HuffPost 2012). Shock survivors demonstrate the ways in which they have been damaged and present evidence from studies validating those damages. To many in the survivor movement, it is starting to feel Healy, like psychiatry itself, is a hidden danger, acting as an ally, supposedly anti-drug, he has long had the support of the movement. Shock survivors want to know: Do you know David Healy supports electroshock? Call in live: (267)521-0167

    Guests include: 

    Jason Kalendek, a 43 year old shock survivor,who had been on psych drugs for more than 20 years was conned into getting electroshock as a way to get off the drugs. Electroshock destroyed his working memory and caused amnesia; destroyed his art career. The shock was 5 years ago and he is barely able to survive, the trauma of it is the worst thing that has ever happened to him.

    Marie Jones, 49, lost all of her autobiographical memory due to electroshock without informed consent, which she was subject to while going cold turkey from Klonopin.

    Tony Buonfiglio is a 61 year old electroshock survivor and photojournalist who was subjected to shock at 16 years old. He never regained memories of his childhood and continues to struggle with long term and short term memory loss.

    Kim Wood is 57 years old and on SSDI for over 6 years after 16 years of psych meds. After 18 electroshocks, 2009-2010, her 26 year nursing career was destroyed.
    Invited: David Healy, Peter Breggin; Ginger Breggin, Robert Whitaker, Bonnie Burtsow

  • 02:00

    MadU with hosts Sarah Knutson and Lauren Tenney: Uniting Against Shock

    in Current Events

    Tonight on Mad U - Getting Our Acts Together - Uniting Against Shock on May 16th, Creating Effective Collective Action. - To listen, call: (267) 521-0167 (press 1 or *1 to talk)  This Saturday, May 16th 2015, survivors around the world will unite to ban the use of electro-convulsive shock (ECT) as a mental health 'treatment.' The May 16th action involves 30 sites from 9 countries and 12 States in the U.S. In this episode, we take an up close look at the protest itself - what will happen at various locations, how to participate, what to expect if you attend. We'll also talk about direct action and what goes into organizing effective collective action.

    An estimated 100,000 people still receive this brain-damaging procedure in the United States alone even though research shows ECT is no more effective than placebo. For further reading:


    Readings from Leonard Frank -http://psychiatrized.org/…/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm

    Ted Chabasinski, JD, Author, Mad in America,http://www.madinamerica.com/author/tchabasinski/

  • 01:59

    MadU with hosts Sarah Knutson and Lauren Tenney

    in Current Events

    This week on Mad U: Mad About U!  This show is about you -  What are your favorite classics in the mad movement? What are the 'must reads' for this show? What are the hot topics to address?  What authors and movement leaders should 'everyone' know about?  How should we go about the show?  What's the best way to engage the material and create a lively discussion?  How would you like to participate?  What's the best way to learn from others?  To share what you know?

    Electroshock - Guest appearance by George Ebert who will talk about the upcoming protest on May 16 and read some of his writings.  

    Bonus current events topic: Why pilots crash planes.  Bring your lived experience and what you've read about the crash.  We'll pull from our pot of  'mad wisdom' and make sense of it together.

    Some authors/ topics for future shows:  Leonard Frank/; Linda Andre (Electroshock); Robert Whitaker (Anatomy of An Epidemic), Redefining Mental Illness (TM Luhrman), Understanding Psychosis & Schizophrenia, Hearing Voices Movement, Intentional Peer Support (Shery Mead), Recovery Values (Shery Mead/ Mary Ellen Copeland) Defining Peer Roles (Western Mass RLC); Declaration of Principles (Tenth Annual Conference); Ron Bassman (being psychiatrized); Tina Minkowitz (ending force and coercion), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Pat Deegan (Spirit Breaking); Focault (Madness & Civilization); Goffman (Total Institutions), Thomas Szasz (Psychiatric Slavery/ Therapeutic State); William Miller (Rediscovering Fire/ empathy vs. coercion); Insane Manifesto;
    Mad In America (articles and blogs); Radical Psychiatry Manifesto

  • 00:56

    MyNDTALK - Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass

    in Psychology

    Smoking Cigarettes and Eating Glass
    Dr. Annita Sawyer’s memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness from an early age, and her triumph in overcoming it.  In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer is institutionalized, suffering through 89 electroshock treatments based on a misdiagnosis before being transferred, “unimproved.”  After finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer is discharged in 1966, but the damage done haunts her life. She returns to school, keeping her past secret, while she moves on to graduate from Yale, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist, achieving a level of equanimity – until 2001, when she reads her hospital records.  What does she learn?  How does it change her life?? 


  • 01:59

    MadU with hosts Sarah Knutson and Lauren Tenney: Shocking Thought

    in Current Events

    Tonight on Mad U - 9-11 PM "Shocking Thought - "Yes They Still Do That" - To listen, call: (267) 521-0167 (press 1 or *1 to talk). On Saturday, May 16th 2015, survivors around the world will stand in unity to ban the use of electro-convulsive shock (ECT) as a 'treatment' in mental health. An estimated 100,000 people still receive this brain-damaging procedure in the United States. While highly profitable for providers, shock is no more effective than placebo. The benefits, if any, tend to be short-lived and result largely from the natural endorphins that the body releases to sooth pain when an injury occurs. Shock is often urged, and sometimes forced, when people are in a highly vulnerable state. In this episode of Mad U, we talk about the upcoming protest, why it's important, and how to get involved. We also talk about the history of shock, why it's so damaging, and what we can and should do differently when human beings reach the point where life no longer feels worth living. For further reading:


    Readings from Leonard Frank - http://psychiatrized.org/LeonardRoyFrank/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm

    Book review of Linda Andre's "Doctors of deception http://journals.cortland.edu/wordpress/sasc/files/2012/12/6_smuckler_book_review.pdf

    Ted Chabasinski, JD, Author, Mad in America, http://www.madinamerica.com/author/tchabasinski/

  • 01:03

    Forced Electroshock & FDA: MindFreedom Radio

    in Psychology

    Hear survivors of forced OUTPATIENT electroshock. Elizabeth Ellis, 67, is court ordered to report for involuntary electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) over her wishes. Joining her is Ray Sandford who won his own campaign against forced electroshock. Also hear from electroshock survivors Dorothy Dundas and Loretta Wilson who testified at last month's hearing by FDA about whether to finally start regulating the ECT device after 70 years of use in the USA. Joined by psychologist John Breeding who also testified, hear about their victory: The FDA panel voted to require testing of the ECT device. Special host: Celia Brown, MFI board president, along with YOUR live calls.