- Paperback: 381 pages
- Publisher: Rainbow Pots & Pr; Revised edition (October 12, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967116376
- ISBN-13: 978-0967116372
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,211,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape from Psychiatry Paperback – October 12, 1999
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Clover has gone through solitary confinement, restraints, psychiatric drugging, and forced electroshock, over and over...Clover's experiences, and her magnificent recovery, would make a stirring film, with elements of drama, triumph, spirituality, romance and love. By the end, I was in tears, as all the pieces of her amazing life came together. Clover's story must be told -- David Oaks, Editor, Dendron & Co-Coordinator, Support Coalition International
This is a book about a sensitive, gifted human being, who was scapegoated and tortured by society, by the sick mythology of the mental health system, and the hubris of ignorant people in positions of power. Clover's story leads us through that nightmarish loop in which many long-term consumers of mental health services are trapped. And it bolsters our courage with the tale of how one very brave individual escaped. This book vividly attests that acceptance into a nonjudgmental, nonhierarchical and loving community is both antithetical to the system, and critical to recovery. Escape from psychiatry should be required reading for all counseling trainees, psychiatric interns, and mental health professionals, as well as psychiatry's victims, in need of hope. -- Peggy Whiting, Psychiatric Consumer/Survivor
From the Publisher
Escape from Psychiatry was written out of a profound need to educate people about the physical, psychological and spiritual damage forced upon innocent and naive individuals who have been labeled as the "mentally ill." The author tells her heroic story of recovering from thirty-one years of psychiatric abuse. She was labeled as a chronic paranoid schizophrenic, (which means "incurable" in the psychiatric community) and treated with unbelievable cruelty. After many years of being traumatized by the use of forced electroshock and powerful psychoactive drugs, the author quits all psychiatric drugs and joins alcoholics anonymous, a place where she was told she could get well. This community of people had finally replaced her feelings of helplessness and hopelessness with feelings of love and hope.
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From her seemingly-credible perspective, she was just a young woman cut off from emotional support who put her trust in doctors to heal her simple fears. All she desired was one person with whom to talk about her feelings of isolation and terror. Instead she was scarred and scared, literally out of her wits, by a series of "treatments" which resembled torture more closely than they did rehabilitation. At the hands of doctors she spent thirty-one years undergoing electro-shock and neuroleptic drug therapies which left her filled with increasingly justified, internal rage and external symptoms ranging from the loss of her teeth and memory to the constant muscle spasms of tardive dyskinesia - a known neurotoxic side-effect from the brain damage caused by a range of neuroleptic drugs.
She never did find a psychiatrist who wanted to talk with her, with the exception of one scurrilous egotist who also tried to bed her. Yet some preternatural strength, resident inside Clover, allowed her to outlast the convoluted mental health care system. Her recovery finally came as a result of entering an Alcoholics Anonymous program and weaning herself from the medications she instinctively knew to be toxic. She is no longer schizophrenic or paranoid, two diagnoses that may never have been accurate for her or countless others who have undergone similar treatment.
Al Siebert, Ph.D Host of the "Successful Schizophrenia" web site. Executive Director of the Kenneth Donaldson Archive for the Autobiographies of Psychiatric Survivors