Posted by fred on May 8, 2000, at 22:06:22
In reply to Re: Controversial issues, posted by nancy on May 8, 2000, at 20:23:33
> Thanks guys! All are great ideas. I like the forced treatment...mmm..that might be interesting to tie in with electroshock. Just a question, but has anyone had electroshock done?
Hi Nancy, I was forcibly given 12 ECT treatments when I was 18 years old. It was the most horrible thing that ever happened to me. I was physically dragged into the room several times. Some mornings I managed to get into the kitchen and stuff food down my throat so they wouldn't do it (because of the anesthesia? they wouldn't do it if you'd eaten). In all my life the only thing I'd had that no one could take from me was my mind and they held me down and gave me ECT. Sorry if I sound melodramatic. Prisoners of war who are forcibly subjected to electric shocks are treated for PTSD. I was worse afterwards. There was nothing wrong with me that would have been appropriately treated with ECT anyway.
It frightens me that forced treatment is becoming acceptable to many people. I'm glad someone is thinking about it.
I don't think the idea of impersonating a mentally ill person is really a very good one. It's not as easy as it might seem and somehow it doesn't really seem to respect the experience of people who are not pretending. Good luck on your paper !
might as well be "fred"