I am sure there is more to this story but it is troubling and speaks to part of the reason I exited the mental health field.
A Long Island woman’s insistence that President Obama follows her on Twitter made doctors at the Harlem Hospital psych ward think she was delusional and suffering from bipolar disorder — but she was actually telling the truth, a lawsuit charges.
Kam Brock’s frightening eight-day “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” ordeal at the mental facility included forced injections of powerful sedatives and demands she down doses of lithium, medical records obtained through her suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court show.
Coercion and medication abuse is rampant in an antiquated bureaucratic regulatory environment that protects a dysfunctional status quo. There are many reformers speaking out but many that do not want change.
My spin is that this episode speaks to a societal phenomenon.
We are in a transformational era. Things are so troubling around the world and so much more information is now available to people. It is causing the majority of people to retreat to distractions and diversions like media, entertainment, and drugs. Others, are pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. They are in the game, trying to cut through the denial and propose solutions. At the same time, the protectors of the status quo (those that are benefiting from the dysfunction and corruption), are resisting change. Some of that resistance comes in the manner that this patient received, labeling her as crazy. Unfortunately, many people in power see this as an effective strategy.
Welcome to Soviet Amerika.