Ah corruption. It’s a funny old thing, even the police couldn’t believe that the UK government could act against the best interests of the people. In one of my attempts to report the DWP for human rights abuses I was sent on my way without the evidence I had with me even being glanced at. I am not suggesting the police were corrupt in that instance, although they were definitely naive, but I had brought evidence of appalling abuses of power by the DWP, a government department hopelessly corrupt in its malicious attacks on poor, sick and disabled people.
As the worst government in UK history, how can people tell that you are corrupt? The daily onslaught of news is full of lies and spin and real journalism in the main stream media is…
“Papers published recently by the Dutch Euthanasia Commission reportedly revealed that a woman in her twenties was allowed to go ahead with assisted suicide based on psychiatrists’ decision that her mental health condition was “insufferable,” and it was therefore illegal to deny her life-ending drugs. Multiple reports cited the documents published by the Commission as stating the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) the woman suffered due to the abuse was “incurable,” enabling the approval under Dutch law of her request for euthanasia. The Telegraph reports that the young woman was not an isolated case, and in fact, the rate of approved assisted suicides in the Netherlands for patients suffering from mental disorders has increased dramatically since the procedure was first made legal. …”
I don’t know what the Dutch offer as far as psychiatric treatment. What I’ve read sounds good but we in the U.S. are not the only masters of the use of deceptive
language and statistics to hide our sins.
If the idea of assisted suicide for psychiatric patients in a country that already treats the mentally ill like trash doesn’t make your blood run cold then you probably have plenty of money and assume that everyone else does too or you are deluded into thinking that mental illness can’t happen to you. But it can happen to youand if you get sick tomorrow it will be the system that will make you want to die.
I asked myself, what kind of rights must we have to make suicide an acceptable treatment outcome?Here’s what I’ve come up with:You have the right to be a patient. Calling us ‘consumers’ demeans the seriousness of our illnesses.You have the right to expect your care providers to learn about the illness
You have the right to have the illness you have.
You have the right to have the symptoms you have.
You have the right to individualized care based on your needs and not corrupt ‘evidence based‘ statistics.
You have the right to die, but only if there is absolutely no other way to mitigate your pain or to help you to learn to cope with it.
Your responsibility as a patient:
You must use the resources provided to you to maximize your health and your quality of life.
In my perfect world people who were sexually and emotionally abused as children get more for treatment than wishful thinking based on the classist assumption that EVERYONE is a child of the upper middle class and EVERYONE has access to all the resources they need to build a life worth living.
In my perfect World you have a 12th Right:
12: You have a right to more than CBT affirmationswhen you seek treatment for a serious trauma induced mental illness.
Please note: I’m not saying that affirmations don’t have their place. I’m saying that they are not the right treatment approach for everything.