Torture and Treatment

 

Restraints and Seclusion are Unacceptable for Prisoners and for the ‘Mentally Ill’

 

BUT

IT’S JUST

TREATMENT

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STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

"I offer a psychological account of how ordinary people sometimes turn evil and commit unspeakable acts. .. [In] the Stanford Prison Experiment, a now-classic study I conducted in 1971, .. normal college students were randomly assigned to play the role of guard or inmate for two weeks in a simulated prison, yet the guards quickly became so brutal that the experiment had to be shut down after only six days.

How and why did this transformation take place?" - Philip Zimbardo, Stanford psychologist

In the U.S, mental health clients are sometimes subjected to treatments that can be viewed as torture. These include forced hospitalization, non-consensual electroshock, and overmedication.

These so-called "treatments" are said to "work" by the mental health system.

But many mental health clients feel terrorized by such "treatments," and often feel alone and very frightened, not knowing how to end their own torture.


What can we do to help?

 

STOP the TORTURE

 

Mental Health Clients Association of San José City College
mhca@batstar.net