Publication date: June 2011
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Description Toxic drugs, toxic atmosphere, toxic "professionals" with toxic attitudes ... welcome to the Toxic Ward. This is a survivor's account of life on a psychiatric ward, and how being labelled "mentally ill" changes your world. These were sometimes funny times, but mostly tragic times; times which nobody should have to go through, but millions do. Human rights do not exist for mental patients. They are routinely humiliated, abused, tortured, and made to feel it is all "for their own good", so they rarely complain. Modern treatment for mental distress consists of drugs, drugs, and more drugs. The "chemical imbalance in the brain" theory has yet to be scientifically proven, and yet everyone working in this field believes in it as surely as they believe in gravity or that the world is round. This book is my attempt to blow the lid on everything that is wrong with the mental health "system", where one group of people have too much power over another group of people. I have offered some alternatives, and I am sure many more ideas could be come up with, if only mental health professionals would take off their blinkers and see that what they are doing does not really "help" anyone at all. About the Author Anne Marie Brian has been "sectioned" and held on a psychiatric ward against her will many times since she was first incorrectly diagnosed as "Schizophrenic" at the age of 29. She was born in London in 1959 but she has lived in Berkshire for most of her life. At the age of 14, she was expelled from a Convent School for writing a letter to a newspaper in which she described life at the school as "hell". Before she was 16 she had taken LSD twice and lost her virginity once. In her teens she spent a lot of time on tour with a headlining rock band, when she should have been at school. At 17 she passed her motorbike test. At 22 she lived in a tent for 3 months, travelling to 11 different countries in Europe. She has half of a BSc (Hons) degree and has worked in about 50 very dull office jobs. In 1993, she met Iain, her present partner, and a year later they had a son, Callum. When Callum was 7, he was taken out of school and educated at home, because he is bright and gifted and he found school unbearably boring. Anne Marie's current diagnosis is "Bipolar", but she is not keen on being labelled. She has found that by far the best thing for her "illness", much more effective than any drugs, has been regular swimming. She has always been a "scribbler" of sorts, mostly writing letters to various people who have been important to her over the years. In 2010, Chipmunka published her first book, "Don't Breathe a Word", which is a collection of poetry, some of which deals with her experience of having mental health problems.