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Husband puts wife in the hospital

There was an disturbing story heard over BBC radio about a man who had his wife force treated under Great Britain’s notorious Mental Health Act. The piece was called, ‘Why I sectioned my wife over her bipolar disorder’. It involves the relationship of William and Kate Lyons.

He had Kate ‘sectioned’ – this is where an individual is placed in a psychiatric hospital under Section 4 of the Mental Health Act, 1983 – when he felt he could no longer cope with the situation.

William had his ‘reasons’ I suppose.

Kate, on a high, had literally not slept for four days, and was exhibiting very eccentric behaviour. A friend advised William to take her to the doctor, who in turn recommended the hospital.

Here’s where it gets sticky.

The breakdown came after Kate had stopped taking her anti-psychotic drugs. Several years of living symptom-free, while on medication, had led them to think that perhaps she was no longer ill.

Note: “anti-psychotic” drugs?! Incredibly somebody is admitting neuroleptic drugs are, well, drugs.

If the girl had been taking neuroleptic drugs for years, as we learn from the above, the body adjusts to functioning under those drugs, and when the body then has to function without the chemicals, it is unable to do so. All the information I have ever read on the subject suggests that nobody who has been on these drugs for any substantial length of time should quit cold turkey. The way to detoxify from neuroleptic drugs is to lower the dose gradually until you are capable of functioning without the drugs. Should one quit suddenly, just like Kate, one is likely to end up in the nut house. Neuroleptic drugs have addictive qualities, and I submit that the behaviors exhibited by Kate were probably withdrawal effects from the drugs rather than a recurrence of any mental disorder.

Her husband William didn’t know this apparently, and whether or not he could have had the patience, the courage, and the presence of mind to deal with the matter in another fashion represents a completely hypothetical circumstance, given this hospitalization.

Kate nonetheless obviously still has many issues with the psychiatric drugs she is taking.

“But I would say that my thoughts on the drugs generally are that they’re very, very unsophisticated for mental illness. They seem to be very, very, very strong. You see people with mental illnesses, you know, on the streets, wherever – inside hospitals, who are just completely zombified. They’re not able to function because this drug’s just crushing them.”

Her husband and his associates unfortunately have this idea that what actually might have been withdrawal effects from the drugs taken was a recurrence of symptoms of the disease. I don’t see a good resolution to this dilemma until that kind of leap of intelligent thought, not faith, can be made. In other words, it’s drug maintenance for Kate rather than complete recovery as long as this over reliance on chemicals rather than on human will power and ingenuity is promoted and fostered.

There is another way, and if only William and Kate knew such to be the case, Kate might now be on the road to fully recovering her mental stability and self-determination.