Freedom of religion, the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act Part 2

So Mostyn J’s judgment in the case of RC has been handed down. Continue reading

Draft Comment on Article 12 CRPD

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its Draft General Comment on Article 12 – the right to equal protection before the law.

This is a really important document for people with mental disorders. You should go and read it and ideally respond to it. Continue reading

Is the phrase ‘chemical cosh’ a problem?

‘…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison.’ (Hamlet Act II, Scene II)

I taught a 2hr seminar today under the influence of a benzodiazepine. This was a good thing. I have epilepsy which is usually under control but recently I have suffered breakthrough seizures which are unpleasant and subsequently disrupt my memory, mood, behaviour and energy levels. This term I have had to rearrange classes at short notice when recovering from seizures, but thanks to an incredibly good service from my GP and consultant after suffering a minor seizure last night, I popped a new type of pill and was well enough to work this morning.

Ironically, at the moment I am writing a paper on the good of medication, or the challenging problem of defining whether it is the effectiveness of medication or the circumstances in which it is administered which make it a good intervention in some cases. But a conversation I had at the weekend where the phrase ‘chemical cosh’ was used made me realise how uncomfortable I feel about coming out about how I use medication to control my brain and psychological ‘mis’behaviour. Continue reading