March 14, 2014
A devout 56-year-old woman was held captive in a psych ward for nearly five days after a strange series of event cascaded before her.
The woman, who seeks to remain anonymous, is a self-published author who enjoys writing on spiritual topics. She was taking part in a 15-day spiritual fast at the time. By the 15th day of going without food and drinking only water, the woman began to feel delirious. On the last day of her fast, parked at a Cleveland, OH, BP gas station, the woman grew faint and called her mother for assistance.
Simple emergency room visit turns into a psych ward lockdown
The anonymous woman was promptly escorted to the emergency room of St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center, where she was cared for primarily by Dr. Brar.
After taking blood tests, Dr. Brar determined that the woman had low sodium, potassium and electrolyte levels, due to the fast. The woman, conscious again, recovered from her woozy state. As she recovered, she prayed audibly and read from the Bible.
After observing the woman’s fervent behavior, Dr. Brar then allegedly diagnosed the woman with bipolar disorder. The complaint states that the woman was diagnosed with “bipolar disorder with psychotic features.”
Woman’s prayers were classified as sign of mental instability
The woman, clinging to her spiritual beliefs in a time of need, realized that St. Vincent’s staff had classified her religious devotion as evidence of mental instability. The woman later clarified that Dr. Brar and staff members classified her audible prayers and Bible reading as “religious preoccupation” — evidence of a mental illness.
This distorted, concocted diagnosis proves that many hospital staff members themselves need to be psychologically evaluated. The “mental illness” label can apparently be used as a weapon, to justify imprisoning people who don’t think or believe according to what’s “normal.”
Woman refuses psychotic medication; hospital goes to court to force her
After being improperly and disdainfully diagnosed for her prayers, the woman was then admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital. For nearly five days, she was instructed to take psychotropic medications for her “mental illness.” When the woman refused the drugs, the hospital staff grew stubborn and police-like. The staff tried to control the woman further by having her “involuntarily committed” through court order.
The imprisoned woman later reported that Dr. Brar refused to let her leave the hospital where she was “held for nearly five days of observation.” She claims that the hospital officially “instituted an action in the Cuyahoga County Probate Court seeking her continued involuntary detention,” but it never materialized.
Woman now suing the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for unlawful imprisonment
After being detained in the hospital for nearly five days, the woman was relieved to find out that Dr. Brar’s affidavit to the court was incomplete and misrepresenting. The court stated that the captive woman was free to go and that she had complied with obligations under Ohio Rev. Code 5122. She was then discharged from the hospital because the hospital staff did not provide sufficient evidence to keep her detained.
Now the 56-year-old woman has filed suit against Dr. Brar and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, seeking punitive damages for false imprisonment and violation of her patient rights.
“Mental illness” label now being applied liberally to people who don’t fit the norm
It seems that “mental illness” has become a broad term in modern-day society, applied liberally as a means to segregate those who don’t think or act within the boundaries of what’s considered normal or socially acceptable. It’s easy for medical professionals to respond to people they don’t like or understand by detaining them and force-feeding them psychotropic medications. This behavior coming from hospital staff is disturbing and alarming.
How might psychotropic medications be used like social control weapons — silencers for people’s minds, thoughts, prayers and beliefs? How might the “mental illness” label be applied to kidnap or imprison people just to force a bizarre level of conformity?
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