The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 01.24.18
My guest, journalist MK Mendoza, provides one of the most heartfelt, original and important hours I have experienced on the air. One year after her father’s death, she speaks out in public for the first time about what it is like to be a family member of someone labelled mentally ill who was then destroyed by psychiatric treatment. From the age of ten until now, she has struggled with what was done to her father, to her whole family, and to herself by the lies and destructive treatments that are now all-too-familiar, including involuntary hospitalization, ECT and drugs. More vividly than any I have known, she speaks about the toll within the family over conflicts about psychiatric treatment, choosing sides, scapegoating, and blaming, and finally guilt and shame. MK is not complaining; she is planning—filled with ideas about actions to take. Listen to MK, spread the word, take inspiration from her, and get in touch with her.
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