This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit

Disability Arts Online

More sedation ... / 21 March 2013

When you get above your station, you start to look at more sedation ...

I tell you, I know the mental health system better than most. And I can confirm that it feels like a second class NHS when you're in there as a patient.

Staff speak to you as if you're a child, and if you dare answer back, then they will often punish you by ignoring you for the rest of the day.

They rarely believe anything you say, and ironically the only time that you do get any attention from them is when you respond to their treatment of you.

Of course your response is seen to be inappropriate, is termed 'aggressive' and provides the excuse they need to sedate you.

Once sedated, staff speak to you as if you're a child ...