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Aug. 14th, 2004 @ 07:37 pm Alert
I just got this on an email list, and anyone interested in helping should go to her journal , laan. There is contact info for her and the powers that be as well. Lets get her the hell out of there..............</red>

03:33 pm - Statement August 11, 2004

August 11, 2004
St. Boniface Hospital
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

On the evening of Wednesday, August 4, Sara Arenson, a twenty-five year old performing artist, student and activist, was involuntarily detained in the psychiatric ward of the St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg. Sara was supposedly suffering a 'mixed manic' episode, according to an examining psychiatrist, although she believes that mental illness is simply a label for spontaneous personal expression that those in power in our society find disturbing.

At the time of her confinement, Sara had been out walking in downtown Winnipeg dreaming up unusual ideas about science and spirituality, asking questions of everyone she met, and laughing, crying, and chatting with the hungry and the poor. Because she is a naturally spontaneous, frank, emotionally expressive and articulate person, and had decided that evening to start asserting herself in ways she never had before, friends and a psychiatrist thought she was in trouble and in need of "treatment".

The "treatment" that Sara has received has consisted of incarceration in a psychiatric facility, where she is being coercively drugged with Risperidone, a powerful "atypical antipsychotic" whose common side effects include weight gain, dizziness, sleeplessness, racing heartbeat, restlessness, and anxiety. Sara is afraid to refuse this "medication", despite the fact that when she was brought in no blood tests were performed indicating any sort of biochemical abnormality in her brain or elsewhere (since then, blood work has been performed and she has been deemed physically healthy except for some systemic yeast). She is afraid to refuse "medication" because after her initial psychiatric interview, she was not allowed to go home, but forcibly restrained with an injection and brought into the psychiatric ward. Now she does not want to risk being injected with slower releasing forms of antipsychotic drugs, because she has a fear of needles and wants to minimize the amount of drug in her bloodstream.
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