Forced to have psychiatric drugs, her unborn child was damaged and killed

Janet is an artist, but like so many creative individuals, she became the target of certain people who would prefer to stifle or destroy that creativity. This is the true story of Janet Finn and her journey through the terrifying world of psychiatry.

Having experienced a difficult childhood, Janet got married in the hope of a new life, but that was not the case when she found herself in a relationship where her husband wouldn’t keep his promises and didn’t work. It finally took its toll on her welfare, leading to tiredness and exhaustion. She signed herself into a hospital for a rest. What she didn’t know was the effect that would have on how she would be viewed in the future.

With a record of having been in a mental hospital, her family were willing to give their consent for further involuntary stays in psychiatric facilities. The horror story began in Whiston Hospital on Merseyside. Reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Janet was horribly abused.

While detained, she was subjected to enforced psychiatric treatment, specifically psychiatric drugs. She recalls four to five staff holding her, while her trousers were pulled down and while she was injected with drugs. Apart from the terror that went along with what could easily be described as psychiatric assault, the most distressing part was magnified by the fact she was pregnant. As a consequence of the enforced drugs, her unborn child was damaged and killed.

She was then moved to Rainhill Psychiatric Hospital, also on Merseyside. It didn’t get any better. Janet recalls another patient who was agitated, and who kept arriving at her bed, disturbing her. She went to the night staff to ask for help. She found the nurses watching a film but instead of receiving assistance, she was unceremoniously taken to a cell with a mattress on the floor. She was put in the cell and left there for the night.

In the morning, one of the nurses told Janet they couldn’t imagine her being violent. She learnt the cell was reserved for those who were violent and out of control. Instead, it was used to keep her quiet so the night staff could carry on watching the film. She later found out the night staff had reported her for supposedly trying to hit them with a hair-dryer. It was a fabricated accusation but used to justify locking her in a cell.

Rainhill Psychiatric Hospital

Over the next few years, Janet was in and out of Rainhill Psychiatric Hospital, suffering with the effects of the ‘treatment.’ She had lost baby, her job, her home, her relationships and her ability to communicate. Involuntarily detained, it was at this point she was introduced to shock treatment. It was suggested to her family who gave their consent for her to be shocked.

Many years on, Janet has spoken of this time in her life. She says, “I can say without question that my health and well being have been damaged severely by shock treatment, otherwise known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say I’ve been robbed of my life because of it. ECT didn’t cure my depression. In fact it made me almost suicidal.”

Prior to shock treatment, Janet had none of the symptoms that have rendered her life an endless struggle to survive. Since being shocked, she has suffered with:

  • severe migraines
  • neck problems
  • muscle spasms (a doctor was once called out as she appeared to be having a stroke)
  • memory loss (for a long time after ECT, she could remember very few words and had to slowly build up her vocabulary)
  • fear of her mind going blank in social situations, hence a lack of confidence
  • buzzing in her head (for some time she had feelings of electrical activity in her brain)
  • a gnawing feeling at the back of her skull
  • a feeling of being pulled down from the back of her head
  • an irregular heart beat since being shocked
  • Liver, gall bladder and spleen problems
  • sensitivity to noise and sometimes to light

Her career, her personal life and her health all suffered as a result of the psychiatric drugs as well as the shock treatment. She was also grieving for her unborn child.

Janet had to bring herself out of the effects of the drugs and shock treatment. She says it’s been a long journey and that if she had known certain things at the time, she would have taken a different path. She found an answer in Chinese medicine and has been slowly regaining her confidence and well being.

Janet is now acutely aware of the dangers that go hand-in-hand with psychiatric ‘treatment.’ She says, “Significantly, my own personal convictions and spiritual beliefs were ignored prior to being forcibly detained. The powers bestowed in psychiatrists are such that the rights of the individual can be and are entirely eroded.

“I am an artist. Anybody who is a bit different ought to be celebrated rather than punished. I was invalidated, rendered powerless and helpless. Now I’m fighting back. A lot of people get depressed because they know things aren’t right in the world and it gets them down. That was true for me. I thought I was powerless until I realised this was untrue.

“We can all find our inner strength and power and learn how to use it. Maybe that will prevent others from having to go through a similar experience to me.”

CCHR UK wants to acknowledge Janet for her willingness to share her story.


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  1. Janet, I have a similar story, I have been in six hospitals and they say I have paranoid scitzophrenia. It is basically my re lationship wth my husband, He upsets me emotionally time after time then I get stressed and become ill.
    On my latest escapade I was admitted to Ormskirk psychiatric hospital. They put me on 4mg resperidone a day besides other pills which I did not want. I had stopped taking the tablets at home which was 1mg resperidone at night. I go to Church regularly, I am a Catholic in the Anglican Church and I know that Jesus Christ wants to help people who were and are oppressed by the mental health.
    Resperidone is responsible for making my bones thin. It was my GP who told me they can contribute to thinning of the bone. I am getting involved and will not rest until I see the mental health completely defeated. I am willing to give a lot of money to this cause. The amount of people I’ve seen suffering in mental hospitals is huge.
    I cannot imagine the pain emotionally that u must hve gone through when u lost yr child. These people r not human they hve a cruel mindset. I hve had a fractured hip and a broken metatarsal bone in my foot and my fingers r all going crooked due to bone in them. I wd like to get them in Court and I will if I can. They haven’t left me alone for forty years. I am now nearly 72 and they r talking abt where they put people wth paranoia, in residential homes, and to add to this they say that when these residents ‘get out of hand’. they inject them to quieten them because they do not know what they r doing. When I was in Ormskirk I was threatened. The psychiatrist said that if I didn’t take my pills he wd put me bk on an injection.
    When you know the Lord you come to know how cruel and barbaric these people r. U were given yr body by the Creator and he is abt natural things, not drugs. So I want to campaign against the mental health and the damage and humiliation they cause to my brothers and sisters. Yes, we r all connected spiritually. When we suffer from depression etc, it is the spirit suffering and the food of the spirit is love, kindness, devotion etc. All you get in psychiatric institutions is coercion, violence, humiliation etc. I’m afraid I’m in the former realm not the latter and I hve the deepest sympathy for people who r brought into the realm of violence, coercion etc against their will. It is the devils realm and if I can diminish that realm I will b doing it in Jesus’ name. Jesus says ‘free the prisoners and the oppressed’ and that will b my mission whilst I am alive. All I hve se en with the mental health is vulnerable people being agitated and abused. The devil comes t o rob, steal and murder the Lord comes to give everyone Freedom and abundance of life.
    So, in the name of the Lord, I hope this destructive a nd desolate. And cruel a uthority will soon b destroyed. It surely will on Jesus’ second coming which it states quite clearly in Revelation in the bible, is imminent. We r now living in the last days and Jesus is getting his people together from all the ends of the earth, so it is time to make ready for this. Read the parable abt the Tares and the Wheat. The tares r the devils people and the Wheat r Christ’s people. Good people belong to the Lord and are kind, considerate, thoughtful, loving. Bad people belong to the devil and enjoy, violence, deceitfulness, hatred, malice and deprivation of the spirit.

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