Your Consent Is Not Required: The Rise in Psychiatric Detentions, Forced Treatment, and Abusive Guardianships

Written by:
Rob Wipond
Narrated by:
Jonathan Todd Ross

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2023
13 hours 32 minutes
Asylums are supposed to be in the past. However, though the buildings were closed, many of the practices lived on. In fact, more law-abiding Americans today are being involuntarily committed and forcibly treated 'for their own good' than at any time in history.

In the first work of investigative journalism in decades to give a comprehensive view into contemporary psychiatric incarceration and forced interventions, Your Consent Is Not Required exposes how rising numbers of people from many walks of life are being subjected against their will to surveillance, indefinite detention, and powerful tranquilizing drugs, restraints, seclusion, and electroshock.

Driven partly by individuals' genuine concerns for the 'mental health' of others, and partly by institutions entangled with goals of power, profit, and social control, psychiatric coercion is increasingly used to: manage school children and the elderly; quell family conflicts; police the streets; control people in shelters, community living, and prisons; fraudulently increase hospital profits; 'resolve' workplace disagreements; and detain protesters and discredit whistleblowers. Thoroughly researched, with alarming true stories and hard data from the US and Canada, Rob Wipond's Your Consent Is Not Required builds an unassailable case for greater transparency, vigilance, and change.
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