Cindi Fisher is a MindFreedom member in the State of Washington. Her adult son’s name is Siddharta Fisher, 33, and he’s being drugged against his will and over the family’s permission at Washington State Hospital. Cindi has even done a three-day fast every week. Please hear Cindi’s call for support.

A Mom Speaks Out: "My Son Is Forced to Take Psychiatric Drugs!"

Cindi Fisher at a public fast she has regularly held for her son’s human rights.

Update: Hear this mom on MindFreedom Mad Pride Live Web Radio this Saturday, 11 December, 2010, at 2 pm ET, click here:


URGENT ALERT: Mother’s fast for son trapped in Western State Hospital!

Mom Asks Everyone to Contact State of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire!

By Cindi Fisher — Mother of Siddharta

Court Hearing this Thursday, December 16, 2010

The most immediate catalyst for my 42 days, three-days-a-week fast, is my 33 year old son, Siddharta Fisher. Most recently he was involuntarily committed to Western State Hospital (WSH) for 30 days.

However on Friday, December 3, his 27th day, Dr. Oleger petitioned the court to continue to detain Siddharta against his will and mine. This could mean forced drugging of my son for up to an additional 180 days.

Jess C. Jeamieson, PhD is CEO of Western State Hospital in the State of Washington Siddharta’s hearing is this Thursday December 16, 2010. He wants to come home. He does not want to stay in the hospital. Please contact Gov. Gregoire TODAY or as soon as possible (her contact info and the request statement are below) and tell her to tell the head of Western State Hospital, Jess Jamison (pictured on right), to DENY the petition!


Short Term Efficacy and Long Term Chronicity

Siddharta has been involuntarily sent to Western Sate Hospital over eight times in the last few years from two weeks to nine months.

Having little or no “VOICE OR CHOICE” in the treatment or recovery plan has meant that he is often violently forced into five-point restraints and then massively drugged against his will or at the very least coerced.

The short term effect of the drugging sometimes achieves a temporary masquerading of symptoms to satisfy the court, or the treatment team. But the long term effect of robbing him of his dignity through violently administering medication against his will, denying him a real voice or choice in the treatment plan, and administering the highly potent mind-altering, addictive drugs is a serious loss and deterioration of his quality of life and can increase bizarre, unusual and sometimes aggressive behaviors ( a known long term side effect as well as withdrawal effect of the medication).

This is known as Short Term Efficacy Long Term Chronicity and is verified in over 50 years of suppressed research which has been summarized and exposed in “Anatomy of an Epidemic,” a book written by the award winning author Robert Whitaker.

Examples of Loss of Quality of Life


  • A very sad and disturbing deterioration of his passion for life.
  • He no longer plays the keyboard or writes poetry… these activities were like his heart and soul.
  • A deterioration in his physical health and well being.
  • Physically, since being medicated over many years, he has developed a massive goiter.
  • He is now diagnosed with diabetes.
  • He often experiences akathisia, a direct effect of psychiatric drugs, which is an inner torment that forces one to pace to seek relief that is non-existent.

I want him to come home and recover in a way that empowers him. Although the mental health teams, both local and state, do not offer support in alternative empowerment and recovery models, almost all of the non-mainstream research indicate that relationship building is the core of healing and empowerment. After many years of my own research and lots of prayers, I believe, I have the support of a team, now; counselors, mentors, peers, that will become like a Village for Siddharta.

Read my website about my 42 day fast, The Village Vision, and also Western States last very poor discharge plan at




PLEASE contact State of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.

Phone: 360-902-4111

FAX: 360-753-4110

Email click here:

Ask Gov. Gregoire to please contact CEO Jess Jamison of Western State Hospital and request that the petition to commit Siddharta Fisher for up to additional 180 days be DENIED!  

Please let me know me you’ve done this at

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Peter Lehmann, editor, author, psychiatric survivor activist
Peter Lehmann of Berlin, Germany serves as one of the MindFreedom International representatives with the United Nations, and is a long-term supporter of MindFreedom campaigns and activities. Peter is a psychiatric survivor who has worked passionately for decades in Germany, Europe and internationally with a variety of groups for significant change in the mental health system. Peter is editor and publisher of a variety of books challenging human rights violations in the mental health system and promoting alternatives. His most recent book (co-edited with Peter Stastny, MD) is called “Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry.” This book provides chapters from 61 leaders in changing the mental health system, and is available in the MindFreedom Mad Market.

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