Sunday, June 29, 2014

Marva says I'm a bully!

I have a client at Elgin Mental Health Center who drives me nuts. I like that, because it means the person is smart enough to get under my skin a little.

One of the staff on this client's "treatment" team is a nurse or security person (I don't even recall her exact title or role and it doesn't seem to matter) and a union boss (which probably does matter a lot). Her name is Marva. Perhaps that's a nickname for Marvelous, but I don't know.

My client gets under Marva's skin, too. And even though I really don't know Marva, haven't worked with her in the decade-plus that I've been advocating for people at EMHC, only met her once as far as I can recall (and in that instance I was actually impressed -- she seemed marvelous enough to me), it seems that somehow I must be getting under Marva's skin now, too.

Anyway, my client says Marva calls me a bully. Fascinating! Marva is the one who can  have people forcibly held down to be shot up with psych drugs on her whim (and has done so recently in fact)!

All I can do is talk and write. If my words carry any intimidating force, whether they are spoken to a judge in court, to a passerby on a sidewalk, to a public official in a letter, or in this blog; whether they are polite, or clever, or obnoxious, it's only because someone might agree with them.

I have no idea how I can "bully" anyone, unless they are afraid of me because I might find out something they are trying to hide. But anybody like that is "bullying" him or her self really, by his or her own guilty conscience.

I recently suggested that Marva may have been the one who attempted that stupid, anonymous "complaint" about me to the ARDC. She seemed like a long shot as a suspect, at the time. But so far, I've had no denials from anybody I named, so I can't rule any of them out.

I've gone back and forth. I thought Dan Hardy, Medical Director at Elgin, was the best suspect for awhile, because he is trained as a lawyer but hasn't practiced law for a very long time. He'd know the legal term, "defamation per se" but he might fail to realize that the ARDC never takes anonymous complaints about lawyers defaming psychs (the thought of that is just hilarious, really).

I also figured Dr. Malis or Dr. Hussain (two unit psychs at Elgin) might have pulled this goofy prank. But I've seen all three of these guys (Malis, Hussain and Hardy) since I wrote that last blog, and although none of them took any trouble to deny... they just didn't come across to me as very suspicious.

When people are afraid you'll find something out about them, they start being critical of you. It's an instinctive thing, they just can't help it.

So there's Marva, telling my client I'm a bully. Marvelous Marva!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Abused by a COWARDLY psychiatrist

This afternoon I received a letter dated June 3, from the Illinois Supreme Court's Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), informing me that on May 30 they had received an anonymous complaint regarding my conduct. The ARDC enclosed a copy of the complaint and stated, "We have reviewed the communication and have determined that further action by this Commission is unwarranted."

First of all let me just say, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

But perhaps I should elaborate.

This anonymous "complaint" was (supposedly) from a co-worker of Alicia S. Martin, M.D., the Elgin Mental Health Center psychiatrist whom I excoriated as an abuser, in my blog article of February 3, 2014. I accused Dr. Martin of abusing her patients, her employers and many other people for money, or for status, or possibly for other motives, none honorable.

Just to make sure I'm not misunderstood, I hereby reiterate, for the record, those precise accusations.

The next issue might be, who filed this anonymous "complaint" with the ARDC? What were his/her motives for doing so, and what did he/she expect to accomplish?

There are several people at Elgin Mental Health Center, I'm fairly sure, who don't like me. On one hand, I was once called a valuable member of a clinical treatment team, by a psychiatrist! On the other hand, my natural instinct is honestly to defeat treatment teams rather than to collaborate with them. I resist this instinct when a team is willing to follow the law, and I have considerable respect for many clinicians at Elgin. Almost all are well-intentioned, and many are capable of clever effects in helping. But they do not habitually follow the law, they cheat.

They cheat because they have to. It's impossible to do what the law, and the taxpayers, expect: routinely improve the behavior of bad guys with medicine. So the "forensic mental health" enterprise becomes (as I said in the offending blog about Dr. Martin) a racket.

Right now I am defending another forced drugging petition. The psychiatrist who filed that petition might be one of the best suspects for having authored this recent ARDC "complaint". His name is Dr. Richard W. Malis, M.D. So far, I have nothing quite so bad to say about Dr. Malis, as what I said before about Dr. Martin. However, he and I apparently do not get along. We'll just see.... If he tells me he did not write the anonymous "complaint", I will believe him, and I'll apologize for the accusation here. If he did write the complaint, I'll simply laugh at him, because it was a stupid waste of his time. But I don't think he's very stupid, so maybe he didn't write it.

Other possible anonymous complainants might include the psychiatrist Dr. Syed Hussain, M.D., one particular social worker on the White Cottage Unit named Mario, and another staff on White named Marva. There's also a psychiatrist on L Unit (name escapes me at the moment) who may feel that I've recently been too critical or insulting toward her. I would encourage any or all of these guys to let me know if the complaint was not filed/written by them. I will believe them, and apologize. But if they don't deny, I will probably continue to mention them, by name, as suspected idiots (for wasting their taxpayer-financed time) and cowards (for being afraid to put their name on the complaint).

The ARDC complaint ends with the statement, "This complaint is being filed Anonymously..." (the capitalization strikes me as a bit weird, by the way) " Mr. Kretchmar engages in intimidating behaviors towards the staff at Elgin Mental Health Center." Needless to say, this is my favorite part!

If writing and publishing this, new article is intimidation, well... expect much more of the same, and worse!

However, I'll also keep in mind the possibility, however remote, that somebody was honestly offended by my accusations against Dr. Martin, and that I am seen as a real threat to something that is thought to be good and that needs defense. I would actually love to believe that's the case. If this ARDC complaint was made by a good, well-intended person, I am no threat to that person, and I would consider it a most valuable opportunity if I could somehow engage in a discussion with them.