AN OPEN LETTER TO PROFESSOR PAUL MULLEN

Hello Professor Mullen,

Here’s at least some of the times you were featured in The Age in 2005 and 2006…

https://www.theage.com.au/national/jails-fail-womens-mental-health-20050331-gdzvws.html

https://www.theage.com.au/national/dont-hound-him-says-psychiatrist-20050716-ge0ivv.html

https://www.theage.com.au/national/shedding-light-on-port-arthur-killer-20060329-ge218p.html

https://www.theage.com.au/national/us-bans-hicks-psychiatrist-20061219-ge3tuo.html

And here’s you clearly misdiagnosing me to be delusional in 2007 in regards to my belief I was attacked by The Age.

Man, did you get me hopelessly wrong

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So Professor Mullen, as I put it to that other darling of The Age in Dr Suresh Sundram, do you think anything like a conflict of interest exists for treating psychiatrists who are also darlings of the media that threatens their integrity and judgement and as such threatens the mental well-being of the international public at large and the integrity of the justice systems worldwide that usually practice blind faith in psychiatrists?

Did you take the side of The Age, being their favourite shrink, and misdiagnose me to do them a favour?

Did you think my case against The Age took some of the shine off your status as a psychiatrist celebrated by The Age and misdiagnose me to protect both The Age and yourself?

Did you misdiagnose me because you just don’t like uppity unemployed schizos who don’t know their proper place under the boots of psychiatrists at the very bottom of society?

Did you misdiagnose me because deep down you feel all violent and criminal behaviour committed by the mentally ill should be regarded the result of mental illness?

Did you misdiagnose me to prevent the genuinely delusional from (1) learning that I was sent secret coded messages by the media in reality and (2) justifying their genuine delusions to themselves as a result?

I note you thanked the Northern Hospital for providing material about me that was “helpful in the evaluation”. Did you more or less mindlessly conform to the view of the shrinks who had misdiagnosed me in the past?

Did you misdiagnose me because you reckon any patient at odds with a psychiatrist must be so ill as to be insightless about it?

Did you misdiagnose me, despite seeing the clear evidence I’m sane to think I was secretly attacked by The Age, because, well, it kinda sounds like I’m insane?

Did you misdiagnose me because you think being sent secret messages by journalists is, has always been and will always be an impossibility outside the realm of true human experience?

Did you misdiagnose me because, well, I was once ill so I must be ill again?

And clozapine, eh?

That’s some heavy duty shit.

That shit could have killed me…

Clozapine is an atypical antipsychotic drug primarily used in people who are unresponsive to or intolerant to other antipsychotics.[5]

Clozapine may cause side effects, some of which are serious and potentially fatal. Common side effects include constipation, bed-wetting, night-time droolingmuscle stiffnesssedationtremorsorthostatic hypotension, hyperglycemia, and weight gain

Clozapine carries five black box warnings, including warnings for agranulocytosiscentral nervous system depressionleukopenianeutropenia, seizure disorder, bone marrow suppression, dementia, hypotension, myocarditis, orthostatic hypotension (with or without syncope) and seizures.[16] Lowering of the seizure threshold may be dose related and slow initial titration of dose may decrease the risk for precipitating seizures. Slow titration of dosing may also decrease the risk for orthostatic hypotension and other adverse cardiovascular side effects.[17]

Many male patients have experienced cessation of ejaculation during orgasm as a side effect of clozapine, though this is not documented in official drug guides.[18]

Did you argue against the use of clozapine in my case, “despite (to quote from your report) the potential of this treatment to improve (my) psychotic state in a way no other medication has”, because you knew I wasn’t delusional in regards to my belief I was secretly attacked in The Age?

Did you spare me from being put into a zombie-like state not because of my “insightlessness and resistance to all forms of pharmacotherapy” but because you knew this step was unnecessary and a step too far?

Save it for the Royal Commission into Mental Health, Professor.

M.J. Hudson.