Schizophrenic Kelly Thomas Dies As A Result Of Beating From Fullerton, California Police

This story took place very close to where I live and is starting to gain national attention.  Six officers used a taser on him six times and beat him to a pulp.  The video below was taken as this all took place.  In the video you hear Kelly screaming for his father.

This separate link shows a picture of what Kelly looked like after this ordeal before he was taken off of life support.  The picture is graphic so proceed with caution.  CLICK HERE.  Allan

 

 

FULLERTON – A 37-year-old man who suffered head and neck injuries was taken off life support five days after police say he fought with officers trying to search him.

Kelly Thomas, who was homeless and suffered from schizophrenia, died Sunday afternoon at UCI Medical Center in Orange, his father, Ron Thomas, said.

“It was a brutal beating,” said Thomas, a former Orange County sheriff’s deputy. “My son’s injuries were more indicative of someone using techniques to take someone out, to kill them immediately.”

The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when officers went to investigate reports of a man trying to burglarize cars in a parking lot next to the bus depot in the 100 block of South Pomona Avenue, Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.

Officers spotted a shirtless man with a beard, shorts and a backpack who they suspected of being involved in the attempted burglaries, Goodrich said.

The man began to fight officers as they tried to search him, Goodrich said.

“We don’t know why he was so combative and resistant to the officers, but it took upwards of five to six officers to subdue him,” Goodrich said.

Thomas said officers used extreme force and they put him in a state of “Hey, I’m going to die.”

“Those people need to be highly trained and not let their emotions get out of control,” Thomas said, adding that he specializes in arrest and control techniques.

During the scuffle, Thomas suffered head and neck injuries and was taken to a hospital. At least six officers were involved in the fight. Two officers suffered moderate injuries during the fight, including broken bones.  (It was later revealed no officer received any broken bones)

Goodrich declined to say if the officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Thomas contended that his son’s injuries were the result of an “extreme use of force” by officers, who he believes “slammed” his son’s head and face into the ground. Based on his son’s injuries, Ron Thomas believes officers “took his legs out from under him while pushing him downward.”

“They have all the training, they have the weapons, they have the Tasers, and he is 160 pounds, barehanded,” Thomas said.

“Sometimes when we take people into custody who don’t want to go into custody, we have to use force. It is never the preferred way of doing things,” Goodrich said.

Goodrich said police are conducting an internal investigation into the officers’ actions and the District Attorney’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation.

“In the name of transparency and an impartial investigation, it was determined that it would be in the best interest of the department to turn the criminal investigation to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office,” Goodrich said. “It’s an unfortunate and tragic incident and our condolences are with the family.”

Thomas is posting fliers around the bus depot area in hopes that witnessed will come forward.

“We absolutely need justice in this,” Thomas said.

Kelly Thomas is survived by his father, mother, brother and sister.

Quiet Time With God: Streams In The Desert, July 31st, 2011

“And Isaac went out to meditate in the fields at eventide” Genesis 24:63
We should be better Christians if we were more alone; we should do more if we attempted less, and spent more time in retirement, and quiet waiting upon God. The world is too much with us; we are afflicted with the idea that we are doing nothing unless we are fussily running to and fro; we do not believe in “the calm retreat, the silent shade.” As a people, we are of a very practical turn of mind; “we believe,” as someone has said, “in having all our irons in the fire, and consider the time not spent between the anvil and the fire as lost, or much the same as lost.” Yet no time is more profitably spent than that which is set apart for quiet musing, for talking with God, for looking up to Heaven. We cannot have too many of these open spaces in life, hours in which the soul is left accessible to any sweet thought or influence it may please God to send. “Reverie,” it has been said, “is the Sunday of the mind.” Let us often in these days give our mind a “Sunday,” in which it will do no manner of work but simply lie still, and look upward, and spread itself out before the Lord like Gideon’s fleece, to be soaked and moistened with the dews of Heaven. Let there be intervals when we shall do nothing, think nothing, plan nothing, but just lay ourselves on the green lap of nature and “rest awhile.”
Time so spent is not lost time. The fisherman cannot be said to be losing time when he is mending his nets, nor the mower when he takes a few minutes to sharpen his scythe at the top of the ridge. City men cannot do better than follow the example of Isaac, and, as often as they can, get away from the fret and fever of life into fields. Wearied with the heat and din, the noise and bustle, communion with nature is very grateful; it will have a calming, healing influence. A walk through the fields, a saunter by the seashore or across the daisy-sprinkled meadows, will purge your life from sordidness, and make the heart beat with new joy and hope. “The little cares that fretted me, I lost them yesterday, …Out in the fields with God.”

 

Prayer Requests & Praise Reports, July 30th, 2011

Foremost You Lord Who rides upon the clouds.

You wait even more than we to come rescue us from the dredges of this fallen world. Our bodies deteriorate, our souls yearn, our spirits rise in anticipation for the hour of Your calling. Send help from heaven to those who are weakening. The race is long. Do not let us drop in exhaustion. Deploy a legion of ministering sanctified angels to surround the encampment of Your chosen and beloved bride. Be tender with our failings. Rescue us from the continual bombardment of desecration of Your Name. Let praise flow from our lips as though we do not suffer. Be exalted.

We gather at Your feet where mercy and love proclaim You. Make us deaf to threats against our trusted Saviour. They are bootless cries that will consume their fallow attempts to diminish You.
The powers that taunt Your EXISTENCE have decreed their own demise. They have swallowed the poison of their eternal death. Utter Failure is their creed.

But You Most High above the racking destruction have decreed and sealed Your response. We call upon You to empower us with the grace of “that none should perish”. Be the effort past our shortcoming to save now. Put the palm branch in our fist to wave the attention to Your Emmanuel. Turn our eyes to the Living Truth until they ask. May our Holy Spirit filled mouths be the fountain for their thirst.
Show us how, when. Use our talents, resources, and willingness. Open the opportunity with ability.

God, we live day to day, Word for Word. Man desecrates. You consecrate. Separate us to Yourself.

Amen~clean hands pure heart~

New Prayer Request
Lissa–  Lissa–I have just taken a very important test for the CA dental hygiene exam. It was a very intense test this past Sun. I am a single mother of a 7 yr old boy and have worked very hard to achieve this goal. I am please asking for prayer requests that I have passed this exam so my boy and I may move forward! I have had to spend many,many hours away from him due to studying. The test was extremely expensive too and this is not a test anyone wants to have to repeat! Thank you all very much
Long Term Prayer Requests

Okie Preacher–  The doctor who operated on my back, has taken us on. After some time he believes that I may have a very rare condition. So rare, there are only a handful of doctors in the U.S. that deal with it. I would rather not say what it is at the time, but I am grateful that we may be getting to the end of this journey. And, it is treatable. Thank you for your continued prayer. And Captain Kevin, I’ll keep you posted…

Dorci–  She is still having physical problems related to surgery that removed a cyst from her spine. Please pray for Dorci to experience relief from her pain.

Captain Kevin–  Been going through a lot of pain and depression lately. So much want to exercise and get rid of these extra 40 pounds I’ve put on in the last 2 years, spend time studying scripture and improving my vocal and keyboard abilities, but I just can’t seem to get started. Sleep is my favorite pastime lately, but I don’t really want it to be..

Allan–  Please pray for Rachel as she is battling bipolar disorder.

Allan– Please pray for Natalie Tan as she has had a setback in her battle with her eating disorder.

Angela–  Keep Angela in prayer as she continues on her road of recovery from Anorexia.

Praise Report

Set Free–  First of all I just love ~clean hands pure heart~ prayer, I’m sure it ministers to others as it does to me. And second how my heart goes out to all those that have written with the attacks & different illness’s they each have experienced or are going through. Let me say this that our God is an Awesome God and he does hear our cry & prayers of his people even when we don’t understand it all. I know for myself that before I was delivered from my panic attacks that the enemy would make me feel that there was no light at the end of the tunnel but serving God for so many years I knew that he would hear my cry and bring those attacks to an end. To all of you who have posted prayer & your cry for help please know that there are so many people you have never met that are praying for you, thanks to Erunner’s website. Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.

Praise & Worship: July 30th, 2011

Song List

1.  Beautiful-  Vineyard UK

2.  I Will Not Be Shaken-  Vineyard

3.  I Will Lift My Eyes-  Bebo Norman

4.  The Heart Of Worship=  Matt Redman

5.  Number Me In Your Prayers-  Annie Herring

6.  Here I Am To Worship-  Tim Hughes

7.  Jesus Messiah-  Chris Tomlin

8.  How Great Thou Art-  Elvis Presley

9.  He Reigns-  Newsboys

10.  Grace Flows Down-  Christy Nockels

11.  Let Your Glory Fall-  David Ruis/Vineyard

What Are Common Myths About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

 

Taken from Everyday Health which is located   HERE.

 

Everyday Health: What common myths are attached to OCD?

Jeff Szymanski, PhD (ocfoundation.org)

That the compulsive behavior is just a personality quirk that a person has control over and can just stop. In fact, if a person tries to inhibit a compulsive behavior, he or she experiences severe anxiety. The irony is that this strategy (preventing the compulsive behavior) is the core of the most effective treatment for OCD, exposure and response prevention. However, great care must be taken to ensure that this strategy is used correctively and effectively.

Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD (jabramowitz.com)

  • That it can’t be treated. It can. Medications can help some people, but the best treatment is cognitive&mdashbehavioral therapy (CBT) using the techniques of exposure and response prevention.
  • That OCD is a brain disease. There is no biological test for OCD (no physical marker that’s been reliably found). While OCD surely involves brain processes at some level, it is a psychological disorder that involves thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. People with OCD probably do not have something wrong with their brains.
  • That OCD is “craziness.” People with OCD can often function fairly well and hide their symptoms. They are not psychotic or schizophrenic. They aren’t out of touch with reality. They aren’t dangerous or harmful. They’re simply suffering from a problem that makes them anxious about things most people don’t worry about —and they use wasteful strategies for trying to deal with their worries and fears.

Steven J. Brodsky, PsyD (OCDHotline.com)

The biggest myth is that OCD means washing and being neat. This myth causes thousands of people to go untreated. Another myth is that OCD cannot be treated or cured; but it is extremely treatable if one gets the right kind of therapy. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the only recommended therapy for OCD by the international OCD Foundation and all other mental health organizations. People can be very hopeful of overcoming even severe OCD for good. And speaking of seeking help, many sufferers avoid therapy because they think they will be forced to do something they are afraid of. Nothing could be further from the truth. ERP is a gradual form of therapy that works in baby steps. Therapists and clients discuss potential next steps, and the client tells the therapist what they feel ready to do. It can go as fast or as slow as you want it.

Many family members either are too harsh with their OCD relatives, scolding and stigmatizing them for something they can’t control, or are too easy by enabling them, helping them do compulsions, reassuring them, or exempting them from chores. OCD sufferers only seek therapy when they are desperate. Preferably with the therapist’s guidance, families need to take a supportive but firm approach with their relative. They must stop the enabling. The OCD sufferer will not thank them for doing this, and can even get very agitated because of their suffering, but that is how they recognize they have a problem and enter therapy. Lastly, most people think OCD requires lifelong medication. In truth, medication only works while you take it and usually only offers partial relief. ERP produces more complete and permanent results than medication and all other forms of therapy. Generally, I aim to get my clients off of medication by the end of their therapy.

Charles H. Elliott, PhD, and Laura L. Smith, PhD (psychology4people.com)

  • People with OCD are crazy. Actually, people with OCD are usually logical and rational in most areas of their lives. They certainly are not “crazy.”
  • OCD is incurable. The good news here is that OCD is highly treatable. The most effective treatment is what’s known as exposure and response prevention (ERP). Medications are sometimes also used, but often are not necessary. Furthermore, if used alone, medications have a high relapse rate.
  • OCD is caused by faulty brain wiring and thus requires medication. Again, medication is not the first thing to try with OCD and the disorder has many causes.
  • Bad parenting causes OCD. We know of no evidence suggesting that “bad parenting” causes OCD. It has multiple causes.
  • People with OCD make really good accountants. In actuality, people with OCD often have difficulty getting things done because they spend so much of their time worrying about their obsessions or carrying out their compulsions. Accountants are usually pretty darn busy.

Jennifer Iverson, MC, LMHC (jenniferiverson.com)

Like other mental health issues, certain myths regarding OCD exist. Perhaps the most harmful myth is the misunderstanding that people who have OCD are “fussy” or “difficult.” The truth is that people with OCD experience an intense level of anxiety that can be extremely debilitating. They are not choosing to wash their hands 50 times a day. They are not choosing to interrupt your night out by insisting they have to go home to check the stove. They are not choosing to straighten the picture on your wall. Instead they feel driven to perform these actions in an attempt to decrease their anxiety. Resisting a compulsion is extremely difficult and performing compulsions can feel out of the person’s control. The good news is that OCD is treatable. If you think that you or someone you care about may have OCD, please don’t suffer any longer. Contact a therapist or psychologist and get assessed and treated.

Kenneth Schwarz, PhD (DutchessPsychology.com)

Common Myth No. 1: Everyone has a little OCD. Not true. OCD is a debilitating condition, and most people who are somewhat fussy, neat, and orderly are just that —fussy, neat, and orderly.

Common Myth #2: For a person with OCD, by doing what they do —checking, cleaning, germ prevention, being scrupulous —he or she is making sure unwanted thoughts are not true. But, actually, trying to neutralize the obsession only reinforces the fact that there is something (the unwanted thought) to be anxious about.

Charlotte M. Scott (custommovesolutions.com)

Myths surrounding OCD are that the person is a hypochondriac, that it’s all “in their head,” that it is a rare disorder, or that it manifested out of a tough childhood.

Barbara Tako (clutterclearingchoices.com))

I think people forget that OCD can exist at either extreme of the neatness to hoarding spectrum. We are each allowed to make our homes into relaxing and nurturing spaces that support us. That home will look different for each of us because we are each unique, which is why I offer a variety of tips in my book for readers to pick and choose from. There is no “one right way” to clear clutter or organize your home.

Allen H. Weg, EdD (stressandanxiety.com)

A common myth is that its true representation is quite unusual. In fact, 2—% of the population has it at some point in their lives. It is sometimes believed that the disorder comes from poor parenting or toilet training. There is absolutely nothing to indicate that this is true. Some people believe that OCD is “caused” by some trauma. If this were true, then most people who are traumatized should develop OCD, and this is not the case. Closer to the truth is a person who is genetically predisposed to OCD might have the full symptom picture triggered by a traumatic event.

Mental Health: Five Things Everyone Should Know

Taken from the Grand Rapids Press  which is located   HERE.

If a person is not mentally healthy, what good is physical health?

Too often it’s a question most people do not take seriously, experts say.

This, despite the fact that many would not hesitate to take medication to treat physical ailments such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Many times stigma and the mistaken belief those who suffer from mental illness can overcome it on their own prevent patients from seeking out and consistently taking medications their brain badly needs.

myths and bring focus to people who silently suffer, this post explores issues surrounding medications.

We turned to three West Michigan experts for answers: Dr. Kevin Furmaga, Dr. Jamie McLean, and Dr. Eric Achtyes.

Furmaga is a board certified psychiatric pharmacist and clinical researcher who serves as a clinical psychopharmacology specialist with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids.

McLean is a psychiatrist with appointments at Network 180, Kent County’s community mental health agency and Touchstone Innovare.

Achtyes is researcher and staff psychiatrist at Pine Rest and Touchstone Innovare in Grand Rapids.

Here’s what they had to say:

Q: What causes mental illness?
A: One prominent hypothesis is that an imbalance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain can contribute to mental illness, Achtyes said.

Psychotropic medications can help by replacing neurotransmitters if their levels are too low, or by blocking their action if the level of neurotransmitter is too high, he said
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that go between brain cells and allow them to talk to one another, such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. These can affect mood, energy, addiction and pleasure.

Too little serotonin can lead to depression or mood disorders. An imbalance of dopamine, often too much, plays a role in schizophrenia and schizophrenia-related disorders. Disruption in norepinephrine can lead to anxiety and mood disorders.

”I think it’s extremely hard for people to understand how the brain and chemistry within can really affect people’s perspective,” McLean said. “People don’t understand that negative things going on around us can actually change our brain chemistry, and medications can help to stop that, and to reverse that to a certain degree.”

Q: What triggers it? What increases the risk?
A: In most cases, stress, Furmaga said. Often times, he said, early on in these illnesses there’s usually some major stressor that can be identified that triggered the first bout of depression or psychosis.

There’s also a genetic aspect.

”Some people inherit a vulnerability to develop a certain type of brain chemical imbalance leading to their symptoms,” he said. “So that vulnerability is always going to be there and that’s going to put folks at risk for recurrent bouts of these brain chemical imbalances.”

Genetic influence definitely plays a role, but it’s usually not the whole answer, Achtyes said.

”For example, if you study identical twins who have exactly the same genetic makeup and look at pairs where one twin goes on to develop schizophrenia, there is only a 40 to 70 percent chance the other twin will develop schizophrenia too.  It doesn’t happen 100 percent of the time,”  Achtyes said. “This means that something besides genetics is playing a key role in the development of the disorder.”

In those situations they both have the same genes, but one often hasn’t had a life stressor to kind of tip that person over, Achtyes said.

Achtyes points to a landmark study that came out in the journal Science in 2003 that was the first to show that for people with a particular gene profile who were exposed to more stressful events, they were more likely to develop clinical depression.

”That was thought to be the first real positive evidence of this hypothesis,” Achtyes said.

Q: What are psychotropic medications?
A: There are five main types, Achtyes said: antidepressants, anti-anxiety medicines, antipsychotics, stimulants and mood stabilizers.

The most commonly used type of antidepressants are called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which increase serotonin levels. They are widely used to treat depression and anxiety disorders.

Antipsychotic medications are used to treat schizophrenia and schizophrenia-related disorders. Sometimes antipsychotics and antidepressants are used in combination with mood stabilizers to treat bipolar disorder.

Q: Just exactly how do the work and why?
A: By targeting chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, to help correct the brain chemical imbalance, Furmaga said.

That means a medication is going to be helpful for certain symptoms, or certain conditions, if doctors get the right match with the brain chemical imbalance, he said.

VENN.jpgView full sizeHow brain chemicals work: Neurotransmitters can affect mood, energy, addiction and pleasure.

Q: Can finding the right one be a challenge?
A: Yes, Furmaga said.
”There is no one for whom there is just one treatment approach with medications,” he said.

Many times, it’s a balance between effectiveness and side effects.

”Why would we want to go with another drug (after a patient has already tried another)?” Furmaga said. “Well, it may be because a drug isn’t effective. Or, maybe it’s effective, but it has side effects for the patient that they can’t tolerate. It’s often time we select medications to target key symptoms.”

Not everybody’s depression is the same, he said, just as not everybody’s schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder is the same.

”I’m not going to want to use an activating antidepressant in somebody who may already be irritable and edgy,” Furmaga said. “On the other hand, that same activating antidepressant may be something I want to use in somebody who’s shut down, with lack of drive and motivation.”

Achtyes said picking the first psychotropic medication for a patient is based on science, but is also an art, and a little bit of luck.

”We do it based on side-effect profiles,” Achtyes said. “If I have a patient with depression who is having difficulty sleeping, has poor appetite and is feeling down and despondent, I’ll pick one that helps them sleep, and if I can find one, one that will make them hungry.”


CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health is closely linked to and is as important as physical health. Problems are real and deserve to be treated. It’s no one’s fault or a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of.” It’s OK for males and females to seek help. There’s hope. People recover with treatment and enjoy happy, healthy lives.

It can strike anyone, anytime: Abraham Lincoln. Michelangelo. Beethoven. Audrey Hepburn. Terry Bradshaw. Brooke Shields. Jane Pauley. John Lennon. Catherine Zeta-Jones. Your best friend. You.

It comes in all forms: Mental illness causes disturbances in thinking, feeling and coping, and it comes in all forms. It includes serious conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression as well as anxiety, obsessive compulsive and personality disorders.

What to look for:
Social withdrawal: lost of interest in hobbies, pleasurable activities
Depression: little or no pleasure in life, low energy, change in eating or sleeping patterns, feelings of worthlessness or extreme guilt, crying a lot for no reason
Unusual behavior: severe anxiety, panic, or fear, big mood swings, too much energy, trouble concentrating or following through, easily irritated or angry, racing thoughts or agitation, rapid weight loss, drug or alcohol abuse, unusual sensitivity to light and clothing
Thought disorders: hearing voices, seeing images that other people do not, believing others are plotting against you, wanting to harm yourself or someone else.
Inappropriate expression of feelings: sudden hostility, indifference in highly important situations, inability to cry, express joy, or laughter

What to do to avert a crisis:
• Reach out to people you trust.
• Engage people if they trust you, or find someone they do trust.
• Get professional help through a family doctor, employee assistance hot line, local * mental health agency or mental health advocacy group.
• If someone is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others contact local police or a local public mental health agency.

Sources: American Psychological Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness Michigan, Network 180, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

Bipolar Disorder: The Drawbacks Of Excessive Positive Emotion

Taken from the Epoch Times which is located  HERE.

Too much positive emotion in the wrong context can act negatively on people’s health, according to a new article in the August edition of Current Directions in Psychological Science journal.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a psychiatric condition characterized by mood swings in which sufferers alternate between periods of depression and mania, for example extreme self-confidence, irritability, increased energy, and less sleeping.

Psychologist June Gruber at Yale University examined the extreme positive emotions experienced by people in remission from bipolar disorder in a series of different contexts.

“The fact that positive emotion has gone awry is something unique about bipolar disorder, as almost all other emotional disorders are characterized by difficulties in negative emotions,” said Gruber in an Association for Psychological Science press release.

Whilst watching a positive, sad, or disgusting film, people with a history of bipolar disorder reported greater positive emotions than those who had never been diagnosed with the condition.

Bipolar disorder participants still exhibited positive emotions when observing footage of a crying child, someone digging through feces, or a close romantic partner saying something sad face-to-face.

“It’s rose-colored glasses gone too far,” Gruber explained.

Positive emotions such as joy and compassion generally motivate people, counteract stress, and foster friendships.

However, extreme positive moods have influenced people to engage in ambitious, reward-seeking behavior, such as taking dangerous risks, and running up credit card debts. According to Gruber, some sufferers even think they have special powers.

Risks of bipolar disorder were also shown for healthy participants who had the same high levels of positive emotions across positive, negative, and neutral situations of the study.

Gruber said psychologist should be aware that positive emotions can also have drawbacks in people without a history of bipolar disorder.

“Although positive emotions are generally good for us, when they take extreme forms or when they’re experienced in the wrong context, the benefits of positive emotion begin to unravel,” she concluded.

“[The goal is to] experience it in moderation, in the right place and time.”