Hospital imprisoned devoted spiritual author by claiming her prayers are a sign of mental illness.

L.J. Devon
Natural News
March 14, 2014

A devout 56-year-old woman was held captive in a psych ward for nearly five days after a strange series of event cascaded before her.

Image: Woman Praying (Wiki Commons).

The woman, who seeks to remain anonymous, is a self-published author who enjoys writing on spiritual topics. She was taking part in a 15-day spiritual fast at the time. By the 15th day of going without food and drinking only water, the woman began to feel delirious. On the last day of her fast, parked at a Cleveland, OH, BP gas station, the woman grew faint and called her mother for assistance.

Simple emergency room visit turns into a psych ward lockdown

The anonymous woman was promptly escorted to the emergency room of St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center, where she was cared for primarily by Dr. Brar.

After taking blood tests, Dr. Brar determined that the woman had low sodium, potassium and electrolyte levels, due to the fast. The woman, conscious again, recovered from her woozy state. As she recovered, she prayed audibly and read from the Bible.

After observing the woman’s fervent behavior, Dr. Brar then allegedly diagnosed the woman with bipolar disorder. The complaint states that the woman was diagnosed with “bipolar disorder with psychotic features.”

Woman’s prayers were classified as sign of mental instability

The woman, clinging to her spiritual beliefs in a time of need, realized that St. Vincent’s staff had classified her religious devotion as evidence of mental instability. The woman later clarified that Dr. Brar and staff members classified her audible prayers and Bible reading as “religious preoccupation” — evidence of a mental illness.

This distorted, concocted diagnosis proves that many hospital staff members themselves need to be psychologically evaluated. The “mental illness” label can apparently be used as a weapon, to justify imprisoning people who don’t think or believe according to what’s “normal.”

Woman refuses psychotic medication; hospital goes to court to force her

After being improperly and disdainfully diagnosed for her prayers, the woman was then admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital. For nearly five days, she was instructed to take psychotropic medications for her “mental illness.” When the woman refused the drugs, the hospital staff grew stubborn and police-like. The staff tried to control the woman further by having her “involuntarily committed” through court order.

The imprisoned woman later reported that Dr. Brar refused to let her leave the hospital where she was “held for nearly five days of observation.” She claims that the hospital officially “instituted an action in the Cuyahoga County Probate Court seeking her continued involuntary detention,” but it never materialized.

Woman now suing the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for unlawful imprisonment

After being detained in the hospital for nearly five days, the woman was relieved to find out that Dr. Brar’s affidavit to the court was incomplete and misrepresenting. The court stated that the captive woman was free to go and that she had complied with obligations under Ohio Rev. Code 5122. She was then discharged from the hospital because the hospital staff did not provide sufficient evidence to keep her detained.

Now the 56-year-old woman has filed suit against Dr. Brar and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, seeking punitive damages for false imprisonment and violation of her patient rights.

“Mental illness” label now being applied liberally to people who don’t fit the norm

It seems that “mental illness” has become a broad term in modern-day society, applied liberally as a means to segregate those who don’t think or act within the boundaries of what’s considered normal or socially acceptable. It’s easy for medical professionals to respond to people they don’t like or understand by detaining them and force-feeding them psychotropic medications. This behavior coming from hospital staff is disturbing and alarming.

How might psychotropic medications be used like social control weapons — silencers for people’s minds, thoughts, prayers and beliefs? How might the “mental illness” label be applied to kidnap or imprison people just to force a bizarre level of conformity?

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This article was posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:39 am

(“Re-blogged” from InfoWars (dot) com)


If they can get away with this, it is unimaginable what else would be grounds for being labeled a “mental-case”. Remember folks, this was within a regular hospital where this “diagnosis” took place.

I am well aware that many “atheists” and secular humanists would love to this become of all who believe in an after-life, a deity of any sort, or anything else that falls outside of the “acceptable norms” of the present day society. This is NOT the only instance where something of similarity has happened; EVEN IN the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

– Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,


5 thoughts on “Hospital imprisoned devoted spiritual author by claiming her prayers are a sign of mental illness.

    • Well,

      Unfortunately, many decent folks do get blamed (more like stereotyped) on the visibility of those who are arrogant. I wouldn’t worry about what others’ opinions of my (in this case, your) beliefs may be. Just be yourself, and be the best at being yourself. A little respect goes a long way, but so many forget the part about “respect”.

      I have had many unfortunate encounters with folks of faith AND without an expressed faith who were very arrogant and demeaning. Some even to the point of sheer condescending attitudes towards those who differ in opinions.


      Just be yourself and never mind the condescending attitudes of others towards you. If you are truly secure in your own knowledge and beliefs, then there is little reason for the call to defend them. Besides, HOW does one defend an opinion or belief anyway???

      – Rev. Dragon’s Eye


      • I would like to invite you in on the conversation on the only Secular Humanist blogazine of its kind…Trying to reach a secular consensus between theists and humanists is a difficult challenge…

        Myself being a socially conservative humanist which wants to find value in a conservative concept even in religious based narratives…I appreciate the human mind and its wonderful ability to reason, even under stresses of belief…

        To me Jesus is like Plato, to you, a spiritual icon, I so much enjoyed the Dali Lama in asking Jews one question, how they have stayed so together under so much circumstance of persecution…

        Dali rejected Jews request for spiritual enlightenment out of deference to their solidarity…

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        no reply needed


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