Daily Prompt- Truth Serum

“You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?”

Truth serum – also known back in the day as sodium pentothal leaves a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended). I would never ask anyone to take a vial of it . When my dad came back from World War II, he was not the same man. The official diagnosis was paranoid schizophrenic. Today, that diagnosis would be post traumatic stress disorder. Because the drugs available were not able to take the atrocities of the war from his mind, his symptoms continued and shock treatments were ordered. Before giving him shock treatments, they gave him sodium pentothal or truth serum to knock him out. How I wish they gave him truth serum and just talked to him instead of shocking his brain. It may have been easier for him and for us.

After his brain was shocked, he came home and napped many hours. When he awoke, his head ached so bad from the shock, we all had to be quiet. We didn’t have to be quiet for only a few hours, but for a day or two afterwards.The treatments caused him to sleep a lot and by the time 6 weeks were up, he was in need of another- so grouchy, it was difficult to talk to him.

So, should anyone offer you truth serum -run, run as if your life depended on it because it just might.

3 thoughts on “Daily Prompt- Truth Serum

  1. Wow…that is so heart breaking. I am so thankful for modern medicine and advances! Someone should have given his doctors that stuff…maybe they would have spared him the torture had they at least known one truth…that shock-treatments were not the answer! Great post!


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