Jonathan Keyes speaks to the very serious issue of psychiatric drug withdrawal and specifically the society wide denial about the issue and the lack of support for those of us who brave the journey. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Adverse effects from prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in America. How can we know if the pills we take are actually safe? What can we do if they aren’t? Dr. David Healy, internationally renowned psychiatrist, whistleblower, and author of 20 books, discusses industry corruption of pharmaceutical regulation and proposes better ways to protect patients and prevent harm. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Got the heads up from a friend of mine who has also gone through a heinous psychiatric drug withdrawal experience. He’s involved in this effort in the UK:
“I wanted to announce the launch of the website of a new organisation called the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry. You can visit at cepuk.org for lots of recovery videos, interviews with withdrawal charities and much more. I’m hoping that over time it will become a really helpful resource for those of us who have been harmed, and for the people in the UK who ought to be doing something to reduce this harm in the future. CEP has a full launch at the end of April at the Houses of Parliament, and we expect more publicity then. In the meantime, please visit the site, tweet, share, like and all the rest!” … [click on title to read the rest]
Psychiatrists will often refuse to cooperate in people’s plans to come off psych drugs….
When psychiatrists refuse to prescribe appropriately so that folks can taper safely off psych drugs they are acting criminally.
…most of the people on internet psych drug withdrawal boards are in this position. We only have each other for support and direction. … [click on title to read the rest]
As a poster child for psychiatric drug treatment, Solomon has been showered with honors. He received the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s Humanitarian Award in 2008 and is a lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is on the boards of many mental health organizations.
As of March 2013, Solomon was still taking 5 psychiatric drugs a day.
But a closer at Andrew Solomon’s history suggests that his is a not a triumph of psychiatric drug treatment, but a tragedy. He has been taking a basket of psychiatric drugs every day for 20 years not for depression, but for misdiagnosed iatrogenic symptoms caused by the drugs themselves. … [click on title to read the rest]
On Dr. David Healy’s website from yesterday there is an article about the very problematic Somatic Symptom Disorder category in the DSM 5. I’ve written about this before because it’s of particular interest to many folks who’ve suffered iatrogenic damage from psychiatric drugs. Psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes are sometimes devastating physically crippling illnesses that can last months and years. We have all faced being told our issues are psychiatric. We have routinely suffered from little or no care from our health care providers. We have had to take care of each other completely out of the system. Remaining in the care of doctors has often been dangerous. Somatic Symptom Disorder category further institutionalizes this dangerous trend. … [click on title to read the rest]
So, we turn to one another to find a way through the darkest times of our lives. I’ve had many mentors that helped me get through the toughest times…men and women both who went before me. And now, through this blog, and also in some long-standing relationships I developed in the trenches, I give back to those still in the hardest phases.
We see those ahead of us heal, we start healing and in turn we offer hope to those still fighting to survive. Peer support never meant so much to me. And this is seriously grassroots stuff…no institutionalization…it’s grassroots and it’s organic…it arose out of a vacuum of need. There was nothing there and we simply together created it and it is sustained in that way too. It’s really quite a wondrous thing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]