In the world of social services they refer to them as your ADLs. Activities of daily living. ADLs encompass more than care of self and home but I’m referring to those two things here as they are the most visible dysfunction quite often. If you’ve been part of the mental health system you’ll know that mental health professionals quite often check in with you to see how well you’re functioning but asking about your ADLs. And people who’ve been highly psychiatrized quite often know the acronym. ADL. What they don’t tell you and seem to not realize is that gross impairment in these things are quite often caused by the psychiatric pharmaceuticals that the folks in care are being prescribed. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
**take note I am speaking about my experience of having been gravely over-medicated. This is my experience. Not everyone has heinous experiences on psychiatric drugs. Because of my work first as a social worker serving many who took these meds and now this blog I do know that far too many people do have seriously negative and destructive experiences on psychopharmaceuticals and that is why I share my own experience that people might learn that there are alternatives that most of us have never been told about. I share my experience so that people might be alerted to the fact that they can make meaningful informed choices even if their psychiatrists and other mental health providers are not sharing such information. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
A very excellent and damning interview that was also heartbreaking (all over again) for me to listen to. I’ve seen more harm and pain and suffering caused by these drugs both in myself and in the 1000s of people who have chosen to share their experience with me. We need to stop this genocide. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I got an email from someone today who thought they knew just how to save me. A psychiatric survivor who had decided that her experience could be generalized to everyone. She’s doing very well…and that is a lovely thing. What is not lovely is writing me with unsolicited advice. I was familiar with everything she “prescribed” to fix me. Very familiar. If she’d actually read my blog she would have known that. None of it is appropriate for me or many others who’ve found themselves in protracted withdrawal. … [click on title to read and view more]
LETTERS FROM GENERATION RX — a film that documents the stories of the generation that grew up on psych meds
Last week Matt Samet posted about a setback he’s recently had. The withdrawal ugliness which had largely abated came crashing back after several years of wellness. I made some comments about that in a post that linked to his.
What I didn’t say is that I’ve had my own setback recently too. Setbacks for me remain routine and normal…they are part of the excruciatingly non-linear process of recovery. I’ve not yet experienced anything resembling full functionality, but I do have periods of time where I start to imagine what that might be like again as I’m able to do a bit more than usual. So, these setbacks, while becoming less intense in many ways are always hugely discouraging still. … [click on title to read and view more]
Seven years out and Matt Samet fell back into withdrawal syndrome hell — not taking care of his body…so ultimately it’s a painful lesson as he gets back to doing so.
in any case it’s good to know that we who have been harmed this way must ALWAYS be careful…I have no interest whatsoever in ever drinking coffee or alcohol again…or eating sugar or gluten…some things do change us forever and I know how much they harm me now…won’t test certain things ever again…I’m grateful to listen to my body speak so clearly on these things.
His attitude remains good as he’s been through this terrain before. We can all learn from him and not make these same mistakes. Thank you Matt Samet for your sharing of your painful and very inspiring journey. You help us all. … [click on title to read more]
To refer to SSRIs as no better than placebo is misleading because while it’s technically true in clinical trials — they are also very different than placebos…they are NOT inert…they are very active and they make EVERYONE feel differently.
People who are very depressed like to feel differently. Different can sometimes feel better even if only for a while. Sometimes different feels much better and sometimes different feels really bad and even dangerous (think homicidal and suicidal–SSRIs are associated with both).
They are not inert and they will act in all manner of ways in different people. And, then of course, yeah, they also cause iatrogenic damage…often severe… … [click on title to read more]
This won’t contain new information for long time readers of this blog, but gratefully, Beyond Meds is always finding new readers. This contains a good synopsis of a lot of the issues surrounding the high prevalence of psychiatric drug use in the mental illness system and why it’s not good medicine. … [click on title to read more]