Why aren’t neuroleptics being challenged when they are actually much more dangerous than antidepressants that have been recently (finally) bashed in the UK, asks Adam James of the Guardian.
The whole article is absolutely relevant but for me who has been on twice the recommended highest dose of a neuroleptic for over 10 years—the below made my heart sink. I’m almost off that neuroleptic now, but I am not well.
Big question—-can I recover? Just how much neuroplasticity does my brain have?
Antipsychotics cause (brain) atrophy within a year, Moncrieff says. She accuses her colleagues of risking creating an “epidemic of iatrogenic brain damage”. (iatrogenic means drug induced)
I’d say that epidemic has already arrived. As James says:
Moncrieff is a hard-nosed scientist, so she is respectfully reserved. But gross scientific misconduct is her accusation. “It is as if the psychiatric community can not bear to acknowledge its own published findings,” she writes.
And of course that’s just part of the problem. We die 25 years earlier than the average individual among many other disturbing facts associated with these drugs. Please read the article.
For more in depth information you can also read Moncrieff’s latest book is The Myth of the Chemical Cure.
I have once before posted a study she did on the dangers of withdrawing from neuroleptics in which she suggests (again with scientific reserve) that withdrawal from neuroleptics can cause psychosis that has nothing to do with what was first being treated. Here is that paper again. Why is it so difficult to stop psychiatric drug treatment? It may be nothing to do with the original problem.