I will make virtually no comments. Why don’t all of you have at it?
From The New York Times.
Q. AND WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND?
A. I haven’t published this yet. But I have spoken about it in public lectures. The big finding is that people with schizophrenia are losing brain tissue at a more rapid rate than healthy people of comparable age. Some are losing as much as 1 percent per year. That’s an awful lot over an 18-year period. And then we’re trying to figure out why. Another thing we’ve discovered is that the more drugs you’ve been given, the more brain tissue you lose.
Q. WHY DO YOU THINK THIS IS HAPPENING?
A. Well, what exactly do these drugs do? They block basal ganglia activity. The prefrontal cortex doesn’t get the input it needs and is being shut down by drugs. That reduces the psychotic symptoms. It also causes the prefrontal cortex to slowly atrophy.
While Dr. Salzman in Newsweek, also this week clearly has his head up his ass if we can believe our own experience. I know my brain has been fried and I don’t need no MRI.
What is the toll on the brain of taking psychoactive medications for 15 years or more? Can this contribute to permanent physical brain damage?
When psychiatric medications are taken as directed by a physician, there are no long-lasting harmful effects on the brain. In fact, it is clear that some medications, such as antidepressants, may actually be helpful for the parts of the brain that regulate emotions.