And here the woman who studies this is interviewed. The choice bit is here:
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. (read the rest here)
Now this woman is still a traditional psychiatrist and so still supports the use of these drugs, but this is hardcore evidence of brain damage caused by neuroleptics or antipsychotics any way you want to look at it.
And the fact is, if you’re new to this blog, there are alternatives to meds. They just don’t get pharma funding. Visit my about page and recovery pages to start learning about alternative perspectives.