Robert Whitaker has a page on his website that puts an entire history of the damning evidence of neuroleptics together on one page. This is only one class of psychotropic. Similar sorts of aggravating results can be found with the other classes of psychiatric drugs as well. Below is the introduction to the page. What follows is an arsenal of information that should give pause to anyone considering the use of these drugs for themselves or for their loved ones. What may be appropriate for a crisis may not in any way be appropriate for long term maintenance care. We see too in these studies that people do indeed recover, but much more frequently when they can be drug free.
The long-term outcomes literature for antipsychotics, which has been compiled over a period of nearly 50 years, consistently tells of drugs that increase the likelihood that a person diagnosed with schizophrenia will become chronically ill.
A. The Chronicity Problem Becomes Apparent (1960s-1970s)
It seems paradoxical that drugs that ameliorate acute psychotic symptoms over the short term will increase the likelihood that a person so treated will fare poorly over the long term. But that disturbing fact showed up in the very first outcome studies, and has continued to show up ever since. take a look at the extensive list of studies with links here
A couple of days ago Whitaker covered the news about antipsychotics causing the brain to shrink as well on his blog at Psychology Today.
For extensive interpretation of these studies as well as a look at real people in case studies buy and read Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America