Yesterday a study was being reported on in the LA Times and elsewhere: One in five U.S. adults takes medication for a mental disorder. And among women the rate is 25%.
If you want to read the original report you can read and download it here.
Anyway, I just so happened to read Aldous Huxley yesterday too. It struck me the below prophesy is happening:
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution. — Aldous Huxley
The numbers of drug users keeps climbing even as there is more and more data on how dangerous long-term psychotropic drug use can be. These medications should be a last resort and then used for crisis intervention only…anything more is too toxic for the body in a multitude of ways and is covered over and over again in the archives of this blog. Just for starters look here and here and here and here. That’s a simple way to look at some of the destruction psychotropics cause.
Don’t forget much higher incidences of obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cognitive problems, sexual dysfunction and the list goes on with multitudes of less common but sometimes completely devastating health consequences.
We’re talking a serious sociological disruption here too. Psych meds mess with emotional bonding, not just sexual functioning, meaning it can affect everyone we love including our children. Furthermore I’ve asked the question in this post “what happens to kids who grow up on these drugs?”
The fact is we can deal with and support the pains of being human in other much healthier ways and we really must for the health of our bodies, minds and spirits. We must for the bodies, minds, and spirits of the entire human species. These drugs are simply mostly unnecessary. Certainly unnecessary a whole lot more often than they are used. Let’s give hope and options to more people all the time.
There are many solutions on this blog too. If you want to look at solutions the archives also contain many ideas for how we might approach what is called mental illness in holistic ways.
For more information on the dangers of psychiatric medications read these books:
● Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker
● The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment by Joanne Moncrieff
● Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent by Grace Jackson
● Drug-Induced Dementia: a perfect crime by Grace Jackson
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