Below I excerpt a few lines from Dr. Alice Keys latest piece at Mad in America. She is a psychiatrist. She has been on the front lines. She’s seen the same things I saw when I worked in social services and she knows that the statistics that Robert Whitaker provides us with are accurate:
I listened to a recent talk by Robert Whitaker that’s posted on Mad In America. Although I feel troubled by his report of the increasing numbers of Americans receiving disability payments for mental disorder diagnoses, I am more troubled by all the early deaths.
These deaths are very early deaths among patients taking psychiatric drugs. When I heard Mr. Whitaker quote one recent study that put the average age of death among a group of medicated patients at 45, I was stunned. Forty-five years old.
With such a large percentage of the American population taking psychiatric drugs, this is a deadly epidemic. This is a medical emergency. (read the rest)
I’m 47. I’m mostly unable to leave my house from the iatrogenic damage psychiatric drugs left me with. I do this blog that I might help others make better choices. I was not given a choice.
Today, drug-free, my mind and spirit are clear, but my body is wrecked. Please educate yourselves.
If you’ve not yet read Robert Whitaker’s seminal texts they come highly recommended: