Alison Nugent is raising awareness by calling October Iatrogenic Illness month.
See her video here with directions on how to participate if you’re interested.
All my work is now motivated by the fact that I’ve worked with and corresponded with thousands of people who have been gravely harmed by psychiatry. The denial of the great potential for harm in psychiatry must end. The harming of so many innocent and vulnerable people must end.
I’m reposting my iatrogenic illness post from the navigation menu below.
Medically induced illness: iatrogenic injury
iatrogenic /iat·ro·gen·ic/ (i-ă´tro-jen´ik) resulting from the activity of physicians; said of any adverse condition in a patient resulting from treatment by a physician or surgeon. (see more definitions here — medical dictionary: iatrogenic harm)
When a doctor harms you there is the additional insult of not only having trusted but also having paid someone for the service of hurting you…this is how one is also traumatized, adding even more layers to the injury.
In these statistics lie the many thousands of folks suffering from disabilities brought on by psych meds too. The denial continues nonetheless…
From NEW SCIENTIST:
WHAT is the third leading cause of death in the developed world? Given that cancer and heart disease top the list, you might hazard a guess at diabetes, stroke or car accidents. You’d be wrong. The answer is “iatrogenic” deaths – those caused by medical errors, adverse drug reactions or hospital-acquired infections.
For all modern medicine’s ability to alleviate suffering and prevent premature deaths, it also causes plenty of both. Many medical interventions turn out to have unintended and negative consequences that often emerge as a result of research into better treatments. While many are obvious, we are now starting to uncover more insidious effects. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE
Sadly, many of the readers of this blog know this only too well. When these treatments don’t cause death they often cause disability. We have been harmed. I have been harmed. And yet, we are largely considered hysterical hypochondriacs who are mentally ill. Protracted withdrawal issues from psychiatric drugs that cause severe disability are widely denied and we’re left to fend for ourselves and each other.
Let us share this news in any way we know how with anyone who might listen that the carnage might stop.
Statistics for iatrogenic injury: Iatrogenic Disease: The 3rd Most Fatal Disease in the USA
For my personal story of iatrogenic harm from psychopharmaceuticals see here: The aftermath of polypsychopharmacology: my story on Dr. David Healy’s site
● Protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome, chronic illness, CFS, Fibromyalgia. Yeah, they all have things in common.
For more information on iatrogenic illness in psychiatry on this blog see here: Iatrogenic Illness
*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. Do not assume your MD will know how to do it either. They are generally not trained in discontiuation. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
More on the harmful nature of psychiatry:
● Psychiatry causes harm and it’s widely denied: psychiatrist shares her sadness about her profession
● Chemical imbalance myth takes a big public fall (no, antidepressants do NOT correct an imbalance of serotonin, nor do other psychiatric drugs correct anything at all)
FINAL NOTE: if you’ve been harmed — IT CAN GET BETTER.