When medicine and doctors almost kill you…

People don’t want to know about this, but it’s not really unusual. Medically induced illness: iatrogenic injury (third cause of death)

I discovered that an article from 2012 was getting traffic and so I read it again for the first time since I wrote it. (This is what it’s like — the article from 2012) … it gave me pause and then I started tweeting.

I tweeted these thoughts:

I was so horribly sick. Sometimes I think about it and just the thought of those times is traumatizing. It’s still often very difficult too which keeps it fresh.

I’ve come so far but when I think about what it was like it’s just horrifying. Horrifying, still, because it remains incredibly alienating…

And horrifying because I know that so many others are being made ill like I was made ill…yes MADE ill by psychiatric drugs and treatment…

and the fact remains that most people don’t want to even know that it’s possible to get so sick. it’s too frightening to face.

and so those of us who become this ill by any route are largely abandoned by all society because we are too terrifying to contemplate…

and then when we speak of it people hate us…want to tell us to shut up and to tell us we are an anomaly…but we really are not…I know of 10,000s of us…and there are many more who are not apparent on the internet.

what we are, in fact, are canaries in the coal mine — sensitives who are affected more than most by all the current god awful habits of humanity.

more on topic:



*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. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care.  Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention. 

For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page. 

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11 thoughts on “When medicine and doctors almost kill you…

  1. I’m so happy to have found your work, Monica. I’m just now starting to deal with the trauma of what happened to me during my time of being “cared for” (made ill where I wasn’t, and when I was expressing “concern”, just being made even worse over time) by psychiatry. Thank you for addressing this very important idea that meds DO NOT help EVERYONE. For me, and others like me (which, I always instinctively knew there were others, but could never find them….until now).

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  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with us and so boldly mentions the side effects of psychiatric drugs and treatment that you have faced for many years. I pray for a better heath for you.


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  4. What happened to me I cannot talk about. It’s all in my little graphic novel, Little Porcupine Goes to the Psyche Ward which is available on Amazon.


  5. Thank you for your continued bravery in speaking out clearly, calmly form your personal and professional perspective on the unacknowledged healthcare crisis caused by psych drugs, the full extent of which has yet to come to light. “I was so horribly sick” resonates deeply with me. Yes, looking back from where I am 8 or 9 years down the road since stopping psych meds, I had 3 or 4 years of being so incredibly sick it’s hard to even comprehend now. All I know is… it’s 2017… and I’m not sure how that happened. I’ve lost huge chunks of time, and I know they were spent crippled, in bed, barely able to move or speak. I missed family weddings, vacations, business opportunities, children being born. And yet I’m still thankful, happy and positive at where I find myself, because this life is so much better than the drugged life was.

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  6. Huge thanks Monica for being the mouthpiece for so many of us iatrogenically damaged by “BigPharma’s drug dealers”.. I said to a friend this morning that if I had a diagnosis of cancer I would most likely receive some support and understanding, however I find so little during the benzo withdrawal I am currently undertaking.When I tell the Dr who writes my rx about what I am experiencing I can tell there is little to no understanding of the awful sx that I endure in an attempt to get free of the “legal poison” that I used by prescription only, completely uniformed of the dire consequences of long term use.I so appreciate your posts on this subject..thanks again.

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  7. Thank you, Monica, for continuing to talk about the unspeakable, to say it how it was, not sugar-coating it …..even when you don’t feel like it. I appreciate each and every piece of experience and reminder of how deadly these drugs can be. Our culture minimizes effects, doesn’t it?!

    Thanks again.

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