#WORLDBENZODAY — Recovery is hard. Healing is hard. It’s also beautiful. Hang in there.

UPDATE:   AND THIS TOO. #WORLDBENZODAY is an important move towards awareness. BUT The psych system is toxic all the way from top to bottom…which is why benzo day is only a small piece…benzos are not the problem…the system is. Psych drugs injure all manner of folks-not just benzo folks. Zyprexa, for example (a neuroleptic), has killed many thousands…far more than benzos have killed…but no one says a word because it’s given to folks who are “psychotic” and therefore, according to psychiatry, worth the risk. The Zyprexa is just an example of one of the most deadly drugs of which there is no denial because it’s well documented and yet still ignored. All the psych meds can kill and routinely do. This is a travesty!! Let us call all psychiatrists to accountability.

Articles inchronologically reverse order on BENZOS HERE

Info page with collection on BENZO INFO here

When medicine and doctors almost kill you…  Because, yeah, I was on death’s door for a long, long time. It is still  traumatic to think about that time and continues to be trauma inducing in general, really. Healing takes a really long time.  I do hope we can help others avoid such a fate. …

Recovery is hard. Healing is hard. It’s also beautiful. Hang in there. It gets better: The IT GETS BETTER SERIES 

Video from another year … we don’t have a day for “all psych drugs are potentially gravely harmful”  …so I speak to all of them including benzos in this video….:

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AND yes, I could use some compensation for the many 100s of hours I’ve worked with folks over the years. Working like we do and not getting any sort of compensation that I might live more comfortably in the face of continued challenges continues to teach us what we’ve learned from psychiatry. We must not be worth it. Let’s change that patterning. If I helped you or a loved one out, please help me back now. thank you.

****We could  use some financial support at the moment! You know, for things like the mortgage so that we can maintain a roof over our heads. Yup. I do this all for no other compensation than  what the readers want to offer in support. Thank you!****

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17 Responses

  1. Dear Monica:

    Please realize some of us are unable to heal from the long term prescribed use of benzodiazepines and other psychiatric medications often used together. I have tried many unsuccessful times to taper from benzodiazepine (Klonopin) use as well as to quickly stop other psychiatric drugs as instructed to do so by ignorant and uninformed “professionals”. These drugs have destroyed my life since I was once a successful professional and am now disabled and suffer greatly.


  2. Yes I understand, however please realize we are all different with different experiences and after many many years of being disabled (I am now a 66 year old male who was a professional who has tried to heal using multiple modalities) I no longer feel I am on a “healing journey”. However, I have just donated you a few dollars so that you can help prevent what has happened to me from happening to others. Sincerely, Zsdman
    a.k.a Zelig Dolinsky, Ph.D.


  3. Monica

    Thank you especially for supporting the right to choose as well. I never got that support from “professionals” who instead further traumatized me by locking me in psychiatric hospital wards where I was abused instead of protected and where I was given a plethora of psychiatric medications.


      1. Dear Monica

        I agree it is not just benzodiazepines but all psychiatric drugs including Zyprexa which was also prescribed for me, and especially the broken system itself.

        So how do we alter, change and/or abolish the system?? I think many people in MIA and other advocates are extremely naive if they think anything will change the “system” we have.

        I know partly because I was part of the system for 10 years teaching medical school and doing research/writing grants in a psychiatry department and then for 13 years working for various
        pharmaceutical companies in a scientific capacity, involved in summarizing research from clinical trials of non-psychiatric medications.

        The ethical misbehavior, ability to avoid scientific issues, poor research, the quest for money and power by men in power was astonishing to me, and I wasn’t even dealing with research involving psychiatric medications. I saw the same thing in psychiatrists whether male or female.

        You may say I am too pessimistic, however if you or any advocates feel they or a combination of advocates will really change a psychiatric system dominated by men who relie on the system for their wealth and power aave the support of very large professional organizations and very powerful and wealthy pharmaceutical companies with highly paid attornies I feel you are beyond optomistic, especially when the advocates are considered psychiatrically ill or “antipsychiatry” by these people/organizations and society in general, IMO.


        1. Monica

          Thanks I understand where you are coming from now because you played a therapeutic role in the system and were financially able to get out of it when you saw it was not working.
          You look fairly young from your picture. So what do we do with, and how do we help older people like myself who found you and others after they were injuried by the system based on medications and diagnoses they were forced into by their parents when they were young
          and feel very bad/guilty
          about finally seeing the truth about how they were treated and didn’t feel safe/able to leave the system much earlier. I don’t mean to be disrespectful or confrontational but I hope you can support yourself solely doing this blog without other financial support. I have actually donated money to your efforts. How do people like myself (and many others) emancipate themselves from the damage that has already been done to them and have looked for help in many ways but couldn’t find help when they needed it most? How are we supposed to support ourselves financially in the long term?


  4. Monica

    One last thing. You wrote:
    “You might want to go see what they’re up to! Perhaps you will like their blog as much as they liked your comment!”

    What do you mean “they’re up to”? Who are “they”?

    “their blog” whose blog?

    “they liked your comment”. Who are they?



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